Other piers or wharfs
that were built include The Potato Wharf, The Railroad Wharf, The Powder
Mill Wharf and The Pleasure Pier. The most enjoyable of all piers was
the Pleasure Pier, of course. Once part of the Boardwalk, it was built
in 1906 for passengers from speedboats on Monterey Bay to disembark.
The pier carried water lines for the Plunge, an indoor saltwater
swimming pool that closed in 1960. The Pleasure Pier and Plunge were
nine bars and restaurants that include long time locals, Miramar Fish
Grotto (in existence on the pier since 1945) and Stagnaro Bros.
Restaurant and Fish Market owned by John and Ernie Stagnaro since 1937.
From Mexican to Italian, seafood to salads and sandwiches, the entire
family can enjoy casual dining or couples can spend a day or a night time
stroll and dinner with a view at the Santa Cruz Wharf.
Note: This list is
subject to change.
Santa Cruz Wharf Restaurants and Dining:
Ideal Bar and Grill
Located at the entrance of the Santa Cruz Wharf, Ideal Bar & Grill
features live music and a full bar with beach views. Sunday Brunch,
Lunches and dinners daily, and an espresso bar and outdoor cafe.
Reservations recommended. Phone: (831) 423-5271.
Grotto (831) 423-4441 miramarfishgrotto.com
Miramar offers fresh seafood and view of Lighthouse Point. Outdoor
dining on our patio. Daily lunch and dinner, Full Bar. Live Music during
Summers. Reservations accepted (831) 423-4441.
Beauregard Vineyards Tasting Room
The Beauregard family has farmed the regions premium wine grapes since
the 1940’s in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Please visit the family’s
tasting room located above Marini’s Candy store on the Municipal Wharf.
Open 7 days a week during summer, 1:00 -6:00 p.m. (831) 425-7777.
Family-style dining. Serving fine, fresh foods in a relaxed and casual
atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
seven days a week. (831) 423-2010.
Scontriano's Dolphin Restaurant
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily specials, food-to-go, special
children's menu. Open daily.
Gilbert's Seafood Grill
The best in waterfront dining. Fresh seafood is a specialty.
Mexican cuisine. Located upstairs. (831) 458-9393.
Restaurant and Fish Market (831) 423-2180
Stagnaro Bros Seafood
Seafood restaurant and fish market specializing in the largest variety
of fresh seafood from around the world. Full bar, excellent view,
A taste of Italy on the Wharf featuring authentic Italian cuisine,
seafood specialties, fresh pasta and more! Outstanding views of the
Monterey Bay from every seat. Open seven days a week for lunch and
The Santa Cruz Wharf is open to the public from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. The
Wharf is accessible for bicycles, wheel chairs, pedestrians and
Wharf Special Events include annual celebrations such as Jazz on the
Wharf (3rd Sunday in March), Surf City Classic: Woodies on the Wharf
(4th Saturday in June), Art on the Wharf (3rd weekend in July), Aloha
Races & Polynesian Festival (4th Sunday in August) and Halloween on the
Wharf (October 31).
Hotels near the Wharf
America's Best Value, and the charming
Babbling Brook Inn.