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49A Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-466-9766
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good41%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“lobster roll” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
49A Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped by the Santa Cruz wharf for lunch after hiking thru the redwoods and were pleasantly surprised that we were able to be seated immediately (maybe being a Monday had something to do with it). The décor is fun and colorful and the spinning...More

Thank Angie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Given the location is on the Santa Cruz wharf my expectation was mediocre food in a tourist trap. I couldn't have been more wrong. We came here for lunch because we didn't want the standard boardwalk fare. We sat on the rotating bar which was...More

Thank Shadmonster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice decorations, spinning bar, beautiful ocean views, service is good, seals are splashing in the ocean, sail boats are sailing by, surfers are riding waves in the distance and occasionally a pelican will dive into the ocean for it's dinner. Check out the clam chowder,...More

Thank ceeahe
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I appreciate the compliments -- there's no better way to eat in Santa Cruz than oceanfront. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed our special clam chowder, too. I'm curious as to how we lost those stars, so let me know if there's anything we can...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the Santa Cruz Warf there are many great restaurants to choose from.. so you might want to AVOID Splash! Seeing how we had not yet tried Splash, we walked in for Mac & Cheese Monday. We were seated quickly on the odd rotating platform...More

Thank ERASmart
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

While I apologize for everything that went wrong that night, it seems to me the core issue was your customer service. Perhaps it was an unusually busy night or there was an emergency staffing situation -- I guarantee this isn't the usual. We're always aiming...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kinda slow and food was fast food stuff. Did have a rotating floor. Not much feel to yje place. It was really slow. Okay but not a place I would put on agenda for next time.More

Thank bill w
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Bill, I apologize your wait was longer than for typical fast food. We aren't that kind of restaurant, though -- we put care into every dish, which takes a little extra time. It's a shame we didn't make the top of your list, but I...More

Reviewed 9 July 2018

Came here with some friends on a small trip to Santa Cruz from nearby San Jose. We were promptly sat by nice and friendly staff. Service was quick and accommodating for our party size. Our table was by a window with a terrific view. The...More

Thank heyDanaLee
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dana, I touched base on Yelp, but I'd like to thank you for your feedback here, too. I'm so pleased that you and your friends had a good experience with the staff, food, and ambiance. If you think of any ways the pizza could be...More

Reviewed 26 June 2018

Desperate for food, we stopped because the place looked good, and has great views. Decided to try the Clam Chowder, which was fantastic. Not really busy at the time, service was excellent. We also liked the revolving seating bar area, a great novelty. They also...More

Thank Dean E
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Even if you came to us out of desperation, Dean, I'm glad to hear you thoroughly enjoyed our clam chowder and all the rest. Hope to serve you again soon. All the best, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

We waited 20 minutes for our water to show up after we ordered everything,another 20 minutes for our drinks to show up, we waited an hour and 10 minutes for a salad & a burger.and the place only had about 8 tables of people. The...More

Thank Sherri A
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

While I am glad you enjoyed your meal, Sherri, I apologize if the service at Splash! didn't live up to our usual standard. You're right to expect our team to be attentive, so I'm sorry if there was any delay with placing or receiving your...More

Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Good food selection in the menu. Food is flavorful. Service is good. Good family restaurant on the wharf.

Thank hoteljunkies
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Thanks for the glowing recommendation. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Wow! I’m so glad we found Splash. We stopped at a few other places along our stroll on the wharf. At first glance- this one looked different- not the usual touristy spot offering fried seafood platters or the predictable chowder. This was a pleasant surprise...More

Thank bethanynd
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

I'm so pleased that you appreciated our efforts, Bethany. We definitely created Splash! with the intention of offering more than what most people associate with wharf food (though, our Fish & Chips are pretty fantastic, too), so I'm glad to hear our offerings were able...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Television
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49A Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-466-9766
Welcome to Splash!, where the views from our windows are as refreshing as our menu. Located on the long-beloved Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, our restaurant overlooks the beautiful Monterey Bay, making it a picturesque destination for locals and tourists alike. Have a seat at our rotating bar and dining area, or relax at a table or in a booth, and peruse a menu replete with organic, high-quality ingredients and fresh, sustainably sourced seafood. Sip one of our signature cocktails (Port in a Storm, anyone?), indulge in a skillet of our famous lobster mac & cheese, or try our in-house smoked salmon. We've created a one-of-a-kind place, and we're looking forward to sharing it with you.
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