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71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-426-5830
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: At Dolphin Restaurant, we have something for everyone. Join us in our...
At Dolphin Restaurant, we have something for everyone. Join us in our dining room for our favorites including everything from an eclectic breakfast menu to our traditional fish & chips. Or if you prefer, dine outdoors on the only outdoor patio on the Wharf. Our walk-up to-go window always has both visitors and locals lining up for our great seafood, clam chowder bread bowls, and a selection of American classics, like burgers and fries. We are also proud to announce that we now have an in-house smoker, serving some of the best quality BBQ. Our mouth-watering pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, and other smoked delicacies. Dolphin Restaurant has delicious options for everyone including the kiddos, so come visit the beautiful Wharf and enjoy a bite to eat at the Dolphin!
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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Enjoyable Dinner - Clam Chowder and Shrimp; and a Poor Boy Sandwich

We dined here late night (which means we got there a few minute before 9:00 on a Sunday night). Service was good. I had a cup of clam chowder and shrimp. My husband had a good poor boy sandwich with fries We both had an ice tea. It was an enjoyable dinner and we were happy we got there in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Fremont, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Want some good seafood when we staying on the coast during a trip to California. The fried shrimp that my wife had was terrible. Could have come from the frozen food section of grocery store.

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Fremont, California
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2,505 reviews 2,505 reviews
786 restaurant reviews
1,475 helpful votes 1,475 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We dined here late night (which means we got there a few minute before 9:00 on a Sunday night). Service was good. I had a cup of clam chowder and shrimp. My husband had a good poor boy sandwich with fries We both had an ice tea. It was an enjoyable dinner and we were happy we got there in... More 

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Scott P, Manager at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Mini, we're so glad you and your husband had a great late night dinner! We'd really love to welcome you back when you're next in the area. :) All our best, Dolphin Team More 

Sunnyvale, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Our usual favorite Wharf restaurant closed our favorite seating section, so we went in search of an alternative place to eat. Due to the wind, no one was in the patio area but since we were looking for quiet romantic ambiance we chose a seat by the water and out of the wind. Out came our server, Max. Even though... More 

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Scott P, Manager at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Tres, this really made us smile today. Knowing we're your new favorite spot on the wharf is the best thing we've read all day. We especially can't wait to show this to Max. :) Thank you, and we'll see you soon! Take care, Dolphin Team More 

Berkeley, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

In my opinion, the best place to eat in Santa Cruz. If it's not too cold, the takeout window is the best value and, weirdly, their version of the traditional fried clams, chowder bread bowl is better than what you get inside. Enjoy the barks of sea lions basking on the pier beneath you, you can peek at them through... More 

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Scott P, Manager at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

The best place to eat in Santa Cruz?? Michelle, we LOVED reading this today! We're so glad you love everything from the patio to the clam chowder bread bowl, and we can't wait to see you again next time. :) Cheers, Dolphin Team More 

American Fork, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Following a Segway tour with Segway Santa Cruz, we opted for dinner at the end of the wharf at The Dolphin. We had a party of 10 including young kids and everyone found something they liked. The service was fantastic and the food was hot and delicious. The portions were good sized and priced right. They have both indoor and... More 

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Scott P, Manager at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

This completely made our day! We're so glad that you and your family had such a wonderful dinner outside, and we'd love to see you all again soon. :) 'Til next time, Dolphin Team More 

Vancouver, Washington
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The location was great at the end of the wharf, and the outside seating was nice. the food portions were huge. The three fish tacos come with rice and beans (a lot of each) and the tacos are large as well. The one complaint is that the chipotle sauce is so spicy, and there is so much of it, it... More 

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Scott P, Manager at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so glad you loved the location and thought the portions were great! It's a bummer to hear the sauce was a little spicy for your taste, though -- we encourage you to let your server know next time so we can take care of that for you! We'd love to see you again while you're in town. All our... More 

Ottawa
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Santa Cruz municipal warf is one of the last wharfs I know of with active restaurants, car traffic and lots going on. At the end of the wharf is the Dolphin, an old school fish fry restaurant with some good seafood... My table mates had the seafood chowder and calamari, while I had the scallops. Chowder was good, with various... More 

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Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I decided to walk over to Scontriano's for take out lunch to bring back to my hotel. They had amazing Clam chowder and I tried a Po' boy for the first time and really enjoyed it. Large portions to share in my opinion. We are not big eaters. You wont be disappointed.

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Portland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I was afraid the location would mean this was a touristy place with a great view and mediocre food, but I was pleasantly surprised! We were one of 3 or 4 tables, on a winter week-day, in the quaint wharf-diner, seated amongst all locals! The Fisherman's breakfast was tasty and the French Toast was wonderfully flavorful--probably the best I've had... More 

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Fremont, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My husband and I went here for dinner and shared their fish tacos which was huge. It came with three fish taco each with a large delicious crunchy piece of fish and rice and refried beans. You also had a choice of clam chowder (either Manhattan or New England) or a salad. It is rare that Manhattan clam chowder is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-5830

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

At Dolphin Restaurant, we have something for everyone. Join us in our dining room for our favorites including everything from an eclectic breakfast menu to our traditional fish & chips. Or if you prefer, dine outdoors on the only outdoor patio on the Wharf. Our walk-up to-go window always has both visitors and locals lining up for our great seafood, clam chowder bread bowls, and a selection of American classics, like burgers and fries. We are also proud to announce that we now have an in-house smoker, serving some of the best quality BBQ. Our mouth-watering pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, and other smoked delicacies. Dolphin Restaurant has delicious options for everyone including the kiddos, so come visit the beautiful Wharf and enjoy a bite to eat at the Dolphin!
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?