Foodies and gastronomers will find a delicious variety of tasty restaurants in Santa Cruz, many within minutes of The Inn at Pasatiempo. Discover the flavors of the ocean as you sample fresh seafood caught in nearby Monterey Bay, or dig into ethnic and organic cuisine in downtown Santa Cruz. If you're looking for a quaint, local favorite, stroll to the Santa Cruz Wharf and try one of the area's famous family-owned eateries. And let's not forget our very own Pasatiempo Grill, which will be opening soon!
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Santa Cruz Area Restaurants -
Consult our knowledgeable staff for restaurant recommendations in Santa Cruz or try these local favorites:
MacKenzie Bar & Grill -
Located at the Clubhouse at Pasatiempo Golf Club, MacKenzie Bar & Grill is open daily for breakfast and lunch. MacKenzie's features a full bar and offers veranda dining with views of the 9th green and Monterey Bay. Call (831) 459-9162 for reservations.
Hollins House at Pasatiempo -
Built in 1929 by famous golfer Marion Hollins, the Hollins House at Pasatiempo is a casually elegant restaurant located at Pasatiempo Golf Club. The award-winning menu features Moroccan Chicken Tagine, pan-roasted Barramundi filet, and bone-in prime rib. Panoramic views of Monterey Bay complement the extraordinary cuisine. Hollins House at Pasatiempo is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 4pm to 9pm. Call (831) 459-9177 for reservations.
Walnut Avenue Café -
Voted "City's Best Breakfast" by Sunset magazine, the Walnut Avenue Café in downtown Santa Cruz continues to impress locals and visitors. Café specialties include blackened ahi Benedict, spicy chilaquiles, stuffed omelets, and griddle favorites. The Walnut Avenue Café also serves lunch and is conveniently located at 106 Walnut Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. Open Monday - Friday from 7am to 3pm and from 8am to 4pm on weekends.
Ristorante Italiano -
Serving traditional Italian cuisine since 1980, Ristorante Italiano has been voted the best Italian restaurant in Santa Cruz for the last six years. Enjoy chicken and veal specialties, homemade soups, fresh seafood, delectable pasta, and vegetarian options. Dining room and patio seating are available. Lunch is served Monday - Friday from 11:30am to 4pm. Dinner is served daily. Ristorante Italiano is located at 555 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. Reservations are recommended for groups of six or more. Call (831) 458-2321.
El Palomar -
Savor the distinct flavors of Southern Mexico at the Monterey Bay at El Palomar restaurant. Enjoy traditional Mexican food paired with locally-grown produce and fresh seafood. Homemade Salsa, sauces, and corn tortillas complement the authentic cuisine. In addition to its historic dining room, El Palomar features a lively cantina with a full bar and flat screen TVs for sports fans. El Palomar is located at 1336 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. Call 831-425-7575.