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“Reasonably Priced and Delicious!”
Review of Woodies Cafe

Woodies Cafe
Ranked #56 of 372 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: American
Description: At Woodies Cafe, our focus is on quality. We pride ourselves on super-friendly service to accompany the top quality ingredients we use in all our entrees. Families gravitate to Woodies for all kinds of reasons. It starts with our menu, which is All-American fun food, all made from high quality ingredients at very affordable prices. For adults, we offer great entrees like fish and chips, teriyaki chicken, and seafood pasta. And for burger lovers, we serve our Killer Burgers quite simply because that's exactly what they are: big, juicy and delicious. Kids love Woodies too because of our Special Kid's Menu with choice of corn dog, hot dog, grilled cheese or chicken nuggets, each served with french fries! We not only have delicious food, but we also have a spectacular ocean view and a gift shop with Santa Cruz written all over it. There's no better place to find beachwear, sweatshirts, t-shirts, flip flops and a wide assortment of other wearable memorabilia that combine quality and affordability. Whether you're visiting for our tasty burgers, our delicious ice cream shakes, or simply for the breath-taking view of the beach, your stop at Woodies Cafe will never disappoint!
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Description: At Woodies Cafe, our focus is on quality. We pride ourselves on super-friendly service to accompany the top quality ingredients we use in all our entrees. Families gravitate to Woodies for all kinds of reasons. It starts with our menu, which is All-American fun food, all made from high quality ingredients at very affordable prices. For adults, we offer great entrees like fish and chips, teriyaki chicken, and seafood pasta. And for burger lovers, we serve our Killer Burgers quite simply because that's exactly what they are: big, juicy and delicious. Kids love Woodies too because of our Special Kid's Menu with choice of corn dog, hot dog, grilled cheese or chicken nuggets, each served with french fries! We not only have delicious food, but we also have a spectacular ocean view and a gift shop with Santa Cruz written all over it. There's no better place to find beachwear, sweatshirts, t-shirts, flip flops and a wide assortment of other wearable memorabilia that combine quality and affordability. Whether you're visiting for our tasty burgers, our delicious ice cream shakes, or simply for the breath-taking view of the beach, your stop at Woodies Cafe will never disappoint!
Delta, Canada
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Reasonably Priced and Delicious!”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Within walking distance from the boardwalk and half way up the wharf you will find an unassuming little restaurant with a killer view of the ocean and even better food. You walk in, order your food and pick it up at the counter when they buzz you. That said...the décor is fresh, clean, and welcoming. The staff worked hard to make sure you were happy. They were constantly cleaning up and wiping down the tables and seats. Very friendly and helpful.

As for the food, we ordered a tri-tip steak sandwich with fried onions and cheese (US$10.95) including fries. The portions were more than filling and so delicious, I must confess to being a little piggy and eating the whole sandwich!! We also ordered their onion strings (US$3.95). We asked for ranch dressing to dip them in and the staff promptly dished some up for us. These onion strings could get addictive they were so tasty.

All in all, we hated to leave. It was reasonably priced restaurant, we were sitting next to the windows with a lovely view of the ocean and nearby beach, and it was such a laid back atmosphere that we hated to leave. It is a relatively new restaurant, so give it a try really soon!!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank P B
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San Jose, Calif
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great food & ocean views”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Love this place as it is set up like Sonoma Chicken Coop whereas you order at counter and pick up at counter. The cost of the food here is reasonable and the atmoshere is nice. This is a family restaurant that is owned by same owner as Firefish which is attached. We have brought family and friends here to eat lunch and dinner and have found the food to be pretty good. I love the crab melt that is usually on special. The clam chowder is ok and flavor varies at times. You self serve your soft drinks and can buy beer, wine & cocktails. I highly recommend you try it for yourself!

  • Visited February 2014
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San Jose, California
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Exactly what we wanted”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

My fiancée had a hankering for some clam chowder and while there are a lot of restaurants on and about Santa Cruz that would serve it he didn't want a sit down restaurant. Woodies had everything we could have wanted. A great atmosphere, friendly staff, and great food. He had his chowder, and calamari while I had the Aloha Salmon and it was delicious! The fish was very moist and not dry. We liked that it was a dining experience determined by our own time instead of the wait staff. Highly recommend!

  • Visited February 2014
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Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A great casual lunch experience”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

Woodies was a great cafe for a birthday lunch on the way to San Francisco. The food was great, it wasn't expensive, and the view was spectacular. Popcorn shrimp, fish and chips, and clam chowder were very good. Overall, we had a great experience.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Xaina L
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Sherman Oaks, & Aust
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Seafood and salad to die for!”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Thank God for AAA and its Travel Guides (by State) rating accommodation and eateries - it led us to Woodies; and what a pearl. Great seafood, beautiful salads, incredibly tasty and fresh, not at all greasy; and the very nicest people making it all happen. Oh, and the clam chowder.
There would be few better places on the planet which offer such a superb seafood selection, at such incredibly affordable prices in such a magnificent setting - overlooking one of the most beautiful bays, rich with wildlife and people enjoying life doing what they do in delivering the best they can to their guests; making sure no one is disappointed.
We ate a meal here each day in Santa Cruz - and will do likewise on our return.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Phillip E
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