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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
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.
Best Foodies place in Santa Cruz!
Loved the tapa style appetizers! Great wine list, superb customer service, highly recommend it to foodies!
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.
Roasted beet salad was my favorite tonig ...
Roasted beet salad was my favorite tonight, maybe ever.
Soif has upped it's food game.
Had a fabulous meal at Soif from start to finish. I don't know if the chef is new or not, but this restaurant totally exceeded our experience for excellence in Santa Cruz. We'll plan to return often.
Best meal of the 3-4 times we've been to ...
Best meal of the 3-4 times we've been to Soif. Wine pairings were good, one rosé in particular was superb. Octopus and tuna were excellent. Braised pork was great.
Great apps and salad. Brussels were medi ...
Great apps and salad. Brussels were mediocre. Nice atmosphere. Service was "blah" but not terrible.
Great wine and food. Although food is a bit overpriced for the portions you get. Just get apps and wine!
The food used to be more small plates. ...
The food used to be more small plates. Now there is a nice selection of main courses.
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!
Not impressed at all
When I checked in the host didn't even note that I was an Open Table customer so I received the "naughty patron who doesn't keep reservations" letter from OT. Wine bar? Imported wines.... what about our great CA wines? Food? There wasn't a single entree that appealed to me so I left after olives and salad. The positives? Kristen, my server.
The February 22nd visit was perfect end- ...
The February 22nd visit was perfect end-to-end. The hostess was incredibly friendly and approachable; the atmosphere was welcoming; the band was awesome; our table service associate was super attentive and delivered service with a smile plus she provided excellent cuisine and wine recommendations; dessert was decadent; and overall dollar value was excellent. Perfect evening at Soif!
A little touch of class in the heart of Santa Cruz
Immediately upon entering I was welcomed with high ceilings and a warmly lit dining room. The tables were equipped with small candles and a simplistic setting, promoting a tableside intamacy to balance out the open space and movement of the building. For me, first impression really sets the whole mood for the meal. I was enthralled with the extensive wine list that, contrary to the tourist driven lists around town, did not solely focus on local wines. In fact, I had the option to be transported around the globe, making stops at uncommon places such as hungary and South Africa. Even though I had never heard of a lot of the grape varietals, my server Sophia was kind enough to explain what I was in for as well as allowing me to sample once I had narrowed down my interests. The food was spectacular. The colors and plating became a beautifully artistic masterpiece that was an adventure for both the eye and the palate. The portion sizes were moderate and classy, allowing me to enjoy the richness and flavor combinations without overfilling myself. I left with a full belly, and a little jump to my step. Definitely will be returning to this little diamond in the rough.
Valentine's Day Pre-Fixed Meal
I went to Soif for Valentine's Day. As someone who loves great food I was excited for a chance to enjoy something high quality in Santa Cruz. They had a prefixed dinner menu and the courses seemed like they had potential. I would say we maybe had two dishes out of six that we enjoyed even a little bit. Although, the ingredients were fresh, there was hardly any food on the plate and the flavors weren't paired well. I understand food won't be excellent all the time, but if you are charging 65 dollars a person the food should be high quality and leave you full. Overall, it was an expensive and disappointing experience. I even felt the need to apologize to my parter for picking this restaurant. I wouldn't recommend this place unless you were coming exclusively for the wine and the cheese plates.
Thank you to the entire Soif staff for making our anniversary extra special. As usual the wine and meal was delicious!
Every plate was tasty and great quality. We went on Monday which was oyster & live jazz night. Great music and fresh oysters. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion to try appetizers through dessert.
The fried oyster appetizer was delicious ...
The fried oyster appetizer was delicious! The recommended champagne was tasty too. Really good recommendations, food, service, and experience overall.
Something going on?
One of our favorite restaurants seems to be in a slump. The menu is less than exciting and often can't find anything I really want to eat. Also, the dishes are underseasoned and even tasteless. Used to be an excellent restaurant, so I wonder what's going on.
Best wine list in town!
Best wine list in town!
One of the Few Best in Santa Cruz
While it's on the way up, Santa Cruz's food scene is nothing to brag about. Coming from San Francisco where there are myriad truly excellent food options, I often describe this town as a foodie desert. I know I sound like a total snob, but it's true. There are, however, a few good places that I would recommend to anyone visiting from a big city and Soif is one of them. They are clearly trying to offer inventive, yet delicious food. In my mind it is a great example of what Santa Cruz dining should be. Not stuffy, not trendy, not superficial. But down-to-earth, local, honest and creative. We've been here a few times in the last few months and to be honest, not every plate has been amazing. There have been some misses. But that makes me happy. It means the chef is striving, not resting on his laurels with easy comfort food crowd pleasers that you'd find at a typical bistro. I haven't even gotten to the wine list. The wine buyer is amazing and always finds great, interesting wines to pair with the food. If you're looking for a caesar salad and a buttery chardonnay, you might look somewhere else. Or better yet, go to Soif and have a black cod caesar and a burgundian white.
