Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Lúpulo Craft Beer House

Lupulo beer

This is the fourth of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

Lúpulo Craft Beer House, owned and operated by Noëlle Antolin and Stuyvesant Bearns, is a tasting room, restaurant, and bottle shop that offers 16 rotating taps and over a hundred bottled beers.

best new restaurants santa cruz 2014The atmosphere is cozy, with tables and a bar. Whether or not you’re a beer lover, the food is definitely worth a visit. The menu changes with the seasons, as the owners are committed to sustainable food practices. “Our ingredients are organic, our meats are local and pasture-raised, and most our produce comes from the farmers market,” says Antolin.

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Kaito

Kaito Ramen House

This is the third of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

Kaito opened in May in the former location of Pink Godzilla. The fact that the web site includes the word smile should tell you a lot: it makes chef/owner Koji Goto very happy to provide customers with first-rate, reasonably priced food.

best new restaurants santa cruz 2014The word Kaito means “Ocean Lover,” and it’s doubly appropriate: first, because of its iconic Pleasure Point location, and second, because there are many tasty seafood items on the menu.

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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Back Nine Grill & Bar

Back Nine Grill & Bar

This is the second of seven choices for the Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz in 2014. To see the full list, click here.

Back Nine Grill & Bar replaced the former Peachwood’s at The Inn at Pasatiempo. The restaurant opened in August after undergoing interior renovations, resulting in a pleasant ambience that is a vast improvement over Peachwood’s. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable.

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