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Crow's Nest Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Seafood, Pacific Rim
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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Crazy good smoked salmon on a Caesar salad was fantastic. We sat on the heated deck with the very cool ocean breeze watching the sailboats, Dolphins, and seals. Highly recommend this Santa Cruz experience.

Thank Mark W
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Put this on your list as a must visit if you are visiting Santa Cruz! The Deck is lovely and had such a beautiful view on a gorgeous day. My first time to Santa Cruz and traveling solo, my waitress Danielle, was great at making menu and cocktail selections. I had the pear and Gorgonzola Salad with skirt steak...awesome!! The... More 

Thank 460Rowland
San Jose, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have loved this restaurant for years. It's great in the summer as you can sit outside and enjoy the California weather and watch the ocean and boats. All their seafood dishes are great, as are the steaks. They have a varied and delicious breakfast/brunch also. In winter season, they have a protected patio area with heaters. The salad bar is... More 

Thank RetireeC0uple
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great big place on Twin Lakes Beach which always seemed busy. Fast, friendly service and a varied menu and wine list to match. Really nice food too, and good sized portions.

Thank UKRegulartraveller
Chicago, Illinois
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped her to have lunch on a quick trip to the Santa Cruz area. After a walk on the beach it was the perfect place for lunch. The main restaurant is lovely with white table clothes. There was a wait for this, so I decided to go upstairs where you can sit wherever you want with no wait. There is... More 

Thank Alanalon
Sonora, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, great staff, great food and great views. I love that they seem really upscale with the cloth table cloths and cloth napkins and the wait staff is dressed all in black but at the same time its very kid friendly and attracts a lot of tourists. I was skeptical on ordering the Ahi Poke but the waiter spoke... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always a good place to eat with good food and a decent wine selection. This time it was just a little too windy for us to eat outside so for the second time in 35 years, we ate inside. Same food & wine tho... ( my attempt at a joke).

Thank Richard E
Patterson, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on a whim after a day in Santa Cruz and i'm very glad we did. We were seated outside and could see the nearby lighthouse and boats coming in. We had a crab dip for an appetizer which was the bomb!! The main entree was great as well. I would recommend for both the food and the... More 

Thank boxerlover924
Auburn, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had reservations for dinner but were a little hungry after playing golf so decided to eat at the upstairs part of the Crow's Nest. The house smoked salmon with wasabi dipping sauce was very,very good. Still a little hungry so we ordered the Calamari which were nicely seasoned with bread crumbs and cooked to perfection. We really prefer nice... More 

Thank jonijett13
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic location, excellent service, delicious food & reasonable prices. Made our only night in Santa Cruz that much more special.

Thank Kamb60

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood, Pacific Rim
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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?