Downtown Santa Cruz after 10 pm
re: Ian F
Red's sister restaurant, 515, is also open til late although I have yet to try it. Another hound raved about the lamb burger, so that's what I may try on my first visit.
Red and what I know of 515 are not my idea of "fine dining" in the same way as Soif though. We had a nice late night (9:30pm) dinner at Soif earlier this week that was quite good. I've never had their cheese plate before, and we were impressed w/ the thoughtful selection, progression, and palate cleansers. Cheese plates usually make me feel ripped off so I rarely order them, but not this one. Also had a few small plates that were enjoyable, although husband could have used a "manly" entree. The dessert of passionfruit panna cotta w/ wild huckleberries and pistachio tuile was a nice finish.
The only issue w/ late night dining there was that several of our first choice items were no longer available and we were only informed after we had ordered and the waiter returned to our table w/ the news. I cut them some slack since it was late and I appreciate their food philosophy, and they dealt w/ it by comping us one item.