the-crows-nest-santa-cruz-logoJourney to the water’s edge of the Santa Cruz Harbor and you will find one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz, The Crows Nest. For over 40 years The Crows Nest has served locals and tourists mouthwatering food for all dining tastes. Not only do the crowds keep coming back for the food, they also come for the ambiance. The Crows Nest offers stunning views of the Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Harbor and Lighthouse, the Wharf and surrounding area.

The Crows Nest is open daily from 7:30am to 11:00pm (depending on the day) for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. They also have a few dining room options for those that are on a different schedule. If you prefer the open air then venture to the outside dining area. For those that want a more traditional dining experience, venture to the main dining area for an elegant meal. If an up-tempo atmosphere is your cup of tea then the upstairs Bar & Grill is your destination.

One of the secret gems of The Crows Nest is their live entertainment schedule. One of their signature shows are their stand-up comedy nights. Every Sunday, laugh into the night with 3 different comics performing (21+ events). Live music is on the menu Tuesday – Saturday nights. Each night is different and ranges from Rock to Reggae and anything in between. Check their entertainment calendar as it will begin to diminish as the winter months set in.

Locals Note: Having lived in the Santa Cruz area for over 35 years we love going to The Crows Nest for any occasion. It is always great food at a reasonable price. In fact, their Calamari dish has been voted as the best in Santa Cruz since 2012. If you come early the kids can have time to play on the beach. If you keep your eyes on the ocean you may see an Otter or even a Dolphin. The Crow’s Nest sounds great…I’m going there right now!

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