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Stagnaro Bros Seafood

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Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2180
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Families with children

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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 18
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Old Time Restaurant and Fish Market

Stagnaro Bros have been a fixture on Santa Cruz Wharf for decades. There is a restaurant and separate space where iced fish are sold. The also have walk away shrimp cocktails. For movie aficionados the fish market was featured in the Clint Eastwood film "Sudden Impact". Eastwood was held at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Arroyo Grande, California
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  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Arroyo Grande, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Stagnaro Bros have been a fixture on Santa Cruz Wharf for decades. There is a restaurant and separate space where iced fish are sold. The also have walk away shrimp cocktails. For movie aficionados the fish market was featured in the Clint Eastwood film "Sudden Impact". Eastwood was held at gunpoint by the "Stagnaros" mother and later thrown off the... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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81 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Whether eating in the restaurant - with great views of the harbor or taking advantage of the walk-up food - it's all a winner. Nice to have the option of a variety of foods at the walk-up area - I love the fried clams to carry over to the pier and eat.

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Have been dining at Stagnaro's since I was a child. My favorite place on the Wharf! Staff is great and food is always consistently good. Great Bartender named Bill!!

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San Jose, California
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103 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Have eaten lunch and dinner at Stagnaro Bros a number of times, and have always had a good meal. They also have awesome Bloody Mary's, so ask for the house special with Pepper Vodka. Good views of point and surfers, especially if you sit on the 2nd floor that has windows all the way around. Also good and attentative service.... More 

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Evanston
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58 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a tourist restaurant and with just a little bit more effort on quality this could be top notch. The Clam Chowder was ordinary and my grilled snapper was overcooked. The wine list was suited to the menu but not memorable. We ate upstairs and the kitchen is downstairs which means that there is a timing issue on getting... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

wow great food and the bread b4 the meal you'll want to take some home. The shrimp and crab sandwich is very good. The clam chowder (white) is a must order item!!! I don't think you could wrong with any item on the menu. The view out either side is good.

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Ohio
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12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Food was ok. I had been eagerly looking forward to fresh crab but they served it cold with lemon and butter and a small cup of soup or salad. Hubby and friend had their steak sandwich. Was hoping for a fresh cooked crab like i have in San Francisco. This was ok, not my favorite but not too bad. Yummy... More 

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California
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is at the end part of the Santa Cruz Wharf/Pier and it's 'sister' establishments (at least they bear the same name) are Gilda's and the open butcher/seafood market/ counter, also on the wharf. You just cannot be unhappy here, whether day or night! Service is with huge smiles and they are as quick, efficient, helpful as possible. Bartenders pour... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We are from the east coast, so we are picky about our seafood. The fish tacos and fried scallops were tasty, well seasoned, and good portions. We sat outside and watched the sun set which was lovely as long as the seagulls didn't get too close! The service was slow and not very attentive. It's a family owned business that's... More 

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Hughson, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We visited the restaurant. The food was great as always. The crew is not like the old crew. We were not made to feel welcome at all in the upper deck. The service is not the same and the friendly atmosphere is mostly gone. Made to feel like be glad we are taking time to serve you. Rude seems to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: (831) 423-2180

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?