Vim Dining & Desserts

2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060

$25 - $50 Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating

Chef Jesikah Stolaroff brings the feeling of home together with local ingredients and refined technique to create food that fills the heart. She specializes in thoughtful, New American cuisine with a nod toward her family’s Italian roots, joined by unforgettable, innovative desserts. A native of Santa Cruz, Jesikah got her start as a teenager making incredible cakes for birthdays and weddings, before moving north to hone her craft. She studied both the science and the art of food, with degrees in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley and Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Jesikah cut her teeth in the Bay Area food scene, catering high-end events for the likes of Google, Pixar, and Mark Zuckerberg, and learning precision, planning, and visual flair. She practiced California Cuisine at Plum, part of the prestigious Daniel Patterson restaurant group, before taking a position as the opening sous chef at Oakland’s Michel Bistro. There, she helped the French-inspired restaurant win the Michelin Bib Gourmand award in its first year (and every year since). But opening a family restaurant has always been Jesikah’s singular dream, and so she returns to Santa Cruz to share her experience and passion with her friends and neighbors by starting Vim.

Booking Notes:

Due to limited seating we ask that you reach out by phone or email for groups larger than 4 on our patio and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Because of health code requirements and our patio access being through the dining room we are unable to have dogs or other pets on the patio or in the restaurant, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Reservations


  Business Info

  • Address: 2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060
  • Cross Street: Fair Ave
  • Location: Santa Cruz County
  • Cuisine: American | California | Desserts | New American |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Required
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover |
  • Corkage Fee: 15.00 | Corkage fee will be applied on a per bottle basis.
  • Phone: (831) 515-7033
  • Features: Full Bar, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Tasting Menu, Happy Hours, Healthy Options, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Date Night,

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  Business Hours

Reservations Available

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Dinner- Indoors 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Dinner- Patio 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Thursday
Dinner- Indoors 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Dinner- Patio 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Friday
Dinner- Indoors 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Dinner- Patio 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Saturday
Dinner- Indoors 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Dinner- Patio 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Sunday
Sunday Brunch- Indoors 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Sunday Brunch- Patio 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
May 21, 2021
Linda C.
Food is fantastic. Service is superb. I went with 8 on ambiance because of the traffic noise from Mission Street when you eat outside which we love to do. It is our 5th time there and the food and service is worth the noise. Desserts are heaven.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
May 15, 2021
Lorraine C.
Everything was perfect--the food, the service. Also, appreciated the customized menu printed for a special occasion.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 14, 2021
thea r.
we were a group of 4 females . to make it short: rating in all categories 10

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 12, 2021
David H.
As usual, VIM provides a unique and amazing dining experience. We had Mother's Day Brunch and the Pre Fixe was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 08, 2021
Lee S.
We LOVE VIM ! It's one of our very favorite restaurants anywhere. The food is terrific and fresh and creative and "fun" to try everything on each menu that changes with the seasons. ***Highly recommend going hungry + with friends & sharing everything !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 19, 2021
angelique s.
Such a great meal! Everything was delicious and we had a great birthday dinner celebration!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 16, 2021
Kathy M.
From the cocktails to the appetizers to the dinner to the desserts, we couldn't have been more happy! The complex and balanced flavors of each and every drink and dish were top notch, and, on par with the wonderful food quality, the owners Jesikah and Erik are terrific hosts and their team works with them to perfection. Highly, highly recommend VIM if you want to have a tasty and fun time!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 10, 2021
Elaine T.
Our group of 5 had amazing meals and will recommend this place to other friends and definitely return. The servers were knowledgeable, friendly, professional. The space appeared very clean yet vibrant and inviting.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 07, 2021
Stan W.
Food and service were superb. Best food in Santa Cruz, but pricy and not the comfort and scenery of other restaurants in this price range. Willing to live with it for the high quality. Desserts are a specialty but everything else is also creative and very skillfully prepared.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 05, 2021
Micah B.
Excellent Overall. Great food service and ambience. Looking forward to coming back for Sunday Brunch!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 02, 2021
Corrina D.
Vim is a perfect special occasion restaurant. Every single thing about it feels like it was done with love. The food is beautiful and the staff are some personable. 5 stars.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 01, 2021
Claire W.
We had such a wonderful time. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. I overheard the table next to us giving our waiter a hard time because the dish they wanted to order was not available anymore. I thought the waiter handled it well and want to remind everyone out there that the restaurant industry has been through hell this last year. Be kind. Be thankful and I highly recommend eating at Vim!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Mar 27, 2021
Chad M.
Awesome joint. We'll def be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 22, 2021
Henry S.
VIM is one of the best, and most innovative, restaurants in Santa Cruz.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 12, 2021
Liz F.
Great food and great service. Highly recommend!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 05, 2021
Morgan L.
Great food & great service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 13, 2020
Brian M.
To begin COVID requirements allowed us to come down from Santa Clara county. VIM was a dream come true all things considered. There was a warm welcome Attentive service We had the Sweet Potatoe Chickpea Fritters, Slow Braised Short Rib, and the Mushroom Ragout with spaetzle! Phenomenal! Thank you team... We look forward to seeing you again

