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Crow's Nest Restaurant

) #3 of 295 Restaurants in Santa Cruz €€ - €€€ American, , Seafood
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“calamari” (81 reviews)
“brochette” (11 reviews)
“steak” (46 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love them! The best salad bar ever, yummy calamari, and deeeelicious prime rib! We go once every few months... breakfast, lunch, dinner! All great! Happy hour on wednesdays is fun!!! Sail boat races and discounted food upstairs!

Thank Y6570QFnikkis
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This restaurant's position is, above all else, amazing. We loved watching the sailing boats cruising into the harbour after their day. The rest of my party enjoyed the seafood, but I confess I made an error ordering the steak. It was not seared, and barely...More

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to the Crow's Nest based on reviews on TA and recommendation from the hotel we were staying in. Unfortunately, my calamari was rubbery, the service was poor, we had to ask three times for the kids menu. The view, was good, but didn't...More

Thank Vic
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Yummiest said bar ever and a really pretty spot. Eat upstairs on nights with "Deal with a view"for lots of food plus salad bar for about ten dollars. It gets really loud on busy nights so make sure you don't go with any one that...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had lunch at the Crow's Nest. All four of us enjoyed our experience. The views of the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Harbor are Wonderful. Three of us enjoyed the salad bar and we all enjoyed the delicious clam chowder, our waitress was...More

Thank jdyjon3
Reviewed 1 week ago

The seafood choices are varied (Norwegian salmon, Alaskan halibut, crab cakes) - but no local seafood. Many of the seafood choices are excellent (crab cakes); others are not - fish tacos are devoid of flavor. Large patio with view of harbor - be prepared with...More

Thank ClevelandJP
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting experience - first of all this is an event for the younger crowd. Free admission, wine was $8 for a small plastic glass, some variety in BBQ menu with prices at $13.49 for a box of very good BBQ pork ribs with beans and...More

Thank krbPalmDesert_CA
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was wonderful. I believe Sam was our waiter and he could not have been nicer while giving us the best of service. Our lunches were good, fresh, and tasty. The restaurant was clean and welcoming.

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was so looking forward to fresh local seafood, but there was very limited supply of that on the menu. Norwegian salmon, Alaska halibut, Hawaiian Ono; no seabass or other local seafood. Plus, the Hawaiian Ono I had was dry & overcooked. Very disappointed. I...More

Thank Waazgirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch at the Crow's Nest is always a wonderful experience. The atmosphere, food and views is a hard combination to beat. I've been a patron for years and have never had a bad meal.

Thank Diane L
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Gloria V
28 June 2017|
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Response from Andrea K | Reviewed this property |
yes!! There is always specials going on daily
12 December 2016|
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Response from Rod L | Reviewed this property |
Not to sure about that, but I think in today's market yes.
Erin W
13 September 2016|
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Response from sailingalongto | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have Tv's and sport bar.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
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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