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Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants

$$ - $$$, American
105 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3912
+1 831-423-2020
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible2%
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“shellfish” (2 reviews)
“beans” (4 reviews)
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Wine Bar, American
$$ - $$$
105 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3912
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I reserved a table for a romantic evening with my wife. When we arrived they said they had snatched our little table up for a larger party and they had us seated at a commune table with another group already dining! What is this, a...More

Thank mjlock81james
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Santa Cruz was long overdue for a decent wine bar when Soif ("thirst" en French) opened a number of years ago. The business expanded to offer meals which are good. Though plan on dropping quite a few quid for a good meal and some wine....More

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I had a girl friend meet me here while the teenagers shopped in downtown. They have a wide range of wines and the staff was great! Can't wait to visit again on our "Mom's Only" trip!

Thank The_Travelin_Monkey
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This is a wine shop with a linked restaurant. They have a restaurant wine list but diners can pick a wine from the shop; the restaurant sometimes adds a corkage charge although this might depend on the spend in the restaurant. God short menu and...More

Thank barnhols
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

This was not even average - especially at the price-point. Only positives were that it was to clean and the staff were helpful. Other than that - the wine selection was extremely limited and included few local or even US options. The food was dreadful...More

Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Soif means thirst in French, and the food we ordered seemed designed to promote it. The fritters were laden with Moroccan-type spices, and salty. Nuts were good, but nothing special. Hard to put together a meal from the limited choices, and the sausages we ordered...More

Thank 1JacquelineTravels
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Lolling around on a rainy Easter Sunday, when an idea popped up: "Let's go out for a drink!" Thought we'd try Soif, as we've eaten there many a time and always enjoyed. Now they've got a full bar, so it's more than just their wonderful...More

Thank pickygrrl
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We went to try this restaurant that was recommended by a friend. I ordered the burger and my husband ordered the chicken pasta dish (recommended by our waiter) it was a true disappointment- there was no pasta.what the hell. They looked like 2 sad little...More

Thank Dosteele
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place is a great spot & something different for locals. More of a San Francisco vibe with it's high ceiling/ warehouse vibe. Kitchen offers unique and wonderful choices. Not big menu, but everything done well. Especially love the wine flight options. Unique list &...More

Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I rate things based on value, ie do I get value in service, product, etc for the price I pay. The price is not important the value is. In this case I paid about $100 for my wife and I to have a glass of...More

Thank George B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 35
Wine Bar, American
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3912
    (Pacific Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-2020
  • E-mail
Great Food & Wine in Downtown Santa Cruz Since opening, our goal has been to provide a comfortable place to drink great wine and eat food that is as good as the wine, and then, if the wine is to your liking, to be able to buy some and take it home. We want wines that are usually a challenge to find: reflective of their origin, expressive of the vineyard and the vintage and the traditions of their region, wines that are not a commodity, but limited and handmade, wines of great provenance and flavor. For us, the fun is in finding the wines, sourcing and making the delicious, wholesome food, and then putting it all together so when our guests walk through the door, night after day, there is something here for them that is real, that satisfies their thirst for the soulful, the delicious, and the well made.
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