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“Incredible location, that's it.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Stagnaro Bros Seafood

Stagnaro Bros Seafood
Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2180
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Ranked #81 of 331 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Santa Cruz
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Incredible location, that's it.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We stopped by Stagnaro's for happy hour. The second story outside deck on the Santa Cruz wharf was excellent, service was great, the drinks were weak and the Sampler Plate was greasy and doughy and didn't seem especially fresh, which is odd since Stagnaro Bros sell retail and wholesale fish right out of the Monterey bay.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Chico, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch there while in Santa Cruz. Only complaint is they do not really have a lunch menu. Good food and nice clean place. They should have lunch specials. Otherwise I would have given them 5 stars

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Riverside County
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77 restaurant reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Good Food, Reasonable Prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

It is on the wharf in Santa Cruz but does not have a view of the bay. The food is good. I had a pasta dish with large shrimp and it was good. The portion was large however. Their clam chowder is very good. They keep you well supplied with sour dough bread and butter. The beer prices are very good. Service was attentive and our food came out fairly quickly. The prices are reasonable in the sense that the quality and quantity of the food are a good value. I would definitely visit again when I am in the area.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Roseville, California
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“Slow Traffic Monday is Great at Stagnaro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Visiting Stagnaro's on a Monday means low crowds, unhurried service and Stagnaro's good food. We've enjoyed countless meals here, at the end of the wharf, in all kinds of weather. On this visit the weather was choice and the waterside table afforded great views of West Cliff Drive.

Two of us chose the fresh fish tacos. We knew that Stagnaro serves up whole fillets of absolutely fresh grilled fish on a large oval plate layered in fresh corn tortillas. All open face. All the ingredients are on the plate, and you assemble your own taco. Take away the fix-ins and you still have tasty grilled fish, and lots of it. Every other fish taco we've ever had uses flaked fish, not whole fillets.

The fix-ins include a pile of shredded Monterey Jack and something like a dry Pico de Gallo minus the onions. Plus a nice serving of Mex-style rice, but not exactly Mex. Better.

Accompanied by a nice Boston-style chowder, this is the perfect lunch.

Ambience-wise, Stagnaro is basic. The views are the ambience, as well as the buzz in this usually-jammed eatery. Not much buzz today, though. Slow traffic Monday. The way to go. Glad we walked here from West Cliff. Got to burn off a few calories on the walk back!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hollister, California
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“beach and boardwalk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Fishmarket and restaurant at the end of the pier. My wife and I were attending the free friday night concert on the boardwalk, this is our preferred place to dine on the wharf. Had the special which was large prawns and clams over linguine, what a delightful dinner, everything nice and fresh. Moderate prices on dinner menus, I tend to stick with the specials on the menu, for better deals. Great atmosphere, waiters are very attentive, no complaints with this establishment. Oh yeah the clam chowder is fantastic. The wife loves chowder in a bowl, very filling!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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