Santa Cruz County food/drink closures & changes, as of March 25, 2020

Gyros at Nick the Greek
photo by Tara Fatemi Walker

Hi — I am still doing what I can to share information during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the latest list I’ve been able to gather. Please forgive any mistakes in these listings, 1) because it’s a constantly changing situation, and 2) because I’m moving really fast trying to distribute a lot at once. Email me at tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections for me, that I can add to future articles.

Restaurants & other food vendors

(listed alphabetically)

  • Alderwood: takeout and delivery menu, 831-588-3238, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com/
  • Aptos St. BBQ: takeout and delivery, see aptosstbbq.com
  • Avanti: takeout daily 4-7:30 p.m., a la carte or family meals serving four, 831-427-0135, http://avantisantacruz.squarespace.com
  • Back Nine Grill & Bar: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, 831-226-2350, http://www.backninegrill.com/
  • Bad Animal Books: Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday from 4-7 p.m., take-out “family meals” with curbside pick up. Emergency first responders get a 50% discount. Order at badanimalbooks.com.
  • Bagelry: closed until further notice
  • Betty Burgers: new Aptos location, 415 Trout Gulch Road (831-612-6668), plus two other locations (41st Ave. and Seabright) are open for takeout from noon to 8 p.m., bettyburgers.com. Downtown location is closed.
  • Bittersweet Bistro: open Wednesday-Sunday noon-7 pm for take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery (on orders over $75), 831-662-9799 bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • The Buttery Bakery: takeout and delivery 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., butterybakery.com, 831-458-3020
  • Café Mare: takeout/curbside and delivery, 831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com/
  • Carpo’s: noon to 8 p.m. daily, carposrestaurant.com
  • Charlie Hong Kong: noon-9 p.m., takeout (curbside pickup). They will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, charliehongkong.com
  • Chocolate: takeout/delivery daily 4-8pm. They use DoorDash for delivery — menu is updated on DoorDash every day at noon, and there are daily specials Delivery info is at https://www.doordash.com/store/chocolate-santa-cruz-284767/ & pickup info is at https://chocolatesantacruz.com/wine-list/
  • Coffeetopia: Closed until further notice
  • Colectivo Felix: Thursday and Friday empanada, soup, and/or dip delivery to Santa Cruz residents, https://colectivofelix.square.site/
  • Companion Bakeshop: Westside location open 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aptos location closed, companionbakeshop.com
  • Crow’s Nest: takeout daily with curbside pickup 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., also Beach Market next door 9 a.m.-8 p.m., http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/
  • Dharma’s: closed for the foreseeable future
  • East End Gastropub: takeout, visit eastendpub.com for details
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., takeout/delivery only, with curbside pickup for online orders, pleasurepizzasc.com
  • El Rosal Bakery: takeout food includes tamales, currently open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. but hours might shorten next week, (831) 462-1308
  • Engfer Pizza Works: 4-9:30 p.m. daily except Monday, engferpizzaworks.com
  • Farm Bakery & Café: takeout and delivery, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, 831-684-0266, https://www.thefarmbakerycafe.com/
  • Foodsmith: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Thursday night for delivery Monday and/or Thursday of following week, myfoodsmith.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: Wednesdays 4-8 p.m. they’re offering ready-to-cook ramen dinner (just cook noodles), dumplings, and limited sides. Delivery or pick up on Chestnut St. behind Santa Cruz Food Lounge. Fridays from noon-4 p.m., they’re doing frozen pickup of beef Gyoza, vegan Gyoza & Char Siu Bao at discounted prices. Pickup on Chestnut St. Text or call (626) 549-5574
  • Gabriella Café: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 831-457-1677, gabriellacafe.com
  • Golden Roots Kitchen: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Friday early afternoon for following week, linktr.ee/goldenrootskitchen
  • Gayle’s Bakery: New info after article published: announced 3/26 they are closing until further notice, gaylesbakery.com
  • Holy Smokes Country BBQ: daily except Mondays, free delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, 831-471-8787
  • Hanloh Thai: pre-packaged, ready-to-heat food pick-up Monday (Sante Adairius) and Wednesday (SC Mountain Brewing); pre-order at hanloh.square.site
