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, 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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