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Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants

) #81 of 298 Restaurants in Santa Cruz €€ - €€€ , 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%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck confit” (2 reviews)
“shellfish” (2 reviews)
“beans” (3 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is one of our SC faves even though the meals are small. It can be hit or miss, but this time it was very good. The apps were excellent-oysters, Brussels & cheeses..... My fish- the halibut & shellfish, was a small but was...More

Thank soifdawg
patrice b, Owner at Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2016

Hello soifdawg, Thanks so much for dining with us, and taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your review, and want to let you know- we are aware of a number of places where we need improvement (consistency) and we are working on...More

Reviewed 23 November 2016

Soif has got to be the Michelin star resto of Santa Cruz City. Impeccable wine list thats paired with marvelously prepared entrees and starters. We even had a drink at the bar which is attached to restaurant. Wonderful bartender and a well crafted drink called...More

Thank Pierre_Fou13
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This review is long overdue. I have been visiting Soif for about 6 years. The staff has always been amazing, especially John and Alissa! They get to know the types of wine you like and make impeccable selections specialized to your taste. Their is nowhere...More

1  Thank Kenda H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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