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Eating out in Santa Cruz - Wow, there's so many great options to choose
from!  To help, we've put together our own "biased" list of favorite fine dining and
casual restaurants (in no particular order).  Enjoy! -- John & Judy
Event
Date
Notes
Farmer's Market
Sundays, 10 am - 2pm
E. Cliff Dr.  Within 5 min. walking
distance.  Go North to E. Cliff
Village Parking Lot
Local organic produce, fresh fish, & local
bakery breads
Sail Boat Regatta
Wednesday evenings 5-8 pm
Boats race from the Harbor, south.  View
right from your Beach View Cottage deck
or beach!.
Twilight Free Concerts
Wednesday evenings 6-8 pm, local
Rock Bands
Outdoor at the south end of the Capitola
Esplanade.  Sit on the beach and enjoy
the music.  Bring your sweat shirts.
Free Friday Night Concerts
Friday nights thru August Boardwalk
Beach Bandstand
6:30 & 8:30 pm
www.beachboardwalk.com/concerts/
Rock Bands perform on the beach
bandstand in front of the Boardwalk.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Nightly thru August.  UCSC campus,
both indoor & outdoor venues
Call box office for tickets:  
Ph.(831) 459-2159
www.shakespearesantacruz.org
We suggest the outdoor performances in
the Glen.  Dress in layers in case it gets
cool.  You can get reserved seating or
rent lawn chairs and  bring a picnic (OK
to bring your own wine & beverages) or
buy food & bev there.  We suggest renting
chairs and sitting in the general seating
area where you can spread out a bit and
enjoy your picnic in the Redwood Glen
before the show.
Links to Local Attractions
Event
Date
Notes
Elephant Seal Breeding at
Ana Nuevo State Park
Mid-December thru March.  Call for walking
tour reservations. 800-444-4445
Ano Nuevo Web Site
Largest mainland breeding
colony in the world for the
northern elephant seal.  During
the breeding season, December
through March, daily access to
the reserve is available via
guided walks only.  No dogs
allowed.
Santa Cruz Clam Chowder
Cook Off and Festival
February - Last Saturday in February
www.beachboardwalk.com/02_eventscal.htm
At the Boardwalk.  Tasting
begins at 1:00 p.m.
Jazz on the Wharf
March - First Sunday in March
www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/pr/wharf/index.html
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz Blues Festival
May - Saturday & Sunday Memorial Day
Weekend
www.santacruzbluesfestival.com
Excellent event.  Highly
recommended but get your
tickets ahead as it sells out.
Woodies on the Wharf
June - Fourth Saturday in June
Over 100 classic Woodies
parade & on display at the Santa
Cruz Municipal Wharf.
Art on the Wharf
July - Third weekend in July
www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/pr/wharf/index.html
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Wharf to Wharf Race
July - Third Sunday in July
www.wharftowharf.com
This annual running race from
the Santa Cruz Wharf to the
Capitola Wharf draws over
15,000 runners.  We are just
about half way, right on the
route.  An amazing site & great
fun if you are lucky enough to be
staying at the cottage that week.
Aloha Races & Polynesian
Festival
August - Fourth Sunday in August
www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/pr/wharf/index.html
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Capitola Begonia Festival
September - First weekend in September
www.begoniafestival.com
Catch the floating parade on the
river.
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
September - Second Weekend in September
www.capitolachamber.com/artwine
Wine, Music, Food & Art in
Capitola Villagae
Halloween on the Wharf
October - 10/31
www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/pr/wharf/index.html
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Monarch Butterfly
Migration at Natural
Bridges State Beach
October - February
Natural Bridges Web Site
The park's Monarch Grove
provides a temporary home for
over 100,000 Monarchs each
winter. From mid-October
through the end of February, the
Monarchs form a "city in the
trees."  


Favorites
Reservations Call
(831) 818-8651
Beach View Cottage
Fine Dining
Location
Notes
Michael's on Main
2591 Main St., Soquel
Ph. 479-9997
www.michaelsonmain.net
Beautiful deck overlooking the Soquel Creek.  
A great place for appetizers and cocktails.  
Our favorite starters include the grilled ceasar
salad and calamari  (with a glass of Storrs
Chardonnay.)   They even allow  behaved
dogs on the deck - unusual for such a nice
restaurant.!
Crows Nest
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
2218 E. Cliff Drive - Just 1.12 miles
north on E. Cliff Dr.  
Ph.(831) 476-4560
www.crowsnest-santacruz.com
Always a favorite!!!  Beautiful views, great
steaks, seafood & entertainment nightly in the
upstairs bar.  Reservations suggested ask for a
window seat.
