Dining in Santa Cruz- Great Santa Cruz Restaurants for Families

Dining in Santa Cruz- Great Santa Cruz Restaurants for FamiliesSanta Cruz is a treasure trove of so many things on the central coast of California. There is a reason it is a popular tourist destination in the summer months and that so many people consider moving here. There are endless activities both in the form of modern attractions and natural outdoor spaces. Educational opportunities abound. And of course dining. There is no shortage of places to find not just a good bite to eat but an amazing bite to eat. 

If you are someone with a family, especially with really young children, you are not just looking for a dining recommendation in Santa Cruz. You are looking for a specific dining recommendation, one that will please the most discerning of eaters. One that will work for several different preferences that can please not only those tough critical little ones but also a collection of adults who hope to get a few seconds to really enjoy something cooked by someone else for a change. 

If this is you, if you are looking for a Santa Cruz restaurant that is truly family-friendly and not just featuring tasty and trendy food, read along. This list of restaurants is one for families. Restaurants with food for those with a simpler pallet or with an atmosphere that doesn't mind a little bit of lively noise. 

Santa Cruz Restaurants that are Great for Families

Hulas Island Grill

There is nothing but chill vibes in the atmosphere of this island-themed restaurant. Walking in the door at Hulas Island Grill you instantly feel like you have escaped to Hawaii. It's fun for the whole family. Enjoy Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine with a fun atmosphere.

Betty's Burgers

Who doesn't love a good burger? It is the all-American food. Everyone has their specific opinion about what makes the best burger and at Betty's you are sure to find a burger for everyone. No matter what you are craving on your burger, or the type of patty in it, order it at Betty's. 

Kiantis

At Kiantis you will find an extensive menu. There is so much to choose from everyone should be able to find something they love. From pasta to wood-fired pizza, and much more. All the ingredients are locally sourced and fresh making the food so much better. 

The Crows Nest

Are you even in Santa Cruz if you can't see the water? Well yes, but to experience Santa Cruz dining is to check out one of the amazing restaurants on the water. Check out the Crows Nest on Santa Cruz Harbor. This has been a favorite restaurant in the city since 1969. Enjoy fresh seafood, ocean views, and live music.

El Palomar

Who doesn't love some classic Mexican-inspired food? El Palomar is more than just great Mexican food, it is known for its warm and friendly staff with great service. This is the pinnacle of a relaxed and amazing family dining experience. Enjoy a long list of Mexican favorites on the menu from the expected tacos to culinary dishes you have never tried. 

If you are looking for more information to help you learn about living in Santa Cruz, please browse through our Santa Cruz real estate blog, it is full of information about homeownership, specific communities, things to do around Santa Cruz, the culture of Santa Cruz, etc. If you would like in-depth insight into Santa Cruz real estate and specific neighborhoods and communities of Santa Cruz and the greater Santa Cruz area including Santa Cruz County and Monterey County check out our communities pages. Here you will find specific area information and available real estate listings in those areas. 

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