Dolphin Restaurant Dining on the Bay

The Dolphin Restaurant on the Santa Cruz Wharf has been making waves at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf since 1963. Our classic diner is a favorite of locals and visitors alike serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day from 8 a.m. until closing.

Our walk-up/take out window is popular for those that want to grab a bite and make a picnic of it on our picnic tables or on benches that give diners an opportunity to enjoy their favorite view. And hands down there’s no better place than the Dolphin to visit the Sea Lions.

Its current iteration is the brainchild of successful restaurateur, Mark Gilbert, who also owns Firefish Grill and Woodies Cafe and Gift Shop, also on the Wharf. Mark has been part of the Santa Cruz restaurant scene since 1980. He bought the venue in early 2008 and was opened by August of the same year. In 2018, Mark added a smoker, which serves up some of the best BBQ you’ll find anywhere in Santa Cruz—pulled pork and beef brisket options all day long and a Smoked Seafood Skewer for lunch and dinner.

Mark Gilbert Owner of Firefish Grill

Our Menu

Breakfast includes all of the classic favorites plus some unique offerings including vegetarian options. For lunch and dinner, the menu features fish & chips, chowder, burgers, fresh seafood, great pasta, and steak entrees. Wine and beer are also available as well as an array of non-alcoholic beverages.

What We Offer

In addition to our family-friendly menus and great service, the Dolphin offers the best patio on the wharf with spectacular ocean views from every seat in the house.
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Dolphin Restaurant Take Out Menu Dolphin Specialty
Dolphin Restaurant Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl To Go
Dolphin Restaurant Take Out Menu Chowder in a Bread Bowl

Warning: Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness. No substitutions on menu items. Sales Tax will be added to all food and beverage items sold. Cash or major credit cards accepted. Sorry, no checks.

Dolphin Restaurant on the Wharf in Santa Cruz

Currently Closed

On December 28th, high waves damaged portions of the wharf and caused the closure of our beloved Dolphin. We are currently awaiting a decision and timetable for repair and reopening of that area of the wharf and how it will impact the Dolphin’s future. In the meantime, please visit our sister restaurants—Firefish Grill and Woodies Café—for lunch or dinner.​