Having grown up in the city, my list for the best things to do in Santa Cruz could go on and on especially in terms of places to eat!
Food for thought! Craving carnitas? Have a hankering for some homey hash browns? Or do you want to find a farm-to-table restaurant with cool California vibe and seasonal fare?
Not to worry: finding a restaurant in Santa Cruz County for every taste — and taste bud — easy! No matter your appetite, there is room at the table for everyone in Santa Cruz County. Enjoy your meal with world class views.
Shadowbrook Restaurantlocated in Capitola, welcomes visitors with a descent through lush gardens via cable car. Looking for a place the kids will love? Head over the to the Picnic Basket.
This cozy lunch and breakfast spot dishes up wholesome eats and seasonal scoops from The Penny Ice Creamerywhich is just steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This classic Santa Cruz eatery features always fresh seafood, an open-air market stand and stunning views of the Monterey Bay. Dine next to a window and watch the surfers play in the famous Steamer Lane.
Head to Downtown Santa Cruz for an array of dining options. Try dining like a local! Our charters are the perfect excursion for everyone, from seasoned sailors to first-time adventurers. Whether your culinary preference takes you to an outdoor market bursting with fresh produce, a romantic hideaway, or a bustling Mediterranean-themed sidewalk bistro, Santa Cruz County is the perfect gastronomic destination.
Things to do in santa cruz, california (from a local)
Patio to play: explore top spots for outdoor eats & post-meal adventures
Charlie Hong Kong. Shadowbrook Restaurant. Avanti Restaurant. California Grill of the Pajaro Valley. Davenport Roadhouse Inn. Gabriella Cafe.
Bring your love to santa cruz
India Joze Restaurant. La Posta. Laili Restaurant.
Las Palmas Taco Bar. Pacific Cookie Company. Pacific Thai.
Paradise Beach Grille. Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Beach Resort. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.
Santa Cruz Wharf. Stagnaro Bros. Surf City Sandwich.
The Heavenly Roide Cafe. Scotts Valley.
The Hollins House. The Picnic Basket.
The View at Chaminade. Walnut Ave Cafe.