Bella Vista Italian Kitchen and Bar

Bella Vista Italian Kitchen and Bar is the newest eatery in Aptos. It’s located in the famous Bayview Hotel, in Aptos Village. The Bayview Hotel has hosted a number of restaurants in recent years, but Bella Vista is under distinct ownership and management. It first opened its doors in late February 2017, and it quickly […]

A Look Into Persephone

I recently had an opportunity to chat with two of the owners of Persephone, the hottest new restaurant in Aptos. I wanted to check in with them and see how their new venture is going, and to learn more about what has made Persephone such a success right out of the gate. I sat down […]

Persephone Restaurant

Persephone Restaurant in Aptos is located on Soquel Drive, across the street from the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center and next-door to Burger. It occupies the former location of Aptos Pizza, which shut its doors in 2014. Persephone Restaurant in Aptos is the result of over 15 years of work by Cori Goudge-Ayer and her […]

The Colonel has Left the Building

The lower end of the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center is turning into a veritable ghost town, as another of its tenants have closed up shop. Early this month, the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant shut its doors, with apparently no prior notice to any of their customers. The plastic lighted sign has been turned around, […]

Cafe Rio 5th Anniversary & 4th of July Celebration

The folks at Cafe Rio (located down in the Rio del Mar Beach flats) are poised for a double celebration this weekend!  They’re celebrating both their 5th Anniversary as well as the 4th of July! To celebrate, they’ll have a special menu from 12:00 to 5:00 PM on the 4th of July.  There will be an […]

JuicySweet Frozen Yogurt and Juice Bar

JuicySweet Frozen Yogurt and Juice Bar is located in the Aptos Center shopping center, and features all organic frozen yogurt and fresh smoothies and squeezed juice, made right there and then at the time its ordered. The smoothies have fun and exotic names like Sweet ‘n Simple, Tropical Green, Spicy Hawaiian, and Holy Cacao. The […]

A Chat with the Owner of Flats Bistro

Seb Frey with Aptos Community News ambled down to the new Flats Bistro in Aptos to have a chat with the owner, Jeanne Harrison. We wanted to talk about Jeanne’s new venture, and she shared quite a bit. We talked about their newest menu item: breakfast pizza ($14). According to Jeanne, It’s like having sourdough […]

Flats Bistro

The Flats Bistro in Aptos is located on the Rio del Mar Beach Esplanade, adjacent to the venerable Cafe Rio. Actually, Flats Bistro and Cafe Rio have the same owner, Jeanne Harrison. While Cafe Rio offers a full bar and a more formal, sit-down dining experience, the Flats Bistro is a much more casual experience. […]

Hole in the Wall Cafe

The Hole in the Wall Cafe is located in Seacliff Village, right on Center street and next to a number of other popular Aptos eateries. It’s called the Hole in the Wall for a reason: indoor seating is very limited, and outdoor seating isn’t too spacious, either. If you come for breakfast on a weekend, […]

Pixie Deli

Pixie Deli in Aptos is located in the Rio del Mar Beach Flats. It’s a great spot to grab a quick bite and maybe a beer as you soak up the rays on the beach. They have a good number of tables outside in the sunshine, and a few indoors for when it’s cold and […]