One of the best things about visiting Santa Cruz or living there is the beautiful beach scenery that comes with just being in this quaint town. After all, the Pacific Ocean sunset views can’t be beat and on any given day, you might view surfers braving the frigid waters or monster waves rolling in on the coast. Taking in these scenes from an ocean view restaurant may well be the best way to enjoy the fresh seafood caught in those very waters.
Aquarius is one of the most popular restaurants in Santa Cruz and offers a cool and sophisticated ambiance. The restaurant doesn’t overdo it on décor; it lets the beach outside take center stage and that’s really all the decoration that is needed. Patrons can enjoy delicious cocktails and light appetizers or really dig in to a plate full of seafood or any other one of the delectable delights offered on the expansive menu. In fact, you can even glimpse the Santa Cruz boardwalk from the restaurant, which can make for lively people watching as you dine.
If you want something less upscale and more relaxed, then throw on your shorts and some flip-flops and head over to the Crow’s Nest. This is the spot to gather with friends for a beer while you suck down oysters or shell some “you peel ‘em” shrimp. Good times abound as you listen to live entertainment while you hang out on the deck. The ocean views serve as a backdrop to the good times rolling in this Santa Cruz eatery.
Meanwhile, Aldos is another option for beautiful ocean views. You can view some of the boats heading out for some leisure or fresh catch and the food is phenomenal. Go with the more traditional fish and chips or venture out to try something different, such as the fugasa bread to complement another seafood dish. My Thai Beach is another Santa Cruz restaurant with an ocean view. Sip on Thai tea and don’t forget to try one of the unique sauces they provide for every dish.