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Stagnaro Bros Seafood

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Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2180
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Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 61
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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
A Santa Cruz tradition... A seafood restaurant tradition

This is a very "traditional" seafood restaurant. And a well established business of Santa Cruz. Service is good, food is fresh. View is outstanding at the end of the wharf. Yes, there are fancier and perhaps better seafood restaurants in the area, but Stagnaro's is a good mid range seafood... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
threedandj
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California
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Salt Lake City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I do quite a bit of traveling. Many place that I've visited usually involve fresh seafood. I've traveled to Seattle quite a bit in the last year and have found many a good places to have a plate of oysters. But this place definitely ranks right up there with one of the best. Also had the clam chowder which was... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a number of seafood focused restaurant options while walking the wharf and we decided to try this one. No regrets! This seemed a popular spot with a long history. Nice menu with lots of options. We went for fairly simple lunch choices - clam chowder, fish sandwiches, crab melt and fish tacos. Thankfully the fish sandwiches were not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just wanted a snack so decided to come here, they serve pretty good appetizers with friendly services. Next time I'm in Santa Cruz I think I'll try their dinner.

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Sunnyvale, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just have to say, this place made me dislike lobster. The rest of the food, particularly the shrimp, is worth a try. Just avoid the lobster.

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Thank Alex R
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So we ordered the fried calamari Cesar salad, ahi tuna appetizer, and some kind of seafood soup. It tasted like it came from a frozen bag that was defrosted and reheated. Didn't taste fresh at all. I wouldn't recommend this place at all. The service was great but that's not why you go to a seafood restaurant. A bit pricey... More 

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Modesto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in Stagnaro Bros for a warm drink. We have eaten here many times in the past and have always been pleased. A great tradition on the Santa Cruz Wharf.

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Ione
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here twice on our recent trip because the seafood was delicious, it was reasonably priced, the service was attentive and friendly, and the view is spectacular. I was lucky enough to choose the choppino on a Monday special, it was so yummy I can't wait for another trip to this restaurant. The chowder & sea bass were also... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is a very "traditional" seafood restaurant. And a well established business of Santa Cruz. Service is good, food is fresh. View is outstanding at the end of the wharf. Yes, there are fancier and perhaps better seafood restaurants in the area, but Stagnaro's is a good mid range seafood dining experience.

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Fresno, California, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Here with the family on a Monday night. Called ahead for a table for 8 and they were able to accommodate. The service was very good, seated right away. The food however was very, very average. No zing, nothing exciting. Even the desert was just average. The chef should try his dishes before they go out. Throw in some spice,... More 

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Scotts Valley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is similar to most of the other wharf restaurants but they do have good daily winter specials. The cioppino on Mondays is quite good, although not very big. Restaurant Italiano is way better but it's only served on weekends. The service at Stagnaros is pleasant and efficient and the whole thing is very old school and not worth fighting... 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 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children

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