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 06, 2020
Amy G.
Every bite was delicious. I’ve only ever had amazing food & cocktails at VIM. Love everything about it from the staff to the service to the delicious food and cocktails.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 03, 2020
Margaret H.
Always love the food and the people of Vim. It is very noisy in the outside eating area because of 4 lanes of traffic on Mission St. but that is not something they can do anything about and the food and the staff more than make it worth being there. Thank you for hanging in there with us during the pandemic. It can't be easy.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 28, 2020
Leland S.
O.M.G. the food is really great and inventive, desserts too. 5* Mushroom soup and 5* Short Ribs were THE BEST ! ! ! (as good / better than Prego's mushroom soup on Crystal or Seabourn's 72-hour short ribs) The place is fun too! Great & helpful waiter: Dagan! World class food in a nice, casual Santa Cruz setting. BRAVO to the Chef / Owner. ***Her Almond Cornmeal Cake with (maybe) almond paste and Roasted Nectarines (or Persimmons this time) served with Rosemary Whipped Cream IS INCREDIBLE ! ! !*** (if not on menu, try special ordering it for there or home) **WORLD CLASS FOOD**

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 17, 2020
Gail R.
The food was absolutely delicious!!! Can't praise the chief highly enough. The service fantastic. We were comfortable outside with the heaters and felt safe in these Covid times.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 07, 2020
Rinley D.
One of top 5 restaurants in Monterey bay area. The food is exceptional. The short ribs and the pork loin were as great. Brighten is a very helpful and friendly server.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2020
Jacqueline V.
Really lovely all around! I'd say the only thing I would suggest is to dim the lights a bit inside, it's so bright!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2020
Susan V.
Service was excellent, waiter was very accommodating, and the food was exceptional!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2020
Roberta L.
Our family had a fabulous experience @ Vim to celebrate my husband's birthday! We will definitely return for more special occasions in the future. Thank you! Roberta Lipson

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 21, 2020
Michael T.
Great food, very great cocktails, outstanding service. Trying to think of something less than perfect and all I can come up with is that, outdoors, you can hear the traffic on Mission. That is, until you have your first cocktail and start eating that delicious food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 19, 2020
Linda C.
The amazing food And service makes it worth sitting outside in their patio with the sound of highway 1/Mission Street traffic. This was our second visit and we will keep looking forward to many more meals.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 12, 2020
Brise T.
We had a delicious meal with good service on the small outdoor dining patio.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2020
Steve B.
Excellent food and even that much more in the dessert category. Highly recommend this establishment. Staff was very welcoming and engaging. Will be nice when things get back to normal and it’s buzzing with life.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 03, 2020
Nancy G.
Our server was exceptional; a true professional who knew exactly how often to visit our table, was knowledgeable about the food and drink pairings, and was friendly and accommodating.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 01, 2020
Maria M.
great food and service, love the bartender and the waiter and the food is always excellent! Appreciate that you have vegan options also.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 26, 2020
Kelly C.
It was one of best dining experiences I have had in Santa Cruz for over a decade. The food was fresh, unique and delicious. We were treated with celebratory charm for our anniversary. It's a gem that hasn't had its parallel since Bittersweet opened on the west side over 20 years ago.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2020
Jane P.
Our wait-staff was excellent. This place is a gem.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 20, 2020
David I.
Jesikah and her crew provide an unparalleled level of excellence every single time we go. Her brilliant blending of flavors and textures is stunning. Every course was an event in itself, and the combination delicious. Great service, it starts at the top. Love love

