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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
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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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Laguna Niguel, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My extended family celebrated my wife's birthday here last week. Grandkids had a blast. Drink menu was fun. Food is delicious especially their fresh seafood.

Thank Russell K
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235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You might pay a little for parking, but at least there's a lot so you'll find a spot. Upstairs is the more casual bar and grill with no tablecloths and a fire when it's chilly. We enjoyed the unlimited salad bar with lots of variety including protein, specialty produce, about a half dozen dressings and assorted crunchies. A lighthouse makes... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in our way to Monterey and decide to stop here for lunch. The plates In the app looks so good but when we got there the menu was different... typical American... not so much to choose from... not pasta or seafood variety... one fry fish and a salads and sandwiches... the calamari was good though! Stuff was attentive.... More 

Thank 5cargotravels
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stopped in for lunch on a Saturday. The calamari was excellent and the seafood pasta was also really yummy.

Thank mrsrcruz
Floyd, Virginia
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131 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent salad bar which was well maintained. This month and last, there was an economical lobster meal on Tuesdays which we did 3 times with visitors. Many choices on menu, including seafood. Excellent wine list. Very attentive wait staff.

Thank RocketFloyd
San Jose, California
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always seem to end up at the crows nest when visiting santa Cruz. The seafood is always fresh, the drinks are generous, the view is awesome and the service is always friendly. Parking can be a bear, but dont be afraid to park elsewhere and walk here. Ubers are common in SC so we have often parked north of... More 

Thank Greg T
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the beach at the small craft harbor. Beautiful ocean view. Very good salad bar. Service is usually good. Menu is varied (something for most everyone). Food is consistently edible. Can be very busy on weekends and Friday night (make reservations). Upstairs bar has its own atmosphere with entertainment.

Thank Ri M
Chico, California
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sat upstairs in the bar area which has a different menu than downstairs. We loved the view from up there and we sat by the window. The food was very disappointing. My mom and I both ordered the fish and chips which were recommended by our waitress. The fish was deep fried and it was not fresh which might... More 

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Northridge, United States
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always a treat to come back and enjoy the view good good and ambience at this amazing restaurant great bar atmosphere

Thank Patty T
Santa Cruz, California
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has some great food. It's right in the heart of the harbor in Santa Cruz which allows for nice scenic views of the water and light house. The staff is friendly and on point. The downstairs is a sit down restaurant and the upstairs is a lounge with live music and an abbreviated menu. We've lived in Santa... More 

Thank Hondo H

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups
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?