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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 good34%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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“lobster” (22 reviews)
“ribs” (12 reviews)
“burger” (28 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Ideal Bar & Grill is located almost right at the base of the Santa Cruz pier and just about a 1/4 mile west of the Boardwalk. It is well located for beach loungers who want to get off the hot sand and refresh themselves with...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From Florida, so accustomed to fresh seafood. Family had ceviche and shrimp appetizer. Huge portion and fresh! Fish tacos and sea bass was maybe the best I've ever tasted. Right on boardwalk. Beautiful view. Great service. Not easily impressed, but this place was dynamite

Thank Atschumacher
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very good and the restaurant location is nicely placed at the beginning of the wharf. Good patio dining as we had a service dog with us and three children. Would visit again.

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only had drinks here to start off my day. Doubles for $2 extra. No complaints didn't get a chance to try the food.

Thank Jamesmaxwelljr1987
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place for brunch and the food is generally good but service can be great or it can be terrible. This past visit, service was terrible. Our server brought coffee but no cream or milk and said she'd be right back with it but never...More

Thank SFKAT3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the kick off dinner to our family reunion. The food wasnt bad but it def could have been better. The appetizers were good, but ive had better ribs. Again, not bad...and with so much family around talking, laughing etc. it was going to...More

Thank ccoupelin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for breakfast/brunch. Their eggs benedict was good, but their breakfast special was great. You get Eggs/bacon/potatoes and toast for $6.95. Where can you spend that and have a view too? I got a bowl of clam chowder and a side salad and...More

Thank timteresa0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At our recent stay in Santa Cruz we had 5 families on vacation all together. One night we planned ahead and made reservations for 20 (which was great!)...however, we failed to plan a meal after the boardwalk thinking we would all just eat out there....we...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The servers were very happy and friendly. The food was amazing! Best fish & chips and stuffed salmon! Perfect view of the Boardwalk, the Wharf and the ocean. Well worth the price! NOTE: Don't feed the birds! :-)

Thank Kat W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sat outside on the beach with a view of the pier and sounds of sea lions barking. Had chowder and seafood kebabs. Our son had the ideal cheesy noodles which he said were amazing. They even put goldfish crackers on the noodles! Great atmosphere and...More

Thank Karen H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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