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Dolphin Restaurant

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71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-426-5830
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08:00 - 21:00
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Burbank, California
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218 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We meet our friend there on the pier and wonderful food, view and service. We would recommend this for dinner for sure. It is very casual and happen to hit it when it was nice and warm outside.

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Orcutt, California
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129 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Went looking for a breakfast place on Christmas morning, most places were closed, but at the end of the pier a little cafe was open for breakfast. The selection was good, I had a Crab Omelet, Was cooked to perfection. Someone ordered Huevos Rancheros, was good. Bacon and eggs was ordered also and everything came out as requested. Staff was... More 

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

Jim, There's something magical about being able to enjoy a great breakfast on Christmas morning, and we are thrilled that we were able to come through for you on that. So nice of you to tell us. More 

Hyannis, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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 

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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 1 November 2016

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.

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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 56 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.

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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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131 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.

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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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414 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 341 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 

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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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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

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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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100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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 

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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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182 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 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 

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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Kids
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
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?