Restaurants in Santa Cruz

Up to 50% Off at Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Diners can feast on innovative Celtic cuisine served for brunch or lunch, or sip bottomless mimosas

40% Off Casual American Food at Davenport Roadhouse

Davenport

$30 $18

Restaurant inside an eco-friendly inn serves burgers, local wine and beer, and sustainably sourced seafood

$11 for Dinner at Chelitos Pupuseria

Eastside

$20 $11

(52)

Chefs stuff Salvadorian pupusas with vegetables, cheese, and meat, as well as craft Mexican tortas and sopes

Up to 40% Off Organic Fare at River Cafe

Central Santa Cruz

$14 $9

House-made granola, Old Creek Ranch grass-fed beef burgers, grilled chicken paninis, frittatas, pastries & cookies keep patrons noshing

Up to 47% Off at Margaritaville

Capitola

$43 $23

Baja burgers and slow-cooked tri-tip sandwiches; extensive collection of tequilas and organic margaritas

Up to 50% Off Italian Cuisine at Oak Tree Ristorante

Felton

$40 $20

(145)

Pastas and Italian entrees crafted from scratch with ingredients from local suppliers

40% Off Dinner at Yamamori Sushi & Grill

Scotts Valley

$25 $15

(96)

Along with sashimi, nigiri sushi, and a variety of rolls, Yamamori also has choices for vegetarians and those without a palate for raw fish

50% Off at Carmona's BBQ Deli

Watsonville

$20 $10

(39)

Burgers topped with guava-chipotle sauce; all-beef hot dogs; barbecue beef ribs with chili beans

Up to Half Off at Bikini Coffee

Watsonville

$4 $2.20

Patrons sip lattes, espressos, and other coffee drinks poured by bikini-clad baristas; sandwiches, pastries, and oatmeal also available

Up to Half Off at Triple Seven Pizzeria

Rainbow

$20 $10

(202)

Gourmet pizzas with sourdough crusts made daily and combinations of fresh toppings

Up to 35% Off Traditional Japanese Cuisine at Hachi Ju Hachi

Madronia Historic

$60 $39

(210)

Innovative eatery that earned Michelin nods for Best Value and Charming Restaurant serves up dishes such as pork-belly stew and sushi

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Ristorante Da Mario

Saratoga

$30 $15

(113)

The Calabrian owner focuses on familiar southern Italian staples including housemade ravioli and meat lasagna

40% Off Upscale Pub Food at The Luxury Box

Campbell

$30 $18

Refined twists on classics such as deviled eggs, oysters, wings, gulf prawns, and brisket burgers

50% Off Italian Dinner at Dishes Bistro & Grill

Marina

$40 $20

(96)

Local and international wines and beers complement fresh wild seafood, such as Monterey Bay King Salmon, and grass-fed steaks

Up to 52% Off at Marina's Take 'N' Bake Pizza

Marina

$25 $12

(12)

Get restaurant-quality pizza at home by ordering custom pizzas that can be baked whenever desired

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

40% Off Drinks at Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

$30 $18

Full-service sports bar with 25 draft and bottled beers, HDTVs, and lively karaoke inside a 32-lane bowling alley

Up to 56% Off at Sushi Omakase

Gilroy

$65 $30

(190)

A guided tasting of four cold sakes is followed by a shot of shochu, standard sushi rolls, and 750 ml. bottle of sake for the table

40% Off at Station 55 Bar & Grill

Gilroy

$25 $15

Eatery serves 12-ounce rib eyes and specialty burgers with sliced jalapeños and pepper jack, along with lasagna and breakfast burritos

46% Off at Hello Desserts

Gordy

$35 $19

Desserts ranging from custard and pudding to crème brûlée and ice-cream sundaes pair with smoothies, coffee, and other beverages

Up to 61% Off Catering from Lucy’s Tamale Factory

Alum Rock

$340 $149

Masa and shredded meats are rolled by hand to cook up award-winning pork and chicken

40% Off New American Cuisine at SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant

Downtown San Jose

$30 $18

(266)

Chef Ola Fendert helms New American eatery's kitchen, which serves the chef's ginger-soy-glazed baby back ribs and hand-crafted libations

38% Off Eclectic American Food at Billy Berk's

Downtown San Jose

$40 $25

(495)

Mojito skirt-steak sliders, crab-stuffed trout, and rustic flatbreads in a brick-and-timber building with a heated patio

