About Soif Wine Bar Restaurant
The menu at Soif changes almost daily, and every dish – small plates, appetizers, entrées and desserts – emphasizes seasonal, sustainably grown, and intensely flavored ingredients primarily sourced from local farmers and provisioners.
Soif offers over 40 wines by the glass from small, artisanal producers, as well as some 400 selections by the bottle from our wine shop, available to diners for $20 over retail price.
We find our delight in discovering distinctive, expressive wines, sourcing and preparing delicious, wholesome food, and then putting it all together so when guests walk in the door, night after night, there is something here for them that is authentic – that satisfies their thirst for the soulful, the delicious, and the well made.
Contemporary American, International
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music every Monday as we welcome Gypsy Jazz all stars HOT CLUB PACIFIC from 7:00 to 9:00. We also host an eclectic array of musicians on a periodic and wholly unpredictable basis. There is never a cover for any show at Soif. Check our website for notice of upcoming events.
Street and public lot parking are available very near the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
We offer a private dining room which can accommodate 16 people seated or 25 people for a reception. Please contact us for additional options and information on facilities.
Private Party Contact:
Christian Groon: 8314232020x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We periodically hold special dinners featuring winemakers from around the world as well as host wine tasting events in the afternoons. Please take a look at our website for all upcoming events.
Soif Wine Bar Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We had a party of 3 for Santa Cruz Resta ...
We had a party of 3 for Santa Cruz Restaurant week - nice selection of 3 options for each course, all were delicious. We had a casual table in the new bar area, which worked well for us. I didn't know they serve cocktails now - they were innovative and delish!
I like this place. I thought the food wa ...
I like this place. I thought the food was interesting and very good but I have had better at Soif. Interesting, the people next to me felt the same. I tried the restaurant week specials. I liked the pumpkin soup, good flavors but needed a bit of enrichment. The pork belly was well prepared, maybe a little chewy, loved the sauce and yams but did not like the peppers in the mix - my personal taste I am sure. I loved the rice pudding with nuts.
Usually I love to come to oyster night and listen to the Gypsy jazz band. I also love the burger - one of the best in town. I would definitely recommend Soif.
Always creative, delicious, beautifully ...
Always creative, delicious, beautifully presented and reasonably priced. My date and I shared several dishes: an appetizer, a salad, an entree ( pork belly--to die for) and fabulous dessert. Plenty of food, great service, and a quiet corner table. Consistently great!!!
We went during Restaurant Week and were ...
We went during Restaurant Week and were disappointed with the menu. This is a neighborhood place for us; walking distance from home. We love the wine shop, the wine bar and the small bite tapas menus. But the dinner was disappointing. The salad was sub par...even the server said she does not like the salads; one of us had seafood stew...portion was super small, only a couple of shell fish, overpowered by a smoky sausage that just did not work. The other dish was chicken cannoli.... two in a bowl, pale and uninviting, tasty, but bland.... the pasta part was delicate and good, but the filling was disappointing..... just not up to what we expect at Soif. We do love the wine bar; love the wine store; John is amazing with the wine..... the small plates are great when you are doing the wine thing..... but the main dining room experience is not excellent. The noise level alone was soooo annoying! Everything echoed! Could not talk with each other at all! would only go for the wine bar and small plates.
I absolutely love Soif, but the service ...
I absolutely love Soif, but the service this visit was terrible. Our server seemed like she couldn't be bothered to help us. We had to ask for our drinks twice after sitting there for 20 minutes and had only received one of three courses in 45 minutes.
I'm hoping this is an aberration, as I've had nothing but good experiences in the past.
I love Soif. We have been here many tim ...
I love Soif. We have been here many times and each time we are delighted with the originality and taste of the dishes as well as the fantastic wine selection. I love that they are okay with you just ordering a lot of appetizers or just having a glass of wine.
My only very small complaint (and I really hate to complain about this place)...my husband ordered a cocktail and I ordered a glass of wine when we ordered our dinner. Our starter plates (salads) were delivered very quickly to our table long before our wine and cocktail, in fact we had finished our salads before my husband's cocktail arrived. It wasn't terribly busy so we were a little perplexed why the delay (even more so for my glass of wine since that did not require any preparation!)
