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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
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good41%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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1 - 10 of 137 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As usual great Father's Day scramble and French toast too. Hostess very cordial and seated us promptly .More

Thank john v
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

John, Coming out here to the end of the Wharf for a scramble and French Toast on Father's Day reads like a picture we would love to put on a postcard. Sure was a beautiful morning too, wasn't it? More great breakfasts await, John. See...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best clam chowder on the pier. It's the last eatery at the end of the Warf but by far the best. Prices fair and very fresh seafood; wine & beer list available. It's our favorite spot for lunch or dinner. Very casual & fun...More

Thank Elena Perez P
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Elena, Thank you so much for your super kind words. A lot of TLC goes into making that clam chowder, so it means a lot of have you give it a 5 Star Rating. And also to have you call the Dolphin the best eatery...More

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Johnstown, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered from the take out window which had great prices on the same food you could get inside with table service. Perfect for lunch. The oysters were the some of the best I've ever had!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The staff at our take out window thanks you! All compliments greatly appreciated, including your really nice comment about our oysters. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice afternoon. We heard that the restaurant is good and one of the oldest in the wharf. So we went there. We set in the patio. We ordered fried shrimp, clam chowder and fish-chips. After we ordered we waited for more than...More

Thank Purva C
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Purva, Responded to you on Yelp. Very sorry. Something we need to look into.

Reviewed 20 May 2017

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
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Jeff, Crab cake recipes differ greatly from restaurant to restaurant and also from coast to coast. I myself am from the east coast, so I get what you're saying. The crab cakes we serve here are very popular with our locals, however. Regional tastes really...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 16 May 2017

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

Reviewed 1 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 2 May 2017

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 29 April 2017 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 reviewResponded 2 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 13 April 2017

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 10 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 reviewResponded 13 April 2017

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

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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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!
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