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 20, 2020
Steven G.
The food was great. Every dish was a perfect balance that made my mouth want to keep going back for more. The waiter was wonderful. It's a pleasure to go a restaurant and have the waiter be professional, attentive and friendly. The COVID rule following was spot on. Tables were distanced and completely cleaned and de sanitized. The overall experience was very good. I would highly recommend this establishment.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 17, 2020
Nanci L.
What a lovely place! We felt very welcomed and pampered for our special, anniversary dinner! The service was professional and the food was excellent!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 17, 2020
Drew B.
Amazing

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 0/10
Sep 13, 2020
Bob C.
Very satisfying experience start to finish. In this time of COVID, the ventilation made us feel safe inside, and the patio outside is a nice option as well. Entrees were lovely, quite creative but not overly trendy, well prepared and presented, good portions. Dessert was heavenly- raspberry tiramisu. Service was very good. Nice selection of wines and draft beers. Highly recommended.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2020
Dean M.
its always a pleasure to dine at VIM everything is wonderful , we are so lucky to have such a place to go and take break from this crazy world .... cheers Dean :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 07, 2020
Kimberly B.
We had a wonderful brunch on Sunday! Very unique and flavors blended to make a wonder pallet experience. The cardamom whip cream was especially delightful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 6/10
Sep 07, 2020
Jessica C.
Been to Vim for dinner many times, but this was my first brunch there. It was amazing! Blood orange mimosa, burrata toast, and the lemon almond cupcake more than met my expectations. Can't wait for next time!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
Julia D.
They did a very good job with the outside dining, plenty of unused space, felt very private if a little noisy from traffic. Waiter Brighton (?) was attentive, pleasant, efficient and personable, food was amazing and we had several dishes, don’t usually do cocktails but enjoyed trying a couple because they made a point of them being special, and they were very fun. All in all a great evening and one we hope to repeat.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 13, 2020
Colleen B.
We love VIM! Always so delicious, cocktails are fab, chef Jesikah & the crew are the best!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2020
Jennifer T.
Our first time dining at VIM and we will be back!! Incredible food with such a beautiful blend of flavors and the service was impeccable. We felt very safe with all of the precautions in place. Definitely will be supporting this gem on the Westside.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 07, 2020
Corrina D.
Perfection. We came here last night for my daughter's 21st birthday. My family rarely goes out to eat since they (we) prefer my healthy cooking. We chose this place for the special occasion though. Everything about this place was perfect, even during these Covid days. We were seated outside on the patio and no one was within 10 feet of us. We would have sat outside even if the indoor dining was open. When we sat down we saw the menus were customized with "Happy Birthday McKenzie" It felt like they were open specifically for the event. The waiter "Reid" told my daughter her birthday drink was on him, and recommended the "Slippery Slope". It was exactly the right cocktail and SO good! They have a great beer and wine selection! We had the Potato and Shishito Frites and the Butter/Bread board. I see people complaining about the $21 for the bread, but it's not just bread and there is so much that goes into this "starter". Everything on it is homemade and made with love. Totally happy to pay for that. For dinner I had summer ratatouille which was perfect and other dishes we had were salmon and the short ribs. Not a complaint at the table. For dessert we got the German Chocolate cheesecake and Vim chocolate cake. I am not a sweets person, but couldn't stop going back for more when I just wanted one bite. It was a perfect place for a special occasion. We would have sat outside even if the indoor dining was open. I so hope this place stays!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 03, 2020
Timothy S.
Vim Dining & Desserts is one of my all-time favorite spots to eat in Santa Cruz. The staff is friendly and enthusiastic and the food is amazing. The menu rotates regularly and I have never had a dish that wasn't excellent. The desserts are a high point, and the wine, beer, and cocktail pairings for each menu item are spot-on. 11/10 I highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2020
Elaine T.
First time to try this restaurant. Small but very nice patio for enjoying the beautiful weather. The food was thoughtful, fresh, creative! Portions were good. All the desserts were also delicious...get the chocolate cheesecake. Definitely hope to see this restaurant survive these COVID times. We will be back and tell others about this wonderful restaurant.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2020
Jane M.
Service, food, drinks were all excellent. Loved the personalized menus for our birthdays, our waiter was excellent and the complimentary birthday cupcakes were delicious. Thank you for making our birthdays so special!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 06, 2020
Johnny E.
Our favorite place in Santa Cruz. The menu is limited at this time, but we are okay with that, we were just glad we got to dine in. Thank you again VIM!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 04, 2020
devin b.
great experience especially considering the circumstances (corona times)