Crow's Nest Restaurant

American Restaurant, Gastropub, and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Eastside, Santa Cruz
  • This American restaurant is famous for their sunsets. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Ned H.
    "I love the smoke salmon, Captain's cut and the salad bar."(7 Tips)
    Bobbie N.
    "Get there on a Wendesday to see the sail boats races and sunset"(3 Tips)
    Chris C.
    "happy hour on wednesday comes with great views and prices."(28 Tips)
    Laura M.
    "Love the prices and view of happy hour all day Wednesday"(14 Tips)
95 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • seafood
  • happy hour
  • salad bar
  • good for dates
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  • Guilherme C.
    Guilherme ChapiewskiJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pacific Swordfish with parmesan crust (served with steamed vegetables and artichoke risotto) was the best fish I had in years - not to mention the breath-taking view and excellent service!!!
  • Cristina B.
    Cristina B.September 28, 2014
    View is great! Go upstairs to their bar area- great views and the food is much more reasonably price. Wednesday nights are boat races, so you get amazing views of the races but get there early
  • Akshay
    AkshayMarch 2, 2015
    Entrée was chicken breast for me with coleslaw, it was good I would say...also had chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream dessert, good 3.5 stars...ambience: 4 stars!
  • Barry S.
    Barry ShafferJune 29, 2014
    Great location and relaxed atmosphere. Calamari and Smoked salmon apps are excellent but the Alderwood Smoked prime rib was absolutely amazing, honestly the best I've ever had.
  • Donna N.
    Donna NoviMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Calamari...I always go back to theirs. Bloody Marys, salad bar, and the Thursday night beach parties in the summer months (delicious grilled burgers with grilled pineapple), yum!
  • Avery J.
    Avery JenkinsAugust 16, 2011
    Incredible All-You-Can-Eat Salad Bar with lots to choose from for only $9.99 for Lunch and $11.99 for Dinner!!! Sunday Night is Comedy Night, so be sure to check it out.
  • Stefan d.
    Stefan de GoeijJanuary 24, 2015
    Amazing place at a fantastic location, very friendly staff at the reception desk...Make reservations, it can be very busy.... I will go back here...
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NelsonJuly 25, 2014
    Great happy hour and an amazing view. We saw a whale while nibbling on crab martini. Kinda slow service but well worth the wait.
  • Carole T.
    Carole ThompsonNovember 11, 2013
    Great view from the terrace of the grill section, can be cold though as they don't have enough eating lamps. Waitresses are upbeat , I particularly appreciated their fried Calamaris
  • MJ L.
    MJ LeeApril 5, 2016
    There is a lot of interesting seating choices with good views. Lamb burger is a must.
  • Tyson Q.
    Tyson QuickOctober 24, 2012
    My girl and I were here for one day and ate here for dinner / happy hour. Loved the view, atmosphere, service, drinks, and food!
  • Noah
    NoahJune 16, 2016
    The fish tacos and pear salad were delicious! The service is friendly and quick despite the busy somewhat crowded nature of the place.
  • Irene K.
    Irene KimmelDecember 15, 2013
    Sunsets are beautiful and during the holidays the sail boats in the harbor are decorated and make it very festive.
  • Aditi M.
    Aditi ModakFebruary 18, 2013
    The view from the patio is amazing. Crab cakes and patrale sole was simply delicious. Nice place to go for a romantic evening
  • E A.
    E AliciaFebruary 24, 2013
    Love this place. Always great service and great food. They have bands almost every night. Never disappointed. Love all their seafood.
  • Trisha L.
    Trisha LiuJuly 6, 2013
    Salmon and mango salad, with macadamias, sesame dressing, tiny bit of kick. SO good!!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LearAugust 25, 2011
    One of my favorite places in Santa Cruz since I found the place in 1976. Hard to beat the view and the food ain't bad either.
  • Alexa P.
    Alexa PritchardDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the upper deck. Guava Rita one of my favorites with the ruby ahi appetizer. Don't forget to enjoy the view.
