We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Aquarius - Dream Inn

175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438
+1 831-460-5012
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“sea scallops” (4 reviews)
“kale salad” (5 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (325)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 310 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Good selection and the view is marvelous. The staff is friendly and we especially enjoyed the Jack O'Niel Bar for some evening entertainment.

Thank Doug J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Average food, below average service. I waited 15 minutes for my first glass of wine. Finally had to ask the host for it because my server clearly forgot about me. No apology from anyone.

Thank TravelGuyBos
Reviewed 13 April 2018

We enjoyed a delicious brunch overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. My group ordered the People's Choice award winning clam chowder, Huevos Rancheros, and David's French Toast, which was very fancy and exotic. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the food came quickly (although...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 22 March 2018

It was a group dinner with kids and adults. Staff were very attentive and helpful. Food was good but nothing special.

Thank Moonstone07
Reviewed 11 March 2018

On March 3, 2018 my friends and I had reservations at the Aquarius for a special birthday lunch had requested the corner window table. Upon arrival the table looked to be available but we were not seated there. This is a special lunch and we...More

1  Thank cerrutijennifer
Darren P, General Manager at Aquarius - Dream Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Dear cerrutljennifer, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. I‘m sorry that this is the impression that you walked away from our restaurant with. We are passionate about creating enriching/positive/great/memorable experiences for all guests who come through our door....More

Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

We like to come here during the day so that we can enjoy the wonderful view. (The restaurant is part of the Dream Inn Hotel, which is located right on the beach.) The food and service are both excellent. They are not overly crowded and...More

Thank olive2eat
Reviewed 4 March 2018

First of all I was staying at Dream Inn and the walk to the restaurant was almost off-site and I had to walk down a flight of stairs to get there and I'm older and my knees don't like stairs any longer. I don't "whine"...More

Reviewed 27 February 2018

I have been to Aquarius on several different occasions: with friends, with local colleagues, and with out of town colleagues and friends. The food and service are always outstanding. They have a varied selection of menu items, something for everyone, but nothing is "generic." A...More

Thank dcypher2016
Reviewed 25 February 2018

They have renovated the hotel and restaurant and year or so ago and have made a beautiful room with floor to ceiling glass with a view of Santa Cruz's bay (Monterey Bay) and the beach. I had some wonderful scallops done to perfection and my...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Stayed here, after reviewing expensive menu decide to sit in bar at window for the view and have appetizers and a glass of wine, expensive both, decider to have dinners at wharf restaurants, all great and cheaper

Thank Don M
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 hotels in Santa Cruz
Dream Inn
2,064 reviews
.07 km away
Seaway Inn
328 reviews
.13 km away
West Cliff Inn, a Four Sisters Inn
367 reviews
.13 km away
Sea & Sand Inn
597 reviews
.18 km away
Nearby Restaurants
The Picnic Basket
390 reviews
.16 km away
Riva Fish House
402 reviews
.47 km away
Gilda's Family Restaurant
333 reviews
.51 km away
Nearby Attractions
West Cliff Drive
1,112 reviews
.36 km away
Santa Cruz Wharf
1,087 reviews
.58 km away
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
100 reviews
.14 km away
To Honor Surfing Monument
82 reviews
.82 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Lurker L
23 February 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from rbashaw | Property representative |
Yes, absolutely. We also offer in-room dining if you prefer to have breakfast while enjoying the view from your balcony!
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$60
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438
    (Bay Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-460-5012
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing