Ethos & Accolades



Good Times Weekly Best of Santa Cruz
  • Best Cocktails 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Best Bar 2017, 2013, 2012
  • Best Bar Food 2017,2015
  • Best Small Plates 2017
Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Awards
  • Best Cocktails 2013, 2012
  • Best Bar 2013, 2012
Santa Cruz Waves Magazine "Swellies"
  • Best Cocktails 2017, 2016, 2015


Since 2006, 515 Kitchen & Cocktails has been offering a different perspective on flavor in Santa Cruz.

We seek to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, a refuge from the melee of everyday life.  Celebrating the bounty of the Central Coast, we strive to bring out the best of thoughtfully prepared ingredients in inspired contexts, be it on the plate or in the glass.

Join us for a casual visit or a special occasion. Either way, we would love to try to make your day at least a little bit better.



Uncanny cocktails with alchemical precision
— Good Times Food & Drink Magazine, Spring 2016
The food is reason enough to visit, so it’s worth reserving ahead of time
— Via Magazine, March 2014
Inventive, exceptional mixology
— Good Times Weekly, April 2013
Supernatural level of liquid artistry
— Good Times Weekly, April 2012
A drink of this complexity - so balanced, so mysterious, and so, so tasty - could only come from one place
— Good Times Food & Wine Magazine, Fall 2012
An air of sophisticated decadence
— New York Times, December 2010