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Chef Ayoma Wilen of Pearl of the Ocean's goal is to share her healthy, local and organic food with her customers. Winner of the "Best Chef America Award" in 2013 Ayoma uses Ayurvedic Cooking to create delicious Sri Lankan vegan and vegetarian dishes.
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.
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.