Persephone Restaurant

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391 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Persephone Restaurant is a fine dining establishment focused on bringing the best and freshest ingredients Santa Cruz County has to offer directly to you. We are a Seasonal Kitchen meaning that we change our menu based upon whatever ingredients are locally seasonably available.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know why this terrific restaurant is not always packed.
One of the best places I have eaten in California.
The menu is small but I have tried just about everything. no complaints.

WG
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Love that they have a 3,4 or 5 course Prix Fixe option - we did the 4 course. The savory parmesan custard is amazing! Great food, great service and an extensive wine list with reasonable prices. We will definitely be back!

SL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down our favorite restaurant. We always feel welcome and the food is heavenly. The staff feel like friends. How does Cori fix new dishes often that are fantastic? She has a gift.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was very good. The restaurant feels cozy and homey. The pasta with cheese and truffle was divine. The Parmesan custard was inventive. I loved the food. The problem came at the end when they had to keep coming back and asking for my card 3 separate times because she couldn’t get it right. First they charged me for the wrong check and didn’t charge me enough, I thought they should’ve eaten that mistake but whatever, give them my card back, she comes back and I find out she didn’t factor in the $100 cash I have to put towards the check and instead of charging me $25 she charged me the entire $140 check. After 3 serial’s charges and simmering else taking over it was finally right but I didn’t get an apology or a comp off my bill or anything which was just odd honestly. I’d go back for the food but this was the owners wife so I’d expect an apology from her at the very least.

t
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and the service are excellent. The place is small.
We had a great time there.

B
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a friend here and he was super impressed and delighted to dine in such a lovely space, try a new dish and satisfy his Issues with "gluten free" diet.
We were thrilled as usual.

P
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful owners great food

B
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant and dine here frequently. It's our neighborhood gem. Love this family owned and run business.
Sunday night we noticed that our requests were not all acknowledged or brought to us when asked, but there was only Alex and Alea so that made us more understanding.
Sometimes things happen and you know the regulars, so they may slip in the attention and service to them.
The food was yummy and we made the best of it.

d
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have eaten here a couple of times & found the food to be excellently prepared. This time it had perhaps been sitting too long.
Lamb sausages good but over done, same with the prime rib, which was disappointing.
Ravioli was lovely as was the dessert. Wine pairings great and fun!

YD
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Persephone and had a wonderful time. The owner helped us pick wines and let us sample a few before we settled on our chosen glasses. She was so personable and fun. The Cesar Boudino was really original and super tasty. Our citrus salad was super duper fresh. Both of our entrees were great - real truffle on my pasta! The chocolate cake was fabulous and the presentation was beautiful. The place itself is super cozy and warm. We had a great time and highly recommend it, especially for a romantic evening.

RD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It consistently excellent dining experience. Inventive and tasty food.

JH
San Francisco
232 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed the meal we had and generally appreciated the service however there was a significant error on the bill which was corrected, however it didn't inspire confidence. Perhaps caution is advised.

PT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-timers to this wonderful restaurant. We’re already returning next month! It was a delightful dining experience from ambiance through service, menu, wine offerings, and food preparation / presentation. Well done!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful time with my fiancé. Perfect date night. Food was amazing. There was no coffee offered at the end of the meal which was not necessarily needed. And portions were a bit on the smaller side. Will definitely go back.

KC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest farm to table restaurants in the Santa Cruz area. I've been to many, and there is a sameness about them that Persephone is able to rise above. Truly outstanding flavors, wide selection of both vegetarian and meat dishes, and a diverse wine list.

T
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time dining at Persephone and we continue to be amazed with the menu and the creativity of chef Cori. Brittnii waited on us and was both knowledgeable and a good fun! I highly recommend Persephone.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! The place is so cozy and cute inside and the food is always delicious. Service is really top notch and personable. In terms of food to order, my favorite is the chicken, and the house Pinot Grigio is really really tasty, tart and citrusy and a hint sweet.

