The Dolphin Restaurant

Since 1963, our classic diner at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf has been a local favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fish & chips, chowder in a bread bowl, burgers, fresh seafood, great pasta, steak entrees, and an eclectic breakfast menu all await locals and visitors. And new to the Dolphin is our in-house smoker, serving some of the best BBQ you’ll find anywhere. Join us in our dining room. Or if you prefer, dine outdoors on the only outdoor patio on the Wharf. Also popular is our walk up to-go window. And there’s no better place than the Dolphin to visit the Sea Lions.


I was on the Wharf doing a photo shoot for a website. I love clam chowder so I asked a couple of locals who I was working with on the shoot for a recommendation on the best clam chowder on the Wharf. They named three different places, and of the three I chose the Dolphin because of the view. I had their clam chowder bread bowl and it was one of the silkiest, bursting with clam flavor clam chowders I’ve ever tasted and I’ve tasted a lot of clam chowder in my life. If you love clam chowder, got to the Dolphin.

Lisa Keenan, San Francisco


When my dad comes to visit from Sonoma on weekends, he and I and my 11 year old son Jason like to drive out to the end of the Wharf for lunch at the Dolphin. We order from the to-go window and eat at one of the outdoor benches. It’s awesome being out there able to look out at the great expanse of ocean. And Jason loves visiting the Sea Lions below us just a few feet away.

Julie S, Felton



Me and two buddies went to the Dolphin to try the BBQ from their new smoker. All three of us ended up going for the pulled pork sandwich and we all agreed it was as good as it gets. That and an Anchor Steam put me in hog heaven.

Paul E., West Side




One of my favorite ways to start the day is to head out to the Dolphin for breakfast every once in a while. It’s a real treat, not just because the food is so good, which it is, but the smell of the ocean air and the great ocean view make it extra special. It’s nice to remind ourselves why we live here every once in a while. And a visit to the Dolphin at the end of the Wharf shines in that regard.

David Doss

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