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“Maybe a new favorite?”

515 Kitchen and Cocktails
Ranked #86 of 374 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed January 14, 2014

We selected 515 Kitchen and cocktails because our favorite Santa Cruz restaurant was closed. It turned out to be a wonderful coincidence. The youthful staff (to patrons in their 60's like us) exhibited a level of professionalism, promptness and attitude rare to these parts. The ambience was somewhat subdued, even cozy, but there was activity and energy without the noise so common to restaraunts today. The bar menu was full of the latest drinks, which we are not interested in, so we were delighted with our more traditional selections: a Manhattan with rye whiskey and a champagne cocktail that where made without any bartender innovations. The menu has a wide selection of entrees and small plates. My friend had pasta and I had a steak. We were both pleased with the preparation and presentation. The wine list is varied and quite reasonable with a nice selection of wines by the glass. We enjoyed ourselves so much we even split a dessert. I am eager to return and hope there is a consistency to the food and service that will provide us with a second favorite resturant in Santa Cruz.

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

My sister took us here when we were visiting her. We sat outside on a chilly evening (thanks for the heaters!) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great menu, both for food and drinks. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. Can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

Especially during the winter, this is a cozy romantic hide-a-way with great cocktails and food.
We plan to head there for New Years before the fireworks.
Salmon is a favorite dish, but everything is great. Make reservations on the weekends for sure.

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Thank nsnac
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We went there for our adult daughter's birthday. They have a very imaginative cocktail menu, and good small plates. We sat upstairs on a corner couch with small, low tables. Busy, but not too noisy. There is also an outdoor heated balcony. The small plates, such as crab cakes, lamb kebabs, and grilled artichokes, were quite tasty. The French fries (both regular and sweet potato) are also good. They have a full menu, but we just enjoyed snacking. It is mainly a place for date night, and caters to the hip UCSC crowd, but I would go again.

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Thank beachfolks_8
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We had a nice time here with some friends local to Santa Cruz. Each small plate we ordered was very tasty. The cocktail menu is extensive, and they also have an excellent beer selection. We sat upstairs at smaller tables, in a lounge area. Unfortunately, the couch my husband and I sat on was a little stinky. It detracted a little from the overall experience, but I would still recommend the place.

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