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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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Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 4 days 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 2 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 18 April 2018

I was looking for a place with decent food and reasonable prices at the boardwalk and wharf area. If you remove the actual wharf restaurants ( not great food) and aquarius( very pricey) that leaves Ideal. luckily the food was good, the menu pretty decent...More

Thank Allison W
Reviewed 17 April 2018

I made sure to get the names of the people: Holly let me pick a seat with a great view and was sparkling positive, Kaitlin took my order and checked in on me often enough, and Tyler from the kitchen delivered the yums. Terrific crew!...More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

The blackened swordfish and the fish tacos are delicious! Service was pretty good. You can sit outside right in the boardwalk and enjoy all the Monterey Bay activities.

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