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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.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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:
Taylor Congdon: (831) 423-2020
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, 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
I always enjoy Soif except sometimes it s led. the night we were there a big party was seated. We worried about service but it was very good and the foods excellent as always. Sofia is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. I wish it was open for lunch several times a week
Soif is unique in that it offers wine flight tastings. If you don't like the presented pairs, you can build your own. Menu is not large, but offers a variety of unique tastes. Beet & orange sald with shaved fennel great, as was lamb cheeks on polenta. Hamburger & fries looked good, too.
Great service & fun spot.
A friend and I went to Soif for a quick bite before a concert. We shared piquillo peppers and a burger. I love the burger here in general and the fries. Some nights are better than others. This night was very good but I have had it better - same with the fries. It was still delicious - I am just being hyper critical. I would always recommend Soif. Their other dishes would likely be more representative of the skills of the chef and are usually tasty.
Unfortunately this restaurant has now turned into a place that is meant for tourists that have few options for fine dining in Santa Cruz. In other words, this restaurant would fail in San Francisco or even in Los Gatos. The food wasn't prepared properly and their attempt at making it right also failed. We had to send the wine and fish back. The Creme Brulee was "comp'ed" at a fraction of what we paid for the fish. Please don't frequent/visit this restaurant - it really needs to just go away or get a new chef/manager.
We are frequent Soif diners and are never disappointed. Last Saturday I had the special scallops that was accompanied by a very tasty accompaniment of romanesco and cauliflower. Absolutely delicious. And there's always an interesting variety of wo
Ines to compliment the fine food offerings
My husband surprised me for Valentine's Day. We had been wanting to try Soif for the longest time. I am so glad we did. We had a lovely evening. The wine pairing was amazing and the food was delish!! I would enthusiastically recommend Soif to my friends and family. We will be back and we won't wait for a special occasion.
Second time at Soif and enjoyed it very much. Staff is quite attentive and attuned to food preference sort of inquiries. Very nice selection of wines, wine flight options, and great staff advice.
Veggie options are good. The entree on the mene time was not appealing and they offer great veggie appetizers which on combination can make for a good meal.
We haven't been to this restaurant for a year and forgotten what a great value it is. Our appetizers (fried squash with fontina cheese & the piquillo peppers):main courses (grilled octopus and chicken Milanese); and desert (chocolate torte) and wine selections were superb!!!
The service in this restaurant was very bad. They did not bring plates and bread until we asked them. They brought a terrine without any bread and when I asked for it they charged us. They did not make us feel special even thought this was a very special occasion for us and they knew about it. The food was good and the band lovely. Since service at a high end restaurant is very important, I give a one star to this one.
Went for a dinner (4) on Sunday and had a wonderful meal. One of us ordered dessert for the appetizer and the staff didn't blink, accommodating at every turn. With mostly small batch ingredients at the bar our waitress steered us toward the best combinations and wines to pair throughout the meal. We will definitely return!
Seems like the new Soif is less refined than before and our server needed more training. We were not told that all wines can be brought from their wine shop into the restaurant . Server was ignorant of the wines also. Disappointed as this is my favorite spot in Santa Cruz
We made a reservation for dinner and arrived on time. We were seated and looking forward to
good wine and good food like we had experienced in the past. Unfortunatel,y we were totally dissappointed . The Red flight of wine arrived and we started our tasting, each glass was as sour as the first. We decided maybe it was the flight we chose and decided to order glasses of wine.
After being told they were out of our first three choices, we settled on a couple of glasses, again dissapointed. What happened to all the choices of wine they use to offer?? And we got zero assistance on choosing other labels based on our preferences.
We ordered a couple of appetizers. The crab cakes were ok and the chicken liver pate was tasteless. We ordered a fennel salad( or we thought it was), not much fennel, but a lot of sour grapefruit on bitter greens. For the entree, we ordered the grilled octopus. The octopus was spot on, unfortunately the rest of the plate fell short. The staff was timely, but seemed uninterested in our experience.
We can only hope that Soif can get this turned around . We have always entertained out of town guests at Soif in the past, unfortunately we will be looking for other places to go.
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 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 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 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 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 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!)
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