Location: 3910 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Of course, fishing and seafood are important parts of Santa Cruz’s identity as a charming oceanside town. Seafood lovers would be remiss to have brunch in Santa Cruz without trying one of the town's many great seafood places. For starters, Süda is one of the best spots in town for the seafood brunch lover because it takes things to a new level with innovative takes on old classics and high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
After piquing your appetite with some of its wonderful avocado toast topped with cherry tomatoes, try Süda’s ahi poke bowl, a healthy mix of greens, sushi rice, cucumber, seafood, and sriracha aioli. Süda also makes a mean eggs salmon eggs benedict that they call ‘the hook,’ and it’s safe to say if you try it, you’ll surely be hooked.
Location: 1415 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Downtown)
4000 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (Pleasure Point).
Pleasure Pizza is one of the great downtown Santa Cruz restaurants. It’s a favorite for brunch in Santa Cruz. You can order by the slice from Pleasure Pizza’s selection of huge pies or buy an entire pizza for the ultimate cheesy brunch in Santa Cruz. Pleasure Pizza also has a branch in Pleasure Point so that you can enjoy your brunch in a surf-themed seaside venue.
Whichever Pleasure Pizza you go to, try out its amazing Greek pizza, topped with artichoke hearts, black olives, tomato, and feta cheese. This pie is infused with vibrant Mediterranean flavors, and the artichoke hearts make it even more filling than a regular pizza. Meat lovers will love the Pleasure combo as it comes packed with Italian sausage, pepperoni, fresh salami, red onions, black, olives, and mushroom, so you have the best of both worlds.