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American, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly
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0.8 miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place! Location, inexpensive parking, food and service were all a fabulous experience. I highly recommend Aldo’s. We shared the Fisherman’s Plater in order to sample the coconut shrimp, breaded fish and calamari. We substituted the chips for the onion rings. Made my day!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed April 5, 2022

We had seafood. It was very fresh and tasty. Great ambiance with outdoor harbor view seating. Prices where very fair. Warning: large portions! This place is a Santa Cruz institution for good reason.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed November 13, 2020

Service person was uninterested and appeared not to want to be there. Breakfasts were just ok. Fish tacos were terrible. Should of been described as "small diced fish" tacos.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed July 8, 2020

they have reopened w social distancing...we went yesterday for lunch. The food is really good, and good service...great location on the harbor....i love the BLT w avocado. have had the breakfast scramble, again , very good. they have beer and soda, not sure abt wine...right now....More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed December 10, 2019

We have gone to Aldo's ever since we arrived 7 years ago - for us being dog friendly is the best aspect - plus friendly professional staff and deliciious food.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 24, 2019

I love this place. We are seated right down at eye level with the boats at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Lovely setting. I read that some people "fled" when they saw the location and that the "restaurant" is basically a food truck. While this is...true about the food truck, all the food I have tried is excellent. I am mostly there for breakfast and lunch and there is no finer place on a fine day. Service is the only area that could use some work. We have often had to wait longer than we wanted, so be prepared for that. You may get seated right away, but you may have to wait for staff to approach your table and then for your food to come. Worth the wait most of the time.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 17, 2019 via mobile

This is a nice location on the water with ample seating and puppy friendly. Menu is ok and seafood choices there but not choices of fresh oysters or clams on the half shell. Food was good, service was ok and prices were I guess average...for the area.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

Showed up at 3:25, 35 mins before they are set the close, paid for the lot parking, walked up and all the employees were cleaning up the kitchen and patio. Disappointed they closed early. Thanks for nothing

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019

We were so eager to get the cioppino but when we pulled into the parking lot and saw the "restaurant" in person we fled.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

Stopped by for a late brunch expecting a crowd. Nope! Lovely dog friendly location right beside the wharf. Bloody Mary was excellent. I had the Cioppino. Yum! Go a bit early as they were out of calamari.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed June 30, 2019 via mobile

Aldo’s serves admirable local cuisine along side of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Open patio offers views of the harbor with lots of sail boats. Plan to pay for parking and parking meters are easy to find. There is only patio seating and food is...created in a trailer style kitchen. The staff was spot on and the food was great...local crab, calamari, artichokes. The weekend wait goes fast with lovely scenery of the harbor to distract. Great place to eat with canine friend.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed November 10, 2018

With only outdoor seating, you must enjoy Aldo's on a nice day (not too difficult in CA). We visited three years ago and returned just for the cioppino. They've moved closer to land but now have proximate parking (a surprise we didn't know until the...visit) and some great views of the harbor and sailboats. Still, the $21 cioppino is the BEST and made to order when you order. Served with a slice of garlic toast, it is the richest, most seafood sampler you'd ever want. Simply delicious. We will be back. The service is great, the atmosphere is wonderful, but the cioppino does not disappoint.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

We loved this place! Went in the mid morning before taking a whale watching cruise. Ordered breakfast and it was delish. Nice portions and cooked well. You can request a umbrella for your table if you want. Service was nice as well. Location right on...the harbor. Don't let the fact that its a dinning car with outside eating deter you. Food and drinks are excellent restaurant quality. We would def. go again and recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

Food is good. The view is a 10. You are eating at the harbor. There is a lot of boats, and people rowing or sailing by. Very relaxing and scenic. Service is good.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

If you love seafood this is the place for you. Situated on the ocean with of course great clam chowder, calamari, Cioppino!!! excellente etc etc Salmon is fabulous and I can't think of anything I don't like there even Pizza. Very affordable in my opinion,...good beer and wine selection. The view is what makes it for me though as I enjoy the ocean every chance I can.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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They have a dinner menu after 4 but call to confirm what days it is for.
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Aldo's Harbor Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5