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Food and restaurants in Santa Cruz

Top restaurants

Pedestrian Plaza
“AMUSEMENT PARK ON THE BEACH, ROLLER COASTERS, MANY FAMOUS FILMS HAVE BEEN FILMED HERE, WEST COAST VERSION OF CONEY ISLAND.”
  • 312 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Full Menu, an Excellent Happy Hour, Music and Sunset Views just 2 miles down the road. Stroll the beach before or afterwards.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great breakfast, within walking distance. Pastery and coffee or full on breakfast.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bar
“Both indoor and outdoor seating, higher end pub food. Located in alley with other breweries/wineries ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Bar
“Sit outside and enjoy the menu of delicious crepes offered. A full bar and live music often.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Favorite authentic Italian local restaurant, started as a small 10 table top restaurant and has since moved to a larger location - reservations recommended always full on the weekends! ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Some of the best Mediterranean Afghan Cuisine you'll ever have! But be sure to make reservations!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Café
“Great breakfast! Walking distance. Always hopping! Be prepared to wait for seating :)”
  • 47 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“Great breakfast! Walking distance. Always hopping! Be prepared to wait for seating :)”
  • 47 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“One of the best breakfast spots around and within a 5 minute stroll from The Bungalow! Get there early as there is usually a wait...but well worth it! Order anything here and say "HI" to our friend Fabrizio!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Café
“The best breakfast. No contest. Be prepared for long waits the later you arrive. My advice is to get there on weekends right at 9:00am. The first eating turn over is happening and you can usually get right in. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bakery
“Walkable and yummy. They have good coffee/espresso drinks, amazing baked goods and a small play area for kids.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great coffee. Amazing chocolate chip cookies, homemade and freshly delivered every day.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Food
“'Meh' service but food is worth it. Get sandwiches and local ice cream from Penny's.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This is where they roast all their coffee. 5 minutes by bike. cross the bridge and make two right hand turns.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Walkable and some of the best local coffee available. Not the cheapest drinks, but they are quality. They also have a limited breakfast and pastry menu.”
  • 16 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Great breakfast, within walking distance. Pastery and coffee or full on breakfast.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bakery
“It's a local staple and the pastries are truly eye candy (not for the diet-conscious ;-)”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bakery
“Walkable and yummy. They have good coffee/espresso drinks, amazing baked goods and a small play area for kids.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bakery
“(Mission St, 5-min walk) - Easy coffee and a muffin, right around the corner.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
“ Dog Friendly-Best Bagels hands down in Santa Cruz. They are east coast and I am an east coaster. My daughter loves them so much I just brought her family Moxies at Christmas in LA- so they have special combinations that people crave. 3 locations and has been here forever”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“The bagelry is a great place to enjoy what we think are the best bagels in the US. They even offer a gluten free option. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bakery
“To die for cookies where Pete was marketing director, Right on Pacific Ave. where the smell of the cookies just whips you in”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Delectable cupcakes, organic , homemade, nothing artificial, also gluten free choices- Really Really good”
  • 5 locals recommend