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49A Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-466-9766
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good40%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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49A Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group had reservations but service was so slow. Food was ok and fair price but not hit when received. Not all served at once. Should have been better organized.

Thank Michael F
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Michael, I apologize we didn't nail the communication among the staff during your visit -- it seems we have some work to do on our organization. I appreciate the feedback, and I know everything will come together better next time. Take care, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed Splash. We went during happy hour and shared jerk chicken, chili, & crab dip. We sat at the revolving bar, which was really cool. The views were amazing. They have some areas where the floor is made of glass, so you can...More

Thank travelduo517
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's wonderful to hear you were such a fan of the Splash! experience. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a lovely time exploring Santa Cruz and you'll come back to see us soon. All my best, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The interior of the restaurant was very amusing. .. they have a rotating bar, one huge round table with a chandelier, a wave like /s table, group corner, and regular one with a view. ... i love the interior itself. ...Ambiance is perfect. ... but...More

Thank Phia V
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Phia, I'm very happy to hear you had a pleasant dinner. I apologize about those few kinks with your meal, though -- I hope we'll get another chance at the five-star dining experience you deserve. Take care, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here one afternoon to have a drink and take a break. The food looked great but we had already ate. The service and the drinks were great. At first I thought maybe I had drank to much but the realized the floor...More

Thank Jill W
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Jill, I'm delighted our place was just the spot to stop for a nice, refreshing drink. That story about the bar is too funny -- the rotating floor can trip people up sometimes! I hope you'll come back someday soon to try out the food....More

Reviewed September 18, 2018

The bar area makes a rotation every 30 minutes. The calamari is delicious. The clam chowder is worth getting some to take with you. And happy hour is 3PM-6PM. There are specialty drinks that are quite good such as the cucumber rhubarb cooler. The staff...More

Thank Kari C
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2018

Kari, I'm happy that the food, service, and atmosphere made for a delightful dining experience. Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy that leftover clam chowder -- we look forward to seeing you back for more! Until next time, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed September 17, 2018

We were out visiting friends and family and decided to try this new (to us) restaurant. We had a group of 11 and sat in their large curved booth. Our server was Michelle and she was terrific! We were there to visit, have some drinks...More

Thank Sunlady56
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2018

It's wonderful to hear about your group's lovely experience. I'm glad the food and service turned out even better than expected. I hope we'll get to see you someday soon! Many thanks, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed August 15, 2018

We stopped by the Santa Cruz wharf for lunch after hiking thru the redwoods and were pleasantly surprised that we were able to be seated immediately (maybe being a Monday had something to do with it). The décor is fun and colorful and the spinning...More

Thank Angie G
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Angie, thanks for joining us for Mac 'n Cheesy Monday! I'm glad your family enjoyed the decor, food, and service. And I appreciate your feedback about your daughter's pasta dish -- we'll take a look at that recipe. We can't wait to welcome you back...More

Reviewed August 14, 2018

Given the location is on the Santa Cruz wharf my expectation was mediocre food in a tourist trap. I couldn't have been more wrong. We came here for lunch because we didn't want the standard boardwalk fare. We sat on the rotating bar which was...More

Thank Shadmonster
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

It's wonderful that we exceeded your expectations! Thanks for your lovely compliments about the decor, staff, and food -- and I appreciate your tip about the sourdough. We look forward to welcoming you back next time. Until then, Germaine Akin, Owner

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Nice decorations, spinning bar, beautiful ocean views, service is good, seals are splashing in the ocean, sail boats are sailing by, surfers are riding waves in the distance and occasionally a pelican will dive into the ocean for it's dinner. Check out the clam chowder,...More

Thank ceeahe
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

I appreciate the compliments -- there's no better way to eat in Santa Cruz than oceanfront. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed our special clam chowder, too. I'm curious as to how we lost those stars, so let me know if there's anything we can...More

Reviewed July 31, 2018

On the Santa Cruz Warf there are many great restaurants to choose from.. so you might want to AVOID Splash! Seeing how we had not yet tried Splash, we walked in for Mac & Cheese Monday. We were seated quickly on the odd rotating platform...More

Thank ERASmart
Germaine A, Owner at Splash, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

While I apologize for everything that went wrong that night, it seems to me the core issue was your customer service. Perhaps it was an unusually busy night or there was an emergency staffing situation -- I guarantee this isn't the usual. We're always aiming...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49A Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-466-9766
Welcome to Splash!, where the views from our windows are as refreshing as our menu. Located on the long-beloved Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, our restaurant overlooks the beautiful Monterey Bay, making it a picturesque destination for locals and tourists alike. Have a seat at our rotating bar and dining area, or relax at a table or in a booth, and peruse a menu replete with organic, high-quality ingredients and fresh, sustainably sourced seafood. Sip one of our signature cocktails (Port in a Storm, anyone?), indulge in a skillet of our famous lobster mac & cheese, or try our in-house smoked salmon. We've created a one-of-a-kind place, and we're looking forward to sharing it with you.
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