The Crow's Nest


Located right on the beach where the Harbor meets the sea, The Crow's Nest is one of Santa Cruz' most beloved restaurants. For over 40 years guests have returned again and again for breathtaking panoramic views of Santa Cruz Harbor, lighthouse and wharf, and to enjoy award-winning cuisine, spirits and live entertainment. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner in our downstairs dining room offer fresh seafood, pasta creations, Midwestern aged beef and daily chef's specials. Upstairs, the Breakwater Bar & Grill features a variety of appetizers and casual meals throughout the day, and dancing to live entertainment by night. On both levels, expansive shoreline decks offer a friendly, casual atmosphere, where rich woods, luminous works of glass art, and a unique collection of vintage surfboards and surfing photographs complete the unforgettable ambiance. The Crow's Nest is truly the flagship restaurant of the California coast.

Additional Information

Ownership/Management Team Proprietor - Charles Maier Manager - Kathleen O'Connor "KO" Manager - Kerrie Carroll Manager - Kevin Rafferty

Awards 2015 Good Times "Best of Santa Cruz" Awards Best Calamari (year after year) Best Soup, Appetizers and Clam Chowder Runner Up Best Bar Food Runner Up Best Date Night Restaurant in Santa Cruz Runner Up and best of all, Best Seafood in Santa Cruz!

Executive Chef Jeff Westbrook



  • Takes Reservations Yes
  • Delivery No
  • Take-out Yes
  • Accepts Credit Cards Yes
  • Good For Lunch, Dinner
  • Parking Private Lot
  • Bike Parking Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible Yes
  • Good for Kids Yes
  • Good for Groups Yes
  • Attire Casual
  • Ambience Casual
  • Noise Level Average
  • Music Live
  • Good For Dancing No
  • Alcohol Full Bar
  • Happy Hour Yes
  • Best Nights Wed, Fri, Sat
  • Coat Check No
  • Smoking No
  • Outdoor Seating Yes
  • Wi-Fi No
  • Has TV Yes
  • Waiter Service Yes
  • Caters No


OPEN DAILY Downstairs Dining Room Hours Breakfast: 7:30am - 11:30am daily Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm Monday thru Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm Saturday 11:30am - 3:30pm Sunday Dinner: From 5:00pm Monday thru Friday From 4:30pm Saturday From 3:30pm Sunday (dining room does not close on Sunday afternoons) Upstairs Breakwater Bar & Grill Hours 11:30am to 9:00pm Monday thru Thursday 11:30am to 11:00pm Friday & Saturday 11:30am to 9:45pm Sunday note annual Holiday closures: Thursday, December 24th: Open for breakfast and lunch. Closed at 3:00pm Friday, December 25th: Closed all day. Happy Holidays!

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