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Woodies Cafe

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25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459
+1 831-421-9410
11:00 - 23:00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the fish and chips , the fish was taste less , it didn't even have salt and pepper , though the chips was ok

Thank Sana M
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

Sana, Your experience is not what characteristic of Woodies. So sorry about that. Not sure how that happened, but glad you brought it to our attention. More 

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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has a nice view, but the food is typical low quality fast food. I would not eat here again.

Thank name8150
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

Sorry for your disappointment. Would be very curious to know what you ordered. More 

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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We went here for dinner after a day at the beach. The burgers were good, but some had weird ingredients. I had the bacon blue burger which came with marmalade onions. The onions took all the other flavor away. We also tried the chicken sandwich which was good, but a lot of bread and the fiesta chicken plate. A variety... More 

Thank Erin M
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

Erin, Thank you for complimenting us on the variety of food served at Woodies. We really do try to keep it all interesting. More 

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143 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Wharf parking for a fee. Worth the convenience. Fast service and great food. Prices are what you would expect. Great location and view on the water/pier.

Thank sonnybear47
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

Sonnybear, 5 stars for our "great place and great burgers". That's our goal, so reading that really makes our day! Hope to see you again soon. More 

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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

We recently had lunch here and we all loved it! The clam chowder in the sourdough roll was probably the favorite . Beautiful ocean views

Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

The fact that your family had a 5 star lunch experience at Woodies is a joy to read. No surprise that the clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl was a favorite. That's one of our signature dishes. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Virginia City, Nevada
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145 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We chose to have dinner here as it looked like a fun little place and the prices are reasonable, especially in a beach town. The atmosphere is great! There are many photos of Woodies on the walls. They place 50's and 60's music which became a game for us- trying to identify the artist and title. Good thing for Shazam,... More 

Thank Stacy F
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

Stacy, Thank you so much for this enthusiastic 5 star review of Woodies. We love that the word "fun" keeps popping up in your review. That's what we want the Woodies experience to be about when all is said and done. And we're thrilled that we achieved that with you and your party, thanks in great part to your total... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Went here while spending time with my family! Nice, family-friendly joint with big portions! Great views of the boardwalk as well. Nice gift shop adjacent to the restaurant.

Thank Foodie_TravelAir
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

We're always thrilled to get a 5 star review from a self avowed "Foodie". Thank you so much! More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went for lunch to woodies because it was one of the first restaurant at the wharf and it looked nice. When we went inside, the gut that took our order didn't even say hi to us (not friendly at all) and that says a lot of the restaurant. We had not attention at all, no recomendation... More 

Thank Adriana M
Bullhead City, Arizona
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141 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

My wife and I had the clam chowder, hers in a bowl and mine was in a bread bowl. The bread that was cut out wasn't grilled with butter like other places which is a minus. When you enter you order your food at the cashier and find your own table, then they page you when it's done so you... More 

Thank JimandSuki_11
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

"Ok" is okay, but we would love it if you would give us a second chance to upgrade your next visit to "Awesome". And yes, you do have to get your order yourself because, by definition, Woodies is a fast food restaurant. But we try to be the best fast food restaurant on the planet. We would love to see... More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This was the best place to eat on the wharf as well as best priced. Great views of the ocean, food tasted great, although it was busy over lunch and did take a while to get our food. Certain kid's meals are served on a Woodies Frisbee which makes a great souvenir. Best place to eat with kids on the... More 

Thank Sarah M
Larry A, Management Team Member at Woodies Cafe, responded to this review

Sarah, Calling us the "best place to eat on the wharf" is high praise indeed. Thank you so much. Really glad you ordered a kid's meal on a Woodies Frisbee. It does make a great souvenir, doesn't it? More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-421-9410
At Woodies Cafe, our focus is on quality. We pride ourselves on super-friendly service to accompany the top quality ingredients we use in all our entrees. Families gravitate to Woodies for all kinds of reasons. It starts with our menu, which is All-American fun food, all made from high quality ingredients at very affordable prices. For adults, we offer great entrees like fish and chips, teriyaki chicken, and seafood pasta. And for burger lovers, we serve our Killer Burgers quite simply because that's exactly what they are: big, juicy and delicious. Kids love Woodies too because of our Special Kid's Menu with choice of corn dog, hot dog, grilled cheese or chicken nuggets, each served with french fries! We not only have delicious food, but we also have a spectacular ocean view and a gift shop with Santa Cruz written all over it. There's no better place to find beachwear, sweatshirts, t-shirts, flip flops and a wide assortment of other wearable memorabilia that combine quality and affordability. Whether you're visiting for our tasty burgers, our delicious ice cream shakes, or simply for the breath-taking view of the beach, your stop at Woodies Cafe will never disappoint!

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