The name says it all — this classic California beachtown restaurant gives diners birds-eye views of the Santa Cruz Harbor entrance/exit and Monterey Bay beyond. It’s been around since 1969 and a loyal local flock perches here year-round.
For the best views, nab a window seat in the casual second-floor Breakwater Bar & Grill, which sates hungry chirpers with fish tacos, burgers and similar, and often hosts live music.
More formal dining and still-fantastic vistas (most tables have an ocean view) happen downstairs. Wherever you dine, take a peek at the vintage surfboards and photos of local surf dudes that line the walls.
The menus, upstairs and down, focus on surf and turf dishes and include many wine and cocktail pairing options. Local faves include the limitless salad bar, artichoke stuffed with shrimp, tempura prawns and seafood thermidor.