Santa Cruz Wharf

21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
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    • 24 Hours

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  • sea lions
  • boardwalk
  • seals
  • scenic views
  • seafood
  • surfing
  • calamari
  • good for a late night
  • chowder
  • fishing
  • arcade games
  • pesto pasta
  • gelato
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  • salmon
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  • Cory M.

    a must when in Santa Cruz.

    Cory Medigovich · December 31, 2010
  • Jafafa H.

    In two spots far out on the southern side of the wharf there are stairs hidden out of the way that let you down to water level. Sea lions lay about there you can get inches away and face to face with

    Jafafa Hots · June 25, 2010
  • Olivia W.

    Riva has the best fish, and even if you don't go for dinner - get the gelato at the gelato bar on the left as you go in the door. FABULOUS!

    Olivia Wilder · September 18, 2011
  • Jenn S.

    Saw sea otters today. Jellyfish in the summer.

    Jenn S · March 27, 2011
  • Bjørn

    Go down the stairs on the opposite side of the road from the Stagnaro Brothers restaurant to get the best view of the sea lions.

    Bjørn · May 10, 2011
  • jennifer lei c.

    Great weather right now, arcade is still open late. Boardwalk closed. Lots of renovation at the boardwalk and streets.

    jennifer lei chan · April 24, 2010
  • Ricky N.

    Make it out to the end of the wharf to watch sea lions through the open cut-outs. Also, about halfway down on the south side (facing the Boardwalk) there is a platform that the sea lions hang out on.

    Ricky Nicholes · December 31, 2013
  • Lynn H.

    Yep summertime so going to be busy! We try to avoid it until Oct. Love the Wharf though! Stagnaros at the end & Gilbert's my faves!

    Lynn Horne · August 20, 2013
  • Ashtyn K.

    Make sure to stop off at Gilda's Restaurant! Super cheap and Super delicious!

    Ashtyn Karachristos · February 13, 2013
  • Olivia W.

    Had great fish & chips at Miramar Fish Grotto! Wasn't greasy, but tender and crispy on the outside.

    Olivia Wilder · August 28, 2012
  • Elise R.

    Firefish! Pricey but worth it! You have to go there at least once!

    Elise Rice · March 31, 2012
  • Luca R.

    Calamari and fries, ocean view, surf and relax!

    Luca Rossettini · February 4, 2012
  • Ricky A.

    Marianis has best confections. Lots of starving pelicans some getting pushy

    Ricky Archuletta · March 22, 2010
  • Aslihan K.

    The sea lions are awesome!

    Aslihan Kilic · January 2
  • Emiliy M.

    Try to spot the sea lions napping beneath the pier!

    Emiliy Marino · September 17, 2014
  • Oka A.

    Nice atmosfhere 🙏 ocean,beach,surfing,peoples

    Oka Artha Negara · August 13, 2014
  • Jana T.

    Seal watching at it's best!

    Jana Taylor · July 20, 2014
  • Zach E.

    Walk the Longest Pier on the West Coast Read more

    Zach Everson · June 11, 2014
  • Simon W.

    The sea lions here are excellent

    Simon Willison · May 26, 2014
  • Avery L.

    Stuffed salmon was very good!!

    Avery Laurin · May 10, 2014
  • David P.

    This is really a surprisingly nice walk. Metered parking available just outside, but parking is pretty reasonable so just drive in if you don't feel like walking. Sea Lions swim right under the pier

    David Park · May 8, 2014
  • Nancilou B.

    Best chowder Stagnaro's, best burger and pesto pasta the Dolphin, best fresh fish and zuchinni sticks Riva's

    Nancilou Biscotti · April 30, 2014
  • Sherwin S.

    Nice boardwalk. Will definitely come back and ride the big rides

    Sherwin Shershot · April 23, 2014
  • Faryn S.

    Gotta go to stagnaros best sea food

    Faryn Schneider · April 6, 2014
  • Jesus H.

    go to the very end to see the seals...

    Jesus Hoyos · November 17, 2013
  • Theresa E.

    Get a table by the window @ woodies for some of the best views of the seals,surfers and sea life!!

    Theresa Espy · October 26, 2013
  • Roman I.

    Don't leave your camera in the car. You could miss nice photo shots.

    Roman Ivanov · October 18, 2013
  • Nofar C.

    Lots and lots of sealions underneath the wharf. Beautiful place. Stores too expensive

    Nofar Cohen · September 5, 2013
  • Francine S.

    Eat at Gilda's for breakfast only. Not great for lunch or dinner.

    Francine Sneddon · May 24, 2013
  • Carrie B.

    The seals are adorable but keep your hands to yourself!

    Carrie Browde · April 28, 2013
  • Angel J.

    Ride the Giant Dipper, awesome drops and dips. There's also a pretty view of the pier and beach while climbing to the top.

    Angel January · February 26, 2013
  • Nico P.

    "Make it to the end of the pier, where open sections of the wharf allow for great views of sea lions hanging out on pilings below."

    Nico Pitney · January 7, 2013
  • Got S.

    Drive to the end- usually more available parking.

    Got Screenplay · November 30, 2012
  • Got S.

    SIt on the roof at Stagnaro's for great drinks and an awesome view!

    Got Screenplay · November 30, 2012
  • Nadine S.

    There are almost always sea lions hanging out at the end of the wharf - look down!

    Nadine Schaeffer · November 5, 2012
  • Michael K.

    Boring place, really

    Michael Kwardakov · November 4, 2012
  • Chen H.

    free parking, nice beach and reasonably priced motels

    Chen HanJun · April 2, 2012
  • Sonia G.

    Don't bother eating at stagnaros- try another instead. Food is bland and overcooked.

    Sonia Gabrielle · January 14, 2012
  • Scott C.

    Man, you can see the boardwalk. That place is so cool.

    Scott Carnahan · November 26, 2011
  • Patti P.

    Get the fried calamari at Dolphin restaurant at the end of the wharf!

    Patti Perazzo · September 3, 2011
  • Barbara L.

    Great weather this week. Boardwalk open late. Good week in Santa Cruz.

    Barbara Luna · July 25, 2011
  • Shanan

    Vino Prima Wine Bar is a must! It's almost at the end of the wharf across the walkway from Olita's Cantina! Go there! The owners are awesome and the wines....divine! :)

    Shanan · January 18, 2011
  • Suha Aysun O.

    Herşeyiyle enfes

    Suha Aysun Opan Tezcan · November 17, 2013
  • Paolo M.

    Si cena prestissimo, alle 22 non si trova nemmeno un bar aperto per bere una birra

    Paolo Menti · August 21, 2013
  • Anatolij K.

    В конце ноября здесь особенно много птиц и морских львов.

    Anatolij Krasnokutskij · December 2, 2013

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