Motiv

Downtown Santa Cruz

62 Ratings

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In a Nutshell

  • Award-winning bartenders
  • Eclectic small-plates menu
  • Variety of signature cocktails
  • Intimate lounge & live music

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Promotional value expires Dec 6, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 6/7/11. Must purchase 1 food item. Dine-in only. Not valid after 10PM. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Winner of the Santa Cruz Weekly 2011 Gold Award for Best Bar, Best Bartenders, and Best Dance Club, Motiv expertly slings tapas-style eats and a wide selection of cocktails in a lively lounge space. Diners can perform stomach stretches with smaller bites, such as garlic fries ($4) and fried zucchini ($4), before filling orders suited for hibernation preparation with the grass-fed burger ($8). Skirt streak tacos folded inside a corn tortilla and sauteed alongside black bean and corn salsa ($9) and grilled sliders topped with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese ($9) teach the importance of sharing to emotionally stunted adults and encourage conversation by eliminating the formal aspects of eating from one plate piled high. A sweet and spicy, cilantro and jalapeno margarita ($8) or a Pearl Alley Old Fashioned with rye, brandied cherries, and cherry and rhubarb bitters ($8) wash down meals along with a variety of other cocktails.

Tucked along Pacific Avenue and Pearl Alley in a stucco building with a corrugated-tin roof and flowering window boxes, Motiv’s serene Old World–exterior belies its energetic dance floor, sleek wooden bar downstairs, and intimate restaurant-lounge upstairs. Nightly live music delivered by a stable of DJs encourages diners to extend evenings by shaking a leg or showing off neon puffy-paint monograms under the colorful disco lights.

Motiv

Winner of the Santa Cruz Weekly 2013 Gold Award for Best Dance Club and Best Fancy Cocktails, Motiv expertly slings tapas-style eats and a wide selection of drinks in a lively lounge space. Tucked along Pacific Avenue and Pearl Alley in a stucco building with a corrugated-tin roof and flowering window boxes, Motiv’s serene Old World–exterior belies its energetic dance floor, sleek wooden bar downstairs, and intimate restaurant-lounge upstairs. Half pound grass-fed burgers, skirt steak dinners and Jorge's famous tacos populate the shareable menu, and top-shelf liquors are mixed into specialty cocktails. Nightly live music delivered by a stable of DJs encourages diners to extend evenings by shaking a leg or showing off neon puffy-paint monograms under the colorful disco lights.

Customer Reviews

62 Ratings

Motiv has great tasting fish tacos at a very reasonable price. We also like their sweet potato fries. Atmosphere is casual and the servers are always friendly and very accommodating. This is one of our favorite casual dining places in Santa Cruz. A great to visit on Santa Cruz's "First Fridays" for eats and sometimes, music too.
Noemi M. · April 22, 2014
Great swing dancing on early Wednesday evenings. Yummy tacos and great drinks.
Susan M. · April 18, 2014
The happy hour tacos and burgers are GREAT !!
Tim A. · April 7, 2014
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    Downtown Santa Cruz

    1209 Pacific Ave.

    Santa Cruz, California 95060

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