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Crow's Nest Restaurant

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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: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 104
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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great restaurant

Let me start off by saying this is a great restaurant. The location is perfect, right on the beach overlooking the ocean. The food is great and so are the drinks. Downstairs you have more of a fine dining feel, while upstairs you have the more laid back, local hangout feel with the full bar and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
christianelise
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Riverbank, California
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Riverbank, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Let me start off by saying this is a great restaurant. The location is perfect, right on the beach overlooking the ocean. The food is great and so are the drinks. Downstairs you have more of a fine dining feel, while upstairs you have the more laid back, local hangout feel with the full bar and outside patio dining. Being... More 

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Thank christianelise
San Jose, CA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been here before for lunch and dinner, but had exceptional service and food for dinner this February. We were seated early and they were very accommodating as we had ordered appetizers upstairs and brought it down to our table. The calamari appetizer was excellent. I had a Opakapaka and my husband had spinach raviolis with shrimp. Everything was awesome... More 

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Thank Lisaact1
United States
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great salmon hash with attentive service. Fresh fruit side was tasty for February! View can't be beat and a more formal and weather forgiving location than Aldo's. Go to both but if I had time only for one in the yacht harbor area the Nest would be it.

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Thank mb2005
Elk Grove, California
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for a special night. Great sea food or steak. Awesome indoor and outdoor seating. Best ocean view in Santa Cruz for fine dining. Expect to pay for it.

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Thank lynn12342015
Santa Cruz, California
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Been to Crows Nest many many times, I'm local but first time reviewing. Took a lifelong (since kindergarten) to lunch to celebrate birthday! Warning, locals usually eat in upstairs bar, has great bar menu, tourists tend to the downstairs restaurant! Both areas and outside patios awesome views of Harbor and Beach. We ate the amazing homemade potrayoe chips, had salads... More 

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Thank Beachglass1006
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Upstairs or down, the views are great. My favorite meals there are breakfast and happy hour! Consistently good food and drinks!

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Thank Clandes411
Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Waitress was less than polite, cold, impervious, and aloof Had to constantly ask for water re-fills as we had just flown in that day and were thirsty The food was dry and difficult to digest Atmosphere was pleasant, view from our table was pretty I'll certainly never dine here again!

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San Jose, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love going to the Crow's Nest for Happy Hour. The view from the second floor is spectacular. If you want to take a date or just take the wife out for a afternoon of relaxing atmosphere. You won't be disappointed. From appetizers to full meals everything is fresh and delicious. The view of the harbor and the ocean is... More 

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Thank Brian L
San Jose, California
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit in Santa Cruz views of the harbor and of the ocean. Great drinks the food is OK at lunch never had dinner there but the view from there more than makes up for the food. Good service and you can also buy souvenirs right outside the restaurant.

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Thank Graciela G
Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, there are a couple of fancier places in town, like the fabulous Shadowbrook (where one rides a tram down to the riverfront), and the Hollins House, high atop a hill above the city, and various French and similar places (Oswald, Michael's on Main, etc.). But the Crow's Nest is comfortable in the way a Charthouse is: a large, sprawling... More 

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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: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view
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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