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Crow's Nest Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did not eat at the restaurant...only sat outside for drinks. The drinks were great and the view spectacular!

Thank Lritter517
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was very nice, the Marriott hotel provides a shuttle service. So if you are in the area your should absolutely give it a try.

Thank Rod L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we ate here 2 years ago and loved it. we recently revisited and the food is really fabulous. fresh, locally sourced, best ever. top notch service. if you love seared Ahi tuna this is your place. Calamari? you bet! fresh and well prepared. great wine list to pair with your meal.

Thank gypsysister2
Waialua, HI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driving up the coast and decided to call it a day at Santa Cruz and the hotel clerk recommended this restaurant. My daughter and granddaughter thought the crab cakes were the best -being from Baltimore I thought they were good!!! Amazing salad bar and all without reservations!!!

Thank cindyguerin1
Reno, Nevada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Crows Nest has some of the best food I've ever had. The staff is very friendly and accomodating. Their breakfast is great too. Being a vegetarian I love that they have tofu options. And you can never go wrong with a view like theirs

Thank LesleyA5
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have lived in Santa Cruz my whole life. I Don't know very many locals who eat here. The food is average. If your looking for somewhere to have a drink and watch the sunset then the upstairs bar is nice.

Thank Kenda H
Pennsylvania, USA
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We made reservations the day of and had a nice table right by the window at sunset and enjoyed our food. Despite being quite busy, it was not too loud for the two of us to talk at the table, which was a pleasant surprise. The salad bar has lots of good stuff on it. Yes, it's a little pricey... More 

Thank RoamingJuggler
Northfield, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited at recommendation of family member. Beautiful location and food was good, but indifferent service.

Thank George C
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While waiting for the Happy Hour half price appy and drink we watched boats sailing into and out of the harbor.as the kids played beach volleyball. When the appy and drink came there was such generous portions that when we finished i had eaten supper. Very Good service..youth at its best!

Thank Kerrista
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Happy hour all evening on Wednesday helped (when we were there). Get there early to see the sunset from upstairs; well worth it and if you can get a table outside more the better. We had drinks and appetizers; double whiskey, one glass of wine and two apps during happy hour for under $20; can't beat that.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-476-4560

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