Santa Cruz Dining
At the Pier
Dolphin restaurant is our favorite place for breakfast on the pier. It sits at the end of the long pier with indoor and outdoor seating and great views all around.
The food and service are always exceptional. Some of our favorites are Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Gravy, and the Denver Omelet.
Stagnaro’s is another good place to enjoy a meal on the Wharf with great views of the bay. The food is above average, but not exceptional. Service can be spotty, depending on the crowds.
The best choices here are the Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, and the Seafood Tortellini. You can also get Cracked Crab or Lobster Tail.
Downtown Santa Cruz is comprised of a few blocks of stores, restaurants, and entertainment. It is easily walkable and close to many hotels and attractions.
The food is always delicious. For starters try the Mediterranean Plate with a variety of popular dishes like hummus, tabbouleh, and babaghanoush.
For the main course, we like Eggplant parmesan flatbread, Lamb shank, Filet mignon kabob, Roasted Cauliflower.
For a great finish to this meal, you must try Pistachio Cardamom Ice Creamor or Baklava - or both.
I love Sushi
The restaurant is famous for serving free samples before your order. It could appetizers or a new roll to try. It is always a nice surprise when it shows up.
Too many favorite rolls to mention here. Be adventurous and try them all. For people who hate Sushi, they offer a selection of cooked dishes like Beef Teriyaki and Chicken Teriyaki.
Some of my favorite specialty rolls are White Dragon, Natural Bridges, and Akira Rainbow. If you are looking for a cooked meal, try the Sesame Chicken Donduri or Salmon Teriyaki. They also have a Bento Box with 1, 2, or 3 items.
For a drink, try their hot Sake. They also have cold Sake and a variety of beers. For dessert, you must try the Green Tea Mochi.