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The Crow's Nest

2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
+1 831-476-4560
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“calamari” (90 reviews)
“brochette” (12 reviews)
“steak” (52 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This review is for the little shop next to the parking lot called the Beach Market. Nice place for souvenirs and those last minute items you forgot at home. Also they serve lunch like sandwiches and salads mostly made to order. Also they let our...More

Thank amchristy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice view, but food is average at best. Everything seemed indifferently prepared. Add to this, parking can be a pain.

Thank James F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found the brunch unexciting, and the place overall overpriced, but still a nice stop to enjoy the Santa Cruz vibe and views of the beach and Monterey Bay.

Thank FoodieRisa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was really impressed with this restaurant. The food was delicious- staff super friendly and helpful and the ocean views perfect. I can’t wait to visit again- my type of place.

Thank Caren L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Super busy restaurant with great views of the harbor and jetty. Sunset is best time to visit just plan on a wait or try and grab a table upstairs where it is first-come. Food is good and staff is very busy but glad to provide...More

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like seafood, it's hard to go wrong with all the "classics" on the menu (Halibut, Swordfish, Scampi, Calamari, Sole, Salmon, Lobster, Surf & Turf, New England Clam Chowder...). Full (& quite busy) bar upstairs, upscale & comfortable restaurant downstairs with nice atmosphere, good...More

Thank FrenchyEric
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Crow’s Nest is our favorite Santa Cruz area dining location . The Salad Bar is 2nd to none. Great Specials, Fabulous Views, Terrific Service, and Delicious Food! Always a super place to meet friends or have a romantic meal.

Thank billk921
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch here, excellent Salmon salad. Ate upstairs by the window. Had a relaxing time watching the activity on the water. Would definitely come here again.

Thank KarenKAFVL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool location, outdoor seating. The homemade strawberry lemonade and pear salad is wonderful but entrees were not great. Tables are really close together. Parking is a little confusing.

Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 11 April 2018

Raod work delayed our arrival, but we had drinks & appetizers at half price, yay! Calamari was best that my friend ever had. My crab cakes were pretty and good, but not quite what I'd expected. Portabello mushroom sandwich delicious. Friend who ordered "Shrimptini" loved...More

Thank rmromandia
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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
Bar Scene, View, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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