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“Enjoyable lunch by the harbour....”

Aldo's Harbor Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 374 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Description: Aldo's Harbor Restaurant is a third generation, family run business located in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Aldo's serves Breakfast and Lunch with Dinner service offered in the Summertime. Aldo's boasts a fabulous outdoor deck which overlooks the Harbor, beach and Monterey Bay.
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Enjoyable lunch by the harbour....”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Had an enjoyable lunch with our 2 boys having a day trip from San Francisco. Got to admit, we got a bit lost trying to find Santa Cruz harbour (tourists driving down from San Francisco for the day!) and so by luck we stumbled onto the west side of the harbour where Aldos was located. It was also following a recent anchovie mass death (suffocation?!) which was a bit surreal and put a bad smell in the air...however we ate inside and had the fishermans basket and the boys had chicken tenders. The basket itself was a decent sized plate of nicely crumbed octopus, fish, shrimp... without being too big. Got to admit, the crumbing was done without being too fatty. Not sure what the secret was but tasted great.
Great service as well.

  • Visited August 2014
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely local setting great food & value”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Summer sailboat races every Wed evening. Prompt courteous service, fresh fish & vegetables reasonably priced. Walked to lighthouse after dinner- just lovely

Visited July 2014
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San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Casual dinner after the beach”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Been many times over the years, (mostly for lunch),because of the outside seating,overlooking the dock. Very pleasant and easy access off the beach. Our experience this time with the food was so poor, the view hardly made up for it. Worst Clam Chowder any of us had ever tasted! What was in it? The Fish & Chips were merely frozen" fish cutlets "placed in a deep fryer. MahiMahi tacos, dry and tasteless. "Tagliatelle" was Spaghetti!! Shrimp Louie was delicious. Come on Aldo's, give us a reason to return.

  • Visited August 2014
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great views”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

The food was good - we stopped for a late breakfast, but sitting outside looking out on the harbour was brilliant. We have never seen so many seals and sea lions in the water so close to the shore was incredible. The restaurant was busy so the service was a little slow but it did not matter as we had so much to entertain us watching the boats and canoes leaving the harbour which was shrouded in fog - bit chilly for July. we walked along to the lighthouse afterwards and watched fishermen pulling in giant salmon whilst the odd seal popped his head up in the hope of an escapee!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Julie C
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Dublin, California
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Still a Great Place”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

As always a great view from the deck. Great time watching all the activity in the harbor. The food as always is good. Service is good also.

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