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Dolphin Restaurant

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71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-426-5830
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Called as we were walking on the pier and the smells wafting over smelt gorgeous. Stopped here as it seemed the most reasonably priced. Ordered pulled pork, fish 'n chips, clam and chowder - all of which were very tasty. Just watch out for the seagulls and pigeons if eating outside! Credit card taken! ...

Thank Crazysurfkid
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Hey Crazysurfkid! You ordered a great selection of what makes the Dolphin the Dolphin. Glad we were able to lure you in with those gorgeous smells and and that you found your food to be "very tasty". Sorry we can't do anything about the seagulls, but they come with the awesome ocean setting. Hope you'll be back soon! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The dolphin is a great spot to enjoy lunch on a sunny day. They have a nice terrace located at the end of the pier, you can spend a good time there the place is nice and calm. Glass walls will protect you from the wind and let you make the most out of the sunny day. Food wise it... More 

Thank Cloud-V-Waves
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Sounds like a perfect summer day. Great to read we helped you make the most of it with our fresh seafood and awesome views. Hope you'll be back. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a great place to relax at the end of the pier. Friendly service, great beer and the chowder is amazing!

Thank dougsum
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

dougsum, We never tire of reading the rave reviews about our chowder. THANKS! It's our own recipe and it's made with lots of love, clams and real cream. We'll keep making it for you, so be sure to come back. More 

Sturgeon, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat on the patio and had a very nice, quiet lunch. Very good clam chowder, and clam strips. Good service also. It was a very relaxing place to have lunch.

Thank tama940
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

tama, Sweet 4 star revue! Thank you so much and so glad you had such a nice lunch with us. More 

San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I decided on the spur of the moment to go to Dolphin and get some clam chowder. I was concerned because the traffic getting onto the wharf was terrible and finding a parking place was very difficult. There were so many people on the wharf. But we were able to get a table by the glass wall... More 

Thank Divermaiden
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Divermaiden, Yesterday was a beautiful day. Glad you were able to share it with us and had such a nice time. Our compliments to your taste buds. Very active and alive. Your comment about our "creamy clam chowder" is spot on. Most restaurants use milk for their clam chowder. We use real cream. And yes, real garlic on our garlic... More 

Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We sat out side great day! You must try their shrimp Poor Boy. Its the best! Some much shrimp in this sandwich really good. The service was really good to. Eat outside and watch the seals, birds and people.

Thank Maryjane M
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Maryjane, Thank you so much for your really nice 5 star review and for mentioning our awesome Shrimp Poor Boy. You're right. We don't skimp on the shrimp. In fact, we try not to skimp on anything. It takes a lot of effort to have our food match the great ocean view at the end of the wharf, and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for breakfast. Good food, reasonable price. Server maya was awesome and made eating there a delight. Overall good place with magnificent view especially if you sit outside.

Thank Gurmeet D
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Gurmeet, So glad you came for breakfast. That's one of the things that makes us really special. It's majestic out here that time of the day, and we put a lot of love into our breakfast menu to help make the food as comparable to the view as possible. Sitting outside only adds to the experience. Great way to start... More 

Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We wanted a good lunch so we could enjoy the boardwalk and beach. The food was excellent. We had salmon. It came with a generous salad and lots of vegetables. The salmon was prepared perfectly and it was very fresh. We took our time and did not feel rushed by the wait staff. I would highly recommend the Dolphin. They... More 

Thank Spicemom2013
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Spicemom, So glad you found our food to be excellent, and that the salmon was perfectly prepared and "very fresh". Our wait staff thanks you for taking the time to compliment them as well in this beautifully written 5 star review. Would love to have you visit us again soon. More 

Fremont, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We had a nice dinner, sat outside and enjoyed the sunset. Cloth napkins but not snoody, they also had takeout for people who want to sit at picnic tables on the wharf. The waiter, Maximillan, was excellent with food and wine suggestions. The food was very good and reasonably priced for the area. No dessert menu, it would have been... More 

Thank Cheryl W
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Cheryl, We want you to know we appreciate this wonderful review very much. Perhaps having a dessert menu would have earned us that 5th star, but very glad Maximillian was able to point you in the right direction for ice cream. Hope you'll come back to visit us again real soon. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Food was excellent (I had a spinach based cheese omelette with a good side of saute potatoes). Service was a little slow but the location looking over the pier and water well and truly made up for this. Highly recommended for breakfast and the lunch menu looked REALLY good also.

Thank Simon-n-Gina
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Simon-n-Gina, Thrilled you discovered us for breakfast. We pride ourselves on our breakfast menu, and when you combine the breathtaking view at the very end of the Wharf with all of the great morning menu items, there may be no better way to start the day in Santa Cruz than with breakfast at the Dolphin, is what regulars tell us. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-5830
At Dolphin Restaurant, we have something for everyone. Join us in our dining room for our favorites including everything from an eclectic breakfast menu to our traditional fish & chips. Or if you prefer, dine outdoors on the only outdoor patio on the Wharf. Our walk-up to-go window always has both visitors and locals lining up for our great seafood, clam chowder bread bowls, and a selection of American classics, like burgers and fries.

We are also proud to announce that we now have an in-house smoker, serving some of the best quality BBQ. Our mouth-watering pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, and other smoked delicacies.

Dolphin Restaurant has delicious options for everyone including the kiddos, so come visit the beautiful Wharf and enjoy a bite to eat at the Dolphin!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?