|Michael's on Main
||2591 Main St., Soquel
|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
||Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
2218 E. Cliff Drive - Just 1.12 miles
north on E. Cliff Dr.
|Always a favorite!!! Beautiful views, great
steaks, seafood & entertainment nightly in the
upstairs bar. Reservations suggested ask for a
||1750 Wharf Road, Capitola
Ph. (831) 475-1511
|Ambiance, ambiance ambiance! A Santa
Cruz institution. Consistently good. Take the
tram down and walk back to enjoy the
gardens. Reservations a must.
||1 Chaminade Lane
Ph. (831) 475-5600
|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 -
||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!
||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.
||2621 41st Ave. Soquel
Ph. (831) 476-3801
|Rosticerria, Steaks, Seafood. Locals favorite
spot. Reservations recommended.
||121 Soquel Ave.
Ph. (831) 423-7427
|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.
||3775 Capitola Road, Capitola (next
to the Capitola Mall - Sears end.
Ph. (831) 464-1818
|Japanese & Sushi. Love the atmosphere &
|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
||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
|Riva's Fish House
||500 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
Ph. (831) 429-1223
|Best Seafood on the Wharf. Cash only.
||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.
||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.
||616 Atlantic Ave. Ph. (831)
|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!
||140 Encinal St.
Ph. (831) 427-1795
|Fun place for drinks, free bocci ball & Italian
|Gayle's Bakery &
|504 Bay Ave., Capitola
Ph. (831) 462-1200
|Capitola's best bakery & rosticceria! Favorite
local spot for breakfast & lunch. They also
have great blue plate specials for dinner
|Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
||542 Seabright Ave.
Ph. (831) 427-9713
|Excellent breakfast cafe! Be prepared to wait
on weekends but it's certainly worth it.
|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
||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
|Delicious crepes from lunch/brunch to late