Established in 1998, Santa Cruz Diner is locally owned and family run.

In the tradition of fine East Coast Diners,our mission is to provide good value, great "home-style" food, and friendly service at reasonable prices.Our goal is to be the best Diner within 100 miles. You can spend a lot more somewhere else, but why?

We offer a large variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Our eclectic menu ranges from pancakes, omelettes and crepes to steak, burgers, seafood, asian and vegan/vegetarian. Santa Cruz Diner offers a full selection of wine, beer and espresso drinks and lots of yummy desserts. We truly have something for everyone. 

It's the little things that differentiate us from the "chains" - such as coffee brewed from ground beans, real mashed potatoes, flame broiled burgers, seafood delivered fresh daily, thick hand-scooped milkshakes, and more. 

We also try to provide superior service. As an "everyday" restaurant we understand the importance of repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals. Many of our servers have been with us for years and they really know how to make you feel welcome

The Santa Cruz Diner takes food safety seriously and we are especially proud of receiving and displaying the highest certification from our local health department. We also provide a good selection of healthy selections for those who prefer low fat, low salt, or vegan/vegetarian options. Since 2002 we have used only Soy oil in our fryers to provide good taste without unhealthy trans-fats

We are kid-friendly with a really interesting decor and a kids-play area. Santa Cruz Diner also offers a 15% senior discount to guests 55. We accept most credit/debit car ds.

When in town we suggest that you ask a local where to get the best selection, value, and quality for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We'll bet that you'll hear "try the Santa Cruz Diner" 




(831) 426-7151


909 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060



Sunday-Wednesday 6am–11pm
Thursday-Friday Open all day