Top Choice Indian in Santa Cruz

Taj Mahal

Hallelujah! It’s pretty hard to find an Indian restaurant in South America, and even harder to find a good one, but this upmarket curry house is a cut above the rest. Bangladeshi-owned (despite the Taj Mahal images …
Top Choice Fusion in Santa Cruz


Fine dining in a romantic, yet modern setting with indoor fountain and open kitchen, where you can watch the inventive and delicious menu being prepared en vivo. Diners are often invited for a kitchen tour after eat…
Top Choice Fusion in Santa Cruz

Jardín de Asia

Asian fusion food and Andean specialties in a candlelit setting within the luxurious Los Tajibos hotel. This stylish and atmospheric restaurant is the hottest ticket in town, so book ahead.
International in Santa Cruz

La Casona

This German-run splash of California gourmet has seating in a shady courtyard or inside amid the colorful indigenous art that adorns the walls. The food is diverse, with a variety of salads, German dishes or pasta i…
Noodles in Santa Cruz


Everybody’s favorite Japanese eatery. The yaki udon (stir-fried noodles) is massive, laden with chicken and cashews, and there’s a great choice of daily dishes to be savored. Just check out all the fol…
Japanese in Santa Cruz


A swish Japanese restaurant with bamboo screens separating eating spaces and traditional music tinkling from the speakers, this is the place to come for brilliant sushi, sashimi, tempura and heart-warming sips of sa…
Bolivian in Santa Cruz

El Aljibe

A cute little restaurant in a cluttered old colonial house. It specializes in comida típica (typical food) which is increasingly difficult to find in cosmopolitan Santa Cruz.
Vegetarian in Santa Cruz

Vegetarian Center Cuerpomonte

This place has a buffet selection of basic and simple food including quinoa cake, mashed sweet potato, salad-bar goodies, veggie soups and lots of other wholesome, healthy treats.
Pizza in Santa Cruz

La Bella Napoli

This place serves fine pizza and pasta dishes – including ravioli, cannelloni and lasagna – on chunky hardwood tables, some outside on a vine-covered patio.
Italian in Santa Cruz


Located in a classy house, complete with fireplaces and marble floors, this is a good choice for a romantic evening or a little Italian self-indulgence.