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“Extremely, unexpectedly good”

Aquarius - Dream Inn
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Ranked #21 of 373 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bay Street
santa cruz, CA
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Extremely, unexpectedly good”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

Decided to do something different for dinner tonight, usually wouldn't be headed down to the main beach/boardwalk area for dinner, but it was such an (unusually) warm lovely evning, we thought we'd try the restaurant at the Dream Inn. And, it was great! Ambience, view -- amazing! -- food, service, all top quality. I had the Dungeness crab won-ton and sea bass entree. We'll be back, definitely, and soon.

  • Visited April 2012
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Chico, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A lovely experience!”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Great ambience and views in this wonderful restaurant. Food is very good too. Nice wine selection.

Visited April 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Lunch, but a bit on the pricey end”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

Both my wife and I were hungry after our flight from Denver and asked for a place to eat lunch at our hotel, the Dream Inn, and they asked if we had tried their restaurant. We took a chance and were pleasantly surprized. We had the fish and chips (lightly battered parma-panko) and thought they were just great. I was a bit pricey, but what the heck, it was our first day down here and felt the splurge was worth it. Make sure to wait for happy hour at 3:30 to order your drinks and you'll save a bunch. We ordered a bit early and ended up paying a lot more for our glasses of merlot.

  • Visited March 2012
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Pleasanton, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very Good...But Way Overpriced For The Area”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Had lunch here, in what used to be our favorite hotel, but just getting way overpriced for both the rooms and the restaurant. Had fish & chips at lunch, which costs the same as the dinner menu. Portion wise was small, which is OK by me, but not at $15.00...plus they try to fancy it up....come on...it's fish & chips....drinks are on the high side at the bar....and though they promote 'hand crafted' cocktails, I've had much better drinks at dive bars around the bay area where they actually do hand craft them as opposed to using premixes. For a casual Santa Cruz get away, not really the spot to go. For a dressed up, expensive day or night out, go for it.

Visited November 2011
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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great meal!”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

The restaurant has great decor, attentive staff and most importantly super food and wine list. Enjoy!

Visited February 2012
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