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Crow's Nest Restaurant

2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“calamari” (88 reviews)
“brochette” (11 reviews)
“steak” (48 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Delicious, affordable, great for kids (free ice cream and a choice from the trasure chest!). Huge all you can eat salad bar, great daily specials - we got steak, salad and a glass of wine. Highly recommend.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat upstairs for happy hour & chatted while the sun set. The staff are great to work with & the food was delicious. There are some options of food for those allergic to seafood/shellfish.

Thank AJ H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Happy hour specials include half price appetizers...Ordered the calamari (ok), crab cakes (not bad) and sushi-grade tuna (pretty good). Waitress messed up beer order, but the view from the deck is amazing with the option of walking around the marina afterwards. You'll have to pay...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best places in Santa Cruz! Great food and drinks!! Normal prices for the Bay Area! Love to come here for a beer and watch the boats. Even better to come in after a good sail! I love this place and...More

Thank Jono A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a seafood fan but boy is the Seafood Thermidor delicious! Sum it up with the view and the amazing service and you go out with a great experience that is worth your money. 100% recommended.

Thank 471paolav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a big BD celebration dinner there last year which was wonderful. What I loved then was the service, the steak and lobster tail and the salad bar... This time we returned for lunch and got a table with a great view of the...More

Thank Silvertiger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been comming to the Crows nest for 40 years.Allways a great time.most waitress's are great. Sit outside for great views. Watch the b8ats,the sea life and people watch.

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the Crows Nest. The location is right at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Yacht harbor, so you get to see all kinds of beautiful boats cruise by. The food is very good. I had the crab cakes, and my wife had the...More

Thank Parafire76
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took our daughter there for her birthday! Excellent waiter, great food and drink. The daughter appreciates food for vegetarian's on the menu and they didn't disappoint. Beautiful view from the patio where we sat, lots of heaters since it's right on the beach and great...More

Thank travlemom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited mid-week and took advantage of their Tuesday Lobster Special. The fact we came in knowing we wanted the special seemed to put the waiter off. I was especially upset at him pushing a Top Shelf Margarita when I was really asking about the other...More

1  Thank Mark W
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Questions & Answers
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly, 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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