Up to 43% Off Nacho Fries or Five-Pound Burritozilla at Iguanas

Multiple Locations

$21 $12

(1644)

5-lb. 18-inch burritozilla featured on Man v. Food, stuffed with meats such as hand-trimmed angus carne asada or grilled marinated chicken

Half Off Mexican Cuisine at Plaza Garibaldi Restaurant

San Jose

$30 $15

(169)

More than 100 tequilas complement handmade regional dishes in colorful eatery with weekend mariachi performances

52% Off Lunch at Britannia Arms Almaden

Almaden Valley

$29 $14

Choose from lunch entrees of shepherd's pie or fish and chips with sodas at this British-style pub

Asian-Fusion Dinner at Mosaic

Downtown San Jose

$50 $25

Asian-fusion dishes, such as orange chicken and fried prawns in honey mayo, served in a lounge and outdoor plaza at historic downtown hotel

Up to 47% Off Pizza and Breadsticks at Checkers Pizza & Ribs

Paynes

$19.54 $11

(49)

Pizzas loaded with whole-milk mozzarella and topped with artichoke hearts, gyro meat, sun-dried tomatoes, or more

Up to 50% Off at New York Pizza

Alum Rock

$25 $12.50

More than a dozen gourmet pizzas plus calzones, salads, and sandwiches

Up to 42% Off at Sonoma Chicken Coop

North San Jose

$25 $15

(315)

Join friends to feast on rotisserie chicken, oven-baked pizza, and angus steak

Up to 54%Off at Pauly's Famous Franks N Fries

Downtown

$25.55 $13

(56)

Menu of more that 65 signature hot dogs includes the bacon-wrapped Mexico City dog and the jalapeño-topped Nacho Chip dog

Half Off Persian Cuisine at Saaghi Restaurant House of Kabob

Willow Glen

$40 $20

(70)

Beef stew with 16 different herbs; Persian yogurt with diced cucumbers and dried mint; saffron-and-lemon-flavored chicken

Up to 34% Off Casual Cuisine at Sonoma Chicken Coop

San Jose-Capitol Expwy

$53 $35

(213)

Chicken slowly heats, rotating inside a rotisserie while chefs hand toss salads, build sandwiches, and melt cheese atop oven-fired pizza

Up to 50% Off at Pizza California

Multiple Locations

$35 $20

(330)

Classic pizza combinations such as ham and pineapple, plus create-your-own options and signature pies including creamy pesto chicken

40% Off at Big T's Seafood Market Bar

Alvin - Burdette

$50 $30

(143)

Huge variety of fresh seafood including lobster, crab, and oysters served in a bright restaurant with draft beers and big-screen TVs

40% Off Breakfast Food at Scrambl'z

Cambrian

$20 $12

(670)

Omelets, benedicts, crepes, and waffles are prepared from scratch and served amid eclectic decor including a VW van that doubles as seating

Up to 50% Off at Myth Taverna & Lounge

Downtown San Jose

$30 $15

(244)

Housemade pita bread, imported olive oils, and greek yogurt heighten flavors of saganaki, souvlaki, and pastitsio

41% Off Italian Dinner at Vin Santo Ristorante

San Jose

$126.50 $75

(222)

Italian chef whips up traditional dishes from his home country, speckling homemade pastas with seafood and innovative sauces

Half Off at Klondike’s Pizza

Heritage

$20 $10

(44)

Family-owned local pizza place since 1985 dishes out dough layered with chicken, pesto sauce, and other toppings; salads and hot sandwiches

Up to 40% Off at Pizza Party

Santa Clara

$25 $15

Pizzas in bacon-chicken and greek veggie varieties emerge from the oven on traditional, gluten-free, or 20-inch Belly Buster crusts

Up to 42% Off Italian Cuisine at Mio Vicino

Santa Clara

$40 $25

(346)

California-inspired artisanal pizzas, seafood pastas, and Italian specialties fill tables in a cheerful, sun-yellow restaurant

40% Off Pizza & American Food at Last Chance Restaurant

Santa Clara

$20 $12

Varied menu includes pizza, burgers, and sandwiches such as the Malibu chicken at a laid-back restaurant with pool tables and arcade games

50% Off at Lugano Swiss Bistro

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$30 $15

(88)

