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“big surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aquarius - Dream Inn

Aquarius - Dream Inn
175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
8314605012
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Ranked #58 of 328 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bay Street
Aptos, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“big surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

we went to aquarius last night------celebrated new years early!!!! i was surprised at the hominess of the place and its popularity! very busy but not overly crowded!! service was very good, food was amazing-----we had calamari,scallops and fish>all good. it is right by the wharf---------some of the beach is lighted from the restaurant lights-------fun view. we'll go back for brunch or lunch for the view..and food!!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Turlock, ca
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
“Great food display and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We had dinner there on Dec 10, 2012 and it was so nice we returned Dec 11. If you are a shell fish lover the scallops with the carrot reduction was excellent as was the clam chowder on the first night. The second night the quality dropped a bit, as one of us had a burger, it arrived cold, but looked great. Also the chowder tasted different the second night as the cream reduction was thicker and it tasted not as fresh. Both nights the wait staff was excellent. Got the feeling that on the second night we had a different cook as it just was not as top of the line as the first night. All in all, a very good eatery with a great view and dedicated staff. Prices were in line with Santa Cruz prices with other better eating places. Recommend you give it a try. By the way, I am a very tought critic as I do know a bit about food prep.

Visited December 2012
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Grass Valley, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Fantastic Ocean View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Good food and good service. The deserts were fantastic. The Ocean View was wonderful. The restrooms were clean.

Visited November 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“+ Stunning ocean front view, + excellent Californian fare, + nice modern decor, - service needs some improvement”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My 3 companions and I were Aquarius first-timers and amazed by the view & decor. The salmon and beef we ordered were outstanding & we are still talking about our delicious dinner. Food & drinks are pricey but the Aquarius a top notch destination in SC.

However, our experience had some flaws: Our request for the free window table was denied and were told you cannot reserve them...just to find a second later that the empty window table was actually hold for a party of 4!!! Moreover, our waitress was very pushy but after we send her away twice since we didn't want to be rushed through the dinner she finally gave us enough time to enjoy the dinner. In summary: outstanding chef, below average service.

I highly recommend my followers the Aquarius Bar for Happy Hour (Sun-Thur 3:30-5:30pm) and their Wednesday 3-course prix fixe menu for $25.

+ stunning ocean front view,
+ excellent Californian fare,
+ nice modern decor,
- service needs some improvement

Average entrée: $25.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Garden Valley, California
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139 reviews 139 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
“Best Clam Chowder”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great food, wonderful views, friendly and warm service. I think their clam chowder in the best in the area, and they have some of the best fish and chips. Great wine list.

Visited November 2012
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