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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 - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is for sure worth a stop. located right on the water front near where hundreds of boats docked. Got there right around sunset and sailboats were sailing in while live music began upstairs. The band played funk and soul music which we loved! The beer and wine selection is vast and local. Food options were great as well,... More 

Thank LivinGreat808
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to the restaurant after taking a catamaran cruise, with friends. There was reasonable choice, the meals were all as expected, the dessert was particularly special and we liked our seat by the windows, looking out onto the sun sinking towards the water.

Thank JacquimNZ
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for dinner on a Wednesday and had a great time. Most of us had the steak special, which was a real treat!! Eight of us were seated within 10 minutes. We stayed after dinner and went upstairs where they had a great band. The only thing I didn't like was having to pay for parking.

Thank gypsymermaid53
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Highly recommended by my cousin living in San Jose, when we stopped in Santa Cruz. Great views from the windows, good service, food great value and well cooked. Really good Salad Bar to take as much as you like. Will definitely visit again next time in Santa Cruz

Fremont, California
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had Dungeness Crab Cakes & Ahi Ruby Rare for appetizers and a double servings of Broiled Lobster Tail (Australian Tail ). All nicely done. great place for hangout with lots of people around you and also a deck for outside seating and big windows by the bar

Northridge, United States
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my 5 th time at the Crows Nest. The food and drinks are so good, the view is the most amazing part of this restaurant

Thank Patty T
Tel Aviv, Israel
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok. The view was also ok. Nothing special at all. Went there after reading good reviews but it is actually an average place, tourists trap at most.

Thank Ilovemiko
Sonora, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful service and excellent food, great view, and great prices. Staff was helpful in explaining the area and giving information about places to stay.

Thank geoffs49319
Watsonville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the seafood fettuccine which was very good. It took "forever" to get our table and we sat there waited longer to place an order. The service was poor which cancels out the very good food so the final score is average. The atmosphere is nice and the place has nice views. You have to pay for parking.

Thank 427BeatleBob
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious entrees, appetizers, drinks & atmosphere- 2 dining style choices - upstairs bar & grill & downstairs a more upscale menu. I chose downstairs & service, view, & food incredible- attentive staff & if you sit on the outside (partially glassed in) you can watch the sailboats come & go...and if lucky, which I was, the sea lions frolicking in... More 

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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, 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?