Dining here is an all senses on deck experience. There are only 28 seats in the smallish space surrounding a bustling open kitchen so socializing with fellow diners is kind of unavoidable. To keep the focus on the food, the team created an excellent—and at $115 a pop, surprisingly affordable—tasting menu brimming with locally grown ingredients (a lot comes from the restaurant’s Santa Cruz farm) prepared in unexpected ways. The wine program is just as impressive as the food.

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