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Aquarius - Dream Inn

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175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438 (Bay Street)
+1 831-460-5012
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

This is a place that should not be missed. The food is simply amazing. I had the Burrata with Tomato confit and basil oil. It was so good that we ordered it both nights we went to Aquarius. The first night I had the wonderful plate of duck leg pasta and my friend had the sea scallops. Both were amazing... More 

Thank Tom V
Scotts Valley, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

I have loved everything experienced here and feel like I am on a mini vacation when dining here with friends. I have been several times for breakfast, when parking is much easier. This restaurant is part of the hotel so most of the customers are hotel guests at breakfast. For me it's just a 15 minute drive from home. The... More 

Thank go2garrett
Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

I'm a local so you'd think I'd avoid a restaurant and bar located in a hotel but I don't in this case. Worth going to.

San Francisco
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Three of the ten people in our party ordered flatiron steak. When our entree arrived it was cold - not even warm. We returned it not once but twice. The third time it returned barely warm. The steak was pretty tough so I skipped eating it and opted for a good dessert. Expensive evening for no eatable main dish. We... More 

Thank CampbellPerry
Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

I've really enjoyed this place every time I've gone. The view can not be beat in Santa Cruz! The drinks are great, the service is amazing, and the food is excellent.

Thank isoulshines
Paris, France
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Very friendly service. Went for dinner and breakfast. Liked the clam chowder. Burger was a bit dry but good. Coffee is rubbish but this is the US so no surprise there... Nice local beer on tap.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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178 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

The location is great: you can see all over the beach and the wharf, as the windows are huge. We had drinks in the lounge and then dinner. It was very delicious. The menu is rather small. I can especially recommend the humus and spinach, the salmon, and the steak with mashed potatoes. The chocolate cake for a birthday celebration... More 

Thank fabian_zurich
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Following the hotel's renovation, Aquarius started out as one of the best new restaurants in Santa Cruz. Unfortunately, there were some stumbles caused by adjustments to the local hotel market and ownership changes. The place still sparkles and seems to be emerging from its sophomore slump. A huge plus is that this is the only large unionized venue in town.

Thank Tony R
Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
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154 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Camelia is an excellent waiter. Our food was delicious. The restaurant and bar have huge windows that overlook the beach and ocean. Go at off hours or make a reservation on weekends as it gets very busy.

Thank Pamela D
Ben Lomond, California
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Aquarius is a good restaurant for a hotel dining establishment. With an ideal location overlooking the beach, swimming, surfing, and SUP activity on Cowell Beach, and with a view of the Santa Cruz Wharf, the fully-stocked bar is a good place for a glass of wine or a drink at the end of the day. The restaurant seeks to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 60
American, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438
    (Bay Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-460-5012

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  • Is there a dress code?
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