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The 8 Best Restaurants Near Santa Cruz

Updated: May 2, 2022

From long-time favorites to newly opened gems these are Santa Cruz's Best and trendiest restaurants. We analyzed the top review and ranking sites and leading publications for the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. So for the finest foods, regional classics, and only the most sophisticated atmosphere visit these venues.

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Mozaic

Middle Eastern, $$, Santa CruzMiddle Eastern, $$Santa Cruz
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room

Hawaiian, $$, Santa CruzHawaiian, $$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

Otoro Sushi

Japanese, $$, Scotts ValleyJapanese, $$Scotts Valley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Vinocruz

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

Ambrosia India Bistro - Scotts Valley

Indian, $$, Scotts ValleyIndian, $$Scotts Valley
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Home

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

Star of Siam

Thai, $$, SoquelThai, $$Soquel
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Why is this list better than others?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 26488 Santa Cruz restaurants, 3104661 reviews, and 2322 top lists and articles from the likes of . We cross-referenced with top lists, like . We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. These ten options are sure to delight.

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