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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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Overview
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (22 reviews)
“ribs” (17 reviews)
“ceviche” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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1 - 10 of 548 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's a nice place, the food is good, the service was really attentive, although is a bit pricey and also not too special. Also has good outdoor seating. Would go again.

Thank Cmon83
Reviewed 1 week ago

Has both indoor and outdoor seating. The food was good and our service was good. Atmosphere is that of a beach bar.

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Except the clam chowder!!!!! It was really really good! Ended up going here twice as it was right off the beach. The bacon Bloody Mary was terrific but ordered the poke/soba noodle salad and it was really bland. Really bland. The second go round I...More

Thank HotPocket505
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food here is mediocre ( chowder is good) and the service not great.the view is prime which is what lures people in. Took the waiter 10 minutes to come give us our drinks and he came back once or twice-- I get that it was...More

Thank aztrimom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sort of ended up here.....and it didn't disappoint. The service was great. We ordered the clam chowder bowl and seafood sampler was good. The location is ideal, but I would recommend different music; I don't hate Guns N Roses, but I don't want to...More

Thank Monique S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have great stakes!!!this was a nice place to eat great staff and clean bathrooms! CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!!!

Thank Marlene D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big area inside and out,beautiful view of beach and ocean next to the wharf perfectly in between location for easy walking from boardwalk or wharf.

Thank M3093RWvictorv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I were joined by my nephew, his wife and their 2 very small children, for a very pleasant late lunch. The restaurant is directly located on the beach and has indoor and outdoor seating. We were seated immediately in the outside section...More

Thank PattiAbloom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've eaten at Ideal's a few times. The last was the end of July with a group of 20. We did have a reservation. We were served in a timely manner. Our servers were excellent. The food was really good. Everyone was happy.

Thank 1beachbrat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to get a seat fairly quickly and the service was prompt. The food was very good, we all had seafood...get the chowder, skip the clams. The location was right on the beach and the service was great. The only negative would be...More

Thank Rodessa N
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-5271
  • E-mail
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