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favorite late-night dining spot is in downtown Santa Cruz. It's call Red. Half a bar and half a restaurant, this place upstairs on Locust St. is so beautiful and romantic at night. It's the kind of place where you can forget the world outside exists. They open at 5 or 6 in the evening (depending on how late they went the night before) and they serve food till 1am. The whole place is red: floors, wall, tables, everything. The lighting is dim and comes mostly from a big fire in the middle of the room. The food is great: pizza's pasta, fish, big salads, and comfort food. Red is difficult to find and rarely see's out-of-towners because they have no sign or indication they are there. You just have to know about it. It's on the second floor on the corner of Cedar St. and Locust St. in the old santa Cruz Hotel building above Planet Fresh Burritos. From Planet Fresh walk 100 feet west on Locust St. till you come to a big stairway. Climb the stairs and you're there. Enjoy!