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Dolphin Restaurant

71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-426-5830
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good43%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (33 reviews)
“fish and chips” (14 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups
€€ - €€€
71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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1 - 10 of 145 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had breakfast here and it was very tasty, plentiful and reasonably priced. The lady serving was extremely helpful, polite and friendly. Nice location at the end of the wharf/pier with great sea views.

Thank VictoryMal
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Had a wonderful breakfast here. Great views at the end of the wharf. So surprised that the food was so good - yet I had never heard about this place before. The wait staff was exceptionally friendly and the service was fast.

Thank nicolegall
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Sitting on the pier, watching the boats, and listening to the sea lions bicker was a wonderful experience, but eating some of the best clam chowder I have ever eaten, along with scallops and prawns, was the greatest treat I experienced while eating in Santa...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 3 October 2017

For the past 20 years, If i want a good cheap Breakfast We will always go to the Dolphin. They make home made hash that is amazing. I always get the poached eggs with the hash... So yummy.... My husband loves the chicken fried steak...More

Thank Hcurrier
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We had a nice dinner at the Dolphin Restaurant. Its at the end of Santa Cruz Wharf. There are scenic views. There is both inside and patio seating. We sat inside. Service was good. We both had a cup of clam chowder. I had their...More

Thank mini
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Mini, Clam chowder, fried calamari, and sand dabs... The perfect Dolphin food experience. Great order. Great time. Thanks for all the kind words. Hope to see you again, soon.

Reviewed 17 September 2017

Stopped here to eat while on pier. I had a seafood medley that was excellent and wife a fish dish with rice and veggies that she really enjoyed as well. Staff was extra friendly. The beer was cold, nice wine choices. Was a great choice...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017

i like the staff there and i usually am there to play guitar and just go aee the sea lions and star fich, dolphins and usually see a whalr even. there are a lot of pexky seadulls and birds - please do not feed the...More

Thank Will S
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Will, What better place to play your guitar than at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf. Members of our staff, who you like so much, have commented that they enjoy seeing you here.

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I walked down the pier looking at all the menus. By the time we got to the end, we were too hungry to go back. The Dolphin was great. We both had the Snapper Florentine and they were very good. The service...More

Thank Rick T
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Rick, You got lucky and so did we. A couple as hungry as you two after that long walk deserve a great meal, and we're thrilled we were able to serve you one. Walk this way again, please!

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

As usual great Father's Day scramble and French toast too. Hostess very cordial and seated us promptly .More

Thank john v
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

John, Coming out here to the end of the Wharf for a scramble and French Toast on Father's Day reads like a picture we would love to put on a postcard. Sure was a beautiful morning too, wasn't it? More great breakfasts await, John. See...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017

The best clam chowder on the pier. It's the last eatery at the end of the Warf but by far the best. Prices fair and very fresh seafood; wine & beer list available. It's our favorite spot for lunch or dinner. Very casual & fun...More

1  Thank Elena Perez P
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Elena, Thank you so much for your super kind words. A lot of TLC goes into making that clam chowder, so it means a lot of have you give it a 5 Star Rating. And also to have you call the Dolphin the best eatery...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View
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 95060-5460
  • 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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