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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 good36%
  • Average22%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
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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 3 days ago via mobile

This was the BEST food I have had in SC, and thats alot. The atmosphere is inviting and sitting out on the patio and night is SO relaxing and beautiful. The service is amazing. My new favorite go to in SC. Hoping to go back...More

Thank melissacU1575SS
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son and I ate here yesterday while on vacation. The service was wonderful. Very friendly staff. My son had the fish and chips that I think was one of the best I’ve tasted. I had a turkey blt sandwich that was also very good....More

Thank Judi L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I went on a mini roadtrip and stopped at Ideal Bar&Grill in Santa Cruz, CA. First Service was slow, one server came and took our drink orders,then after drinks were served,we waited and waited-finally the same server said, "oh, your server is...More

Thank Nora R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well located on the beach and breakfast was tasty. Worth a try for lunch watching the world go by. Eggs benedict was substantial and tasty

Thank michael o
Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

I ate there by myself. The hostess seated me at the bar which was fine because the view is great but the guy working the bar was rude to the hostess and disregarded the customers. It wasn't busy so it was frustrating. I ordered a...More

Thank Kate C
Reviewed 3 May 2018

In a great position right at the end of the wharf with great views and a lovely outside area. prices are relatively high because its a prime tourist area but its good food and drink . watch out for the pigeons and seagulls which are...More

Thank LargelyMonk
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Indoor dining is ok but outdoor patio dining is fabulous. Menu is huge, snacks e.g calamari to steak dinners. Good food, especially salads, Drinks are good with specials even better. Parking can be a problem.

Thank _leeheathorn
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

The restaurant offers some great views overlooking the beach but I was disappointed in the food. I ate the salmon, which was over cooked and dry, largely due to it being a cheaper tail cut rather than a thicker center cut. When I go to...More

Thank Phil E
Reviewed 28 April 2018

I think the title says it best! They do a great job with service and the food is fine and we'll return, no doubt about it. Just don't go here expecting 5 star cuisine, but what you get will be good, in fact very good!...More

Thank vagabond116
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

This place is located smack in the middle between the boardwalk rides and the pier. Meaning it's location catches the tourists. So expect high prices. We rode our road bikes here so we sat outside so we could sit next to our parked bikes (had...More

Thank Kitman
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine
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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