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Dolphin Restaurant

71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-426-5830
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Overview
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good41%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice dinner at the Dolphin Restaurant. Its at the end of Santa Cruz Wharf. There are scenic views. There is both inside and patio seating. We sat inside. Service was good. We both had a cup of clam chowder. I had their...More

Thank mini
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Mini, Clam chowder, fried calamari, and sand dabs... The perfect Dolphin food experience. Great order. Great time. Thanks for all the kind words. Hope to see you again, soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here to eat while on pier. I had a seafood medley that was excellent and wife a fish dish with rice and veggies that she really enjoyed as well. Staff was extra friendly. The beer was cold, nice wine choices. Was a great choice...More

Thank DRLARRYP
Reviewed 19 August 2017

i like the staff there and i usually am there to play guitar and just go aee the sea lions and star fich, dolphins and usually see a whalr even. there are a lot of pexky seadulls and birds - please do not feed the...More

Thank Will S
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Will, What better place to play your guitar than at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf. Members of our staff, who you like so much, have commented that they enjoy seeing you here.

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I walked down the pier looking at all the menus. By the time we got to the end, we were too hungry to go back. The Dolphin was great. We both had the Snapper Florentine and they were very good. The service...More

Thank Rick T
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Rick, You got lucky and so did we. A couple as hungry as you two after that long walk deserve a great meal, and we're thrilled we were able to serve you one. Walk this way again, please!

Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

As usual great Father's Day scramble and French toast too. Hostess very cordial and seated us promptly .More

Thank john v
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

John, Coming out here to the end of the Wharf for a scramble and French Toast on Father's Day reads like a picture we would love to put on a postcard. Sure was a beautiful morning too, wasn't it? More great breakfasts await, John. See...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017

The best clam chowder on the pier. It's the last eatery at the end of the Warf but by far the best. Prices fair and very fresh seafood; wine & beer list available. It's our favorite spot for lunch or dinner. Very casual & fun...More

1  Thank Elena Perez P
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Elena, Thank you so much for your super kind words. A lot of TLC goes into making that clam chowder, so it means a lot of have you give it a 5 Star Rating. And also to have you call the Dolphin the best eatery...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We ordered from the take out window which had great prices on the same food you could get inside with table service. Perfect for lunch. The oysters were the some of the best I've ever had!

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Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

The staff at our take out window thanks you! All compliments greatly appreciated, including your really nice comment about our oysters. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

It was a nice afternoon. We heard that the restaurant is good and one of the oldest in the wharf. So we went there. We set in the patio. We ordered fried shrimp, clam chowder and fish-chips. After we ordered we waited for more than...More

Thank Purva C
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Purva, Responded to you on Yelp. Very sorry. Something we need to look into.

Reviewed 21 May 2017

We had a great day in Santa Cruz and took some time to visit the Wharf and had lunch at the Dolphin Restaurant. I had the crab cakes and I regretted it. I was disappointed at how greasy the crab cakes were and that they...More

Thank Jeff R
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Jeff, Crab cake recipes differ greatly from restaurant to restaurant and also from coast to coast. I myself am from the east coast, so I get what you're saying. The crab cakes we serve here are very popular with our locals, however. Regional tastes really...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017

We were travelling down the coast , and on our way to LA we stopped in Santa Cruz for a bite. We did like the pier so we went out there to grab some lunch. The weather was nice so we wanted to sit outside,...More

1  Thank carinam827
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

We sincerely wish you had asked to be seated inside the restaurant where you would have not been bothered by the birds. Sorry.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-5830
Description
At Dolphin Restaurant, we have something for everyone. Join us in our dining room for our favorites including everything from an eclectic breakfast menu to our traditional fish & chips. Or if you prefer, dine outdoors on the only outdoor patio on the Wharf. Our walk-up to-go window always has both visitors and locals lining up for our great seafood, clam chowder bread bowls, and a selection of American classics, like burgers and fries. We are also proud to announce that we now have an in-house smoker, serving some of the best quality BBQ. Our mouth-watering pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, and other smoked delicacies. Dolphin Restaurant has delicious options for everyone including the kiddos, so come visit the beautiful Wharf and enjoy a bite to eat at the Dolphin!
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