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Dolphin Restaurant

71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-426-5830
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Overview
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good39%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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1 - 10 of 139 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a great day in Santa Cruz and took some time to visit the Wharf and had lunch at the Dolphin Restaurant. I had the crab cakes and I regretted it. I was disappointed at how greasy the crab cakes were and that they...More

Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were travelling down the coast , and on our way to LA we stopped in Santa Cruz for a bite. We did like the pier so we went out there to grab some lunch. The weather was nice so we wanted to sit outside,...More

1  Thank carinam827
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

We sincerely wish you had asked to be seated inside the restaurant where you would have not been bothered by the birds. Sorry.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had gone there for breakfast and I had the french toast which was very good and my wife had the crab omlette which was great! Fresh crab! Plus the waitress was a sweetheart. She took great care of us. We would go there again...More

Thank timhall28
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Our breakfast menu, staff and service are all the stuff of legends with locals in Santa Cruz. So glad you were able to enjoy the glories of all three. Next time you're in the area, come back again in, as you say, "a second". We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we kept walking to the end of the Pier to find the Dolphin. Outside seating available and the fish tacos hit the spot. Right outside the restaurant we were able to get great photos and see the sea lions sleeping and swimming below....More

Thank Katie J
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Katie, Your 5 star review and everything you say about your Dolphin experience thrills us to no end. We also wish you lived closer so you could visit us more often.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

We decided to go for supper and the server Michael was excellent. Actually every one that came to our table to bring water or food was also pleasant and smiling. The clam chowder, oysters Rockefeller and Lobster Pasta were excellent. This was not a fancy...More

Thank xtremern
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Let me start out by saying, our server Michael thanks you enthusiastically for your very complimentary comment about the service. We take great pride in that at the Dolphin. 5 Star Reviews are what we live for. Thank you so much for that, as well...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

While the food was good, that all it was. I ordered the shrimp cocktail expecting it be be fantastic because of having the great access of seafood. It was a bit small with just average seasonings. I've had better in Las Vegas. The clam chowder...More

Thank LaCoqui222
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very sorry we weren't able to make you happier.

Reviewed 1 April 2017

The food was really good and very reasonable. The fish and chips was only $9.95 and it was very good. The clam chowder was excellent and so was the shrimp cocktail. Would definitely go back.

Thank Linda G
Larry A, Managment Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Our take out window is a Santa Cruz institution that is revered by locals for the great service, food and awesome ocean view. So happy you were able to experience that, Linda.

Reviewed 10 March 2017

We both had Fish and Chips. The fish was snapper. The breading was nice and crispy but very bland, as was the tarter sauce. Since the fish itself has such a mild taste it was kind of boring. The fries were decent. The location is...More

Thank nrretreat
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this. Classic fish and chips, including the tartar sauce that comes with it, does tend to be on the mild side in terms of flavor, and that's so as to not mask the delicate taste of the...More

Reviewed 21 February 2017

My husband and I went for breakfast. The service was quick/friendly and the food was good. I ordered the crab cake breakfast and loved it. It was very much like eggs benedict but without the bread. I highly recommend checking this place out.More

Thank warerhouseK
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

We never tire of reading wonderful reviews like this one about our breakfasts. We are known as one of the best breakfast spots in Santa Cruz for our excellent breakfast food and out breathtaking ocean views at the end of the Wharf, and we keep...More

Reviewed 17 February 2017

We meet our friend there on the pier and wonderful food, view and service. We would recommend this for dinner for sure. It is very casual and happen to hit it when it was nice and warm outside.

Thank CSS9112014
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

You have literally made our day with this glowing review. Thank you so much and please visit us again often. It will always be our pleasure to serve you.

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Courtney H
Are there any vegetarian options on the menu? Besides a basic salad.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-5830
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Description
At Dolphin Restaurant, we have something for everyone. Join us in our dining room for our favorites including everything from an eclectic breakfast menu to our traditional fish & chips. Or if you prefer, dine outdoors on the only outdoor patio on the Wharf. Our walk-up to-go window always has both visitors and locals lining up for our great seafood, clam chowder bread bowls, and a selection of American classics, like burgers and fries.

We are also proud to announce that we now have an in-house smoker, serving some of the best quality BBQ. Our mouth-watering pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, and other smoked delicacies.

Dolphin Restaurant has delicious options for everyone including the kiddos, so come visit the beautiful Wharf and enjoy a bite to eat at the Dolphin!