Where to eat between San Diego and Santa Cruz

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 4 days. Starting from San Diego, you can leave at 7:10 am and drive for about 20 minutes to the first stop.

7702 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA
(858) 454-8409
$$
Day 1. Arrive at 7:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
1802 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA
(760) 439-6355
$$
  2985 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Diners
7am to 2pm
Arrive at 10:10 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
110 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA
(949) 481-4545
$$
  2249 reviews
Mexican restaurants
11am to 11pm
Arrive at 12:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about an hour.
3441 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA
(562) 433-0153
$$
Arrive at 3:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
3614 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA
(818) 846-9100
$
  10298 reviews
Bakeries, Cafes
6:30am to 8pm
Arrive at 6:20 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
315 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA
(818) 956-5996
$
  9357 reviews
Bakeries, Cafes
6:30am to 8pm
Arrive at 7:30 pm. Eat for about an hour. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
24415 Walnut St
Santa Clarita, CA
(661) 255-8222
$$
Day 2. Arrive at 7:40 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
3221 Mt Pinos Way
Frazier Park, CA
(661) 245-4733
$$
  645 reviews
Vegetarian
6am to 9pm
Arrive at 10:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
5542 Laval Rd
Arvin, CA
(661) 858-2315
$$
Arrive at 12:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
4885 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA
(661) 861-1130
$$
Arrive at 3:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
20687 Tracy Ave
Buttonwillow, CA
(661) 764-5858
$$
  1146 reviews
Indian food, Vegan, Vegetarian
10am to 11pm
Arrive at 6:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
21172 Hwy 46
Lost Hills, CA
(661) 797-9911
$
Day 3. Arrive at 7:40 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
19215 E Hwy 46
Cholame, CA
(805) 238-5652
$
  179 reviews
Cafes
Arrive at 10:30 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 225-5911
$$
  1683 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 12:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
340 14th
San Miguel, CA
(805) 467-5700
$$
  142 reviews
Mexican restaurants
8am to 9pm
Arrive at 2:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about an hour.
201 Broadway St
King City, CA
(831) 385-7500
$
  663 reviews
9:20am to 10pm
Arrive at 5:20 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
200 Broadway St
King City, CA
(831) 386-9491
$$
  441 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 6:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 8:50 am. Then drive for about an hour.
7600 Sandholdt Rd
Moss Landing, CA
(831) 633-2152
$$
  3012 reviews
Salad, Sandwiches, Seafood restaurants
10am to 7pm
Day 4. Arrive at 10:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.

Reach your destination in Santa Cruz around 12:30 pm after eating at 18 restaurants over 4 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 7½ hours driving roughly 462 miles straight to Santa Cruz. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of Breakfast & Brunch, American restaurants (New style), Coffee & Tea, Diners, Mexican restaurants, Southern food, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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