Santa Cruz Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Santa Cruz

The cuisine in Santa Cruz is as varied as the county's geography. Just as there are oceans, forests and mountains, Santa Cruz boasts wineries, breweries and whisky bars, and restaurants serving cuisine that ranges from Mexican to Mediterranean. To get your caffeine fix, head to Verve Coffee Roasters, a highly acclaimed coffee bar and roaster with other locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo. Linda's Seabreeze Cafe is good spot for breakfast – try the cinnamon rolls – but remember to bring cash, as it does not accept cards. 

La Posta is a neighborhood Italian eatery with delicious pizza, and Laili serves up Mediterranean-Afghan cuisine. For beer, try the New Bohemia or "NuBo," a brewery opened by University of California, Santa Cruz alums. Or, for a more comprehensive overview of the Santa Cruz brewery scene, hop on board a Brew Cruz bus for a guided tour of the county's best breweries and bars. When you're ready to satisfy your sweet tooth, try the local ice cream. The Penny Ice Creamery, which makes its ice cream in small batches from scratch, is a favorite among visitors and residents. If you want a side of stunning coastal views with your dark chocolate sorbet cone, head to the creamery's Pleasure Point location.  

Find the Best Restaurants in Santa Cruz

  • #1
    Marianne's Ice Cream
    #1 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 571 reviewsTripAdvisor (571)
    $ | American
    1020 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2817
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  • #2
    Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
    #2 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 376 reviewsTripAdvisor (376)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    542 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3421
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  • #3
    Lillian's Italian Kitchen
    #3 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 196 reviewsTripAdvisor (196)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1148 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
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  • #4
    The Buttery
    #4 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 621 reviewsTripAdvisor (621)
    $ - $$ | French, American
    702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2313
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  • #5
    Laili Restaurant
    #5 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 517 reviewsTripAdvisor (517)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani
    101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
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  • #6
    Walnut Avenue Cafe
    #6 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 354 reviewsTripAdvisor (354)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
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  • #7
    Zachary's Restaurant
    #7 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 263 reviewsTripAdvisor (263)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4433
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  • #8
    West End Tap & Kitchen
    #8 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub
    334 Ingalls St Ste D, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5880
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  • #9
    Betty Burgers
    #9 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 206 reviewsTripAdvisor (206)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    505 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3748
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  • #10
    Harbor Cafe
    #10 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 166 reviewsTripAdvisor (166)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
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  • #11
    The Penny Ice Creamery
    #11 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 197 reviewsTripAdvisor (197)
    $ | American
    913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
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  • #12
    Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room
    #12 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 316 reviewsTripAdvisor (316)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian
    221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4419
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  • #13
    Saturn Cafe
    #13 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 250 reviewsTripAdvisor (250)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Diner
    145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4498
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  • #14
    The Picnic Basket
    #14 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 424 reviewsTripAdvisor (424)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
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  • #15
    Pizza My Heart
    #15 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ | Pizza, Fast Food
    1116 Pacific Ave Ste B, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4472
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  • #16
    The Crow's Nest
    #16 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1326 reviewsTripAdvisor (1326)
    $ - $$ | American
    2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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  • #17
    Crepe Place
    #17 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 142 reviewsTripAdvisor (142)
    $ - $$ | American
    1134 Soquel Ave Frnt, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2158
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  • #18
    Johnny's Harborside
    #18 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 286 reviewsTripAdvisor (286)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
    493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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  • #19
    Stagnaro Bros Seafood
    #19 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 645 reviewsTripAdvisor (645)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Soups
    Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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  • #20
    Cafe Brasil
    #20 of 428 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 175 reviewsTripAdvisor (175)
    $ - $$ | Brazilian, Cafe
    1410 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4739
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