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders after 1 p.m. for pickup 4-7pm daily except Mondays, 831-431-6131, homesoquel.com
  • Ideal Bar & Grill: Daily noon-6 p.m., takeout food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks, are available. Orders can be placed in person at café or at 831-423-5271. Only 2 guests at a time will be allowed in Ideal for pickup. www.idealbarandgrill.com
    Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • La Posta: takeout with curbside pickup, lapostarestaurant.com
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: open daily noon-8 p.m. except Tuesdays, takeout/delivery including free delivery to limited areas, menu with family-size options through April 7, lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, lailirestaurant.com
  • Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: takeout, 831-425-2288, lilliansitaliankitchen.com
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., takeout, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713
  • Lupulo Craft Beer House: food and beer pickup and delivery noon to 8 p.m. daily, lupulosc.com
  • Manuel’s: takeout, 831-688-4848, manuelsrestaurant.com
  • Marianne’s Ice Cream: takeout, both locations, mariannesicecream.com
  • Mentone: David Kinch’s new restaurant opened March 25 with takeout only at 174 Aptos Village Way, mentonerestaurant.com. Pre-order pizza, salad, cocktails, and wine at toasttab.com/mentone/v3 for Wednesday-Sunday pickup (4 p.m. until sold out). Pizza includes pesto and Crescenza cheese, and Sopressata and Calabrian chiles.
  • Mission Hill Creamery: 2-9 p.m. Tues-Sat, 2-7 Sun, selections include ice cream, fresh bread, chicken pot pies, missionhillcreamery.com
  • Naka Sushi: takeout and delivery, Tuesday-Sunday 5:30-8:30 p.m., nakasushi.org
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, nickthegreeksj.com/locations, and they’re giving out one roll of toilet paper per family per visit
  • Olive Garden: takeout and delivery,https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Pacific Cookie Company: cookies and treats to go and offering curbside pick-up; order at 831-429-6905
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Parish Publick House: takeout, both locations, theparishpublick.com
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House is doing take-out dinner. thehollinshouse.com/restaurant
  • Persephone: take-out menu available Fridays and Saturdays (may expand in future). Menu will change week to week, see https://www.toasttab.com/potter/v3
  • Pino Alto Restaurant at Cabrillo College: closed until further notice
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: downtown location closed for the foreseeable future
  • Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap: (Capitola) daily noon to 7pm. but might expand soon to 8 p.m., 831-476-7458, menu at ponohawaiiangrill.com (not all items are available; customers can ask when they call)
  • Pretty Good Advice: takeout daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Robbie’s Sandwiches: takeout and delivery, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,(831) 515-7411
  • Rosie McCann’s: takeout and delivery, (831) 426-9930, https://rosiemccanns.com
  • Sala Thai: takeout and delivery, salathaisantacruz.com
  • Scopazzi’s: noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 831-338-6441
  • Seabright Deli: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, walkup window and curb service, 831-515-7484
  • Shadowbrook: closed until at least April 7
  • Soif: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sat 4-8 p.m., soifwine.com
  • Surf City Sandwich: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., takeout or delivery, see surfcitysandwich.com.
  • Taqueria Los Gordos: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when hours may vary, call 831-688-0911 or see IG Losgordosaptos
  • Togos: Capitola location is still open for takeout, 831-476-7330
  • Tortilla Flats: call 831-476-1754 starting at 1 p.m. to place order; pick up between 4-8 p.m., tortillaflatstogo.com
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Upper Crust: takeout and delivery, 831-423-9010 (Westside location), https://uppercrustsc.com/
  • Vasili’s: takeout, vasilisgreekrestaurant.com
  • Vim Dining & Desserts: main restaurant is closed but owner/chef Jesikah Stolaroff is doing take-out and delivery of “celebration cakes and desserts” including brownies and cookies, on a sliding scale. They are also selling bottles of wine. Email jesikah@vimsantacruz.com to place an order.
  • Zameen: They are re-opening the Aptos location March 26 and offering to-go food. “We will have a limited menu that changes daily, offering dishes from all three locations,” says owner Ed Watson (other branches remain closed)

