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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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 17
    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
Good service, decent food but this ain't Jersey

Staying in a hotel near the Santa Cruz diner made it an easy choice for lunch. The large banner on the side of the building claiming "Guy ate here" didn't have much of an influence. I've been to many Triple D stops since the show aired and I'm only about 60% on the side of Guy's recommendations. In... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
406josephm
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United States
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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United States
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Staying in a hotel near the Santa Cruz diner made it an easy choice for lunch. The large banner on the side of the building claiming "Guy ate here" didn't have much of an influence. I've been to many Triple D stops since the show aired and I'm only about 60% on the side of Guy's recommendations. In all fairness,... More 

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Albuquerque
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Visited July 24 about 6:30 am. Service was prompt. Senior egger breakfast, with choices and a nice discount, was very good. I liked that someone named Chip responded to previous reviews, both positive and negative. I'd recommend to anyone traveling through Santa Cruz at breakfast time. ABQ_Jerry

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

I appreciate the review, Jerry! Our breakfasts are a local favorite, and variety on a budget is our specialty. -Chip Owner of the Santa Cruz Diner (if you were curious). More 

Sioux City, Iowa
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The food is reasonably priced. It is a typical busy diner setting with surfing décor. There is a lot of variety in the menu. We were there for breakfast and there is something to please all tastes!

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

Thank you for the review, Susanna! We like to have something for everyone on the menu, whether it's burgers, or pho. I'm glad you enjoyed you breakfast, and we hope to see you soon. -Chip More 

Lodi, California
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I liked the food it was decent and the restaurant was very interestingly decorated. I would eat there again.

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

Thank you for the review. Hope to see you again soon! -Chip More 

Corte Madera, California
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were tired from a long day at the beach and found this place on our way out. WOW! We'll START with this place next time. Huge menu of selections and not so expensive (c'mon compared to the Boardwalk?) The kids got breakfast for dinner-yum! I was staring at all the memorabilia on the walls all the way to the... More 

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

Bonnie, I appreciate the great review! I like to think the diner is a great restaurant for families on a budget, so I'm glad that you approve! I'll let the staff know you enjoyed the food and the service, and we'll be looking forward to seeing you the next time you are back in our neck of the woods. -Chip More 

Santa Cruz, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This place used to be pretty good, but a recent visit was very disappointing, the food was barely edible. We joked it made Denny's look good! The wait staff made an error on two of the four orders too and was not apologetic or very interested and the service was jut barely ok overall. All 4 of us vowed not... More 

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

Sorry to hear about your experience with us. I will make a note to the staff to work on their note taking and communication, and if you happen to remember some of the dishes you ordered that would be very helpful in improving on our cuisine. Thank you for your feedback. -Chip More 

Santa Rosa
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158 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Santa Cruz Diner was always one of my family's favorite spots for a meal. We've been there many, many times over the years. I stopped in recently for lunch. I hadn't been there in over a year. I was sorely disappointed. While the place retains it's quirky charm, the food and service is not what it used to be. I... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear of your experience with us, especially after being a return customer. I appreciate the feedback on the food, and I will see what I can do about the portions. If you happened to remember the name of your server that day it would also be much appreciated. -Chip More 

Fountain Valley, California
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70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Featured on Food Channel's "Diners, Dives,..." show, this restaurant is decorated with lots of memorabilia from years past, and it seems to draw a large local clientele. The menu is varied and offers many choices, including some that are unexpected, like pho. I had the fisherman's platter--tasty, but the calamari, shrimp, and whitefish all were breaded and fried, so not... More 

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

Henry, Thank you for stopping by, and for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed your overall experience, and I appreciate the feedback on the cuisine. Hope to see you soon. -Chip More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Our party of three stopped in for a late lunch and was pleasantly surprised at the extensive menu offered -- there's certainly something for everyone. We were no exception: our order consisted of the salmon teriyaki bowl, potato pancakes, and a spring roll and sweet potato fries. The food was good, the prices fair. Our only complaint was we arrived... More 

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

Thank you for the review! Good to know you enjoyed the variety on the menu. Santa Cruz is a melting pot of taste, and so we like to cater as best as we can. I apologize for the wait, and the lack of ice in your lemonade, but I'm glad you liked the decor and the food nonetheless. Come back... More 

Westminster, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Had a great meal at Santa Cruz Diner. Food there is consistently good. Breakfast is served all day. The pancakes are the best. They are very friendly and accommodating. Lots of interesting signs all over the restaurant. If you are in Santa Cruz, stop in and have a great meal at really affordable prices.

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

Shelley, Thank you for the review! It's true we do pride ourselves on being a great restaurant for a family on a budget. Good to hear you enjoy the food (especially the pancakes), service, and atmosphere. Thank you being a loyal customer, and come back soon! -Chip More 

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Additional Information about Santa Cruz Diner

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

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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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