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.
Plumed HorsePlumed Horse
The Plumed Horse is an ideal venue to host your next private function, whether it’s for business or pleasure, family or clients.
We have several private dining areas perfect for an intimate meeting or special occasion, or large party such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, board meetings or charity fundraisers.
Our team of meeting and event specialists can accommodate special needs and menus, and offer complete AV and professional meeting support.
From 10 to 200, we can make your next function a memorable one, sure to impress your business partners or best friends.
Redwood PizzeriaRedwood Pizzeria
Redwood Pizzeria opened in May 2005 by Evan Borthwick and his family. We have since made many improvements – most related to the quality of the food. In early 2007, we upgraded our dough and marinara sauce - as well as all the fresh vegetable pizza toppings - to now be 100% organic. We have also added organic mozzarella cheese (by request). We source most of our ingredients locally, including all our produce and wines. We are NOT a chain, and virtually everything on the menu is prepared fresh.
Our business model is to offer a fresh, healthy, delicious meal at an affordable price. Redwood Pizzeria also is an active member of the local community, sponsoring numerous youth teams and holding fundraisers for many non-profit organizations. Thank you very much for all your encouragement and support, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Ristorante AvantiRistorante Avanti
At Ristorante Avanti we have been committed to the local food culture since 1987. We serve you organic vegetables, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats and poultry, organic milk, butter and eggs, locally roasted coffee, artisanal bread and house made desserts in our new elegant location at 1917 Mission Street. We hope to see you soon.
Ristorante ItalianoRistorante Italiano
Since 1980, Ristorante Italiano has been a dining favorite in the community of Santa Cruz. We have been voted Best Italian Restaurant for many years because of our fine Italian fare and our inviting atmosphere.
Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon BayRitz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Situated 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides a magnificent backdrop for the perfect vacation along the Northern California coast. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows and making s’mores in your own terrace fire pit or relaxing on the bluff after a rejuvenating spa treatment, our resort offers a stunning destination for your next luxury getaway. Delight in delectable, innovative cuisine in our ocean-view restaurants, tee off on two championship golf courses or explore miles of walking trails in one of the most romantic settings in Northern California.
Let The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay invite temptation at every turn. Discover the perfect destination for your next vacation getaway, where you can unwind in luxurious accommodations, replenish mind, body and spirit in our soothing spa, or seek sublime solitude. Book your reservations at this exclusive Northern California address today for a classic coastal resort experience.
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.