Shadowbrook
1750 Wharf Road, Capitola
Ph. (831) 475-1511
www.shadowbrook-capitola.com
Ambiance, ambiance ambiance!  A Santa
Cruz institution.  Consistently good.  Take the
tram down and walk back to enjoy the
gardens.  Reservations a must.
Chaminade
1 Chaminade Lane
Ph. (831) 475-5600
www.chaminade.com
Looking for a big Sunday Champagne Brunch
Buffet  in the hills with an outstanding view of
the bay?  This is it.  Reservations
recommended. (Don't recommend dinner -
just brunch.)
Bella Roma
316 Capitola Ave., Capitola
Ph. (831) 464-2608
Judy's favorite Italian.  She can't get past the
Rosemary Cornish Game Hen.  It's so good
that she just won't try anything else.  Takes
longer to prepare, so don't be in a hurry!
Star Bene
21245 E. Cliff Dr. - Just 1/2 mile
north on E. Cliff Dr.  
Ph. (831) 479-4307
Southern Italian Cuisine served by real
Italians! Seafood & pasta.
Cafe Cruz
2621 41st Ave. Soquel
Ph. (831) 476-3801
www.cafecruz.com
Rosticerria, Steaks, Seafood.  Locals favorite
spot.  Reservations recommended.
Oswald
121 Soquel Ave.
Ph. (831) 423-7427
www.oswaldrestaurant.com
Foodies #1 pick.  Go for the exceptional food
& service, not the atmosphere.  There just
isn't much in this small hole in the wall (yet
well appointed restaurant) off Pacific Garden
Mall.  The menu changes daily, &
reservations are a must.  
Takara
3775 Capitola Road, Capitola (next
to the Capitola Mall - Sears end.
Ph. (831) 464-1818
www.takarasushi.com
Japanese & Sushi. Love the atmosphere &
decor.
Casual Dining
Location
Notes
Aloha Island Grill
At the intersection of  E. Cliff ,
Portola & 17th Ave.  4 blocks south.  
- 2 minute walk from the cottage.
Authentic Hawaiian plate lunch.  Bring your
dog & sit on the patio
Tacqueria Michoacan
2-1401 E. Cliff Dr.  5 min walk north
from the cottage.
There are so very many great tacquerias in
Santa Cruz.  This one is our favorite and
within walking distance!  What a bonus.  
Outstanding chicken mole, burritos & fish
tacos.  Enjoy!
Riva's Fish House
500 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
Ph. (831) 429-1223
Best Seafood on the Wharf.  Cash only.
Malabar
1116 Soquel Ave.
Sophisticated vegetarian.  Delicious curries.  
Eclectic for sure.  The service can be surly,
but don't worry about it. Eat and be happy.
Casa Rosita
2608 Portola Dr., only 1 mile south
on Portola Dr. Ph.  (831) 462-6116
Traditional Mexican, Full bar.  Consistently
good and it's close by, too.
Pink Godzilla Sushi Bar
830 41st Ave. Ph. (831) 464-2586
Little hole in the wall with Killer Sushi.
Aldo's
616 Atlantic Ave. Ph. (831)
426-3736
www.aldos-cruz.com
Opposite side of Yacht Harbor from Crows
Nest.  Have breakfast or lunch on the patio &
bring the pooch!  Watch the boats come in
and out of the harbor.  Fun!
Bocci's Cellar
140 Encinal St.
Ph. (831) 427-1795
www.boccis.net
Fun place for drinks, free bocci ball & Italian
food.
Gayle's Bakery &
Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave., Capitola
Ph. (831) 462-1200
www.gaylesbakery.com
Capitola's best bakery & rosticceria!  Favorite
local spot for breakfast & lunch.  They also
have great blue plate specials for dinner
take-out.
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
542 Seabright Ave.  
Ph. (831) 427-9713
www.seabreezecafe.com
Excellent breakfast cafe!  Be prepared to wait
on weekends but it's certainly worth it.
Margaritaville
Restaurant
221 Esplinade, Capitola  
Ph. (831) 476-2263
Mexican food.  Great location & atmosphere.  
Ask to sit on the patio over the river or in the
back if you don't enjoy the noisy bar in the
front.
Saturn Cafe
Corner of Pacific Ave. & Laurel.
(North end of Pacific Garden Mall)
Ph. (831) 426-8505
A Santa Cruz institution.  Veggie, hippie
cuisine in a zany atmosphere.  
The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave.
Ph. (831) 429-6994
www.thecrepeplace.com
Delicious crepes from lunch/brunch to late
night dining.
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