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Crow's Nest Restaurant

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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
07:30 - 21:00
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Sun 07:30 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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Santa Cruz, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Crow"s Nest is perfectly located for a view of the Harbor and Bay. The food appeals to many 'types' of diners depending on whether one dines upstairs, downstairs, or outside in a protected deck or patio. The salad bar is plentiful and the seafood well prepared and varied. Good old meat and potatoes are available too. Upstairs in the... More 

Thank wellwisherinthewoods
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If making a pros and cons list they would be equally weighted for the Breaker Bar upstairs. Pro – amazing views Pro – bartender John, all-around good guy never screws up your order. Pro – some waitresses like Jessica, Kirby Britney and Hannah are over-the-top fantastic. Pro – the clam chowder never disappoints, and the house made potato chips and... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth M
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An often over looked aspect/feature of the Crows Nest is its view. As a long time local, my favorite time to visit the Crows Nest is lunchtime in the bar upstairs. The lunch menu is really good with lots of good food for a variety of tastes at decent prices and an amazing priceless view of our bay, harbor entrance... More 

1 Thank David H
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214 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No matter what you order it will be great, the service is A+, the view of the ocean and the harbor alone is worth your time. It is a most every time we are in the area, so go you will love it. BUD CARTER, TEXAS

Port Townsend, Washington
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting family and friends in the area ,Suzanne and I re-visited the Crows Nest, where we had dined years ago shortly after being married at the Seascape Resort, which is not far away in Aptos .That's another story! Anyway, we stopped for brunch. I had delicious pancakes, juice and coffee while enjoying the view of Santa Cruz harbor inlet... More 

Thank fobm2013
Santa Cruz, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular restaurant with a great view of the beach and ocean, especially from the upstairs area and deck. However, the food is very pedestrian and overpriced; presumably you are paying for the setting and view rather than any special culinary presentations.

Thank Jerry F
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always enjoy going to Crow's Nest for dinner, but make sure you have a reservation. If not, you can be seated by the bar on the second floor. Service there depends on how busy there are, and sometimes is much slower. The reason for 4 stars is because food is very heavy and saturated in souses, so if you... More 

Thank L0ve2travle
Phoenix, Arizona
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103 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether it is happy hour or fancy dinner out, this hot spot in Santa Cruz, CA is the place to be and be seen. The whole town goes there and their food is fantastic. I had excellent Roast Beef Sandwich, Moscow Mule, and for a special dinner the Seafood Risotto (absolutely wonderful and cooked to perfection. My dining companions did... More 

Thank angied764
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great sunny afternoon lunch on the deck. Good variety on the menu. Server was top of the mark. Josh as remember. Price was reasonable considering the view & location.

Thank William T
San Carlos
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went first to the bar upstairs for some drinks and appetizers. We sat outside which was nice by the water. Then we went downstairs for dinner. We both enjoyed our meal and the service was good. After dinner we went back upstairs where they had a live band. We enjoyed the atmosphere of this place! Will be back.

1 Thank krstymsty

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?