Top Restaurants in Santa Cruz

Here are a few of our favorites places to dine

1010 Fair Avenue, Suite J
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
(831) 420-0101

Lillian’s East Coast Style Italian Cuisine
1148 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 425-2288
Lillian’s Italian Kitchen is a joint family venture of the owners, Joe and Charlotte Moreno and their sons Chris and Matt operate Lillian’s. Their inspiration was Grandma Lilly’s wonderful home cooking. Born in Yonkers, New York, Lillian was able to make traditional Sicilian recipes learned from her parents. The marinara, Sunday gravy, lasagna, meatballs and cannoli featured on Lillian’s menu come straight out of the family recipe box. Lillian’s wine list offers many local Santa Cruz Mountain Wines. It’s a family place — good food, good friends, great prices and straight from the heart. Tutti a mangiare! Bantam 1010 Fair Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca (831) 420-0101 Bantam serves cutting edge California cuisine drawing inspiration from fresh organic fruits and vegetables from local growers. They offer hand-crafted pizza topped with fine cheeses and an array of aged meats from a local charcuterie. Bantam offers carafes of still or sparkling water to accompany your meal. They also have imported and some local Santa Cruz Mountain wines to highlight and pair well with their menu. Bantam’s dining room is relaxing, open, airy and family friendly.  

O’mei – Provencial Chinese Food
2316 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
(831) 425.8458
Roger Grigsby, owner and founding chef of O'Mei, started his restaurant more than three decades ago. Head chef Karl Cook has been with the restaurant since 1985 and oversees three other cooks, each with at least 12 years of experience at O'Mei. Some of the most popular items on the menu, notes Grigsby, include gan bian beans, red oil dumplings, mu shu pork and gan pung chicken. In addition to using authentic red and green Sichuan red peppercorns, O'Mei also incorporates specialty produce such as Chinese greens and bitter melon purchased twice weekly from a Chinese market in San Francisco. Unique small dished small plate appetizers are presented before the meal. O'Mei is the name of one of five holy Buddhist mountains in the Sichuan province of China.