Chef André Lengacher concocts creamy fondue, schnitzel & pan-fried lake trout at Swiss-inspired eatery with live music

Up to 42% Off an Italian Dinner at Loose Noodle Pasta House

New Monterey

$40 $26

(121)

Italian favorites include bruschetta, cioppino, beef tortellini, butternut-squash ravioli, and chicken marsala

Up to 52% Off Comedy and Appetizers at Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

$30.95 $14.98

(31)

Duos or foursomes enjoy the comedic stylings of standup acts while munching on bar-style appetizers inside a warm, intimate club

45% Off Bar Fare at Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Old Monterey Business District

$20 $11

(138)

Happy hour features specialty cocktails and wine served alongside Italian-style small bites, such as meatball sliders and tomato bruschetta

Up to 50% Off at Alvarado Fish & Steak House

Old Monterey Business District

$30 $16

(104)

Italian and Japanese flavors infuse a menu of seasonal fish, grilled steaks, and housemade linguine

Half Off Burgers at 400 Degrees Gourmet Burgers & Fries

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$20 $10

(155)

American wagyu beef burgers, veggie burgers, and turkey burgers with toppings such as smoked bacon or crispy onions

46% Off at Village Corner Carmel Bistro

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$35 $19

(230)

Diners can enjoy dinner fare out on the picturesque open-air patio complete with a fireplace

Up to 55% Off High Tea at Eddison & Melrose

Monterey

$70 $35

(14)

High tea with, tea sandwiches, baked goods, and soup or salad

40% Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Blvd

Sunnyvale

$25 $15

(201)

Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

Up to 31% Off Greek Dinner at Asteria Grill

Sunnyvale

$25 $17.25

(134)

Chefs create traditional Greek fare such as grilled octopus, meatballs seasoned with mint, and lamb-stuffed peppers

Half Off Steakhouse Food and Fondue at Rok Steakhouse

Historic Downtown Sunnyvale

$20 $10

(419)

Premium steaks and other exotic meats served seared and sizzling atop hot stones amid rustic, crimson tones and a full bar

40% Off Mexican Cuisine at El Caminito

Sunnyvale

$20 $12

(155)

Mexican meals prepared with low-cholesterol vegetable oil and chased with salt-rimmed margaritas in a family-run eatery

Papa John's Pizza – Up to 49% Off Pizza and Ice Cream

Multiple Locations

$25.73 $13

Pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes, plus local IT'S-IT ice-cream sandwiches

52% Off Indian Cuisine at Park Balluchi

Old Mountain View

$25 $12

(97)

Chefs who specialize in northern Mughlai cuisine and traditional Punjabi cooking whip up saag paneer, goat biryani, and butter chicken

Up to 49% Off at La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill

Multiple Locations

$10.08 $5.20

Mexican food served during breakfast through dinner includes eggs with chorizo, tacos and burritos, and fresh salads

Up to 54% Off Dinners at Village Kebab

North Los Altos

$71.85 $35

(54)

A European-trained Turkish chef prepares Mediterranean-style cuisine including lamb kebabs, falafel, tabbouleh, and baklava

51% Off Lunch and Dinner Ristorante Bella Vita

Los Altos

$20 $11

(102)

Gnocchi with homemade pesto sauce and brick-oven-fired pizza served inside of artful space with burbling fountains and hand-painted tables

Up to 53% Off Mexican Cuisine at Red Pepper Grill

South Los Altos

$20 $10

(96)

Mexican and Californian cuisines come together for creative entrees such as crab enchiladas, pork chops, burritos, and margaritas

Up to 51% Off at Go Go Gyro

North Los Altos

$26.40 $13.99

Greek feasts of veggie, chicken, or lamb-and-beef gyros served with fresh salad or housemade baklava

50% Off at The Original Pancake House

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

(561)

Breakfasts made from international recipes collected 60 years ago include an apple pancake baked with fruit and an airy dutch baby cake

40% Off Teriyaki at Happi House

Happi House - Milpitas

$20 $12

(73)

Chicken, pork, and beef in a signature teriyaki sauce, served alongside tempura plates, noodle bowls, and the popular Asian chicken salad

Naan-N-Masala – Up to 40% Off Indian Food

Milpitas

$25 $15

(723)

Aromatic spices flavor traditional Indian entrees that can be made vegetarian-style or with tender meat

