Vim Dining & Desserts

2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060
$$ New American 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.

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Reservations

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.

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,

Photos

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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.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.82 out of 5 stars based on 799 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 02, 2021
Janet R.
Enjoyed a wonderful meal at VIM last night. Both mains, chicken breast and pork tenderloin were perfectly cooked, with wonderful Fall sides to accompany them. It was a birthday dinner and Eric phoned ahead to make sure the birthday girl had no food allergies so they could prepare a small birthday treat and boy was it! A combination of chocolate and raspberry to swoon over. Excellent service and charming ambiance. Highly recommended.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 28, 2021
STEVEN G.
I don't know how they do it. Each dish was a stand alone 10 and yet we had one dish after another. In Santa Cruz we're happy if a part of the meal is outstanding. Vim succeeded in making each and every portion from the appetizer to the main course to the dessert outstanding. And absolute oral explosion of flavor. Such a wonderful experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 20, 2021
Carol M.
We had a wonderful experience dining at Vim . The service was great. The food was unique and delicious.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 15, 2021
page a.
Hi , We LOVED our Vim experience!!! The only thing we aren’t excited about is the popcorn instead of bread or some other appetizer. Popcorn is not a good dinner date food. It gets in your teeth and it’s weird to watch someone eat popcorn in front of you :) I think , it would be cool if there was some other food ti start and maybe an unusual one! Bread is great but for all of us gluten sensitive or diets popcorn is a great alternative. Just not at dinner. Ok That is my 2 cents.. Vims rocks!!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 14, 2021
margaret e.
over the top. we consider VIM to be the best in Santa Cruz. it is ours for sure

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 31, 2021
Jay M.
Great food, great service!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 31, 2021
Carole C.
It’s all very, very good!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 19, 2021
Leland S.
VIM is our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. LOVE the food ! ! ! Their Elote Shrimp is one of my all-time favorite dishes ANYWHERE ! Their salads are always delightful & delicious with interesting combinations. Their Duck Confit is really, really wonderful & PERFECTLY cooked ! Desserts are always great & creative, so I take some to friends most visits.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2021
Barbara K.
Outstanding service, food and ambiance. Our new favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 04, 2021
Tom H.
The best meal in our three-day weekend in Santa Cruz, by far. Service was wonderful, and funny, food was truly impressive (I'm a chef by trade, so I know a little bit about it), all in all quite enjoyable. I've seen Turkish Eggs go by as videos and recipes but it was the first time I tried them. Adding them to my repertoire, for sure. Only distractor was the traffic noise, but what are you gonna do. Will definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 03, 2021
Amy and Roger A.
Fabulous meal with flavors blended in new and innovative ways. Choices to make everyone thrilled with their meal. The creamy polenta and shrimp and beet salad were standout favorites. Definitely save room for the dessert! Peach cheesecake and butterscotch pot de creme topped off our meal. Well worth the drive!!

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 30, 2021
John J.
We had a terrific time and our waiter was very personable. The food and his personable service warranted the 20% tip. The personalized birthday menu was an unexpected treat as was the candle on the incredibly rich ( good) cupcake as best I can describe it. WRT parking we did have a little uncertainty where to park and where the actual entry door was located. And yes, we were sober upon arrival. Old but sober! We had a terrific experience overall. The manna much.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 14, 2021
William P.
Just amazing, how VIM does it...superb food, cheerful wait staff, a marvelous dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 11, 2021
Jessa S.
We had a wonderful anniversary dinner here . The server was knowledgeable , and attentive . The ambiance was lovely and warm on the patio . The highlight of the experience was the dinner and dessert

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 08, 2021
Kelli B.
Vim was an outstanding experience all around!! Lovely patio ambience, superb food & impressive service! I’ll be back as soon as physically possible!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Aug 30, 2021
John D.
VIM is hands-down the best restaurant in all of Santa Cruz County and beats everything in Monterey and Santa Clara counties as well.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 28, 2021
Linda G.
Delicious, beautiful food and waitstaff that is attentive without hovering.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 28, 2021
Dawn D.
We ate out on the patio. The atmosphere was lovely, but the noise of the traffic on Mission was awful! The cocktails, food, and dessert were delicious!! So fresh and inventive.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Neil B.
One of the best restaurants in the county, Jesika is remarkably creative at the helm, creating just all sorts of fantastic delicious goodies for your mouth! Great bar too, you gotta try it!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2021
Heather D.
The food, the specialty drinks and the staff were all first class all the way. What a truly wonderful dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Anne T.
We loved everything about VIM Dining. The food is imaginative and delicious. We had great wait staff and the patio was perfect for an evening dinner. We will definitely go back and will recommend VIM to all our friends and family.

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
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Aug 19, 2021
Stan W.
Always the best. We have become regulars. Pricy and not much on ambiance, but terrific food and service.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 03, 2021
Carolyn K.
Our first visit was a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was pleasant, and the food was delicious! I look forward to returning again in the future!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 18, 2021
renwick c.
We ordered cocktails and and appetizers first, but the appetizers came out at the same time as the cocktails

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Jul 15, 2021
William B.
Thanks for making my wife's birthday special with a Happy Birthday wish at the top of the menu and a birthday cupcake with s candle.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 08, 2021
Emily S.
Always love visiting Vim. The staff is so nice, the food is so delicious, and they do a wonderful job with small touches to make a special evening more special like custom menu title’s and a glass of champagne for an anniversary toast.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 01, 2021
Kathleen G.
Fantastic meal amazing service! Can't wait to return!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
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Jun 28, 2021
Dean M.
Such awesome people and awesome food thank you once again Jessica Eric and Ashley and all of their employees involved and thank you for sticking it out during Covid and surviving It was great to support you during that time

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 28, 2021
Roger C.
Wonderful dinner, as always.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 26, 2021
Larry J.
Everything was great as usual.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
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Jun 25, 2021
Cheryl M.
The food is always interesting and delicious!!

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
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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
Ambience: 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
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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
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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
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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
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Apr 19, 2021
angelique s.
Such a great meal! Everything was delicious and we had a great birthday dinner celebration!

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

Overall: 10/10
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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
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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
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Mar 27, 2021
Chad M.
Awesome joint. We'll def be back.

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

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

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

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 14, 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
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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
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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.