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The Crow's Nest

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” (90 reviews)
“brochette” (12 reviews)
“seafood” (65 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our first time to this wonderful harbor side restaurant. Fresh food, great salad bar and cold beers. Window seats are a must, very relaxing. Couple of the local streets impacted by construction, but worth the stop.

Thank Chuck O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Upstairs Crow's Nest if my all time fav for any season of the year! A glass of wine in spring-summer-fall and an Irish Coffee in the winter. Great windows and upper deck to view the Harbor entrance and Monterey Bay views--sailboats, fishing boats, kayaks, paddle...More

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with another couple tonight for dinner after spending the day down in the Monterey Peninsula area. Walked in around 6PM with no reservations, but we were seated within about 10-15 minutes. Got seated near an open door, but were re-seated within a few minutes...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a reservation for 5:45 for Tuesday lobster dinner. Told it would be 10-15 minutes when we arrived at 5:45. Checked back with staff after 20 minutes and was told it would be a few minutes. Checked back again at 6:30. Got a “Sorry, just...More

Thank Donald H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely, relaxing harbor view, fair service, with friendly staff, food tourist geared, expensive and not memorable. I might try it again for breakfast, but I’d say go if you want a pleasant view and aren’t looking for a foodie find.

Thank FoodieRisa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For special dinners, the downstairs is a good place to eat. Upstairs is good for drinks and snacks with comfortable chairs, great views and occasionally with live music and comedy in the evenings. Beside the views they have a really excellent salad bar. Drinks are...More

Thank WhereeverUg0ThereUR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We like to go here for happy hour and sit out on their deck. You can make a meal out of a few appetizers. Great view!

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best breakfast ever! The shrimp and crab omelette is the bomb! Fresh shrimp and crab with a to die for hollandaise sauce! While you are there, have a Bloody Mary or Mimosa they are both a nice compliment to your breakfast.

Thank hsvh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really like the Crow's Nest. The food was good, service was good and the atmosphere was just what one would expect from a restaurant on the water.

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to celebrate a 90th birthday as we have always been happy with this place. We were not disappointed. Food was as always awesome and the service was particularly exceptional today. Our server Karla was there when needed and always with a smile. To...More

Thank KeldCNielsen
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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