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Santa Cruz Diner

Asian, American, Diner
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909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
+1 831-426-7151
06:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Wed 06:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 06:00 - 06:00
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Salinas, California
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good daily lunch time special ($7.49), sandwich and soup served before 2:00PM. The very attentive waiter was able to stretch the "special" time to just after 2:00 for us- we appreciated that. The very large hot roast beef on a very fresh French roll with sauted mushroom, and melted cheese - was delicious. A good value along with the clam... More 

Thank roadwarriorstwo
Oakhurst, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Strange they serve pho but don't have options to take togo. So sold me 3 coffee cups at .15 cents each. So if ordering pho plan on finishing it or buying ridiculous little coffee cups.

Thank gigglessr4me2
chip k, Owner at Santa Cruz Diner, responded to this review

I was chagrined to see your giving us a poor review apparently due only to our policy of not selling Pho as take-out or with doggie bag This is the only item on our menu not available to go. By way of explanation, years ago we did try to do this but the preparation and packaging became impractical and prohibitively... More 

Lemoore, California
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162 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. Been eating here for years, but I noticed that the last few times I have eaten here, my breakfast is served lukewarm. I want Hot! My grandchildren ordered mickey mouse pancakes and the butter on top didn't melt. My eggs were warm..not hot. The food is really really good....and great for the price. But my big... More 

Thank Shirley R
Trets, France
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Fun place to go, typical American diner with the added attraction of unusual dishes as well! Copious servings, no one goes away hungry!

Thank gwallimann
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Not only was the service great, but the food was amazing. I am not a big diner fan, but we were starving, they were open and someone had recommended this place; and I was not disappointed. The tuna was unbelievably good, and the selection was pretty decent. The price was even better!!!

Thank Dannie H
United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

WOW!!!!! NO wonder food network's Guy Fieri ate in this restaurant. It is amazing! We were driving down the road and I saw a sign saying GUY ATE HERE!!! At that point I knew that this must be good. we turned around and went there for breakfast.I can honestly say that the pancakes I had here were some of the... More 

Thank Marvin R
La Habra
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

There are wonderful, classic American diners and there are the wannabe disappointments. No disappointment here! Food is plentiful, reasonably priced, and tastes good! Service, décor and atmosphere are classic. I look forward to my next visit.

Thank Judy M
Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is a good place to grab a quick meal late at night but the food is just average and I wouldn't make it a special destination.

Thank Lee G
Clovis, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Decided to eat here at the last minute. it was the best decision we made that weekend. The food was well cooked, and delicious. We enjoyed great service, and the price was good too.

Thank marti829
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90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Early one weekday morning we were looking for good food and quick service. We found both here! The menu is quite diverse, and the servers were friendly. I was pleased to find that they have offerings for smaller appetites, while my husband appreciated the heartier menu options. One thing is certain: you won't leave hungry! Try it out!

Thank 2travelinFoolz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 06:00
06:00 - 06:00
06:00 - 06:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-7151

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?