  • Ned H.
    Ned HoganSeptember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the smoke salmon, Captain's cut and the salad bar.
    Upvoted Oct 8
  • Ilke
    IlkeJune 19
    The Sand Dab. Incredible. Definitely a must try. Most of the "fun drinks" are also fun:)
  • Tajvia W.
    Tajvia WillisAugust 31, 2015
    What's not to like? I go there for brunch at least once a month. Love this place.
  • Tim R.
    Tim RobbJuly 22, 2015
    Excellent food. Had fish and steak and they both rocked.
  • Tamara M.
    Tamara MeierJune 19, 2015
    The upstairs bar & grill is always a good bet. Less wait + great view + tasty app choices!
  • Tracy
    TracyApril 1, 2011
    Grab a seat on the patio and order yourself some shrimp or yummy fish! Great place for Birthday lunch!!
  • Phillip K.
    Phillip KidwellJuly 19, 2013
    The prime rib sandwich was dynamite! Sit outside on the patio on a sunny day!
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MalkowskiNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Calamari Caeser Salad! Odd & delicious.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • SoloRunner
    SoloRunnerNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food and great service!! Katie really made our dining experience awesome!
  • Masha G.
    Masha GalitskaiaAugust 26, 2013
    Very tasty, delicious and very nice!!! Parking costs 50 cent pro half an hour.
  • Miguel S.
    Miguel SojoApril 1, 2015
    Excellent clam chowder. Nice place witg great ambience and view
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah R3 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here on wed night for happy hour and sailboat races. Great salad bar.
  • Masha I.
    Masha IovevaAugust 4, 2013
    Great views, ok food, a nice tourist experience. Plus, we saw a seal :)
  • Tara W.
    Tara WalkerJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Swordfish - With sundried tomatoes, olives, roasted garlic cream sauce
  • Emerald R.
    Emerald ReillyJuly 6, 2012
    Best happy hour In Santa Cruz.,awesome view. Get the crab cakes!
  • Laura M.
    Laura ManriquezJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the prices and view of happy hour all day Wednesday
  • Maggie C.
    Maggie CIDecember 3, 2013
    Very friendly crew. It did make the ambiance much more relaxing..
  • Randal K.
    Randal KayJuly 13, 2015
    Great salad bar. Great place for breakfast. Good wait staff.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LevyOctober 1, 2010
    Eat upstairs around sunset for a delicious meal (the salad bar is a must!) with an amazing view!
  • Rob O.
    Rob OwenAugust 7, 2014
    Wednesday Happy Hour to watch the boat races! All afternoon, and all night long...
  • John D.
    John DonnellyJuly 23, 2016
    Service was excellent, fish tacos were yum! Terrible parking. Good bands
  • Bobbie N.
    Bobbie NelsonApril 8, 2010
    The clam chowder and fresh fish dishes are wonderful. Get there on a Wendesday to see the sail boats races and sunset
  • C S.
    C ShepJanuary 29, 2013
    The calamari is fresh and delicious! Not too heavy either.
  • Taylor D.
    Taylor DanecoyoteJune 23, 2015
    Scenic views of the SC harbor, lighthouse and boardwalk sounds.
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SerranoApril 21, 2014
    The California yellowtail is awesome!! Try it.
  • Bri L.
    Bri LynnSeptember 3, 2012
    Great view on the upper deck- recommend the fish sandwich
  • Jamar P.
    Jamar ParrisSeptember 30, 2016
    Great views. Nice staff. Good food.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 22
    Happy Hour 3.30 to close on Wednesday! Away from the heavy tourist scene.
  • WineWalkabout with Kiwi and Koala
    WineWalkabout with Kiwi and KoalaFebruary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for a feed and a drink or two.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Crow's Nest Restaurant!
  • Pamela E.
    Happy hour everything! 🌺
  • Chris C.
    Chris CromwellAugust 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    happy hour on wednesday comes with great views and prices. go with the nachos!
  • Liam B.
