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The Crow's Nest Restaurant Review: Sitting right at the entrance to Santa Cruz Harbor, The Crow's Nest boasts views of the ocean, lighthouse and nearby docked boats. Nice weather draws crowds to this two-story establishment, which features a casual bar, lounge and multiple outdoor dining opportunities upstairs, and a more formal dining room plus patio on the ground level. If dining downstairs, choose from starters such as tilapia ceviche or ahi ruby-rare. On both levels, seafood is a focus, with main dishes such as seafood risotto or lobster tacos. Among the vegetarian options are butternut squash ravioli sautéed with brandy cream, spinach and tomato. House-made desserts include cheesecake and mango-Key lime pie. Santa Cruz wineries can be found on the California-focused wine list, as well as a dozen beers on draft and beachy mai tais and other cocktails. Check the website for live entertainment.