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Crow's Nest Restaurant

2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Ranked #16 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

if you're a tourist...the locale is good and the food is ok. If you're local...then you've probably been here and there are other places to hit.

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Rocklin, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Whenever we trek down to Santa Cruz to visit our son, a trip to the Crow's Nest is always on the agenda. The food we've had has consistently been superb. Service is top notch. The fresh salad bar is immense and well maintained by the staff. Reservations are a must, especially on Tuesday night when the lobster is the day's... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Crow's Nest has been our spot for an early New Year's eve dinner for years and a special place to go. The view is great, the food consistently good, although they need to improve their Caesar salad dressing. You can't go wrong here and they have half priced appetizers in the afternoons (check when because it used to be... More 

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Pacifica, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We picked this restaurant for our New Years Even celebration not knowing what it was like at all! We were pleasantly surprised! The food was great and the restaurant very nice. We were there at night so could not take advantage of the view. The restaurant is surrounded by windows looking out tot he harbor and beach area so would... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We have eaten in both the restaurant and the bar area at this venue and definitely prefer the restaurant. I must admit that being served at a table with a cloth on is a preference of mine and don't expect a bar to be the same but the standard of food should be maintained in both areas when it is... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I can see why people are impressed by the location....view is beautiful, breathtaking......but assuming that you're also here for the food, then it's a totally different experience. I am not a complainer, if you see my other reviews you'll see I can be picky or not at all. This was just my personal experience. That was my disclaimer. First off,... More 

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Red Bluff, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Long ago, when we lived in Boulder Creek, this is one of the places we went for a special occasion. We recently decided to have lunch here while on vacation ~ and to say we were disappointed is an understatement. To begin with, the menu online is $4.00 an item less expensive than when you get there and see the... More 

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Santa Cruz has good places to eat, and being by the ocean makes seafood restaurants plentiful. Crow's Nest is one of the truly good options for seafood. We were lucky (dining on a Monday night helps) in that we were able to get a table right away without a reservation, that is not always the case. While the prices are... More 

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Penonome, Panama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We visited Crows Nest in Santa Cruz and right away all I can say is the bad, I rated a 3 star because the food was ok and the drinks were cold and varied. We were there and luckily it was a sunny warm(hot kinda) day, and the sun beat in on our table in a stifling hot over crowded... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Visited for two birthdays in November . Excellant service. Food always good. Nice location and view.

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Additional Information about Crow's Nest Restaurant

Address: 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
Phone Number: 831-476-4560
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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