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

Au Midi

Au Midi Restaurant and Bistro is considered by many to be some of the finest dining in all of Santa Cruz county. They received a 2014 “OpenTabler” Diner’s Choice award, and are ranked #2 out of 56 restaurants in Aptos by TripAdvisor. [open-table-widget display_option=”0″ restaurant_id=”93889″ title=”Make a Reservation at Au Midi”] Au Midi Restaurant & […]

Nicholson Vineyards

Nicholson Vineyards is Located in idyllic Pleasant Valley. They are a boutique vintner with an exclusive run of just 1,000 cases per year of hand-crafted wines, including Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinor Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are excellent – they won three Silver awards at the 2012 California State Fair Wine Competition, the […]

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 […]

Golden Buddha

[venue id = 5334f4c5498e86d2b8ecab4a] Long an icon of Soquel Village, the Golden Buddha Chinese Restaurant moved to its new Aptos location in April 2014, taking over the site of the Lucky Dragon restaurant, which closed a few months before. They have a large menu with a range of traditional Chinese dishes, with something for everyone. […]

Pleasant Valley Vineyards – Aptos

[venue id = 4c7977fa2d3ba143bf658ed0] Tucked away on Pleasant Valley Road, you’ll find the Pleasant Valley Vineyards, a small family-run vineyard serving a choice selection of local varietals. As a relatively small operation, they have limited hours: only on Saturdays from noon to 5 PM, and usually only between April and September – unless you call […]

Burger – Aptos

Burger is another welcome addition to the Aptos restaurant scene. Burger has a prime location, right across the street from the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center on Soquel Drive. From the day they opened, the restaurant has been popular among Aptosians, for a number of reasons. You might think the reason would be their burgers […]

Aptos Street BBQ

Aptos may be miles from Kansas City, but when it comes to getting some good barbecue in town, folks from all over Santa Cruz county flock to Aptos Village and our own Aptos Street BBQ. The place is easy to spot, just look for the smoke streaming up from their BBQ outside the restaurant. They […]

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” […]

Sushi on the Run (Closed)

Sushi on the Run closed in December 2015 Sushi on the Run is located just across the street from the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center. This “mom and pop” eatery is not a full-fledged sushi bar/restaurant – they have very limited seating, and most patrons do indeed take their sushi and run. It’s hallmarks are […]