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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
Closed now
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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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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's now January 2017 and going back to Santa Cruz just to eat there! It's that good. Don't miss out if you're visiting.

Thank Kevin A
Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is for both upstairs and downstairs on the same day. Crow's Nest was always a go to restaurant when we were near Santa Cruz. Love the views, upstairs Breakwater Grill “Half off Happy Hour Drinks and Happy Hour Bites” until this time. We were a little disappointed this time because we asked for the “Happy Hour” Dungeness Crab... More 

Thank Alice34203
Los Gatos, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for a belated birthday lunch and, as always, it did not disappoint. It was a cold day but we decided to sit in the patio and were glad we did. The outdoor heaters on the patio kept us warm as did the sun shining through the window. And, the view could not have been better. Service was a... More 

Thank hoopsfan4life
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a family dinner for 9 here during Christmas week, including 2 kids, ages 4 & 7. The food was delicious! I heard the salad bar was great. It looked good, but I didn't have it. The special was lobster tail, rice pilaf, veggies & a choice of soup or salad for $21.95. OMG, it was SO GOOD! Everybody... More 

Thank Kona W
Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always come back to the Crows Nest. Although it is usually crowded, the wait goes quickly and the view can't be beat. We often eat at the bar (especially good at weekday cocktail time since appetizers are half price) or outside on the deck overlooking the harbor. Watch the boats sail in and out, the surfers and the many... More 

Thank Moey56
Davenport, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch on many occasions at Crows Nest and always had a great table with spectacular views. On a clear day you can see the stacks at Moss Landing. The food is good and service is great.

Thank Alan M
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ambiance of this restaurant is very pleasing. The staff is friendly, helpful and competent. The food is delicious and the service is quick.

1 Thank corissac662
Healdsburg, CA
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358 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us for dinner. It was dark outside, so the views were nothing to rave about. And neither was the food. The salad bar was okay—lots of choices—but nothing special. My seafood fettuccine was large in size, but quite small in flavor. In fact, I had to ask for some Tabasco, a condiment I would never normally toss onto... More 

Thank CaliforniaFellow
Olympia, Washington
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182 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there for my birthday celebration. We were a party of 8. We sat at a rectangular table with 4 on each side. I could barely talk to the person across the table from me and could not hear the people sitting two seats away from me as they had a conversation. This place was very noisy. Don't plan... More 

1 Thank schota1
Santa Cruz CA, United States
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Crowd Nest has offered consistently good food since 1969. If you come early, you can get a window table with a view of Monterey Bay. Menu is California surf n turf. Steaks are good and the salad bar is first class. Also vegan options. Live music on weekends. Excellent happy hour on the outdoor deck upstairs. A classic!

Thank Michael F

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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
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
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?