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Dolphin Restaurant

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71 Municipal Wharf, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-426-5830
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08:00 - 21:00
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Fresno, California
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126 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 restaurant, but it was worth the walk down to the end of the wharf.

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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 as for your glowing reviews of the food. More 

Guaynabo
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 was average at best. This is a busy place being right on the Santa Cruz... More 

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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. More 

Reedsport, Oregon
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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90 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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 easy if you are walking the pier.

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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 fish. If you visit us again and would like to enjoy a snapper dish with... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 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.

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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 reminding ourselves to make sure that never changes. Hope to see you again very soon. More 

Burbank, California
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232 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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.

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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. More 

Orcutt, California
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130 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Went looking for a breakfast place on Christmas morning, most places were closed, but at the end of the pier a little cafe was open for breakfast. The selection was good, I had a Crab Omelet, Was cooked to perfection. Someone ordered Huevos Rancheros, was good. Bacon and eggs was ordered also and everything came out as requested. Staff was... More 

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Thank 923JimM923
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Jim, There's something magical about being able to enjoy a great breakfast on Christmas morning, and we are thrilled that we were able to come through for you on that. So nice of you to tell us. More 

Hyannis, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

I make sure to get in here every time I visit Santa Cruz to partake in the some excellent items, from the crab omelettes slathered in dill sauce, or to the fish and chips for lunch. I don't know all the names (Michelle served me today) but all of the gang is excellent! Great views of Steamer's Lane (surf) and... More 

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

Thomas, We totally appreciate this awesome 5 star review. Michelle and the "gang" say hi and hurry back! More 

Lahti, Finland
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Stopped by this restaurant during our walk at the wharf. The food was just okay. The staff was nice and polite. And the views are of course quite good as this restaurant is at the end of the wharf. I'd probably find another place to dine in the future.

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

Would really be interested to know what you ordered, and we really hope you'll give us a second chance. More 

Bullhead City, Arizona
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141 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The food was really good and so was the service. My wife had the fried seafood platter and I had the BBQ Brisket on a bun with fries. They have imported and domestic beer. We sat outside on the patio.

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Thank JimandSuki_11
Larry A, Management Team Member at Dolphin Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for this very well written, direct and to the point, no frills 5 star review. Hope to see you again at the Dolphin asap. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?