Welcome to Pearl of the Ocean!
It’s not just food, it’s a passion.

Santa Cruz Good Times

Best New Restaurant

Santa Cruz Weekly

Best New Restaurant

Metro Santa Cruz

Best Sri Lankan Restaurant

Ayoma welcomes you!

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Pearl of the Ocean offers a unique luncheon or dining experience for locals and visitors alike. We are conveniently located on Water Street near downtown Santa Cruz, with easy bus access, and plenty of parking. The restaurant first opened in 2004 as Sri Restaurant, and quickly became popular (see reviews).

Ayoma Wilen, the new owner/chef, is continuing the tradition of serving delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, using fresh quality organic and locally grown ingredients, and a variety of special ingredients imported directly from Sri Lanka.
We have many vegetarian and vegan offerings that are unique to our restaurant, as well as several dishes that include meat and seafood. In addition to all the delicious food, we have a wonderful selection of teas and exotic drinks. You’ll enjoy our cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere, at reasonable prices; once you try it, you’ll be back for more. Come savor the flavors of Sri Lanka!

Sample reviews fromYelp!

My favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz . . . The food is so tasty! . . . We loved every bite . . . Who could ask for more? . . . Thank you for putting your love into your food . . . This is the most wonderful ethnic food I’ve had in Santa Cruz! . . . The flavors are fantastic and refreshingly novel, with high-quality ingredients and passionate preparation.If you haven’t been, you must go! . . . Do your taste buds a favor and stop by; they will be dancing with delight . . . Thank you, Ayoma, for creating an experience that is very hard to find anywhere else . . . The most amazing thing I ate was the triple mushroom curry . . . The flavors have gone from good to great . . . The flavors explode in your mouth . . . We all left with a full tummy, a hug, and a delightful aftertaste . . . Definitely the very best quality for the price, and such a warm, comforting place to be.