Soif is over-priced. The main dishes we ...
Soif is over-priced. The main dishes were good, the white peach sorbet was so-so. The wine list has many high priced wines on it;few that are reasonably priced. The selection is also heavily European. California and West Coast wines are very under-represented.
We went to Soif on a slow Sunday night, ...
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 polenta was delicious. A scattering of pickled mulberries gave just the right pungent punch to counterbalance the smooth softness of the polenta.
Dessert was less successful. Cheesecake with warm figs and some sweet red sauce was just too sweet to eat.
We are not wine drinkers, but there were suggested pairings for most dishes.
Generally speaking if you go somewhere that specializes in wine, the food tends to be a little "also ran." At Soif everything except the desserts was very well thought out, nicely prepared, and well worth the visit. We will go again.
The food was outstanding. My entree was ...
The food was outstanding. My entree was the seared ahi tuna--one of the best I can remember. Unfortunately, the wine pairing that was recommended never came. I asked twice about it and the second time the answer was "the bar is backed up". That is entirely unsatisfactory. I suspect the server forgot to order it in a timely fashion.
The only reason this restaurant is getti ...
The only reason this restaurant is getting a two star because our waitress was sweet and recommend the halibut dish, which was lovely. The cheese plate cost $18 for 4 small slices of cheese that did not wow me at all. The grilled octopus dish felt like it was something I could make at home--nothing amazing. We ordered bubbles (allimant-launger) for the special occasion, which was recommend by our waitress, and it was very tasteful. For our entrees, we ordered the halibut and the pork tenderloin. The halibut dish was amazing- it came with a lentil and bean mixture that complimented the halibut nicely. The sauce/aioli that went on top of the fish was too heavy so my boyfriend and I scooped it aside. Our other dish was the pork tenderloin with polenta and broccoli. The pork was served RAW. You can not eat pork raw! I told our lovely waitress about it and she took it back. When she brought the dish back, the pork was over cooked and it was tough to chew. The flavor was actually yummy but I couldn't handle the rubbery meat texture. I felt that the chef was offend that I sent it back and carelessly threw it back in the oven or the stove top. The pork tenderloin dish cost $27... For that price, I expected excellent cooking. The polenta was okay but it was not something you would want to lick each drop off. It was my boyfriend's birthday... We would've ordered dessert of the chef did a better job. I spent a dissapponting $119 and I hope all the tip money went to the waitress. All the other times my boyfriend and I have been here for holiday dinners and dates, we have been amazed... And now, we plan to not ever return. (We went on a Sunday. It was quiet and not busy.)
I was a little disappointed with the cho ...
I was a little disappointed with the choices for dinner... it wasn't a bad selection, but nothing really appealed. I ended up getting a burger, which was huge and well-seasoned. It was perfectly cooked and the fries were delicious.
Wine selection is fun; we shared the multicolored flight, and ended up getting a glass of the excellent rose.
We went as a family to Soif on a Tuesday ...
We went as a family to Soif on a Tuesday night. It was about 1/3 full. We booked a table with 15 minutes notice using Opentable. My main complaint about the experience was the service. The kitchen was really slow that night. We waited about 30 minutes between finishing our appetizers and receiving the main course. They never provided our table bread - even though we could see other tables receiving bread. They left our appetizer plates on the table with the used silverware until our main course arrived. We then had to re-use the same silverware for the main course. In general the food was OK, not great. Since the bill was at the $50/head, the real problem was the quality of the service and the value for the cost.
Really delicious in Santa Cruz! We will ...
Really delicious in Santa Cruz! We will definitely be back as her son will be in college in this town for the next four years. Go there ready to eat some amazing food!
Highly recommend the fried carrots (sounds funny but was great) it uses the carrot tops in a really creative manner. The burger was also delicious and very different from the standard burger. We also loved the terrine...
Hands down, the food was superb. We wer ...
