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“Great location, good food and fun atmosphere!”
Review of Ideal Bar & Grill

Ideal Bar & Grill
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Ranked #50 of 405 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 28 April 2018

I think the title says it best! They do a great job with service and the food is fine and we'll return, no doubt about it. Just don't go here expecting 5 star cuisine, but what you get will be good, in fact very good! Stop in and enjoy, it's definitely worth a visit.

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Thank vagabond116
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

This place is located smack in the middle between the boardwalk rides and the pier. Meaning it's location catches the tourists. So expect high prices. We rode our road bikes here so we sat outside so we could sit next to our parked bikes (had to leave them outside the rail per our server). In April, sitting outside is still a bit on the cool side. The outside dining area had both umbrellas and heaters.

I tried the Grilled Mahi Mahi. My buddy tried the Ahi Soba Noodle salad. He said his salad was good. It was definitely a large salad. My fish came with rice and sauteed kale (a little salty but liked it!)...it was all good! Our server was nice. Full bar service if you're looking for alcoholic drinks.

Other than the high prices and it's location, nothing exceptional makes this place stand out in my opinion. Just an average restaurant in my book. I'll probably try one of the restaurants on the pier before coming back here on my next visit...cause I'm sure they too ask premium prices to dine.

Thank Kitman
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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 and varied, and the prices reasonable. You can sit on the deck or inside, and your have an ocean view. The beer choices are a little limited versus a gastropub, but not bad.

Thank Allison W
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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! Chatted a little with 'em too. Nice people and great food!

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Thank Thomas G
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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.

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