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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“ribs” (22 reviews)
“clam chowder” (32 reviews)
“seafood” (33 reviews)
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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 1 week ago via mobile

We had visited the Hot Rod on the beach car show and decided to head towards the wharf for lunch. The patio was nice looking at the beach but all tables did not have umbrellas for shade. We found a table inside with a cool...More

Thank janet f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group had dinner there one night. Everyone enjoyed their meal with fair pricing and good service. Right at the wz5f do good walk down there after.

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for the Friday Night Prime Rib Special. My husband enjoyed his prime rib. It wasn’t the best he’s ever had, but it was still very enjoyable. I had the seafood pasta. It was very tasty, and the serving was huge. We ordered creme...More

Thank travelduo517
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and staff. They have NFL ticket so we went to watch the football game on Sunday. The food is amazing and they have a coffee bar which was spectacular. It has so much to offer. Definite gem AND the views are beautiful.

Thank mandyc778
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very touristy but a large menu in a convenient location, including outside seating. On Tuesdays there are SIX specials for about $14, both seafood and otherwise, the seafood kabobs were well-prepared but did not have much flavor, lots of vegetables. Service good. Came here for...More

Thank Zuzka E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We always plan at least 1 meal at Ideal, their food is delicious, haven't tried a menu option yet I've been disappointed with! Family all raves about clam chowder - hate the stuff, but they love it here!

Thank teresa f
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

So we are in Santa Cruz we had no sitter for our four legged baby Honey, it seemed everywhere we went no dogs allowed including beaches with or without a leash it just wasn't happening. So, it was time for a bloody Mary and oysters...More

Thank Nena C
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

This bar is at a great location and a must visit. The staff was helpful and attentive, but due to their popularity a bit slow as the night progressed. Overall experience was excellent. Great food and a decent price!

Thank James D
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This place is right on the beach and is busy. The greeting staff could do with a bit ion training in customer car, There were a number of free tables but we were kept waiting. When we asked why we could not sit down at...More

Thank SWLondonRichardp
Reviewed 15 September 2018

Five for lunch. Parked 1/4 mile away, easy walk downhill to the restaurant. It has inside seating but the coast weather was gorgeous, so sat outside on the large patio. Outside there were welcome shading umbrellas to fend off the hot sun. Outside had a...More

Thank DJ F
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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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