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The Monterey / Aptos / Santa Cruz area is replete with numerous restaurants serving almost every cuisine.
Santa Cruz Country restaurants feature organic and local produce, fresh fish and meat, and a wide variety of flavors — from California fusion, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, and many vegetarian options.
The restaurant options range from an unbelievable sandwich to multi-course dining by candle light. Want to have lunch on the water? Have a romantic getaway? Or just a simple, healthy, and enjoyable meal? Santa Cruz is a great place for restaurants.
Some of our local favorites:
|Theo’s||Excellent California cuisine, complete wine list. Beautiful garden.||Aptos||10 minutes|
|Avanti||A wonderful casual Italian restaurant with wonderful food featuring local and organic foods.||Santa Cruz||25 minutes|
|Cafe Sparrow||A delightful local restaurant featuring a nightly prix fixe special in an intimate space.||Aptos||5 minutes|
|Ambrosia||Fabulous Indian cuisine with a wide variety of delectable savory dishes where unique flavors stand out.||Aptos||5 minutes|
|Soif||Fabulous wine bar with delectable “small plates” for sharing, fresh, seasonal ingredients, and wonderful wine tasting and wine-pairing recommendations.||Santa Cruz||15 minutes|
|La Posta||Outstanding, simple italian food – menu changes regularly, prix fixe family meal on Sundays (from the creators of Soif).||Santa Cruz||15 minutes|
|Caruso’s||Friendly and flavorful Tuscan-Italian in a tiny space in Capitola village||Capitola||10 minutes|
|Mobo||Excellent “California-style” sushi, outstanding fish, crunchy mac nuts, and creative flair||Santa Cruz||15 minutes|
|Shogun||A dynamic sushi bar with traditional cuisine and fresh fish||Santa Cruz||15 minutes|
|Oswald||Intimate mediterranian dining with an absolutely first-class menu.||
|Sestri||Restaurant and bar featuring a lovely Italian menu in a romantic dining room.||Santa Cruz||10 minutes|
|O Mei||Unsurpassed Chinese; remarkable dishes. If you like spicy Chinese, O’Mei is not to be missed.||Santa Cruz||25 minutes|
|Shadowbrook||Gorgeous atmosphere, romantic and picture-perfect, ask for the river view in summer, and don’t forget to ride the cable-car to the dining room.||Capitola||15 minutes|
|Sawasdee||One of our favorites featuring fresh, well seasoned Thai cuisine||Soquel||10 minutes|
|Palapas||With a gorgeous ocean view, indoor or ocean-deck dining and “fresh-mex” menu with fresh seafood, a great local place.||Aptos||5 minutes|
|Crow’s Nest||Right on the beach, you feel like you can reach out and touch the sailboats coming out of the Santa Cruz Yacht harbor – features live entertainment||Santa Cruz||15 minutes|
|River Cafe||A tiny restaurant with out-of-sight sandwiches, fresh soups, and an amazing assortment of cheeses (to eat in or purchase) along with a selection of gourmet products.||Santa Cruz||15 minutes|
|Parker Lusseau||An amazing French pattiserie near the Monterey Bay Acquarium, features fresh baked goods, excellent sandwiches, and high-quality coffee.||Monterey||30 minutes|