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Crow's Nest Restaurant

2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“calamari” (83 reviews)
“brochette” (11 reviews)
“fish” (66 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I love the Crows Nest. The location is right at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Yacht harbor, so you get to see all kinds of beautiful boats cruise by. The food is very good. I had the crab cakes, and my wife had the...More

Thank Parafire76
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took our daughter there for her birthday! Excellent waiter, great food and drink. The daughter appreciates food for vegetarian's on the menu and they didn't disappoint. Beautiful view from the patio where we sat, lots of heaters since it's right on the beach and great...More

Thank travlemom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited mid-week and took advantage of their Tuesday Lobster Special. The fact we came in knowing we wanted the special seemed to put the waiter off. I was especially upset at him pushing a Top Shelf Margarita when I was really asking about the other...More

1  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was recommended by a friend otherwise we would probably never have found it. It is situated by the yacht harbour and has a great view. The service was delightful and the food excellent. I enjoyed a Prawn Martini and my partner had a...More

Thank RFW1943
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Crow's Nest has one of the best Happy Hours in Santa Cruz. I'm a big fan of their smoked salmon. The crab cakes and calamari are wonderful also. My wife likes the wine and I am a fan of their Bloody Mary's. If you...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and l were driving down the Pacific highway and decided to stop for lunch. We were in the mood for fish tacos. We asked a local and she suggested Harbor Cafe or the Crow's nest in Santa Cruz. We headed to the Cafe,...More

Thank Rhonda A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant was very nice,beautiful view of the harbor.I enjoyed my food,tempura shrimp.The bread was really good too that they bring before the food it's served.We waited 20 minutes for a table which was not bad at all for a Saturday night.The server lady we...More

Thank EmiliaGlavan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Difficult to find and you pay for parking. This is a beautiful spot, the views are incredible. Went upstairs for happy hour, drinks and apps only. The calamari was way too chewy. It was very crowded and the when the sun beats down on the...More

Thank Lifeisonetrip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great staff.....great service......great atmosphere and view....and if you like a burger.....the Aloha burger is it !.....also so reasonably priced !

Thank Gordie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I am in a seaside town, I want to eat at an establishment with views of the ocean. In Santa Cruz, you mainly have the restaurants on the wharf and the Crow's Nest. I feel the food at the Crow's Nest beats the restaurants...More

Thank B4Travel2
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Questions & Answers
Gloria V
29 June 2017|
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Response from Andrea K | Reviewed this property |
yes!! There is always specials going on daily
13 December 2016|
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Response from Rod L | Reviewed this property |
Not to sure about that, but I think in today's market yes.
Erin W
13 September 2016|
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Response from sailingalongto | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have Tv's and sport bar.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-4560
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