Hands down, the food was superb. We were extremely happy with our dinner. My only complaint is for a $90 meal (that's with no drinks) the seating was not comfortable. We were placed on the bar side and sat at tall table, it was very uncomfortable. I reqested to sit at another table and the host said no :( That was disappointing.
This was my second time going into this ...
This was my second time going into this building. I made a reservation to ensure I got a spot. The menu was short and simple while everything sounded delicious. I went out with the girlfriend for her birthday and she loved it as well. The first time I went in was just to try some wine. This time I came in for dinner and had a great time!. The food was delicious and the wine was too!. They gave us a glass of complimentary Chardonnay for our celebration which I thought was very nice and generous. The waitress was quite friendly and happy to take our order and answer any questions we had. I got some duck breast with red rice while the lady got pork tenderloin. Both of the dishes were of great portions and delicious from the first to last bites. To end the night we shared two scoops of apricot and plum sorbet. Both scoops were delicious and sweet.
We like Soif and go there often after mo ...
We like Soif and go there often after movies but are feeling that it is too expensive . A fairly light after movie supper for two with three glasses of wine cost $150 including tip. We just had an anniversary dinner at Au Midi in Aptos, with a dessert, for the same price, which seemed like much better value.
Excellent Food and Excellent service
We have been to this wonderful place before and this trip was the best yet. Their food was and still is incredible. I had the cannelloni with green garlic sauce that was probably the best pasta dish I've ever had, and I have an Italian grandmother who could really cook! My wife had the fried quail that she couldn't stop eating until she was stuffed. But even beyond the food, the service was impeccable. We had an amazing and attentive waitress that was superb, professional and friendly. We felt like we were being treated special and we walked away from the restaurant in an elated state because of the wonderful experience we had. I highly recommend this great restaurant, one of the best in Santa Cruz or anywhere.
My husbands burger was delicious as alwa ...
My husbands burger was delicious as always. I had the special ramen and it was awful. No flavor, no meat, came with egg I specifically asked to not have. I left most of it and the waitress didn't even ask why. I said there was no meat and she said that's how it comes. Very disappointing from one of our favorite places in town
It's so easily accessible right in downt ...
It's so easily accessible right in downtown Santa Cruz. With great wines, delicious & adventuresome menu items & specials, attentive & highly knowledgable service, and truly tasty desserts it's going to be one of our prime "go to" spots from now on. The value-added element to dining here is the very nice wine shop next door.
The food was very good but the portions ...
The food was very good but the portions were small, especially for the price. Service was inconsistent as the restaurant became busier. Our waiter did recommend a very nice wine, which we appreciated. Dessert was delicious.
Attentive service, great meal
We came in a bit cautiously because of the atrocious wait time one of us had when the restaurant reopened. This time we were shown right to our table, the waiter got to us promptly, and food and drink flowed in a timely manner. We enjoyed everything, and must recommend the profiteroles for dessert.
Uneven service detracts from the experience
We've dined at Soif a lot and like it. Unfortunately we find the service uneven and often a distraction from the high quality of the food and wine. On this last occasion the waitress seemed to be rushing, not checking in with us, missing empty water glasses, etc. The food was very good and the wine list, as usual, was exceptional.
Best wine, cheese & conversation spot in town
Great service -- our server gave us lots of samples so we could decide on the right bottle. Much appreciated for grad students who want to splurge! We got a bottle of wine and lingered over a cheese plate-- Soif is a great date spot to have a long conversation with a loved one!
Had a terrific girl's night out - shared 2 flights between 3 of us - then 2 glasses of champagne with dessert! We loved the manchego stuffed piquillo peppers and the amazing ricotta beignets with honey and peppers. We also enjoyed the gnocchi, the homemade garganelli with chicken ragu and the lovely roasted mini potatoes. The bread pudding was lovely but the piece de resistance was the pot de creme with salted caramel on top!
We had excellent service where they accommodated us sharing the flights and when there got to be so many plates and glasses, pulled up the empty table next to us!
We are looking forward to next time!
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