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 […]

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 […]

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

Cafe Rio

A perennial favorite in Aptos is Cafe Rio, located adjacent to Rio del Mar Beach. They feature a great outdoor patio and a wall of windows overlooking the bay. They have an extensive wine list and a full bar, and use local, farm-fresh ingredients whenever possible. Cafe Rio Cafe Rio on Facebook

Bittersweet Bistro

When it comes to fine dining in Aptos, Bittersweet Bistro has to be near the top of the list. Located near the Deer Park Marketplace Shopping Center, Bittersweet Bistro specializes in what they call American Bistro cuisine with Mediterranean influences. They have a full bar, and also have an extensive wine list and a rich […]

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Bar in Aptos has been serving patrons for over 40 years, and for much of that time, it had a well-deserved reputation as a dive bar. The bar got new ownership in 2012, and since that time, the place has moved a little upscale, right along with the rest of Seacliff. The “new” […]

Kauboi Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar

The Kauboi Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar is a welcome addition to the Aptos Sushi Bar and Grill scene…actually, it’s the only Sushi Bar and Grill in Aptos. In fact, it’s the only proper sit-down sushi restaurant in Aptos (not counting Sushi on the Run, which is more a grab-and-go place). Kauboi is located in […]

Severino’s Bar and Grill

Severino’s Bar and Grill is a fixture on the Aptos bar-and-grill scene – of course, there are very few bar-and-grill type places in Aptos they have to share the limelight with. Severino’s is part of the Best Western Seacliff Inn, and given that, patrons shouldn’t expect too many surprises when it comes to the food […]

Palapas Restaurant y Cantina (Aptos/Seascape)

Palapas Restaurant y Cantina is a fixture in the Seascape restaurant scene. This doesn’t have much to do with the quality of the food – it’s edible and filing, and the chips and salsa are ever-flowing. What makes Palapas special is the shimmering view of Monterey Bay, both from the back deck and from the […]