Best Of Santa Cruz 2020

Vote Now: Best Of Santa Cruz 2020

Cast your online ballot now for your favorite local business

It’s that time again.

Tell us—and the rest of Santa Cruz County—all about your favorite local restaurants, bars, shops and service providers with GT’s annual “Best Of” awards. The Best Of Santa Cruz 2020 will be published online and in an issue of the paper in March.

Click here to access the free online ballot.




1. We appreciate the creativity of local, independent business, and these are the businesses that Best Of celebrates. Therefore, we consider Think Local First guidelines when selecting winners: businesses that have majority ownership based in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara or San Benito. We make an exception for chain stores that were founded in Santa Cruz County, and are proud to include them.

2. Votes for businesses with multiple locations are divided among the total number of locations.

3. There are a few categories in the food section that are so popular we offer a vote by city. Voters don’t always know where city lines are drawn, so we place the total votes according to where voters tend to ascribe them. For example, Pleasure Point winners are included in Capitola because most voters associate Pleasure Point with Capitola (it’s in Santa Cruz).

4. We reserve the right to eliminate a category with so few votes that it’s imprudent to assign “best” status.

It’s a privilege and an honor, this voting thing. And remember, you only get to vote once.The results for the Best Of Santa Cruz 2020 will be announced in March in our Best of Santa Cruz County issue. Thanks for playing!



  1. Kathleen M Stowell

    January 26, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Gemma is a fabulous massage therapist, very intuitive and helpful, not to mention a sweet person! I highly recommend her, she’s a truly gifted therapist.

  2. Brett Garrett

    January 20, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Pleasure Point isn’t in any city. It’s in the unincorporated portion of Santa Cruz County.

  3. Kevin Wells

    January 18, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Stockwell Cellars, Winery, has great entertainment on Friday’s, great wines, very good artwork, and an excellent facility to meet up with friends. I don’t know what more you can say about such a business except that the owners are themselves great and very friendly people. I’ve been impressed with Eric and Suzanne since I met them. They also employ the best possible people to both serve the wine as well as to hold an interesting conversation.

  4. David lyle

    January 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Ben Ely the breakdancing street performer is my favorite part about downtown Santa Cruz for sure.

  5. Andy Dashwood

    December 14, 2019 at 8:06 am

    When I pull up the boundaries for the city of Santa Cruz, it certainly doesn’t include Pleasure Point, and when I pull up the boundaries of Capitola, Pleasure Point is included within, so I wonder why you say Pleasure Point is in Santa Cruz and not Capitola…

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