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.

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

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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.76 out of 5 stars based on 1275 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 22, 2020
Stacy S.
The best restaurant in Santa Cruz. The menu is always evolving and always amazing — unparalleled quality and creativity in every dish.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 06, 2022
miranda d.
Amazing place! Great food, excellent service provided by Eric, and really fun vibes. Our birthday boy was very happy and I really appreciate all the personalize touches Vim added to make it a special evening. Thank you all!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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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: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Feb 12, 2022
andy t.
Food was amazing, sadly the service and attention was lacking. 20 minutes to get a drink, 45 to get appetizer. I love their food as it is consistently amazing but they need to work on the service....hope last night was a one off and things get better.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 03, 2021
David I.
As ALWAYS, food and service were outstanding. Jesikah and staff deliver a wonderful blend of flavors and textures to the table.

Overall: 6/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 3/10
May 30, 2022
Ken B.
Our second visit. The first visit was much superior. This visit the pasta entree was poor, and the pork chop was pink in the center. First visit all three entrees were excellent and there wasn't a scrap left. Presentation is very nice. We don't care for the popcorn instead of bread, feels like cheaping out at what is otherwise and expensive, up-scale restaurant. We'll probably go back eventually, hoping for a repeat of our first visit.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 19, 2022
Roger C.
Wonderful meal, as always.

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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Value: 10/10
Mar 24, 2022
Marilyn B.
The kitchen knows it’s flavor profiles so trust the menu when it says “no substitutions”! Servers are proficient and welcoming- always feels like a personal experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 04, 2022
Mary C.
Always an amazing experience. Their desserts are the star of the show.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
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
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
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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: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 30, 2021
Bethany C.
The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We sat on the patio and it is loud with road traffic and doesn't have much ambiance. I'd recommend sitting inside and enjoying the fantastic food.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Mar 06, 2021
Rose C.
The food was amazing, and so beautifully presented. I wish I had taken a picture of my plate. Each bite was incredible, the combination of herbs and spices in the lamb spiced meatballs was absolutely delectable, with greens and cucumber adding the perfect texture to my meal. The portion size was perfect. The only thing I would add is the music was not that conducive to enjoying a fine dining meal and conversation. The waiter was slightly lacking in a warm/welcoming sense, although certainly kind enough. Hands down a most delicious meal from sight to palate

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jan 18, 2022
Leslie K.
Excellent food, attentive service, spotlessly clean, and thorough attention to Covid protocols. We will return!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Apr 08, 2022
Lee S.
***WE LOVE the food at VIMs*** ! *It's always so fresh & in-season & DELICIOUS ! *It's also really creative & really interesting ! *It's always a fun evening out !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jun 23, 2020
Christina P.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. The food is stunning, the service is attentive, and theyre adapting to the current pandemic with style, common sense, and grace.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 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
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Value: 10/10
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: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 30, 2022
PAMELA C.
Once again everything was a 10. All 6 of our meals were amazing. We fought over the 4 desserts we ordered. The service was great. We love Vim!

Overall: 7/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 5/10
Feb 19, 2022
renwick c.
the food was average in execution and innovation, not what we have come to expect from VIM.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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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: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Jan 22, 2022
Virginia C.
We ended up having a lovely birthday meal. Suggestion: Update menu on web to allow for range of actual options, or suggest calling ahead to learn what is actually on offer on a given night. Given the world, I understand a limited menu, but then you have to allow for customer preferences, allergies, and things they can't eat. Our server made is all work out with flexibility and charm. We spent more than we wanted to and had a fabulous meal. Just something to consider....

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 26, 2022
Marion B.
We’ve always had awesome meals at Vim. This visit continued that with a wonderful meal.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 19, 2022
Anne F.
As always, a creative menu and great food

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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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
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
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 16, 2022
Julia A.
Vim is one of the many jewels of Santa Cruz. The chef is a master of flavor, combining different flavors in balanced and intriguing dishes. We couldn’t have enjoyed our meals more!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
May 05, 2022
Linda C.
Always great.

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: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 1/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 11, 2021
Christina J.
Overall wonderful! There was no music inside which was kind of weird. The server never came to check to see how the food was-luckily it was excellent and we had no complaints. It was obvious the other 2 servers were picking up some of his slack which is actually very impressive on their part. When we had dined previously the service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 19, 2022
Manny S.
Hi we loved everything. Thank you so much for the great food and service. My wife was very happy.

Overall: 10/10
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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
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Aug 09, 2022
Jon B.
The best meals and service we’ve ever had a restaurant! Highly recommend to anyone.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 16, 2022
Jill J.
We love everything about VIM. Attentive service, great food and relaxed atmosphere. Your cooking techniques, exquisite attention to detail and your flavor profiles set you apart from all the other top restaurants in the county. It's been a rough few years and we know the challenge isn't over. Bravo! And keep it up!

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

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 16, 2022
Victoria G.
Awesome place!!!

Overall: 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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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
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jan 09, 2022
Todd W.
Our visit was very rewarding. Our waiter was very informative and helpful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 28, 2022
Hope K.
Great food- thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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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: 9/10
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Oct 13, 2021
Melinda L.
Our server was very communicative which I greatly appreciate. They did seem very busy and a little stressed by that. As for ambiance, we sat outside which was lovely except for the many propane tanks behind our table. Perhaps there is another place or way to store those that doesn't detract from the view.

Overall: 10/10
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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
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May 01, 2022
Janet B.
Excellent food and great service.

Overall: 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: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 28, 2020
Leona P.
Love the popcorn idea but for anyone who cannot handle high spice, not so good. I am allergic to red pepper in any form, so don't have it, but another member of our party who loves spice, said for him the almonds in the salad were too spiced and overwhelmed the other more delicate flavors. Also, the dessert menu might include something yummy that is not chocolate beside the somewhat heavy doughnut holes. Waiter was very attentive. Ribs were beyond excellent!! Pierogi's to die for.Thanks, good job.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 23, 2022
Sheila G.
Perfect night! Food was amazing, service was excellent, and we will definitely be back! The Lemon cake was the best dessert I’ve ever had! Such an incredible dining experience… we loved everything !

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 04, 2022
Trish P.
Vim was fantastic! The cocktails, Brussel sprout appetizer, black garlic steak, ahi were all delicious. Wine pairings were spot on and finished with bread pudding and port.