Soif Restaurant & Wine Shop

Come Eat & Drink with us

Great Food, Wine + Drink in Downtown Santa Cruz


Since opening, our goal at Soif Wine Bar & Merchants® has been to provide a comfortable place to drink great wine, enjoy some thoughtful cocktails and eat food that is as good as the drink. Then, if the wine is to your liking, to be able to buy some from our wine shop and take it home.

When it comes to wines, we want those that are a challenge to find: reflective of their origin, expressive of the vineyard and the vintage and the traditions of their region, wines that are not a commodity, but limited and handmade, wines of great provenance and flavor.

Our food is local and seasonal – we have always taken great pride in showcasing our Santa Cruz area farmers and purveyors. Our chef aims to let the colors, flavors and textures shine on the dish with little manipulation by the kitchen. The result? Beautiful, simple and delicious food.

The bar takes a page from the kitchen. Our menu of classic and modern creations is inspired by high quality, artisanal spirits, modern mixology and ingredients from local purveyors. Plus, we make a lot in-house, infusing our own spirits and making our own bitters while we constantly experiment with new ingredients and methods.

For us, the fun is in finding the wines, sourcing and making memorable food, creating new cocktails and concoctions behind the bar and then putting it all together so when our guests walk through the door, night after day, there is something here for them that is real, that satisfies their thirst for the soulful, the delicious, and the well-made.





105 Walnut Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


M-Th 5p–9p
F-Sa 5p–10p


M 5p-8p
Tu-Th 12p-8p
Fr-Sa 12p-9p

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At Soif, our food has been organic, seasonal and locally sourced since the beginning. Our wines are all hand-selected and matched with our nightly menus, and, since adding a full-bar in 2015, we have a rotating selection of unique house cocktails to start or finish any night on the town.

Because we strive to incorporate these seasonal and local ingredients into all of our food, our menu offerings can sometimes change from day to day. If you are looking forward to something specific, check the nightly menus and winelists for the most up-to-date availability.

And, if something is changing up, know that there will be a new dish and new flavors to explore.

Plan Your Private Party or Event at Soif

Celebrations such as birthday and holiday parties, weddings and rehersal dinners, bridal showers, fundraisers, business functions and meetings, are all possible in the restaurant or upstairs in our private mezzanine room. We are happy to work with you in prepairing a delicious menu paired with wines from our extensive list to create a truly special evening.

Weekly Happenings

Oyster Mondays

With Live Jazz from Hot Club Pacific 6:30-8:30pm


Every Friday night from 5:00 - 7:00pm, a special "off-the-menu" wine flight is offered in our retail shop. The price of the flight typically ranges from $10 - $15. Information on each week's selections and themes can be found on our Instagram account.