MK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at Persephone. I had best beef loin I’ve ever had at a restaurant (I’ll go back just for that!) and we had some very creative dishes that were excellent. We’ll definitely be visiting Persephone again.

NK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, charming, classy and delicious. This is a wonderful place to tantalize all the senses.

F
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fine dining, innovative menu using local fare. The ambience is quite noisy, which is really the only distraction or detraction, but that means the place is crowded and popular.

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely terrific food. It is now our
favorit restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner tradition continues. Love Persephone!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience; unique and delicious combinations of flavor. Will definitely return!!

G
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second recent trip here did not disappoint. Service was flawless; noise level much better than last time. I would recommend getting here early for a quieter experience.

G
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had in a long time locally. But yowza is it loud in there! worth it though.

F
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local family owned restaurant that takes advantage of local produce and local wines. Elegant evening.

GN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I attended a special wine pairing dinner, held in conjunction with a local winery. We thought the pairings were outstanding and the dishes spanned a pretty broad range. All was fresh, beautifully presented and very tasty. We would certainly go back. There are a few practical issues to note. Like many modern restaurants, Persephone's interior is all hard surfaces and high ceilings. Sound bounces around and the noise level rises so it can be difficult to hear someone across the table from you. Parking is limited (8 spaces); there's usually space at the shopping center across Soquel Dr, but it's not fun crossing the busy street.
UPDATE: Parking is better than I realized-- it includes about 10 additional spaces that I thought belonged to the adjacent business just downhill. Good to know!

B
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the seasonal menu, the creativity and changes , and the ambiance, the fantastic wait staff, yummy wines and desserts.
It's our favorite local spot for casual and fancy dining.

K
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the BEST restaurant in Aptos by far. Not to mention our waiter was beyond amazing and had really cool earrings. Highly Highly recommend!!

KG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little place with delicious food and sweet ambience. Was our first time here and we plan to come back.

N
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall the food was good, although the sides with my steak were not very complimentary. Wine list has too many local wines. Lighting is a little too bright for a romantic dining experience.

LS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Persephone is a small but homey restaurant. Brittnii, the hostess, was outstanding -- exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food — quince-glazed chicken for me and risotto with pork belly for my wife -- was impeccable. I wanted to eat slower to savor the flavors, but it was just too good; I nearly ordered a second serving to go. The wine selection is unlike anything I've ever seen, and the wine-pairing knowledge of the kitchen crew is just as impressive. My only criticism is the brightness and volume of the small space, but I will absolutely be back for more.

LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the area. The Potter family

CJ
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food is excellent - one of the best in the area! However, it is unfortunate that the service doesn't live up to the status of the restaurant. When you are paying for fine dining, you expect a fine dining experience and unfortunately, this just doesn't have it. The waiter never checked in on us, didn't offer us a 2nd of anything, didn't ask if we wanted anything else... but handily dropped our bill off before we asked. How did he know we didn't want coffee or another glass of wine? Seriously missed opportunity.

The fish of the day was truly outstanding. The chicken pasta dish and the risotto with pork belly, all very delicious. The salad had a rich dressing that really surprised us - light but rich in flavors. Both the soups we tried were excellent. The dessert, meh... nothing special. Notable, but small wine list.

We will be back but hope to get a more experienced, professional waiter next time.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The salad was great. I ordered the vegetarian entree. What I got looked like it should have been an appetizer. My wife’s pasta was overcooked.

I usually like Persephone but this was extremely disappointing.

MP
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised by their beer dinner with Fruition Brewery. Food was spot on. Each course well paired with beer offering. Service was great! Hope they do this again.

PA
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great, original recipes/food presentations. Good service, very enjoyable meal. Definitely will come back to this small, family-run restaurant. A neighborhood gem.

DC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the restaurant. Service was good, food was so flavorful and cooked to perfection. The restaurant was in an old house, and was a bit cooler than I would’ve liked. I was hoping for “cozy” since it was a brisk fall evening. But ambiance was nice. We loved it.

EN
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place overall. The food was good, nothing that I would consider special or memorable.

BR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner we've had recently. A surprise in Aptos.