Santa Cruz Restaurants

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Below you will find restaurant reviews and roundups of some of the best restaurants by category, like our popular Best Pizza in Santa Cruz, and 10 Must-Try Sandwiches posts.
Santa Cruz, and the surrounding areas, have plenty of unique dining experiences. You won't find us covering many chain restaurants here. Luckily the local flavor in Santa Cruz far surpasses anything the chains can offer.
Downtown Santa Cruz is home to many of the top restaurants in the area, but you'll also find great seafood on the wharf, charming restaurants in the Capitola Village, and many great restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County.

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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Best New Santa Cruz Restaurants: Assembly

Assembly Santa Cruz

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

Zach Davis and Kendra Baker opened Assembly, their latest venue and their first full-service restaurant, in March. The dynamic duo first opened The Penny Ice Creamery in 2010 and followed that with The Picnic Basket and then more Penny locations (a kiosk, then Pleasure Point).

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Best New Restaurants in Santa Cruz County in 2014

best new santa cruz restaurants

Editor’s Note – We wanted to put together a list of some of the best new restaurants to open in and around Santa Cruz in 2014.  We naturally turned to Tara Fatemi Walker from for help.  What follows is a 7-part series of Tara’s picks for the best new restaurants.  Bon appetit!

There were several restaurants that opened in 2014 in the Santa Cruz area, and I’ve narrowed that group to my favorite seven.

Restaurants are listed alphabetically, with the first likely coming as a surprise to no one.

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