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Make Some Waves

Welcome to Jack O'Neill Restaurant

Lounge seating with ocean view

Welcome to Jack's

Jack O’Neill kept life simple; he was into one thing — the ocean — and not much else.

Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge located at Dream Inn. Come enjoy the best of Santa Cruz dining, and full ocean views. Our menu offers selections for the whole family and ingredients and libations all sourced locally.


175 W Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95060


(831) 740-8137


Breakfast | 7:00am-11:00am

Brunch | 11:00am-2:00pm

Jack's Lounge | 11:30am-10:00pm | 10:30pm Fri & Sat

Dinner | 5:00pm-9:00pm 

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our ingredients
our chef

Santa Cruz, Through and Through

Jack loved Northern California for its beaches. We love it for its food, and for good reason too. Regional ingredients drive our menu: Our fresh-caught seafood meets the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch sustainability standards, and our seasonal produce is sourced from a number of area farmers. It sets us apart from other downtown Santa Cruz restaurants; why go global when local does just fine?

seafood dish with clams and muscles

Executive Chef
Gus Trejo

A California native of Portuguese-Latin descent, Chef Gus’s culinary influences began during annual visits to his uncle’s ranch in northeast Portugal where he learned the significance of family members working together to properly cook, fish, hunt and harvest fruits and vegetables.  His family summers abroad helped ignite his culinary ambitions, and the bond he felt with other cooks in the kitchen was a similar comradery to the familial admiration he felt with others back on his uncle’s ranch.  Today, Chef Gus utilizes his relationships with local farmers and purveyors to serve simple dishes that showcase the bounty of California’s Central Coast. His respect for the agriculture community and local artisans is deeply rooted in childhood memories of family members working together in unison on the family farm.

chef gus
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Events + Music

Live music & local cuisine

Whether you’re a Santa Cruz local or simply hanging ten for the weekend, we invite you to join us for Live Music at Jack O’Neill Restaurant. Sing and sway to some of the area’s top musicians every week. Check out some of our holiday specials or enjoy Jack’s signature cocktails and snack on our seasonal coastal bites.

Events + Music Schedule

We're At

Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge
175 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge
175 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Local first

At Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge, we're proud to partner with several local farms to source the best fresh, organic products you can find, here in Monterey Bay. Our Executive Chef, Gus Trejo, works with over 20 local farms and we're members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, to provide the bets, freshest ingredients you can find -- "locally" that is.

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A Gift
For Food

Whether you’re craving waves or a fresh fish filet, a day by the water is best spent with friends. Feeling the NorCal spirit? Purchase a gift card and treat your loved ones to a laid-back meal.

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