Find your love in Santa Cruz
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! With that said, I tried my best to consolidate my recommendations to fun things to experience in my hometown. This list covers not just the city of Santa Cruz but the county as well, including places like Capitola, Aptos, and Felton.
Or do you want to find a farm-to-table restaurant with cool California vibe and seasonal fare? Enjoy your meal with world class views. Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Beach Resort. California Grill of the Pajaro Valley.
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. La Posta. No matter your appetite, there is room at the table for everyone in Santa Cruz County.
Patio to play: explore top spots for outdoor eats & post-meal adventures
Davenport Roadhouse Inn. Gabriella Cafe. Charlie Hong Kong.
Have a hankering for some homey hash browns? Food for thought! Avanti Restaurant. Craving carnitas?
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Stagnaro Bros. Walnut Ave Cafe.
India Joze Restaurant. Not to worry: finding a restaurant in Santa Cruz County for every taste — and taste bud — easy!
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The View at Chaminade. The Picnic Basket. The Heavenly Roide Cafe.
Santa Cruz Wharf. Head over the to the Picnic Basket. Scotts Valley.
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Try dining like a local! Laili Restaurant. Looking for a place the kids will love? Pacific Thai. Surf City Sandwich. 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.
The best things to do in santa cruz from someone who grew up in the city! these are my favorite places to eat, visit, and local experiences to have around my hometown.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Head to Downtown Santa Cruz for an array of dining options. Our charters are the perfect excursion for everyone, from seasoned sailors to first-time adventurers. Steamer Lane Surf Report.
Shadowbrook Restaurant. See below for a full list of restaurants in Santa Cruz County!
Paradise Beach Grille. The Hollins House.
Las Palmas Taco Bar. Pacific Cookie Company.