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Crow's Nest Restaurant

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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
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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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Every time I've been to this joint, the beer has been flat and tasted like moldy lines. If you like beer, do yourself a favor and order a bottled beer or switch to the hard stuff. That pretty much how I feel about this place. The only thing it has going for it is the view.

Thank Ladyg1rl
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90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with family here. Great food, beautiful views, and great staff. Loved the evening here

Thank Dustin C
Santa Cruz, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I always go on Saturday mornings to hear the uke band (about ~35 people) just outside and then eat at Crow's Nest. I also go early evenings for the specials upstairs (1/2 price appetizers and 1/2 off well drinks). I go evenings downstairs for luxurious dinners, usually seafood or steaks, both outstanding. The view is beside the harbor and you... More 

Thank _leeheathorn
Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Crow's Nest has a good variety of good food.at average to higher prices. It is right on the marina with spectacular views of the ocean and the lighthouse. I have been there about ten times and never disappointed. You can dress or go casual. It is right at the beach, so just be prepared to relax and smile at... More 

Thank 1beachbrat
Santa Cruz, California
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This family friendly restaurant has excellent food - and great portions! Whether you're out with your significant other, having lunch with the kids and grandpa, or a girls night out - this is the place! The Crow's Nest has a full bar, panoramic views of the ocean inside and outside seating, extensive menu and knowledgeable staff. We recently went for... More 

Thank ms mama l
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Greetings fellow travelers! Yesterday drove well over an hour one way to have lunch here. Beautiful day, great table. We came hungry. Seriously disappointed to get 2 pieces of greasy fish with cesar I had to send back because the lettuce was old and in bad shape. Only to be topped by the replacement salad, in equal condition to the... More 

Thank gurusdakini
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158 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there with 8 friends for a special occasion. Not a cheap place to dine. I order lobster tail. Rubbery clear tasteless butter, salad or soup is aka carte. The only good thing we ordered was the steamers. My husband had the sand dabs that was soggy and not tasteful. Marisa our server just rude and no personality. We wouldn't... More 

Thank hotelspaqueen
Moreno Valley, California
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon the Crow's Nest and decided to stay and eat. The food was very good despite a limited menu. They have a wide selection of cocktails and beer. I do recommend this place.

Thank gbulldoger
Pahrump, Nevada
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great happy hour! Great views up top but get there early or be prepared to wait or sit inside. Food is very good. Have eaten here many times and never have been disappointed. Service is sometimes spotty but that gives you time to linger before getting your check but can be somewhat disconcerting when you need something.

Thank hjcbirdbath
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend this place to those wanting to fine dine without all the expenses of a fancy restaurant. Price wise, the dishes are about $24 a plate. I ordered the snapper dish which had a wonderful cream sauce. My only complaint would be the portion. I am a fan of places that do LARGE portions.. This place made you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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: +1 831-476-4560

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