Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant, located in the Seacliff neighborhood of Aptos, is practically an institution. They first opened their doors in 1965, and have been family owned and busy ever since. They have a traditional Mexican menu with a full bar, beer, and wine. Every meal is of course served with bottomless chips and Manuel’s salsa, […]

The Hideout in Aptos

The Hideout in Aptos is located along Soquel Drive, just past Aptos Village as you are heading south towards Rio del Mar. It is appropriately named, because unless you know where to find it, it’s an easy spot to miss. The Hideout opened in January of 2015 and it became an overnight sensation. The restaurant […]

Cantine Wine Pub

The Cantine Wine Pub in Aptos opened in August 2014 in the Aptos Village Plaza Shopping center, in the heart of Aptos Village. It has a stunning layout and decor with a modern but very comfortable feeling, created by noted Aptos designer Karrie Franks. There’s a sunny back deck overlooking a verdant greenbelt, making for […]

Lucy’s Hot Dog Stand in Aptos

Lucy’s Hot Dog Stand in Aptos serves the best hot dogs in Santa Cruz county. They are truly gourmet! They also sell soup and fresh tamales as well, and offer a gluten free bun! They also have catering services available for private parties and groups. See also: Lucy’s Hot Dog Stand Web Site Lucy’s Hot […]

Norma Jean’s Coffee

Norma Jean’s Coffee in Aptos, near the Bayview Hotel, is an independently-owned coffee shop in the heart of Aptos Village. They serve a wide range of coffees and teas, and also feature an array of baked goods that are actually made on-site in their own kitchen. It’s clean, comfortable, cozy, and quiet. Tip: They have […]

Marianne’s Ice Cream in Aptos

Marianne’s Ice Cream is a Santa Cruz institution, having been a family run business with a single location for over 50 years. In 2014, Marianne’s had the good taste to open their second location in Aptos, in the Seacliff neighborhood, just outside of Seacliff Beach. Marianne’s Ice Cream in Aptos is yet another welcome addition […]

Sofia’s Taqueria – Aptos

We interviewed Roberto Córdoba, owner of Sofia’s Taqueria, about the business. View the YouTube video below! Sofia’s Taqueria, located in the Rancho del Mar shopping center, is owned by Roberto Córdoba. Sofia’s is the oldest taqueria in Aptos, going way back to 1987. They pride themselves on a distinct, unique type of Mexican food you […]

Pacific Coffee Roasting Company

Pacific Coffee Roasting Company in Aptos is located in the Aptos Center shopping center along Soquel Drive, near the State Park Drive freeway exit. They have a big roasting machine right in the store and the aromas fill the air.

GG Restaurant and Bar

The GG Restaurant and Bar is located inside the historic Bayview Hotel in Aptos Village. Tip: on Thursdays nights they have a $12 special dinner. GG Restaurant and Bar

Dinner and a Movie in Aptos

The owners of the fabled Nickelodeon Theater and Del Mar Theater in downtown Santa Cruz also have the good taste to own the Aptos Cinema in the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center. They have partnered with a number of local restaurants to create Date Night Santa Cruz, which is a Dinner and Movie Special. For just […]