    Liam BoogarDecember 28, 2014
    Park on the street - there's plenty of free parking!
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RojasDecember 16, 2015
    Great view and good food. Beware the birds.
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan C.February 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If Darren is working, sit in his section - he's fantastic!
  • Emerald R.
    Emerald ReillyFebruary 2, 2011
    Best crab cakes! Come with a delicious honey mustard sauce.
  • Paula B.
    Paula BaenaSeptember 5, 2013
    California Yellowtail & Hawaiian Mahi Mahi...mmmmm...awesome!!
  • Fabiana H.
    Fabiana HennesseeJuly 13, 2013
    Food was a little bla,my waitress really rude,but the view is awesome
  • Greg R.
    Greg RoseSeptember 15, 2012
    Try the Hawaiian Style Ono - So yummy!
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterOctober 22, 2009
    All-night Happy Hour every Wed. you'll fight to get a table, but excellent half-price appetizers & $3.30 microbrew pints worth it.
  • Diana B.
    Diana BohnhoffAugust 19, 2014
    Lava flow and lunch was amazing
  • Kari M.
    Kari MertzJune 25, 2012
    Spinach prawn ravioli goodness!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Crow's Nest Restaurant, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • rands p.
    rands pantalonesApril 6, 2014
    Outside is almost always warm thanks to the heaters.
  • Jenny B.
    Jenny BolanosJune 29, 2012
    The combo louie salad is awesome.
  • Dori M.
    Dori MagyarOctober 28, 2013
    Good food but prepare yourself to pay an extra 1,50$ if you want bread..
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MuthJune 17, 2011
    Get the homemade potato chips! Amazing!
  • Derek M.
    Derek MMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Like the ahi kabob and the calamari
  • Ethar E.
    mediocre food, nice food. We tried most of the specials, everything was average. Fish just smothered in sauce, no marinate.
  • Nadine S.
    Nadine SchaefferNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour upstairs
  • Cyndi S.
    Cyndi SmithAugust 22, 2014
    Happy hour 1/2 off starters!!!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RobbJuly 22, 2015
    Fish and steak rock
  • Scott R.
    Scott RogersSeptember 16, 2013
    Keep an eye out for the whales!
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HurstAugust 11, 2011
    The food and view are Wonderful !!!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HyamsJune 8, 2012
    Don't even read the menu just go with the Ahi
  • Growth H.
    Growth HackerFebruary 24, 2016
    Best calamari in Santa Cruz!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DunnOctober 28, 2012
    Great view
  • John O.
    John OverstreetOctober 26, 2013
    Awesome! As usual...
  • Cat B.
    Cat BessonOctober 15, 2012
    It has the best calamari !
  • Dana F.
    Dana FreyApril 12, 2014
    The best crab cakes!
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan C.October 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best eggs benedict around.
  • Burak K.
    Calamari... exceptional...
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda ClarkMarch 22, 2016
    Salmon Burger was a hit
  • sara m.
    sara martinezAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    go on wednesday from 3:30 on is happy hour
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan C.September 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Server Chaley is wonderful!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DiazMarch 21, 2010
    Sub par food here. I've eaten here twice and it's no where near as good as people say it is. I think it's the view your paying for.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 1, 2011
    Try the Bleu Cheese Burger
  • Jay S.
    Jay ShellenJune 11, 2015
    Half price appetizers!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BowersMarch 21, 2011
    Salmon and mango salad
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CraryFebruary 20, 2015
    Harbor view
  • Amy L.
    Amy LeighFebruary 22, 2015
    Live music
  • Island Bruin
    Really expensive for what you get.
  • Vadim Z.
    Vadim ZalivaAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great salad bar.
  • Uri B.
    Uri BoglerSeptember 11, 2009
    happy hour on the patio for sunset
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CuevasNovember 11, 2010
    The view is priceless...
  • Becky S.
    Becky SharpMay 19, 2013
    Service is extremely slow.
  • Nate C.
    Nate CalderonApril 8, 2012
    It's crap, don't eat here.
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