Which eateries are on board? 

Let the talent of these restaurants’ chefs astonish you in their preparations of local catch. By participating, these businesses have made a commitment to featuring fish sourced from Monterey Bay fishermen (or from the region if necessary). The fishermen’s names and fishing vessels will be posted in the restaurant so you’ll know exactly who caught the fish you’re eating. By patronizing these locations you are making a statement that eating local, fresh, sustainably caught seafood matters, helping ensure the vitality of our local fishing community. What more could you want from your food?





Soif Wine Bar & Merchants

Meal service(s): Dinner

Soif Wine Bar & Merchants has presented a dining experience highlighting the finest local and organic ingredients and purveyors alongside distinctive and expressive wines since 2002. Working with seasonal and sustainable products is core to the philosophy of the restaurant and team, who are advocates of programs to protect natural resources in and around Santa Cruz.

Meal service(s): Dinner

We are a family run Italian restaurant. Our food is influenced by our Sicilian heritage and New York roots. Executive Chef Chris Moreno honors family recipes as well as offering a variety of fresh and creative additions to the menu daily.Matt Moreno manages front of house operations and is a Certified Sommelier.

Gabriella Café

Meal service(s): Lunch, Brunch, Dinner

Opened in December 1992 in a circa 1928 building, owner Paul Cocking transformed the interior into today’s romantic space. Gabriella’s continues to cultivate strong relationships with local farmers and producers and put the restaurant at the front of the organic sustainable movement. Gabriella’s has been recognized in Sunset, Fodor’s Travel Guide, and many other guides and newspapers.

The Hollins House

Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

The Hollins House features beautiful, sweeping views of the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz. Our California inspired cuisine is meticulously prepared by Executive Chef John Paul Lechtenberg and uses ingredients grown in the nearby garde and fresh goods from the abundant local farmers markets. Our seasonal menus are complimented by an international wine list, offering over 70 selections, including several boutique producers from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

515 Kitchen & Cocktails

Meal service(s): Dinner

515 seeks to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, a refuge from the melee of everyday life. Celebrating the bounty of the Central Coast, we strive to bring out the best of thoughtfully prepared ingredients in inspired contexts, be it on the plate or in the glass.

Bad Animal

Meal service(s): Dinner

Bad Animal is a California-French restaurant and natural wine bar housed inside a full scale independent used book shop in downtown Santa Cruz. Stop by. Have a drink. Eat some food. Build your library. You'll have an experience that you never knew you wanted and will be unable to live without!

Firefish Grill

Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

Add some fire to your next dining experience. Firefish specializes in fresh, traditional seafood, steaks and homemade pasta dishes served California-cuisine style at reasonable prices. We feature a mesquite wood burning grill in our new exhibition kitchen. You’ll experience fabulous ocean views from every seat in the house. 30 delicious years on the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

Providing sustenance to Santa Cruz since 1995.


Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

Gluten Free, non GMO, and always Organic Restaurant in Santa Cruz.


Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

At Avanti restaurant, we are committed to local food culture. We serve organic vegetables from local farms, sustainable seafood, pastured raised meats and poultry, organic milk, butter, and eggs. All our desserts are made fresh in-house. We have a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails and a variety of spirits. We take pride in carrying local wines and also European.




HOME Restaurant

Meal service(s): Dinner

Located in charming Soquel Village; a hop, skip and a jump away from Santa Cruz, HOME is serving the finest, local, seasonal veggies to accompany, or not, even more local, nose to tail animals hand butchered by the talented Chef Brad Briske.

Meal service(s): Dinner

Persephone is a seasonal fine dining restaurant located in Aptos, CA. Persephone is owned and operated by a family team made up of Chef Cori, her younger brother Alex, his wife Brittnii and Mom and Dad (Karen and Miles). Persephone serves a seasonally changing farm to table menu with influences ranging from Italian to Middle Eastern. All of the dishes are based upon the locally available products and produce. Join them on our culinary exploration through the seasons!

Meal service(s): Lunch, Brunch, Dinner

With deep roots in our community, we support our neighbors and farmers by sustainably sourcing the best local ingredients. We bring that fresh, local flavor you’re looking for directly to your table in an enviroment that’s fun and welcoming but entirely unique to Santa Cruz.


Mijo’s Taqueria

Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

At Mijo's Taqueria, our mission is to serve the local community and visitors in Capitola Village exquisite, modern and flavorful Mexican food. A quick walk from the beach, stop in to enjoy some tacos in our vibrant atmosphere or grab a meal to-go for you and your family to enjoy ocean front. Experience bold and unique flavors in a new age taqueria setting!




Café Thyme

Meal Service(s): Dinner


Café Thyme is committed to making responsible food choices and subscribes to a farm-to-table philosophy, using seasonal and organic ingredients whenever possible, as well as supporting local farmers and suppliers that practice sustainable production.




Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

Built by Thomas Cremer in 1874, The Cremer House is the oldest building in downtown Felton. For many years it functioned as the Grand Central Hotel. Rich with history, the building has been preserved and restored to create the perfect setting for an American Restaurant & Alehouse. We serve bountiful lunches and hearty dinners inspired by classic American recipes: homemade and traditional.



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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Restaurant & Café

Meal service(s): Lunch, Dinner

The fresh, global flavor palette at the Restaurant includes sustainable seafood rated "Best Choice" by the Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Our menus highlight sustainable and organic producers in the Monterey Bay region and Central California.