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“To placate your 'thirst' and appetite...”

Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants
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Ranked #92 of 377 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Avenue
Description: Great Food & Wine in Downtown Santa Cruz Since opening, our goal has been to provide a comfortable place to drink great wine and eat food that is as good as the wine, and then, if the wine is to your liking, to be able to buy some and take it home. We want wines that are usually a challenge to find: reflective of their origin, expressive of the vineyard and the vintage and the traditions of their region, wines that are not a commodity, but limited and handmade, wines of great provenance and flavor. For us, the fun is in finding the wines, sourcing and making the delicious, wholesome food, and then putting it all together so when our guests walk through the door, night after day, there is something here for them that is real, that satisfies their thirst for the soulful, the delicious, and the well made.
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

A visit to Soif, "thirst from French", located downtown Santa Cruz, will not leave you either thirsty or hungry but delighted. Food here, is prepared wonderfully with local ingredients. The wine menu is excellent, with a great variety of imported wines. Excellent cordial service and more than reasonable prices. A place with an attractive atmosphere worth returning to many times if one is in the area.

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Thank Amphiraion
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We have been to Soif at least a dozen times, and have never had a bad dish. The food is interesting and delicious...and I know little about wine, but they always find something that makes an evening of it. Wine pricing is reasonable -- this is a great place to take people from other parts of the country to show off California's best. It can be noisy, so sit at the bar or ask for a corner table.

Thank Kate320
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Ordered pasta which proved to be a little much, that is, Rich... even sharing one order with two people. Took unfinished portion home. Rich with cheese, butter... but straight ahead fresh fish or duck (ordered by our friend) looked good and he seemed happy. Prices reasonable, service excellent. Plan to try again.

Great wine bar! and waitress helpful re: choices.

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Thank Robert S
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This restaurant is located downtown, which was great, because in two visits to Santa Cruz, we'd never ventured downtown! We drove. Parking on the street was easy. Every table was booked. The room is a huge open warehouse conversion, and they've spent an awful lot of attention on sound management (you can barely hear even the table next to you), and decor. GREAT wine list. The food was great. Creative, with optional wine pairings. A super evening!

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

A friend took us here and we had great small plates and wine pairings. Soif has crisp and unique decor, with an adjoining bottle shop as well. With Kermit Lynch as apparent provisioner, how can you go wrong? Wait staff were helpful and efficient, making for a great evening for all.

1  Thank JWCFX
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