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Crow's Nest Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
07:30 - 21:00
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Sun 07:30 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food is, meh. Views are great. Go for drinks or if you are not too worried about the food. It is not bad, but there are plenty of better places for food in Santa Cruz.

Thank Hydrocrust
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love the Santa Cruz Harbor and the fact that the Crows Nest has been and still is like an older, but still super cool ,local Aunt or Uncle to both me and all of my friends. They are always there when you need them. If you like a warm(physically), friendly, easy to park(usually) and a simple but fresh menu then... More 

Thank jenniferfG3328TS
Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Since I live in Santa Cruz County, I pride myself in knowing where to go and what to do and the Crow's Nest can't be beat. If you want a great view, good food and great cocktails, this spot can't be beat. It's a favorite and always will be.

Thank Lipstick4me
Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can't really go wrong at the Nest. It's been a locals favorite for a very long time and attracts tons of tourists because of the location at the harbor with ocean views ad a beach right outside. Menu is solid, food is good, service is consistent, ownership is experienced and restaurant has a "smart" business model. You can't go... More 

Thank Rasta M
Santa Clara, California
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369 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our server and the staff in general were very friendly and helpful. The view is lovely but the food is average and the menu prices high (you're paying for the view).

Thank Alice W
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's now January 2017 and going back to Santa Cruz just to eat there! It's that good. Don't miss out if you're visiting.

Thank Kevin A
Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is for both upstairs and downstairs on the same day. Crow's Nest was always a go to restaurant when we were near Santa Cruz. Love the views, upstairs Breakwater Grill “Half off Happy Hour Drinks and Happy Hour Bites” until this time. We were a little disappointed this time because we asked for the “Happy Hour” Dungeness Crab... More 

Thank Alice34203
Los Gatos, California
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for a belated birthday lunch and, as always, it did not disappoint. It was a cold day but we decided to sit in the patio and were glad we did. The outdoor heaters on the patio kept us warm as did the sun shining through the window. And, the view could not have been better. Service was a... More 

Thank hoopsfan4life
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a family dinner for 9 here during Christmas week, including 2 kids, ages 4 & 7. The food was delicious! I heard the salad bar was great. It looked good, but I didn't have it. The special was lobster tail, rice pilaf, veggies & a choice of soup or salad for $21.95. OMG, it was SO GOOD! Everybody... More 

Thank Kona W
Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always come back to the Crows Nest. Although it is usually crowded, the wait goes quickly and the view can't be beat. We often eat at the bar (especially good at weekday cocktail time since appetizers are half price) or outside on the deck overlooking the harbor. Watch the boats sail in and out, the surfers and the many... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?