Food for thought! Craving carnitas? Have a hankering for some homey hash browns? Or do you want to find a farm-to-table restaurant with cool California vibe and seasonal fare? Not to worry: finding a restaurant in Santa Cruz County for every taste – and taste bud – easy! No matter your appetite, there is room at the table for everyone in Santa Cruz County.
Enjoy your meal with world class views. Shadowbrook Restaurant, located in Capitola, welcomes visitors with a descent through lush gardens via cable car. Along the way, you’ll spot waterfalls, a rooftop herb garden and blooming foliage. For more scenic dining views, try Paradise Beach Grille in Capitola Village, the Crow’s Nest near the Santa Cruz Harbor, or the Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge, located inside the Dream Inn.
Looking for a place the kids will love? Head over the to the Picnic Basket. This cozy lunch and breakfast spot dishes up wholesome eats and seasonal scoops from The Penny Ice Creamery, which is just steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Wander the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and dine at Stagnaro Bros. Restaurant. This classic Santa Cruz eatery features always fresh seafood, an open-air market stand and stunning views of the Monterey Bay. Dine next to a window and watch the surfers play in the famous Steamer Lane.
Head to Downtown Santa Cruz for an array of dining options. Eateries such as Snap Taco, El Palomar Restaurant and Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar are centrally located in the heart of downtown and make for delicious stops after a day of shopping.
Try dining like a local! Café Rio in Aptos boasts fresh seafood, salads and steaks, all while being just steps from the sand. Ideal Bar & Grill in Santa Cruz offers a weekday Happy Hour from 3pm – 6pm.
See below for a full list of restaurants in Santa Cruz County!