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The 5 Best American Restaurants Near Santa Cruz

Updated: May 2, 2022

Looking for the best American restaurants in Santa Cruz? These are our top choices for gumbo and fried chicken. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Santa Cruz eateries below.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room

American, $$, Santa CruzAmerican, $$Santa Cruz
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Back Nine Grill & Bar

American, $$, Santa CruzAmerican, $$Santa Cruz
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Vinocruz

New American, $$, SoquelNew American, $$Soquel
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Home

New American, $$, SoquelNew American, $$Soquel
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Malone's Grille

American, $$, Scotts ValleyAmerican, $$Scotts Valley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate these results?

Picking the right American restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. For these results, 3104661 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 28999 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 2955 lists and articles from and others were carefully reviewed by boam. Yes, we even looked at to pull this list together. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Silver Spur, Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room, and Back Nine Grill & Bar are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Santa Cruz.

Silver Spur, Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room, and Back Nine Grill & Bar are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Santa Cruz.

Silver Spur, Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room, and Back Nine Grill & Bar are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Santa Cruz.

Silver Spur, Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room, and Back Nine Grill & Bar are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Santa Cruz.

Silver Spur, Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room, and Back Nine Grill & Bar are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Santa Cruz.

Drink pairing tips

  • Vieux Carre with your heavy meat dish

    Wondering what to drink with your fatty heavy meat dish? Well you haven’t gotten the most out of the dish until you have had a oaked Vieux Carre.

  • The best drink pairing for fried chicken

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for fried chicken can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Kentucky 75. This, vibrant, cocktail balances the fatty fried chicken.

  • Margarita with your grilled burger

    When considering how to best enjoy your grilled burger, we would highlight how well a glass of Margarita complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


Fun facts

  • The Seymour Wisconsin Annual Hamburger Festival

    If you’re a big fan of American, then you should definitely consider visiting the Seymour Wisconsin Annual Hamburger Festivale in Wisconsin, The United States

  • A long time ago

    We can thank 1890s in The United States for the much beloved hashbrown.

  • A whole lotta hashbrown

    The name is Dave Brunelli, and they ate a ridiculous 3 pounds of hashbrown in 3 minutes.

Parking tips

Few things are as aggravating as circling around the block, looking for parking when you’re hungry. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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