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71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-426-5830
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I make sure to get in here every time I visit Santa Cruz to partake in the some excellent items, from the crab omelettes slathered in dill sauce, or to the fish and chips for lunch. I don't know all the names (Michelle served me today) but all of the gang is excellent! Great views of Steamer's Lane (surf) and... More 

Thank Thomas G
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Thomas, We totally appreciate this awesome 5 star review. Michelle and the "gang" say hi and hurry back! More 

Lahti, Finland
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by this restaurant during our walk at the wharf. The food was just okay. The staff was nice and polite. And the views are of course quite good as this restaurant is at the end of the wharf. I'd probably find another place to dine in the future.

Thank TiiLou
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Would really be interested to know what you ordered, and we really hope you'll give us a second chance. More 

Bullhead City, Arizona
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132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The food was really good and so was the service. My wife had the fried seafood platter and I had the BBQ Brisket on a bun with fries. They have imported and domestic beer. We sat outside on the patio.

Thank JimandSuki_11
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for this very well written, direct and to the point, no frills 5 star review. Hope to see you again at the Dolphin asap. More 

Barcelona, Spain
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132 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I ordered from their take out window, enjoyed their fried calamari, their service and the views. The prices are reasonable. I recommend it to my friend and will come back soon.

Thank Nabilios
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Sounds like our take out window came through for you with flying colors. Great to know that. Thanks for sharing and for recommending us to a friend. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Vacaville, California
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399 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We visited the Santa Cruz pier after not having been here in 20 years. The place has definitely changed. We were hungry and wanted lunch, so we ventured into the Dolphin Restaurant located at the very end of the pier. The place could have been cleaner, but we chose to sit down anyway. The wine list was minimal at best... More 

Thank DennisAtkinson
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Granted, we're biased. But we sincerely think that if you had stayed, you would have been very pleased. Would love to see you give us another shot. More 

Shelby Township, Michigan
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Enjoyed looking at the ocean swimmers in the early morning while having breakfast. The seals can be seen and heard from here too.

Thank danamc65
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

What great imagery! Reads like a scene from a movie. Thank you so much for sharing. More 

Calgary, Canada
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90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We had planned on coming here for a sit down lunch, but a late breakfast derailed our plans a bit, so we decided to get take out before heading back to San Jose. We ordered the fish and chips and the clam chowder (in a cup). Both were very good. Service was very fast, and menu items are priced very... More 

Thank Erex90
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your very gracious review. We want you to know you chose the best possible restaurant on the Wharf for take out and your comments include on all the reasons why: Very good food, fast service, and reasonable prices. Thanks again. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Swedesboro, New Jersey
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177 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This was an unplanned stop because one of our group wanted to eat there. It was a good choice with tasty food and decent prices for a restaurant on a wharf. The views were outstanding, of course, a half mile or so out on the wharf. Service was good. There seemed to be three eating areas: completely uncovered at benches... More 

Thank serenitywriter
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Kudos to the person in your group who led the charge to the Dolphin. Nice to read he hit it out of the park for all of you. Thank you for the 4 stars. Come back soon. More 

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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

try the crab cake benedicts................yummers! low key, fair priced, best sunrise and surf watching spot while eating breakfast!! Took my son here everythime i visited him at UCSC!

Thank kayfrayroth
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Kay, Glad you and your son so enjoy our breakfasts. You're not alone. Locals flock here for breakfast in the off season. And you discovered one great reason why with the delicious crab cakes benedict. We love that you keep coming back. Please don't stop! More 

San Jose, California
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120 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Every trip I make down to Santa Cruz, requires a visit to this restaurant. Their calamari is legit. Perfectly fried and lightly seasoned. The fries that come with it are good too (but I usually only eat a third of the portion). You can dine inside, on their patio, or even get to-go from the take out window. Can't beat... More 

Thank John H
Larry A, management team member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

John, Love just about everything you say here. Beautifully written 4 star review with great descriptions of our food that you enjoy so much and the little things that make it all so special. But one thing we definitely want to change your mind about is the service not being friendly. You struck a nerve with that because delivering friendly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-5830
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?