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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%
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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 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
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Love coming here during sunset for dinner! Try and get a spot on the patio if it's warm enough for you (after the sun goes down it can get really chilly pretty quick). The drinks are good, the food can be a hit or a...More

Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

While staying at the Dream Inn hotel, my family of 3 walked over to the Ideal Bar and Grill for dinner. It was a Sunday evening at 7 pm and we were seated immediately. The restaurant was very pleasant and had a great view of...More

Thank cohoman
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Extensive menu, great food but would prefer some lighter choices and less expensive for a bite of lunch! Sharing is the way to go

Thank Katharine E
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I had a great bacon turkey sandwich; it was enough for two of us to share along with an order of garlic fries; very fresh sandwich with good quality ingredients.

Thank terryl341
Reviewed 5 April 2018

While the kids were having fun at the Boardwalk my husband and I ventured off to find some shade and a drink. We walked in at Ideal Bar and discovered $5 mai tai's and a table outside with a great view of the beach and...More

Thank Heather I
Reviewed 3 April 2018

Stopped here for our last lunch on way to Airport on way back to UK. Had what I would sum up as a good & well priced USA lunch in a great location. as we found in 95% of US Restaurants /Cafes the staff were...More

1  Thank VegasJ29
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

The food was great! The restaurant was SUPER busy but the wait times were t as bad as I thought it would be! The staff was friendly and I will go back again!

Thank gigidenise2015
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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, Child-friendly, Kids
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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