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Sep 15, 2008 09:46 PM

Restaurants near the Bonny Doon/Santa Cruz wineries

Does anyone have any recommendations for a restaurant near the Bonny Doon/ Santa Cruz wineries? This would be a birthday dinner, ranging from $20-$30 bucks a plate if possible. Could go higher ,but am trying to save some $$$. We'd be at the wineries beforehand so nowhere too far, ethnic cuisine,surf and turf,or something that would pair with the wines of this region (not sure what we'll be picking up yet).


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  1. Scopazzi's in Boulder Creek might fit your needs. I went there last fall to try their crispy sweetbreads. Upon ordering the word "crispy" didn't seem to register so I ended up getting a half and half of the two styles offerred, which was basically one in a red sauce and the other a white sauce. Neither one was very good and crisp was nowhere to be found. Might do a search of this board for comments on other menu items. Please report back on what you find.


      It's been a while since we have eaten here, but it still gets good reviews. Maybe others could comment on a more recent visit.

      I know is a birthday thing, but you could pack an elegant picnic basket. We enjoy tasting, buying a bottle and using the provided picnic tables. If you have a map of the wineries, they usually note as to whether they have picnic tables or not.

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      1. re: Gail

        Gail, when did you last eat at the Tyrolean Inn? I see the Metro article is eight years old. Always looking for some decent German food but wouldn't want to trek up from SC if it's just so so.

        1. re: PolarBear

          A very long time ago. I posted the article only to give the OP the feel of the restaurant and menu. I would give it a try if I were in the area, perhaps out of desperation. There is a real dearth of quality restaurants in that least as far as I know. Since they are wine tasting, I would still suggest a "gourmet" picnic. You might check for a possible recent review or Tyrolean.

          1. re: Gail

            I've never eaten at the Tyrolean, but I've heard from friends who live in Ben Lomond that it's ok if you want a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meal and lots o' beer. I don't think it really fits w/ the OP's needs for a nice birthday celebration that will complement his/her wines.

            I agree that there is a scarcity of good restaurants in the mountains. Scopazzi's is probably the only place I'd try if I had to eat dinner in the area. Otherwise, I'd drive down into westside Santa Cruz from Bonny Doon and eat at Avanti.

            1. re: Carb Lover

              Adding link...

              Ristorante Avanti
              1711 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

      2. Will you only be in Santa Cruz and Bonny Doon or are you touring any of the other vineyards in the Santa Cruz mountains? If you are headed to places off of Highway 17 like Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards or David Bruce, you will find good options in Los Gatos. If so, I may be able to make some suggestions.

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        1. re: bananna slug

          hope you have a DD. Those roads are not for the impaired driver.