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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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Overview
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good36%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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21 - 30 of 617 reviews

Reviewed 23 July 2018 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
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

We stopped here late afternoon for something to eat after walking around looking at other options. The weather was good so got a good table outside. The staff were very friendly and the food was delicious. Was a little pricey for what it was but...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

High priced and low flavour. All of our meals tasted the same and were over-cooked. Didn’t bother to mention our complaints to the server as he busy training, seemed over worked & was dripping sweat all over the place already. Steep prices.

Thank DayTrip267106
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Love to eat outside, never had a bad experience. Try the advertised image of the Brie, Garlic and Fruit Platter, it is very generous and wonderful.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Rather high prices given the food quality. Food choices are limited but not too limiting, everyone should find several items they like. All food I have had here the couple times I have been has been prepared properly and presented very nicely making it very...More

Thank heyDanaLee
Reviewed 7 July 2018

We are locals and come here frequently. Today we stopped in for lunch and went to the patio. It was not even 1/4 full. We asked for a table with shade ... and there were several. Since we were only 2 and there were no...More

Thank Daniel M C
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

The location of the Ideal Bar and Grill is absolutely ideal. It seemed to be one of the only places by the wharf with outdoor seating. We visited at about 2:00 pm on a Friday and found an outdoor table right away. Our waitress didn’t...More

Thank Amymo66
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Spent and enjoyable evening here with my son. Wait staff was lovely. Salmon was perfectly done (thank you for not overcoming!). I would definitely go back.

Thank Kristi A
Reviewed 27 June 2018

This place is coasting on its location alone. We sat for almost 20 minutes before anyone came by (a stream of waitresses kept saying someone would be by to give us water and menus). We were one of only a few groups in the dining...More

Thank MagyarfromCA
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Had the claim chowder, outstanding Went next morning and had the breakfast burrito which was excellent Perfect location and good prices

Thank jonathanrA9582AQ
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Meals
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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
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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