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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%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (22 reviews)
“ribs” (21 reviews)
“prime rib” (13 reviews)
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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1 - 10 of 606 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice restaurant, friendly staff and decent food. We sat outside and was a bit chilly in the shade and they couldn’t get our heater to work. Apart from that pretty good - very quick food service - I had the seafood kabobs and they were...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants for Friday night free concerts at the boardwalk. We head directly to Ideal's to fill our stomachs before the second show (7:30 pm). My favorite is the seafood kabobs. My husband's is the Friday night prime rib. They...More

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a big group here for dinner. Drinks are good but the Stagnaro restaurants on the wharf offer the best food. Especially the seafood. Very limited here.

Thank rOgeraf2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here over the weekend and the bartender Lexi decided to give herself an extra $7 tip on my $16 bill when I saw my credit card statement. I have come here before but haven't for a while because of the mediocre food and...More

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a fabulous dinner. It was Friday night and they had a prime rib special, and it was cooked perfectly. They had outdoor deck seating and the restaurant is located at the end of the beach-- it was a bit down from the crowds of...More

Thank laurafH3161HN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were treated poorly, and charged for the privilege. The setting is nice, but a smile and a second glass of water was too much to ask.

Thank LWD62
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were disappointed in choices for food to suit all our family, but lucky to have tried Ideal Bar and Grill. Excellent choices for kids at lunch time-huge portions. Bargain full breakfast if go before 10am. Deck outside great for people watching.

Thank Helen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on the off chance. It was busy... We were seated in the outside area pretty much straight away and were greeted with a smile. It was a nice evening. I had the prime rib special, it was a big thick steak and...More

Thank Mrs_Jenkinson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to eat there, waitress and hostess both refused to give me change for a dollar for parking meter. Will never go back.

Thank Murray A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had 3 different fish plates! Mahi Mahi, Salmon and Sea Bass. All were very tasty and well presented! We also had Clam Chowder in a bread bowl. That too was very good. The restaurant was nice and the staff very friendly! All and all,...More

Thank GunnerNate
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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
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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