Best Places To Live In Santa Cruz If You Love To Eat

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 3:49pm.

Best places to live in Santa Cruz County if you love to eat

As a major urban center and home to over 60,000 people, Santa Cruz is not only an excellent place to raise a family, but a great place to explore a wide range of dining options. With over 300 restaurants in the city, there's plenty of opportunities to test new flavors, delight in the comfort of classic family favorites, and challenge your palate no matter where you are in the city.

Here are a few local hot spots that you should explore if food is your passion as well as brief description of the homes you'd find in each of these neighborhoods.

Santa Cruz Waterfront

Homes along the waterfront aren't just contemporary luxury houses. With their elegant exteriors and vibrant designs they embody the Californian beachfront lifestyle. Many of them are just waiting for you to move in and call them your home.

Of course, Santa Cruz waterfront homes for sale don't just afford stunning views of the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. Many ocean front houses in this area are also a short distance from the Municipal Wharf. And if you like seafood, down by the wharf is the place to be.

The Stagnaro Brothers menu offers over twenty different types of fresh seafood each day. They also deal in fresh fish you can take home and prepare yourself. With a full bar, a breathtaking view, and a swanky selection of fine eats, Johnny's Haborside is another sure stop for the seafood enthusiast. There's also Firefish Grill, which specializes in seafood served California-style. The grill has been a permanent wharf fixture for over thirty years.

East Santa Cruz

Located across the San Lorenzo River from the downtown core, eastside Santa Cruz real estate tends to take the form of single-family homes. In this region, you'll find a mixture of freshly constructed houses as well as sturdy old residences.

Along Soquel Avenue, you'll find unique shops like the Crepe Place and the Bagelry that specialize in desserts with a twist. In addition to spiced apple and cinnamon swirl crepes, at the Crepe Place, you'll find savory crepes packed with sharp cheeses and veggies.

There's also a killer Italian place, Lilian's Italian Kitchen. This venue is a bit pricey, but with its traditional Sicilian recipes, broad selection of wines, and cozy ambiance, it makes a perfect date-night destination if you have a special someone you'd like to impress.


Straddling the border between East and West Santa Cruz, the Downtown district offers more restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the city.

Laili is a picturesque Mediterranean eatery. With red and green vines winding up the walls, a handsome marble bar top, and an enclosed garden patio, this restaurant not only creates strong flavors that will delight your taste buds, but a beautiful space to enjoy them in.

Oswald is another top-rated restaurant that has everything from beef lasagna to Alaskan halibut. Each month, Oswald features a local artist. From stunning photographs of the natural world to mosaics made up of brilliant shards of color, you'll be able to delight in art of all kinds in this venue.


Surrounded by water on three sides, the district of Seabright has a unique look and feel. Properties in the west face the San Lorenzo River, and homes in the east face the Woods Lagood and the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor. Luxury villas dot the shores of this neighborhood and offer residents breathtaking views each evening as the sun dips below the horizon, tie-dying the beaches warm hues of pink, orange, and yellow.

Inside, Seabright homes for sale have spacious master suites, vast picture windows, and attractive updated kitchens. There are also a number of affordable single-family homes in the area complete with fenced backyards and room for a flower bed.

Clustered around the intersection of Seabright Avenue and Murray Street, three excellent restaurants are engaged in close competition for the best Italian joint in town. Tramonti specializes in pizza and pasta and gets its name from the small Italian village along the Amalfi Coast. Engfer Pizza Works boasts a wood-fired pizza oven and chilled craft beers, making this locale is perfect for a casual Friday night out. They even have a ping-pong table for a playful game. La Posta prides itself on using local ingredients that are in season, meaning that dishes are always at their most flavorful and fresh.

There's also the Seabright Brewery which offers eight unique in-house brews ranging from the honey colored hues of their Pelican Pale ale to the dark rich flavors of the Oatmeal Stout.

So, if you're interested in buying a Santa Cruz home for sale, but aren't sure where to start, contact My Santa Cruz Real Estate. We can help you find homes close to the amenities you care about for a price you can afford.

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