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.
Saint Michael’s AlleySaint Michael’s Alley
St. Michael’s Alley was founded in 1959 by Vernon Gates. It was the first coffee house on the peninsula and was named for the the alley in London which is home to its first coffeehouse, founded in 1652. St. Mike’s bohemian atmosphere attracted many from the beatnick era and helped launch the careers of famous musicians and writers including the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, Grayce Slick, Ken Kesey, Robert Hunter, and Jefferson Airplane. Vernon retired in 1994 and sold the restaurant to the current owners, Jenny Youll and Mike Sabina.
The original brasserie is still open for weekend brunch and private functions. A new location, one block away, was opened in March 2009 at 140 Homer Ave. This larger space has a separate full bar, outdoor seating, and an intimate dining room. Jenny and Mike spent 3 years designing and building the new St. Mike’s, with Mike acting as draftsman, architect, engineer, general contractor and carpenter.
There was an endless stream of friends and relatives who came from around the country to help us with the seemingly endless project.
Sand Rock FarmSand Rock Farm
Peaceful elegance mere minutes from Pacific Coast Highway 1, and Santa Cruz in the coastal community of Aptos, the Heart of the Monterey Bay Area, featuring…
Minutes from Town
Art & Antiques
Registered “Green” B&B
Sandabs mission is bring to its patrons the very best fresh, seasonal, sustainable seafood from local and not so local sources. The menu features Davenport, ocean raised Abalone, Sandabs, Fresh Oysters, Mussels, Lobster (try the Lobster or Shrimp 3 cheese macaroni and cheese), seasonal Halibut and Salmon as well as White Sea Bass. Or savor the sweet white and pink Caribbean Shrimp or a Seafood Sauté that mixes it all up. In the late Fall, live Alaskan King Crab is flown in straight from the FV/North sea in Alaska. Later in the season, the oh-so-addictive Nantucket Bay Scallops (the sweetest and most tender you ever ate) are flown in directly from the Nantucket fisherman. Live, Chesapeake Bay Soft Shell Crabs come later in the Spring.
Sanderlings at Seascape Beach ResortSanderlings at Seascape Beach Resort
Sanderlings Restaurant, where your dining experience is as spectacular as the view.
Located 9 miles south of Santa Cruz and bordered by Monterey Bay to the west, Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Beach Resort offers elegant, casual dining with a spectacular ocean view from sunrise to sunset. Sanderlings restaurant features:
~ An award-winning menu including traditional and contemporary dishes made with the freshest local ingredients, accompanied by a fine selection of local wines.
~ California Coastal cuisine including selections of seafood, steaks, pasta and other California classics.
~ Ocean-view patio, balconies and private dining areas perfect for those special moments: birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, wedding rehearsals and other memorable events.
After nearly 100 years, Scopazzi’s continues to offer the finest Italian restaurant in the area, with an extensive wine list and a full lounge bar. Banquetting facilities are available for up to 200 people.
Shoppers CornerShoppers Corner
Welcome to Shopper’s Corner, Santa Cruz’s oldest and friendliest family-run market.
Since 1938, Shopper’s Corner has been a Santa Cruz landmark known for the very best in service, meat, wine, bread and produce.
A trip to Shopper’s Corner is a trip back in time… to a small-town grocery store on your neighborhood’s busiest corner…
Solaire Restaurant & BarSolaire Restaurant & Bar
Solaire Restaurant Bar is a truly LOCAL dining destination that offers unexpected and offbeat twists on local ingredients and flavors. The atmosphere of the SEASONAL restaurant changes based on the weather-in the warm weather months it is a PLAYFUL experience centered on the indoor/outdoor bar and the vibrant pool scene and in the foggier months guests can cozy up to the fireplace or by a fire pit while enjoying a cocktail. Mirroring the laid-back attitude of Santa Cruz, Solaire Restaurant Bar incorporates the NATURAL elements of the water, sky and fire in imaginative and MODERN ways to create a welcoming and vibrant environment at any time of the day or in any season.
Stockton Bridge GrilleStockton Bridge Grille
Enjoy Stockton Bridge Grille’s Triple Play of simply spectacular ocean/beach views, delicious food and friendly service. A long time local favorite, Stockton Bridge Grille has been delighting patrons since 1985. From the intimacy of dinner for two, to the fun of a night out with friends, our full service restaurant and bar is sure to please. Stockton Bridge Grille has been serving guests, catering to large affairs, business parties and wedding receptions for 25 years.
While seafood specialties such as our clam chowder and cioppino are widely regarded as “the best in the entire country”, Stockton Bridge Grille offers a full range menu. We have wonderful small plates as well with an eclectic mix of flavors from tex mix to Southeast Asia. Our bar carries wine from around the world and local varieties, many by the glass. Indulge in our special martini madness list and tropical drinks blended fresh. At Stockton Bridge Grille we take pride in our dishes prepared fresh with the best ingredients and our desserts are made in house with the highest standards.
Sundance The SteakhouseSundance The Steakhouse
This upscale, legendary steakhouse, family owned and operated for over 38 years, is a Palo Alto institution. The USDA Prime-aged, Certified Angus Beef is a real meat-lover’s treat. Enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib, the specially aged New York striploin, or the tender filet mignon in their candlelit mahogany dining room. The seafood and shellfish are always fresh; savor a Western Australian lobster tail or succulently prepared scallops and gulf prawns. The cozy fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and other classic vintage cocktails. Additionally, the menu is supported by a nationally recognized wine list with over 450 global selections.