Fine Dining as Usual
Coming infrequently to Santa Cruz from Monterey over the years, we dine there every chance we get This time, as usual, the menu offerings were original, creative, worth the price. A plus this time was that, while prices seem to have kept up with inflation, the serving portions have grown to the point where they now seem more in line with our appetites.
Soif is known for it's abundant and varied wine offerings, but don't overlook the food. The flavors are complex and memorable, the portions perfect, and the presentation gorgeous. We would definitely go there again. My only issue with Soif is they don't have a proper waiting area. We were a few minutes early for our reservation and had the choice of standing outside in the cold or hovering over other diners. The hostess didn't recommend that we sit in the wine bar, which seemed like an obvious thing for her to do.
Almost everything exceeds expectation
Warm greeting from the hostess and immediate seating for our reserved table-Very knowledgeable server-she gave great descriptions of the food and wine offerings on the menu- Service was attentive and friendly--appetizers of Arancini -best I ever had- and peppers with cheese were both so full of flavor and nuanced-really terrific. Interesting salad choices-all good Mains-of wagu beef, and scallops were wonderful ---all flavors up to this point were amazing- wine choices by the glass --international and local ,with wide variety of styles available-table tried 4 of them -all very good-especially liked the Piedmont Barbera from Alba and the local Pinot Noir-The only disappointing part of the meal were the desserts, and it was a unanimous opinion from all 4 of us at the table- -the lemon cake and the special recommended chocolate covered cake were both dry, flavorless, bland -- In summary- a terrific wine bar, with wonderful choices, an exceptional restaurant kitchen turning out excellent food, and very good service, -even the coffee was very good- noise level was slightly bothersome--just skip the desserts here-
...for the amount of food given. Gourmet yet pretentious at the same time.
Fine food, extensive wine available. Friendly owner and well trained staff ... not intrusive but attentive. Menu revised frequently with small plates and variety.
Good but Pricey Meal
Ordered one winter citrus salad, two entrees of the pork tenderloin and one glass of wine. While the meal was delicious, the bill was $86. A bit steep for us.
Best food in Santa Cruz, been coming here since they opened, every time we come home (LA transplants). First time back since remodel, love the new bar area. Only disappointment was staff wasn't as outgoing as in the past, we have always enjoyed a spirited conversation on wine with the bartenders, not so much this time around. But food was great and as always glad we came, always highly recommend .
Consistently Very Good to Excellent
Possibly the best restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz. Menu is creative and food is consistently very good to excellent. Wine selections are interesting and server will happily let you taste before committing. Once, we selected a bottle that we really didn't like and the server allowed us to pick another one, no problem. Really appreciate the moderate noise level, at least at the beginning of the dinner service. So nice to be able to have a conversation over good food and wine! Meats and fish cooked perfectly and desserts are excellent.
Christmas Eve dinner
The food was excellent as was the wine. We had duck breast preceded by an endive salad and chicken liver crostini. Followed by some excellent chocolate and pomegranate sorbet with a sauterne. Yum. Service was leisurely, which was all right for this occasion, although not as attentive as usual. I think they were understaffed and heavily booked which made it hard for the staff. We love this place all the time so we don't expect it to be the same every time we go; variation is the spice of life.
Not quite right
Was planning to have dinner here, after looking at their menu on line. Even though it was from the company's own website, it did not match what was offered. Problematic when you don't want or can't eat the other options. Staff was great, wine was great, cheese plate was good but extremely stingy. It's expensive to eat out, would prefer that it match the expectation.
Soif after renovations
I loved Soif before and I still enjoy it as a neighborhood gem. The wine list is robust and the food is always spot on - I like that they switch up the menu items. Fun to share plates.
We liked the fresh seafood and innovativ ...
We liked the fresh seafood and innovative ingredient pairings at Soif. The wines were excellent, as well, introducing us to some new French labels and varietals.
Great restaurant to have dinner in Santa Cruz!
We had a great time at Soif. The food was good, so was the wine. The staff was very friendly and gave us great recommendations. We'll definitely go back next time we're in Santa Cruz.
Date Night Gem
My husband and I were dressed up and ready for dinner and a show in SJ but being a Wed we canceled both. Dressed for a night on the town we spent the evening at Soif. From appetizer to main course it was pederfection. Add in the fact the chef surprised me with substitutions for my dietary needs.
Lovely, Romantic Dinner Spot
We had the most lovely dinner experience here! I made a reservation for an "almost" anniversary dinner. It wasn't quite our anniversary, but it was a celebration. Even though I said it like that, upon arrival, the general manager brought out two glasses of complimentary champagne and said "happy almost anniversary" haha. It was so kind. We had good food, an excellent wine flight, and an absolutely lovely time dining here. Our server was knowledgable, helpful and attentive. The manager came back by and chatted with us for a but. The place itself was warm and enjoyable. All in all, would highly recommend.
We've had some excellent dinners here in ...
We've had some excellent dinners here in the past, but on Halloween evening the food was quite ordinary. Also, this was the first time we sat in the refurbished ex-wine shop that now serves partly as a bar and a seating area. Had a great view of the inside of a closet or small work area. Not what we've come to expect.
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.