51% Off Crepes at Cafe Aqua

Milpitas

$5.50 $2.70

Sweet crepes filled with strawberry, banana, and vanilla ice cream sate sweet teeth and savory crepes fill tummies with ham or chicken

Half Off Coffee and Asian Snacks at Kopitiam Cafe

Milpitas

$10 $5

Malaysian- and Singapore-style café tamps robust espresso drinks, sinks sweet pearls into iced boba teas, and a number of Asian snacks

Subway – Up to 42% Off a Sandwich Meal or Platter

Milpitas

$17.36 $10

Freshly baked bread holds tasty ingredients such as meatballs, turkey breast, provolone, and veggies; Fresh Fit or Classic Combo platter

Up to 45% Off Chinese Barbecue at Dragon Gate BBQ

Milpitas

$25 $14

(106)

Authentic Chinese barbecue restaurant specializes in skewers, which use traditional ingredients, such as chicken gizzard and pig skin

45% Off Café Cuisine at Lunch with Tony

Alviso

$11 $6

(101)

Eatery serves up made-from-scratch soups, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads sided with focaccia

Half Off Mexican Food at Royal Taco

Milpitas

$20 $10

(68)

Authentic taquitos with avocado; spicy chiles rellenos; breakfast, lunch, and dinner burritos

38% Off Italian Food at Caffe Riace

Evergreen Park

$40 $25

(284)

Guests can enjoy Italian meals in the dining room or at shaded tables on a patio dotted with sculptures

Up to 43% Off Mexican Food at Dona Esther Restaurant

San Juan Bautista

$30 $17

(88)

Traditional Mexican dishes, such as carne asada and steaming menudo, warm stomachs

Up to 53% Off Lunch at Angelica's

Centennial

$48 $25.25

(167)

Chefs craft dishes such as vegetarian ravioli with house marinara, beer-battered fish and chips, and salmon with mango relish

40% Off at Papaya Thai

Newark

$20 $12

(72)

Thai noodles and curries, served in a dining room decorated with Thai figurines and a pane of glass etched with a papaya tree

Half Off Indian Dinner at Tiranga Cafe

Fremont

$10 $5

Recipes plucked from traditional Indian home cooking form meaty or vegetarian platters with rice and naan

Quiznos – Up to 52% Off Sandwiches and Salads 

Multiple Locations

$12 $6

(45)

Sandwiches, wraps, and salads include ingredients such as prime rib and peppercorn or mediterranean chicken on a seasonal-lettuce blend

Up to 36% Off Barbecue Meal at Kinder’s Meats & Deli BBQ

Kinder's Meats Deli BBQ

$21 $14

Family-owned meat market barbecues signature ball-tip sandwiches that have won blue ribbons and acclaim from the "New York Times"

The Van's Restaurant 'On The Hill' – 40% Off Steak-House Food

Belmont

$75 $45

(283)

Italian steak-house and seafood cuisine includes mesquite-broiled steaks, prime rib of beef, scallops, and daily fish selections

50% Off Sandwiches at The Cheese Steak Shop

San Mateo

$6 $3

(53)

Hearty steak sandwiches made with sirloin and provolone or American cheese on toasted rolls straight from Philadelphia

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Laili: A User's Guide

Modern Afghan Cuisine | Farm-to-Table Recipes | Communal Dining Space | Open Kitchen | Idyllic Courtyard
Sample Menu
  • Starter: maush-awa, a three-bean soup with lentils, split peas, and qurut yogurt that Ann Parker of the Santa Cruz Sentinel called "one of the most delicious soups I've ever tasted"
  • Entree: lamb kebab with kabuli rice, mixed vegetables, and three chutneys
  • Vegetarian entree: pomegranate eggplant with saffron-infused basmati rice, chard, caramelized onion, and yogurt
  • Dessert: cardamom crème brûlée
The Focus: Wafi Amin came to the United States in 1975 to study and learn about the world, but while he was here, the Soviet Union invaded his native Afghanistan. So Amin decided to stay. Years later he opened Laili as both an homage to his homeland's culture and as an exploration of the flavors of the Silk Road—a 5,000-mile trade route between the Mediterranean and China.

Where to Sit: If the weather is accommodating, head outside. Laili is home to a courtyard so secluded that it can only be seen while riding in a helicopter or on Godzilla's shoulder. Amid its white tablecloths, ivy climbs toward light-draped beams, and palm fronds share space with flickering heaters. On rainy days, plant yourself indoors at one of the communal dining tables, where you can brush elbows with a cross-section of downtown.

