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Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants

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Wine Bar, American
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105 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3912 (Pacific Avenue)
+1 831-423-2020
17:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Watsonville, California
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325 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a great spot & something different for locals. More of a San Francisco vibe with it's high ceiling/ warehouse vibe. Kitchen offers unique and wonderful choices. Not big menu, but everything done well. Especially love the wine flight options. Unique list & you can choose the red or white wine flights- 3 smaller pours, or make your... More 

Thank Kerryloves2travel
Courtenay, Canada
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I rate things based on value, ie do I get value in service, product, etc for the price I pay. The price is not important the value is. In this case I paid about $100 for my wife and I to have a glass of wine and a meal. I received about $60 in value. The wine was expensive for... More 

Thank George B
Aptos, California
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307 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is one of our SC faves even though the meals are small. It can be hit or miss, but this time it was very good. The apps were excellent-oysters, Brussels & cheeses..... My fish- the halibut & shellfish, was a small but was tasty. Lastly, the service was great . This particular outing to SOIF was right on.

Thank soifdawg
patrice b, Owner at Soif Restaurant, Wine Bar & Merchants, responded to this review

Hello soifdawg, Thanks so much for dining with us, and taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your review, and want to let you know- we are aware of a number of places where we need improvement (consistency) and we are working on them! Thanks for giving us another try, I would love to hear your next review!... More 

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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Soif has got to be the Michelin star resto of Santa Cruz City. Impeccable wine list thats paired with marvelously prepared entrees and starters. We even had a drink at the bar which is attached to restaurant. Wonderful bartender and a well crafted drink called 'The Bitter Liberal'!

Thank Pierre_Fou13
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This review is long overdue. I have been visiting Soif for about 6 years. The staff has always been amazing, especially John and Alissa! They get to know the types of wine you like and make impeccable selections specialized to your taste. Their is nowhere else in town you can find the quality and selection with reasonable price points. Not... More 

1 Thank Kenda H
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This place has one of the best selections of German and Austrian wines I've seen in the US (to purchase on the wine merchant side). Good Italian choices too. Surprisingly small selection of Californian but a knowledgable staff member who could offer good guidance. Interesting menu in the wine bar/restaurant. The clam dish was good but the pancetta wasn't crisp... More 

Thank EnglishViv
Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Nice place, we shared the Pork Belly due to expected big portion, but regretted it as this was the best PB I have eaten. Should have had a whole one!

Thank Lucoid
Santa Cruz, California
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297 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you are thinking of a hearty glass of wine and a meal of any size, DON'T go here. The prices are high. Sure, it is quality wine, but after spending over $205person, we left hungry and thirsty.

Thank Judybookdoc
Stanford, California
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We went to Soif on a slow Sunday night, and had a very good meal. Padron peppers fried with almonds were tasty, the almonds crisping back up as they cooled. My date had the special, which was a salmon dish on lentils. The fish was cooked just right, the sauce light and the dish well balanced. My pork tenderloin on... More 

Thank Leslie I
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

We where five guys visiting Soif. The wine, the food, the atmosphere was great and the service good too! I will recommend you to go there if are in the city.

Thank Mathias H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 35
Wine Bar, American
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3912
    (Pacific Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-2020

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?