One night, one week, or a month, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the surrounding cities, invite you to stay, eat, drink and explore this world famous destination.
The Santa Cruz Mountains is known as a premier wine and food destination for the Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz. The region is home to more than 425 exciting restaurants and home to some award winning Michelin star restaurants. Here is where the farm-to-table culinary scene meets the creativity of some of the Bay Area’s best chefs, resulting in a wide range of culinary adventures.
Whether you’re seeking an in-town hotel close to night life and dining, a luxurious spa getaway, or the peaceful calm of a remote vineyard setting or the sound of the ocean, you’ll find a warm, gracious welcome from any one of our quaint villages or cities, including Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose, Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, Campbell, Aptos, Capitola, or Santa Cruz.
Originally from the Italian coastal town of Sestri Levante, the Olivieri family came to California in the 1950’s and opened their first “stand” next to the Santa Cruz Wharf. Aldo fished while his wife Inez ran their business selling pizza, candied apples and other fresh fare. Their young sons Mauro and Walter helped out, with Mauro just old enough to park cars on the Beach Street Hill.
The operation grew, a pancake house on Portola Avenue followed. Aldo still fished, but found time to make fresh pasta and gnocchi each weekend — with recipes used by the family to this day. The family recognized the opportunity at the Santa Cruz Harbor and negotiated the Harbor’s first lease in 1962, opening a bait and tackle shop. The following year the family opened the Aldo’s Harbor House Restaurant where the Crow’s Nest stands today. Moving to what is now the West Harbor, the operation became a restaurant in 1977.
Mauro, in the meantime, grew up, married Nori, and worked in San Francisco until moving back to Santa Cruz in 1980. Walter ran Aldo’s from its inception until he retired in 2003. The locals still call the adjacent beach Buffalo Beach, named after Walter’s German Shepherd dog.
Today, Mauro and Nori’s son John along with general manager Alfredo Servin have taken over active operation of Aldo’s Harbor Restaurant, with Mauro in the position of family patriarch once occupied by his dad. Recently renovated, the restaurant retains its original look and feel, but now patrons enjoy Aldo’s all year long. Known for its Eggs Benedict, calamari, fresh salmon, and exquisite ocean view, the restaurant accommodates its loyal patrons seven days a week.
Aquarius is a Santa Cruz restaurant offering the best in oceanfront dining and is locally renowned as one of Santa Cruz’s top dining destinations. Located just off the beach in Santa Cruz, the restaurant is truly a “window box on the sea” allowing guests to experience views of the Santa Cruz oceanfront. The cool and breezy interior is especially romantic at night when the moon casts its glow onto the sea. Our creative American cuisine is inspired by fresh and local products and produce, including local sustainable seafood, complemented by a regional wine list. Aquarius is a proud supporter of FishWatch program, promoting sustainable seafood and clean oceans.
Au Midi Restaurant & BistrotAu Midi Restaurant & Bistrot
Bella Notte InnBella Notte Inn
“The Inn at East Cliff”
Relax in Mediterranean splendor just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Bella Notte Inn offers ten luxurious rooms, each custom designed to make you feel at home the moment you step in the door. Tucked away in the Live Oaks neighborhood of Santa Cruz, Bella Notte Inn is the perfect choice for a romantic weekend away, a relaxing day at the beach, or visiting some of the Monterey Bay Area’s award-winning wineries.
Bella Notte translates to a beautiful evening. To ensure we live up to our name, we’ve lavished every room with the finest Italian bedding, imported Italian marble countertops, custom cabinetry and heated tile floors in all bathrooms.
Best Western Seacliff InnBest Western Seacliff Inn
Welcome to the Best Western Seacliff Inn: Family Fun From Beach to Boardwalk!
Set on six beautifully landscaped acres with scenic garden paths, this friendly Aptos, California hotel is perfect for a fun, family vacation, business travelers or romantic weekends exploring Santa Cruz, local beaches and wineries. Just off scenic Highway 1 five miles south of Santa Cruz, Seacliff Inn is only 35 minutes from San Jose Airport and 90 minutes from San Francisco Airport.
Bill the OystermanBill the Oysterman
My company brings the party to your party! We arrive and set up an oyster bar complete with a bed of iced oysters, various sauces that we make fresh to dress the oysters, and different hot sauces. We provide everything we need to set up, open and serve the oysters and then break it down and haul away the empty shells. We can offer different varieties of oysters in season from the west coast (Miyagis, Kumamotos, Kusshis, Shugokus, Olympias) or the east coast (Beausoleils, Wellfleets, Malpeques, and assorted Chesapeake Bay oysters). We also can provide eastern hard shell clams (little necks and small cherry stones). We regularly work with specific producers on a weekly basis, selecting the best production for the week. My expertise from 20 years as a grower and 37 years in the business enables me to determine what is the best possible product to serve for that week. I can also serve you raw clams, barbequed oysters, steamed mussels and clams and other prepared shellfish and proteins.
Birk’s RestaurantBirk’s Restaurant
A dedicated team of professionals committed to providing an exceptional dining experience for every guest, every time.
Birk’s remains honored and solidly positioned to serve Silicon Valley’s business professionals, travelers, deal makers, mavericks and culinary aficionados well into the future. Birk’s is privileged to provide a stellar dining experience for all who patronize and continue to support the restaurant.
Renowned for outstanding hardwood grilled steaks, chops and seafood, Birk’s has evolved into a South Bay icon since its inception in 1989. Driven by exceeding the expectations of guests and striving for excellence, Birk’s excels at consistently executed, straight forward cuisine in a lively ambiance of understated elegance and casual sophistication.
Boulder Creek Country ClubBoulder Creek Country Club
Join us for a memorable, relaxing Santa Cruz golf experience among the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You owe it to yourself to share in the tranquility and relaxation offered when you stay at the Boulder Creek Golf Club.
Whether for a day or for a week at a time, the serenity of our California golf course and delightful lodging facilities is sure to put your mind at ease. Breathe deeply of the pure Santa Cruz Mountain air and take in a calming experience you won’t soon forget.
Boulder Creek offers a challenging 18-hole Executive Golf course with a full-service restaurant and bar open daily for breakfast and lunch. Our conference & meeting facility, overnight condominium lodging and vacation rental packages are ideal for your next retreat. Boulder Creek Golf Club is truly the perfect setting for your next conference, vacation or golf tournament.
We are one mile west of 280 on Woodside Road on the right at 3062 Woodside Road. We are directly across the street from Robert Market. There is a 20 foot carved wooden fish in front of the restaurant.