While You're Waiting
  • Turn your eyes toward the open kitchen to watch the chef roll out naan dough with a giant rolling pin.
  • Appraise the precious Afghan jewelry that's the subject of a 16-panel photograph in the dining room.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Read up on the Silk Road at Bookshop Santa Cruz, an independent staple since 1966 (1520 Pacific Avenue).
After: Settle in for a nightcap at 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall (110 Walnut Avenue), which has amassed an impressive collection of craft brews and strong Belgian ales.

101 Cooper St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

When owners Vanessa and Ron Wilkerson were opening Samba Rock Acai Café, they encountered many roadblocks along the way. For instance, the city assessed there would be a $30,000 traffic-impact fee for their restaurant. So the duo improvised. They built an indoor bike parking area, reducing the fee while still providing customers a place to park their wheels. This is just one example in which Ron has defied what some might see as a career-ending set-back. In 1988, the former professional BMX Freestyle rider fell into a coma after failing to land a no-hander, no-footer trick on his bike. Though some might have given up after a life-threatening experience like that—he suffered short-term memory loss and even forgot some of the BMX tricks that he had pioneered—Ron got back on his bike. And if he hadn’t, he would never have traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil, met Vanessa, married her, or opened Samba Rock Acai Café.

The menu at Samba Rock Acai Café pays homage to the country where the Wilkersons met and where Vanessa grew up. Blended Brazilian berries and mix-ins, such as bananas and peanut butter, make up the base for their acai bowls. They crown this base with toppings such as fresh fruit, avocado, coconut cream, and granola. Their smoothies also feature acai, as well as organic ingredients, which have never been tainted by spray tanners to look more appealing to customers. To round out their South American-inspired menu, they serve yerba mate—steeped leaves of the mate plant—with acai to sweeten each sip.

291 Water St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

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.

660 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

Nimbly darting through the forest of white-clothed tables in the Milano Ristorante Italiano dining rooms, attentive waiters carry platters of traditional Italian dishes and bottles of fine wines. In the kitchen, seasoned chefs labor over sizzling stoves, folding seafood, meats, and fresh vegetables into northern- and southern-Italian classics. Diners can sample baked pastas, veal dishes, and gourmet pizzas, such as the Milano, layered with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and peppers. Meanwhile, seasoned bartenders mix martinis, margaritas, and specialty cocktails as skillfully as a vindictive construction worker mixes concrete into his boss’s convertible.

Vibrant oil paintings speckle the restaurant's textured walls, adding to the rustic decor and looking down on tables hosting family outings and romantic first dates. Outside on the expansive patio, a brick fireplace illuminates tables of alfresco diners and the cascading water of the ornamental fountain.

555 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Since 1994, Wingstop's franchise locations—more than 600 currently operating or in the works—have cooked up and served more than 2 billion wings, and amassed a considerable following. Whether regular or boneless, these modern-day game-day staples come in one of the shop's 10 signature flavors: Louisiana rub and hickory-smoked barbecue have a classic spicy kick, whereas tanginess prevails in the lemon pepper, Hawaiian, and teriyaki.

Because the wings are always made to order, they derive their heat from their seasonings and their recent stay inside the fryer, rather than from heat lamps or tiny, individual Snuggies. The same amount of care goes into the Wingstop's housemade sides, which range from fries that are cut daily at each shop to the bourbon baked beans. Even the honey mustard, blue cheese, and ranch dipping sauces are mixed onsite.

845 Almar Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Owner and chef Ayoma Wilen took the reins at Pearl of the Ocean in 2010, and that year, the restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by both the Santa Cruz Weekly and Santa Cruz Good Times. Focusing on fresh, organic ingredients, Ayoma oversees the vegetarian-focused menus that outline delectable arrangements of locally sourced ingredients, including some culled from the area’s farmers markets, and Sri Lankan spices. These arrangements are manifested in dishes as colorful and complex as a 20-sided Rubik’s Cube. Pearl of the Ocean’s staff also pours a variety of libations and non-alcoholic beverages, such as the spicy chai tea, and their signature drink, Kiss of the Island Princess, is composed of Montresor Prosecco, hibiscus flower, and love potion.

736 Water St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US