Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Start your day with “Mike’s Mess”—a mountain of eggs scrambled with potatoes, mushrooms, and bacon, topped with cheese and sour cream—at this local favorite. Kids, however, opt for the sourdough pancakes.
Hang out on the patio with a burger and microbrew.
The kitchen delivers fancy but family-friendly Mexican: the shrimp burrito is a favorite.
The bland façade may look quiet and unassuming, but inside, executive chef Scott Cater turns out some smart New American cuisine. His special Colorado rack of lamb with raspberry sauce and black truffles is to die for. The beach views aren't too shabby, either.
The perfect place for salads, pastas, made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce, ahi tuna, and freshly squeezed lemonade and orange juice on the outdoor patio.