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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

American Restaurant
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“Delicious food. I suggest making a reservation so you don't have a long wait time. Eating outside on the patio is wonderful!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“If you are a craft beer drinker this is a great place to go. Outdoor tables and games. Ping pong, corn hole, etc. Also dogs allowed ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great local micro-brewery- their beer is available in many of the local restaurants as well”
  • 25 locals recommend
Winery
“Bargetto was recently named best Santa Cruz Mountain Winery in the local best of Santa Cruz 2019 published by Good Times (Santa Cruz's main newspaper.) This is about 15 minutes up the road from the other Pleasant Valley Wineries I've listed but wanted to include this in case you're open to driving a bit further. In addition to good wine, the tasting room has beautiful views overlooking a wooded creak area in the back and friendly staff. When we got to watch deer in the woods while we tasted our wine. If you go directly here from the beach house, it will take about 15 minutes as well.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Brewery
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“We go out of our way to stop at this tasting room amidst an industrial park. It's close to the freeway and easy to get in and out. They also have a brewery and taproom in Capitola”
  • 11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“You can find just about anything you need at Safeway! Open later than most stores, too.”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Live Music - Restaurant - Bar Live music often! Indoor and outdoor dining areas available.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Fondly known as blue ball park for the blue ball markers prominent, features a long slide and nice picnic areas. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“local's hangout- lots of live music at night- great coffee and pastries - it is small and funky- very 'Soquel'....”
  • 13 locals recommend
Hardware Store
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“Farm to table and everything from scratch. Fabulous! Reservations recommended”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Enduring counter-serve establishment providing burgers & other American classics in homey surrounds.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fresh and tasty Thai food to dine-in or take out. Great vegetarian options. Friendly owners. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our favorite place for Thai food which is delicious, service is excellent. Zone out while you watch the wall of tropical fish. They are also good for take out.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Tai Food- you can have a dinner just from their appetizer menu- very good.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Great casual taproom with dog-friendly patio - offering up to 30 craft beers. Bring a meal over from Carpo's next door, order a beer and enjoy just hanging out”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
“Delicious bagels made the old fashioned way, and numerous spreads and fresh juices.”
  • 5 locals recommend