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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%
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“calamari” (90 reviews)
“brochette” (12 reviews)
“steak” (52 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Raod work delayed our arrival, but we had drinks & appetizers at half price, yay! Calamari was best that my friend ever had. My crab cakes were pretty and good, but not quite what I'd expected. Portabello mushroom sandwich delicious. Friend who ordered "Shrimptini" loved...More

Thank rmromandia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly staff with pretty good food! The wait time is always reasonable and there's a cute little shop you can browse through if you have to kill some time before being seated. I love coming here if I want to dress up a little and...More

Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Still, Santa Cruz's number one choice for Fine Dining! Delicious food and a fully stocked salad bar, and a view of the Harbor, Crow's Nest is my favorite place to indulge. Also, love the nachos and potato skins on the bar menu upstairs. Drinks and...More

Thank imamberdz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's busy, bustling - even when it is supposed to be quiet time but the best table of all is upstairs out on the terrace. there will be a line of people waiting for tables in the main restaurant, but ignore this line, march to...More

Thank Jedfal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stuffy, pretentious, limited menu, outdated furnishings, way too much dark wood everywhere - shall I go on. Was told this is the place to go for a great meal and maybe even the best in Santa Cruz. I think they need to rethink their standards....More

1  Thank mastiffdad
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time to this wonderful harbor side restaurant. Fresh food, great salad bar and cold beers. Window seats are a must, very relaxing. Couple of the local streets impacted by construction, but worth the stop.

Thank Chuck O
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Upstairs Crow's Nest if my all time fav for any season of the year! A glass of wine in spring-summer-fall and an Irish Coffee in the winter. Great windows and upper deck to view the Harbor entrance and Monterey Bay views--sailboats, fishing boats, kayaks, paddle...More

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Went with another couple tonight for dinner after spending the day down in the Monterey Peninsula area. Walked in around 6PM with no reservations, but we were seated within about 10-15 minutes. Got seated near an open door, but were re-seated within a few minutes...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Had a reservation for 5:45 for Tuesday lobster dinner. Told it would be 10-15 minutes when we arrived at 5:45. Checked back with staff after 20 minutes and was told it would be a few minutes. Checked back again at 6:30. Got a “Sorry, just...More

Thank Donald H
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely, relaxing harbor view, fair service, with friendly staff, food tourist geared, expensive and not memorable. I might try it again for breakfast, but I’d say go if you want a pleasant view and aren’t looking for a foodie find.

Thank FoodieRisa
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Gloria V
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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
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
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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