Get info for more downtown SC restaurants, & downtown SC food/drink venues, at https://downtownsantacruz.com/downtown-delivered. See menus for some restaurants at the Instagram account @whatsopensantacruz & the site whatsopensantacruz.com. They also have info on other services that are open (I’m not affiliated with any of these–just wanted to share resources).

Grocery stores

(listed alphabetically)

  • Aptos Natural Foods has reduced hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with senior hours of 8-10 a.m. (65 years and up, and 10 percent discount during this time), aptosnaturalfoods.com
  • Black Point Market: still open for business, groceries and ready-to-eat food, 831- 713-5842
  • Costco: hours are 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., seniors and vulnerable customers can shop Tues & Thurs 8-9 a.m., https://www.costco.com/
  • Deluxe Foods: open for business, see deluxefoodsofaptos.com
  • Grocery Outlet: hoursare8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, https://groceryoutlet.com/store-locator
  • New Leaf Community Markets: reduced hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, encouraging people with flexibility to come in after 9 a.m. so that 8-9 a.m. can be for pregnant, senior, and immune-compromised individuals https://www.newleaf.com/. They extended senior discount from Wednesday, to Monday through Friday
  • Nob Hill: open, visit raleys.com/stores/nob-hill-foods-bay-capitola-california
  • Safeway: reduced hours & senior early morning hours on certain days depending on location, https://www.safeway.com/
  • Shopper’s Corner: as of March 25, they had not reduced hours (still 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.). For seniors and vulnerable guests, they will take your order via email (shoppers.statements@gmail.com) and shop for you Monday-Friday, & call when ready to pick up—when you email your list, include your name & phone #. http://www.shopperscorner.com/
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m., seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 a.m. from Monday-Friday, https://www.staffoflifemarket.com
  • Target: reduced hours at stores including Capitola & Watsonville (8 a.m.-9 p.m.); starting next week they’ll reserve the first hour stores are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to accommodate seniors and those with underlying health concerns (stores with CVS Pharmacy inside will be open during those times as well), https://www.target.com/store-locator/find-stores
  • Trader Joe’s: reduced hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, https://www.traderjoes.com/
  • Whole Foods: reduced hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m., seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 a.m. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Farmer’s Markets

These are currently open:

  • Downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday
  • Aptos/Cabrillo College Saturday
  • Westside SC Saturday
  • Live Oak Sunday

Breweries

  • Discretion Brewing: online ordering (toasttab.com/discretion-brewing) and parking lot pick up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, beginning March 25.
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co. is to-go only. Hours are Monday-Thursday 2-7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday noon to 7 p.m.  Visit humblesea.com.
  • Sante Adairius is offering to-go sales, from noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit rusticales.com.

Wineries

For a great, comprehensive winery list, see what Laura Ness wrote for Edible Monterey Bay on March 20 at https://www.ediblemontereybay.com/blog/wineries-want-to-help-you-cope-with-covid/ (shared with her permission).

Other

Deke’s Market on 7th Ave., with In Mah Belly Deli, is open– 831-476-5897 or dekesmarket.com

Sushi Market Sprouts: still open, they carry prepared packaged sushi (same family that runs Kaito Restaurant) & a few Japanese groceries & housewares, also refrigerated miso dressing from Hakouya, https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-market-sprouts-santa-cruz

Capitola’s The Vitamin Center is taking phone orders and offering curbside pickup. Call 831-462-4697 after 10 a.m. daily except Sunday.

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