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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
831-476-4560
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7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 210
    Excellent
  • 204
    Very good
  • 82
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent service

The food was good and the service was excellent. My family ordered the steamed clams appetizer. It was heavy on the broth but cooked well and was a yummy dish overall. My daughter ordered the artichoke ravioli and although it was beautifully presented the flavors fell flat. I ordered a fish... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
CJ707
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Santa Rosa
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Fantastic location but honestly wish they could improve the quality of the food. I expected great seafood and was somewhat disappointed. However the bar on the top floor is great and you really cannot beat the view.... Just don't expect high quality seafood for the prices.

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sacramento
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Joined my brother and his wife for dinner and the boat races. The best calamari ever. Fresh not deep fried. Dolphins jumping. Just a fine time.

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Terryville, Connecticut
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170 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

the setting is fabulous, on the water and beach. the food was excellent. the service was friendly and very excellent. enjoyed everything we had.

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Jackson, New Hampshire
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100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

At first you think this is just another tourist trap but the food and service are great. We sat on the Patio overlooking the Harbor. We ordered Calamari which was the best I have ever had outside of Italy. Rich, juicy and well seasoned. Not just tempura "rubber bands". For entrees we had Filet Mignon, Sole Oscar, Scallops and Shrimp.... More 

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New England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We knew that the food would not be stellar or even very memorable here but wanted lunch on the water on our last day in town. Sitting on the outside patio in the sun watching boats, folks on SUPs and even a seal was very pleasant. Service was attentive, friendly, times and helpful. The bay shrimp and avocado sandwich seemed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Great place to watch the boats go by. Calamari was ok. Clams and Crab Cocktail were great. Yummy sour dough rolls. Good service.

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

The place has a beautiful terrace with view to the ocean, with patio heaters, the food is unbelievable here!.. I had a seared tuna salad with an asian twist..and my husband had opaka fish. Our meals were beyond our expectations. Our appetizer was the tilapia seviche and that also was amazing. Then the rest had a band playing upstairs, Redlight!..... More 

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Santa Rosa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The food was good and the service was excellent. My family ordered the steamed clams appetizer. It was heavy on the broth but cooked well and was a yummy dish overall. My daughter ordered the artichoke ravioli and although it was beautifully presented the flavors fell flat. I ordered a fish sandwich that was quite good. It was served with... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Had a family reunion dinner here and overall, it was a pleasant evening. There was nothing wrong and nothing which detracted from the overall experience. There simply wasn't anything great or memorable about my dining experience here. We arrived promptly at 4.30pm and were seated and served by our very pleasant server; she actually was perhaps the best part of... More 

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West Valley City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The views, ambiance, and food were all outstanding. The wait staff were good and friendly, Parking is in a pay lot, but very cheap. This seems to be the place to go while in Santa Cruz.

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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-476-4560

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
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

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