Hawaiian art and vintage surf paraphernalia deck the walls of Hula's Island Grill And Tiki Room, adding to the restaurant's island ambience. In the kitchen, cooks draw on the flavors of the Pacific Rim to craft raw ahi poke, luau pork sandwiches, and spring rolls alongside burgers, steaks, and tacos. More than 30 types of rum wait behind the bar to be poured into a mai tai or dark and stormy.
Powered by local, organic ingredients and fresh-caught, never-farmed-or-frozen fish and seafood, Flaherty's has been a bastion of sustainability since opening more than 35 years ago. Like the world's slowest traffic light, the menu changes seasonally to reap the most bountiful swimmers and flourishing vegetables. Yet the quality remains the same throughout the year, mostly because the same chef has been preparing Flaherty's dishes since the restaurant's founding, decorating plates with West-Coast oysters, Dungeness crab, and Pacific ahi tuna. While diners troll the tastes of the deep blue, they can sip a bloody mary peppered with chipotle sauce and topped with a prawn or a margarita oyster shooter, served in chilled Patron Silver and fresh lime juice.
Led by Kate Hardy and Madalynna Aliotti, the staff of Harmony Body Kinetics works to help guests feel stronger and more flexible through Pilates and Gyrotonic classes. They lead students through intense classes, helping them perfect the postures while also learning how to apply the moves to everyday life.
Fish House Bar & Grill is all about local. The restaurant sources its produce from nearby farms, and one only has to look out at the Pacific Ocean to see where they get their fresh seafood. Of course, it makes sense to source everything locally when you're surrounded by Santa Cruz County's apple orchards, artichoke fields, and whatever plants pork come from. On a given night, local crowds fill the space while sharing laughs during happy hour or lounging into the late night with ice cold pints of beer.
If you read Louie’s story, you’ll note that his middle name is Martini and his ex-wives include Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. You’ll also read about his modest childhood in Portofino, Italy, where he frequented the harbors, mingled with fishermen, and dreamed of serving fresh fish at his very own restaurant. This intersection of lightheartedness and a passion for seafood defines Louie Linguini’s—regardless of what’s fact and what’s fiction.
The restaurant occupies a second-story building with a patio that overlooks the blue expanse of Monterey Bay. Fresh seafood pops up in many of the menu's descriptions, no more so than on the restaurant’s signature cioppino, which is a dungeness-crab, clam, mussel, snapper, calamari, and shrimp stew served with a choice of whole crab legs or crabmeat. The kitchen also yields Italian eats such as 12-inch pizzas, spaghetti and housemade meatballs, and linguini with shrimp, artichokes, veggies, and garlicky cream sauce. Fueling each meal is a selection of wines, draft beers, and specialty martinis and mixed drinks.
With a blended menu of California cuisine and modern comfort foods and a name that honors its Pleasure Point location, The Point Chophouse & Lounge fosters the atmosphere of a neighborhood steakhouse. The chefs exclusively work with Prime Black Angus beef, grilling rib eyes, top sirloin, and new york strip steaks above gently lapping flames. Even when preparing the rest of the menu's homespun favorites, the chefs commit to using ingredients from sustainable sources whenever possible. This dedication shows in dishes such as the baked salmon with horseradish aioli, the herb-crusted buttermilk fried chicken, and the coconut-breaded prawns with sweet chili-ginger dipping sauce.
The Point Chophouse & Lounge's dining areas similarly balance traditional and contemporary elements. Horseshoe-shaped, lipstick-red booths and vintage-style wall art advertising surfing lessons evoke a classic diner aesthetic. At the same time, the space features more modern design choices, including cylindrical pendant lamps, subtle track lighting, and a fully-stocked bar with with beers on draft as well as imported and local wines.