Please visit our hotel partners for comfortable, reasonably priced, centrally located accommodations for your stay in Santa Cruz.  Our hotel partners are offering discounted rates to guests visiting Santa Cruz for the Festival (May 10-19, 2012).  Mention the Santa Cruz Film Festival when making your reservation.

Casablanca Inn Bistro 

101 Main Street (corner of Beach Street) Santa Cruz,CA 95060

Inn: 831-423-1570
Restaurant: 831-426-9063


Continental Inn

414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Seaway Inn
176 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA



If you’re looking for a tasty dinner or cocktail, or a delicious desert please visit one of these terrific establishments.  Tell them the Santa Cruz Film Festival sent you!

Café Mare
740 Front St.
Chef Giampierro Iuliano from Calabria in South Italy and Cyrille Gatel from Brittany in North West of France have created this unique Italian restaurant in Santa Cruz. A fine dining restaurant in a casual ambiance, preparing authentic Italian food using local organic produce complimented with a nice selection of European wines and California wines and served by professional, friendly and international staff.

Clouds Downtown
110 Church St.
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, Clouds Downtown is an upscale restaurant offering American cuisine in a comfortable, chic atmosphere surrounded by contemporary art and lighting.

Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Room
221 Cathcart St.
831-426-HULA (4852)
Santa Cruzans have long felt an affinity with Hawaii. Linked by the Pacific Ocean, and harboring a connection to the Pacific Rim, we share a laid-back openness, love of sand and surf and a strong community spirit. Hula’s has been celebrating those values in the Monterey Bay area for the past eight years. The creation of brothers Chris and Craig Delaney, the first Hula’s opened its doors in Monterey. An instant hit, it was voted best new restaurant in 1998 and has earned a loyal following ever since.

Red Restaurant & Bar
1003 Cedar St.
Welcome to Red. Lounge in front of the fire place with friends, great food, and cocktails at Red Restaurant and Bar. Red offers large, small, and shared plates made primarily with organic ingredients and inspired by a variety of influences including American and Mediterranean cuisine. Red Restaurant and Bar is sophisticated and elegant with menus that are fun and young. Open for dinner and late night dining, Red is located upstairs in the Historic Santa Cruz Hotel at the corner of Cedar and Locust in downtown Santa Cruz.

515 Kitchen & Cocktails
515 Cedar St.
A fine dining full bar, restaurant and lounge in downtown Santa Cruz.

Pacific Cookie Company

1203 Pacific Ave.
Larry and Shelly Pearson opened the Pacific Cookie Company retail bakery in 1980 on the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz, California. Their dedication to top quality gourmet cookies, impeccable customer service and sparkling clean work and retail spaces brought the Pearson’s immediate success and a loyal cookie following. They expanded the business by delivering freshly baked cookies in many unique flavor combinations to retailers in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.