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Ideal Bar & Grill

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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
08:30 - 22:00
Open now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 22:00
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Santa Cruz, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

High prices for the view and location.... but don't expect amazing food or good service. I only go here if I have to ie: people visiting and insist on sitting on the patio. It really is a great location, too bad you don't get food and service to match.

Thank mel l
Oakland, California, United States
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443 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

this place is always crowded with tourists since it's located between the wharf and the boardwalk. I think the food and drinks are overpriced. You pretty much pay for the location and view...not the quality of the food/drink. Service was pretty slow too. I'll pass on this joint

Thank Dianah R
Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was good, food was good, mimosas were good. It was Thanksgiving Day and at first we were having trouble finding something open. Very good choices here. Little pricey but this is CA

Thank luvcntry
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for somewhere to eat as we had just come from the boardwalk. It was nighttime, and the place was closing soon. But they let us come and eat, all the waiters were very friendly and helpful and the food was great! We sat outside and got to hear the waves crashing on the beach. Though it was... More 

Thank Megan J
Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in SC for two nights and went to the Ideal Bar & Grill for something to eat on our first night, staying nearby. We were sat on the terrace near other diners. After about 5 minutes someone came over and said that our waiter would take out order in a few minutes and apologised for the wait. We... More 

Thank 375russyg
Epsom, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were passing through Santa Cruz at the end of the season but the Ideal Bar and Grill was still open and doing good business. We stopped for lunch and had a very pleasant meal. Good service and food.

Thank JohnandCathyKemp
San Francisco, California
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is overpriced because of the location. It had solid food, good service and great location. I has the steak Santa Cruz, my husband had the sea bass and we ate the cream brulee. I also had a cup of the clam chowder which was delicious. I would definitely would go to again when I am in the Santa Cruz... More 

Thank KnickerbockerJones
Vallentuna, Sweden
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had breakfast at this restaurant and had a nice view over the beach and a good meal. Yoghurt and pancakes were especially good.

Thank Stefan T
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I come to this place ince or twice a month. By far my favorite bar in th vicinity of the boardwalk. Good beer, fantastuc calimari (recommend to try - i dnot know of another place that does them in this way), friendly staff and a really great table by the window in the corner from which one cantruly enjoy the... More 

Thank Taras K
Clovis, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Food was good - service was okay. Had to keep asking for water, where is bacon, etc. $42 for 2 people seemed pricey for breakfast. However, location is great - right on the beach. Sat outside (they have heaters), which was nice.

Thank travelfan1961

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?