Free Whale Watching in July & August!

Whales appearing here are real whales, not paid actors.


Welcome to Olitas Cantina & Grille

Located on the Santa Cruz Wharf


Come for the Food


Stay for the Views

Olitas Happy Hour

Monday - Friday (3:00 - 6:00) pm in the Bar & Lounge $3.50 draft beers, house margaritas & well cocktails

T.G.I.T. @ Olitas

All day in the bar on Tuesdays & Thursdays
* $6 taco & beer *
* $6 taco & CasaRita *

Tuesday Locals Day

Every Tuesday enjoy 2 hours of free parking with validation.
Lunch & Dinner specials starting at $9.95

Live Jazz on Wednesday’s

Come join us Wednesday nights starting at 6:30pm Featuring our new small plates menu!
Olitas (little waves) is a unique Mexican restaurant nestled atop The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. We not only feature traditional Mexican cuisine, but also serve many innovative and exciting specialty dishes often using certified organic garden fresh ingredients.

Prepared daily, Olitas offers a wide array of fresh seafood and fine meats. Some of the favorites include the Maine Lobster Quesadilla with a lobster dipping sauce, a seared Ahi Tuna Tostada Stack with black bean and papaya salsa with mixed greens and tamarind vinaigrette, Free Range Duck “Carnitas” Tacos with goat cheese and three classic moles Camarones with red chile risotto just to mention a few and many more.

Unique and exciting offerings from our seasonal Farmers Market Specials Menu featuring local ingredients, many from certified organic farms, as well as fresh seafood are prepared by Chef/Owner Steve and staff.

Olitas is has been operated by Chef/Owner Steve Elb since 2003 and is a Green Certified Business as well as a Clean Ocean business.

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We welcome you to come and join us at Olitas

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