314 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA, US, 95060

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  • Fax: (831) 429-5000
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"Supports Green Initiatives" designates a hotel's participation in an optional environmental program that includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, guestroom towel/linen re-use, and on-premise recycling. "Supports Green Initiatives" does not represent an official certification of any kind.

4.2 out of 5 (154 reviews)
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  • Bars & Cafes


    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.

    175 West Cliff Drive
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Seabright Brewery

    This award-winning brewpub offers gourmet American cuisine, complemented by a large selection of delicious beer.

    519 Seabright Avenue
    Santa Cruz, California 95060

    »Oswald Restaurant

    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.

    121 Soquel Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060


    If you are looking to spend an evening in a high-energy nightclub with thumping music blaring out of the speakers, then the award-winning club Motiv is just the right place for you. A popular hangout for young people, the club is host to a number of renowned DJs catering to the music sensibilities of hip-hop, pop, techno/house, salsa and reggae music followers. The club is also open for lunch, with several small-plate options like chips, nachos and sliders, as well as bigger fare like pizzas and burgers. The nights are backed by a team of expert mixologists who ensure the constant flow of cocktails and other beverages to the dance floor. One of the best places for a late-night hangout, check their website to know more about Motiv.

    1209 Pacific Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant - Santa Cruz

    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.

    1220 Pacific Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Soif Wine Bar

    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!

    105 Walnut Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

    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.

    110 Walnut Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Cafe Mare Cucina Italiana

    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.

    740 Front Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Louie's Cajun Kitchen and Bourbon Bar

    Louie's Cajun Kitchen and Bourbon Bar brings the vibrant French Quarter of New Orleans to Downtown Santa Cruz. The brainchild of Lou and Kristi Caviglia, its kaleidoscopic mural walls of mardi gras and jazz artists creates a lively ambiance. This funky diner also has regular blues performances by talented musicians. To set your appetites rolling, try their Voodoo BBQ Oysters, Seafood Gumbo or BBQ Shrimp and Grits. Savor their Slow Roasted Chicken, Pot Roast, Blackened Pork Loin, PO Boys and Jambalaya for main course. If you are in for a Sunday brunch, then their hearty menu will definitely be the star of your holiday. Their bar has more than 50 bourbons from across the nation which includes classics like Jesse James Outlaw Bourbon and Breakout Rye Whiskey. Enjoy their happy hours with a sip of Louie’s Mint Julep and Manhattan with Bulleit Rye.

    110 Church Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »Sports Grill

    Situated upstairs in the historic Santa Cruz Hotel (circa 1877), this is Santa Cruz's premier sports restaurant and it is famous for its mild, hot, extra hot, and nuclear chicken wings. It also serves appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, burgers, wine, and 21 different beers on tap.

    1001 Cedar Street
    Santa Cruz, California 95062

    »The Jury Room

    The Jury Room is one of the best dive bars in Santa Cruz. This old-school watering hole has been around for decades and is still frequented by some of its oldest patrons. Drinks are inexpensive and their list features draft beer, premium spirits and cocktails. Grab your selection at happy hour to go with classic American pub grub. A free jukebox renders punk and rock anthems to contribute to the laid-back vibe. In addition, enjoy occasional live gigs, sports on their television screens and a game or two of pool.

    712 Ocean Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    »The Reef Bar

    If you are in a mood to chill-out with friends, then The Reef Bar is the place to be. This casual bar with its laid back ambiance perfectly fits the bill; here you can enjoy your drink indoors or simply hangout at the outdoor seating arrangement. As far as entertainment is concerned, it features television screens; however the highlight being the live music concerts that are held here. For event updates and other details, check website.

    120 Union Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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