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Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants

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$$ - $$$
Wine Bar, American
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105 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3912 (Pacific Avenue)
+1 831-423-2020
17:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was not even average - especially at the price-point. Only positives were that it was to clean and the staff were helpful. Other than that - the wine selection was extremely limited and included few local or even US options. The food was dreadful (over salted, poorly cooked) despite the restaurant being almost empty. Definitely not worth a visit.... More 

Thank Nigel B
Los Gatos, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Soif means thirst in French, and the food we ordered seemed designed to promote it. The fritters were laden with Moroccan-type spices, and salty. Nuts were good, but nothing special. Hard to put together a meal from the limited choices, and the sausages we ordered were paired with hard beans made cold from the slaw which was boring. The wine... More 

Thank 1JacquelineTravels
santa cruz, CA
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Lolling around on a rainy Easter Sunday, when an idea popped up: "Let's go out for a drink!" Thought we'd try Soif, as we've eaten there many a time and always enjoyed. Now they've got a full bar, so it's more than just their wonderful wine selection. Had a lovely cocktail, very welcoming atmosphere, just the ticket for a sluggish... More 

Thank pickygrrl
Santa Cruz, California
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We went to try this restaurant that was recommended by a friend. I ordered the burger and my husband ordered the chicken pasta dish (recommended by our waiter) it was a true disappointment- there was no pasta.what the hell. They looked like 2 sad little enchiladas. My husband left hungry. I wouldn't go back.

Thank Dosteele
Watsonville, California
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341 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place is a great spot & something different for locals. More of a San Francisco vibe with it's high ceiling/ warehouse vibe. Kitchen offers unique and wonderful choices. Not big menu, but everything done well. Especially love the wine flight options. Unique list & you can choose the red or white wine flights- 3 smaller pours, or make your... More 

Thank Kerryloves2travel
Courtenay, Canada
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I rate things based on value, ie do I get value in service, product, etc for the price I pay. The price is not important the value is. In this case I paid about $100 for my wife and I to have a glass of wine and a meal. I received about $60 in value. The wine was expensive for... More 

Thank George B
Aptos, California
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317 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is one of our SC faves even though the meals are small. It can be hit or miss, but this time it was very good. The apps were excellent-oysters, Brussels & cheeses..... My fish- the halibut & shellfish, was a small but was tasty. Lastly, the service was great . This particular outing to SOIF was right on.

Thank soifdawg
patrice b, Owner at Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants, responded to this review

Hello soifdawg, Thanks so much for dining with us, and taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your review, and want to let you know- we are aware of a number of places where we need improvement (consistency) and we are working on them! Thanks for giving us another try, I would love to hear your next review!... More 

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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Soif has got to be the Michelin star resto of Santa Cruz City. Impeccable wine list thats paired with marvelously prepared entrees and starters. We even had a drink at the bar which is attached to restaurant. Wonderful bartender and a well crafted drink called 'The Bitter Liberal'!

Thank Pierre_Fou13
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This review is long overdue. I have been visiting Soif for about 6 years. The staff has always been amazing, especially John and Alissa! They get to know the types of wine you like and make impeccable selections specialized to your taste. Their is nowhere else in town you can find the quality and selection with reasonable price points. Not... More 

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118 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This place has one of the best selections of German and Austrian wines I've seen in the US (to purchase on the wine merchant side). Good Italian choices too. Surprisingly small selection of Californian but a knowledgable staff member who could offer good guidance. Interesting menu in the wine bar/restaurant. The clam dish was good but the pancetta wasn't crisp... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
Wine Bar, American
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3912
    (Pacific Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-2020
Great Food & Wine in Downtown Santa Cruz
Since opening, our goal has been to provide a comfortable place to drink great wine and eat food that is as good as the wine, and then, if the wine is to your liking, to be able to buy some and take it home. We want wines that are usually a challenge to find: reflective of their origin, expressive of the vineyard and the vintage and the traditions of their region, wines that are not a commodity, but limited and handmade, wines of great provenance and flavor.

For us, the fun is in finding the wines, sourcing and making the delicious, wholesome food, and then putting it all together so when our guests walk through the door, night after day, there is something here for them that is real, that satisfies their thirst for the soulful, the delicious, and the well made.

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