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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good35%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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“clam chowder” (37 reviews)
“ribs” (19 reviews)
“seafood” (30 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly let me say this rating isn't indicative of the efforts put in by the waiter we had on the evening we visited (a midweek night in mid-September), but rather the overall experience in general. We were staying just up the hill and so this...More

Thank Selina C
Reviewed 4 January 2018

The food here is ordinary but the location is terrific. It is at the entrance to the downtown wharf, with beautiful views. It is fun to walk out on the wharf, enjoying the views of the sea and boardwalk and watching birds and sea lions.

Thank Constance J
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Food and service is average. Their Claim chowder is great. A little pricey. Sat outside and birds where a problem.

Thank tedkop
Reviewed 22 November 2017

This restaurant has prime real estate, located by the beach, and you can sit and watch the ocean. However, the food and service is so average that is so hard to rate this place. Service staff are barely alive and could not produce a smile...More

Thank L0ve2travle
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We just came in for some cocktails. The bartender went to take our order,asked him to give us a minute and he never returned.Before we left the other bartender asked if we'd been helped and took our order and apologized. The Bloody Mary was great,pay...More

Thank Yosemitesteve
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Great drinks on beach. Great free bday dinner. Food is just ok but love the party scene on the weekend or summer day.. Love the karokee bar

Thank crumbles1234
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Good & Reasonable Priced Food. Great location and conveniently positioned. Very nice specials. Outside seating available

Thank billk921
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Not a Fan! Ordered Steak & Lobster and the food was very bland. Positive: Atmosphere is very nice...right by the beach and the Boardwalk.

Thank 559-FLAGO
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This is a super relaxing by the ocean place to eat! Casual but nice. Huge patio for outside by the beach or indoors has big windows they open to make you feel like you are still part of the outside. The clam appetizer was decent,...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I stopped in here to meet a couple of friends for a beer while visiting Santa Cruz...this place is very friendly, and the atmosphere is nice.

Thank Tim K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
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, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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