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The Crow's Nest

2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“calamari” (95 reviews)
“brochette” (12 reviews)
“fish” (75 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Reviewed yesterday

We, a group of 5 arrived on a busy Saturday afternoon without a reservation but were told it would be about 30 minutes wait for a table. This was no problem and we headed to the upstairs bar for a drink while waiting. We were...More

Thank Beverley W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Met for brunch on Sunday ... and was very pleased we could have salad bar at 10:30am. It's the best salad bar I know of! But the breakfast platters being delivered looks fabulous too. The views are as lovely as the food at Crow's Nest.

Thank Jules T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. It's location is one of the best, sitting right on the harbor. The ambiance cannot be beat as it reflects the Santa Cruz vibe. Food is well prepared and served by friendly wait staff. Prices...More

Thank drfwilson
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here and it was tasty however we went upstairs for a beer afterwards and they said they were closing shortly and it was 930pm?? when we were leaving I asked for Wifi code so I could call an Uber but I was...More

Thank MartinaD95
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best place Santa Cruz has to offer! Elegant dining for special occasions. Happy hour dining is my favorite the appetizers are wonderful! The price is incredible. If you like calamari and\or buffalo wings and a cocktail this is the place! Its the...More

Thank Voyage752518
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to the Crow‘s nest today just 30th of October 2018 to have lunch the elevator is out of service my wife is disabled nobody in the restaurant seem to care or want to help I walked upstairs to find the...More

1  Thank John N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We waited for a table, as we expected to, but it didn't seem overly crowded. That only matters because our waitress kept going AWOL on us. And we kept needing her - no utensils, no opportunity to request water or bread, questions on the menu,...More

Thank sushi4soup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is located on the edge of the Santa Cruz Harbor and Marina right on the sand facing the Monterey Bay. The food is delicious. The variety of menu items available whether from the Sea or Land is phenomenal. Depending on time of day...More

Thank gourmet4uh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by the front desk clerk at our motel. We went early (about 530 pm) Our server was extremely friendly and helpful in explaining the menu items, and we discovered later in the evening that he is a helluva singer....More

Thank James K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a farly large restaurant. It has a nice view. More of a tourist place. To me, the food was a bit pricey and only average. Not sure I'd go again. Maybe.

Thank bintraveling2
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17 June 2018|
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Response from Angela C | Reviewed this property |
The live music is upstairs in the bar lounge area. there are tables as well. You could bring children, but I would not unless they were older. And yes, it can get loud.
Gloria V
29 June 2017|
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Response from back2ak | Reviewed this property |
yes!! There is always specials going on daily
13 December 2016|
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Response from 90rodl | Reviewed this property |
Not to sure about that, but I think in today's market yes.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-4560
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