Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
314 Riverside Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 471-9999
Fax: (831) 429-5000
Splendid views of the ocean as your enjoy a feast of bounties from the sea, is what awaits you at Aquarius restaurant. Located withing the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, Aquarius offers relishing breakfast, lunch and dinner to hotel guests as well as visitors. Fresh catch from the sea are used to create tantalizing American fare. Gorge on a menu of salads, soups, chowder, scallops, California Halibut, Prawn & Clam pasta and more. The clam chowder here, has won awards and has received raving reviews. Key Lime Pie and the Chocolate Blackout Cake offer the perfect ending for your meal.
Hoffman's bakery and cafe is a great place to enjoy any meal of the day, as they serve up gourmet offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Much of the food is freshly-prepared or baked in-house with special Hoffman family recipes that locals and visitors alike seem to be flocking to. The breakfast menu ranges from home-made omelets to french toast to frittatas, the lunch service is comprised of mostly green salads and gourmet sandwiches on fresh bread and dinner offers a wide variety of steak, poultry and seafood dishes with an emphasis on flavorful dishes and seasonal produce. On top of serving three full meal services a day, Hoffman's bakery is also well-known for their cakes, specially made for weddings, events or private parties.
A tantalizing American fare given a contemporary twist is what Oswald Restaurant offers its guests. Though the menu offers a limited range of chicken and meat dishes, each preparation is given importance to bring out its rich flavors. On Wednesday, guests can enjoy a sumptuous meal form their prixe fixe menu, replete with an appetizer, entree and dessert. Begin your meal with a Cauliflower Soup or a Frisee Salad, follow it with Vegetable Fettuccine, Roasted Chicken or Arctic Char for your main course. Chocolate Souffle or the Vanilla Creme Brulee gives it the perfect sweet finish. The walls of this restaurant are covered in artistic works by local artists, adding to the elegance of this place.
An Irish feast for your palate is what Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant has been offering its guests since its establishment in 1996. Staying true to the notion of an Irish pub, Rosie McCann's is a lively place where friends can hang out; live musicians fill the place with their beats while you drown down your beers. Gorge on delicious fares of chicken strips, Irish board, burgers, sandwiches and Rosie's special offerings. With an outlet in San Jose, this restaurant is nestled in the heart of Santa Cruz.
Soif is a restaurant you wouldn't want to miss. Amidst contemporary decor awaits contemporary food, comprising Crostini, tapas, pasta, salmon, risotto, small plates of Chorizo and Meatballs, and plenty of cheeses. In the dessert section, Creme Brulee and Chocolate Mousse are the perfect meal finales. Around 40 wines, including Regis Minet and Reislings from Pfalz, line up the wine-list. Adjacent to the restaurant is the wine store, where you can buy bottles to take home. The service and ambiance leave you happy too, so why wait? Plan a visit today!
Named after the famous English folk song, this bar has gone to the extent of naming each of its 99 beers and ales that are on offer. The varieties in its list are sourced from across the world. You will find it hard to choose from these varieties which include the usual suspects like Guinness Black Lager and Amstel Light, as well as exotic ones like the Dogfish Head Midas Touch. This beer is a true gem which is handcrafted using the original Turkish recipe and ingredients. Complementing the beer are the selection of burgers, steaks and sandwiches, that come in large portions. Sit back and relax with a bottle of your selection of ale. The pub hosts trivia nights on Wednesdays, shows latest NFL action on Sundays and has a full-day happy hour on Thursdays. So choose your night and walk in for a great time in company of friends.
Since 2002, Cafe Mare Cucina Italiana has been offering the people of Santa Cruz with tantalizing Italian cuisine. Owners Andrea Mura and Jean Pierre Iuliano have created an ambiance that gives the guests a feel of dining in Italy. The menu features delightful fares of pasta, gnocchi, ravioli, bolognese and mozarella are available. Locally sourced fresh ingredients are used to recreate the true Italian flavors. Choose between Italian and local wines to complement your meal.
Cuisine from the Silk Road, that runs through Europe and Asia, are brought alive at Laili. Their menu features a delectable blend of Mediterranean cuisine with recipes from Afghanistan to create an exotic taste that will awaken your taste buds. Begin your meal with a soup, salad, an appetizer of hummus or pumpkin boranee; follow it up with an entree of pasta, chicken kabab, beef koubideh kabab, seafood preparations or a vegetable mix of sabzi challow. Pistachio cardamom ice cream, baklava and cardomom creme brulee offer your exotic meal a perfect finish. The ambiance staying in tune with the food, is a wonderful blend of old and new styles. The patio, surrounded by trees, is beautifully lit up at night, creating a charming atmosphere to dine in.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner made from fresh bounties from the sea, is what Johnny's Harborside Johnny's Harborside Restaurant & Bar offers its guests. A must try here are their Crab Encrusted Roasted Steelhead and Ciopinno (mussels, clams, fish and crab served with citrus, lobster and tomato broth). Apart from seafood this place is popular for their Braised Lamb Shank, Pan Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breast and Grilled New York. Those with dietary restrictions can choose from Johnny's special gluten free menu and partake from their delicious fares. If you perch yourself by the window, you will be privy to beautiful views of the Woods Lagoon as well as the activity on the dock.
Originally opened in 1973, The Crepe Place has been serving Santa Cruz locals for decades. The restaurant still has some aspects of the old decor and charm but the bar and building have been revamped for a more elegant dining experience. With an outdoor patio, garden area and outdoor stage for live music, the scene is much more vibrant and romantic. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner everyday with late night dining options and a locally-favorite weekend brunch menu that is always worth the trip.
Santa Cruz get a taste of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine at Pearl of the Ocean. Established in 2004, chef-proprietor Ayoma Wilen brings the exotic flavors from South Asia alive with her preparations. Do try out the house specials of Sri Lankan-Style Noodles and Rice with Mixed Vegetables. They also offers sumptuous portions of Kadju Curry Plate (coconut curry prepared with cashews, peas and carrots), Chicken Stew, Deviled Chicken and Kandy Pollos Curry (jackfruit cooked with traditional spices). Locally sourced and imported organic ingredients are in all preparations. A Sri Lankan meal is incomplete without a taste of their special teas; choose from cardamom, lemon, peach ,vanilla, lychee, raspberry and ayurvedic blends.
Bocci's Cellar offers a lively atmosphere where groovy bands frequently steal the show. You can even book your own band at this trendy sports bar. It has five television screens that are always tuned on to major football and other sports events. Besides, it also has pool tables, dartboards, lawn bowling and other games where guests can play a round or two. Its menu includes Pot Stickers, Grilled Tuna Melt Sandwich, Bocci Burger and Deep Fried Calamari. This bar and restaurant can also be hired for hosting holiday parties with facilities such as pool tables, dartboards and a banquet and buffet menu. At their Happy Hours, you get the best deals on appetizers and drinks.