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Santa Cruz Diner

Asian, Diner
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909 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-426-7151
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 am
Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
BIT OF A LET DOWN

I was hoping to find a little gem that sees the locals hang out and enjoy. While there were certainly some local folks sitting at the counter, the food was a far cry from 'gem' ratings. I found the food very basic with nothing the stood out. The burger was very basic with a bun that was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
SenorGancho
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Winnipeg, Canada
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Winnipeg, Canada
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I was hoping to find a little gem that sees the locals hang out and enjoy. While there were certainly some local folks sitting at the counter, the food was a far cry from 'gem' ratings. I found the food very basic with nothing the stood out. The burger was very basic with a bun that was hopefully forgettable. The... More 

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anickel, Owner at Santa Cruz Diner, responded to this review

Hi Gary, Thank you for the feedback, and I apologize if the food wasn't to your liking. Our biggest focus at the diner has always been to improve upon our cuisine, and I will definitely take note of your critique. Can I ask what burger you ordered? It would be a big help. Thank you, and once again sorry for... More 

Sunnyvale, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

When we're going to spend a full day in Santa Cruz, we leave Silicon Valley early so we can get a 8-9 AM breakfast here. We come to the beach to eat seafood, and this place does not try to compete with the wharf restaurants in that way, but the food is good, portions appropriate, and price is better than... More 

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anickel, Owner at Santa Cruz Diner, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, Tres. I'm glad you choose to dine with us on your excursions down from Silicon Valley, and remember to drive safe on 17! -Chip More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Stayed one night in Santa Cruz, took a walk from the days inn hotel to here, great place! Everything we wanted in a diner. large menu, Great food, large portions, good staff. Mrs had prawn alfredo and i had blue cheese burger, delicious! Would eat here anytime.

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anickel, Owner at Santa Cruz Diner, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, Martod! Glad you enjoyed the food. If you're ever back in our neck of the woods feel free to stop by. -Chip, Owner More 

Santa Cruz, California, United States
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I have neighbors who like this place, being a few blocks from my house it seems to be popular with Senior people with there early bird specials, I prefer a more organic eating establishment, the once or twice I have ventured into the Diner with neighbors I did not care for the food, I find it greasy and flavorless, there... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I always like going to the Santa Cruz Diner. The food is good, the portions aplenty, with options that will fit most any budget and any appetite. Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. This place was featured on Guy Fieri's, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." The only thing that I can't figure out and it's the only thing that keeps me from... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

American style restaurant. We went 3 times during our week stay. Partly because it was close to Hotel, partly because food was good enough. American, asian, italian food, always with the american touch for the best and for the worst. Don't expect fresh fish, only fried, but the salads and salmon teriyaki were good. The atmosphere is cool also. Worth... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

open late (or 24 hrs?) this place has pies, cakes, breakfast 24/7.... We ordered a $3 potato pancake (latkes) and it was massive! fried potato goodness... the real deal old school diner...

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Victoria,Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Good food and very good service. We ate there twice during our stay in Santa Cruz.At the second visit, I used the bathroom and wished I hadn't. Another female diner expressed her dismay to me. Not disgusting but needs work.

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Everett, Washington
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Perhaps one bad experience should not deter you from trying this place but we decided on the first night we would not be going back. The chicken was not cooked fully and although she returned dish and they did not charge us I would be skeptical to try other dishes. It was not clean either...Staff was slow but nice enough.

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Modesto, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

You cannot go to Santa Cruz without visiting this Diner! The people friendly and the plates exceed expectations! If you like great tasting food and relaxed atmosphere this is it!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 909 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-7151

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 6:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 6:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 6:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?