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

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 78
    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
Great food and service

Cool local diner. Huge variety of food and all is great. The service is always good. A definite must if you're visiting Santa Cruz with your family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
jennymac39
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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San Diego, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Cool local diner. Huge variety of food and all is great. The service is always good. A definite must if you're visiting Santa Cruz with your family.

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

We appreciate the review, Jenny! Glad you liked the variety, and hope to have you back soon! -Chip More 

telford
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Nearly drove past and missed it! But we stopped for an amazing breakfast, mainly enjoying the fact guy had been from diners drive ins and dives which is what we wanted to do he his holiday! So we were like two little kids haha (were mature adults) looked exactly as you hope an American diner would look like, far better... More 

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

Thank you for the fantastic review! We're honored to know that we were your favorite diner of your US tour, and anytime you are back in the states we look forward to having you back! -Chip More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I came down to visit a couple friends who live in Watsonville and do a lot of work in Santa Cruz. They told me to meet them at the diner because not only was it down the street from the freeway exit (on ocean) but it was their favorite place to eat. We actually went there twice in the same... More 

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

We appreciate the stellar review! Clearly your friends have excellent taste. Also great call on the omelet for dinner. Who says breakfast food needs to be just for breakfast? Thank you again for stopping by (twice!) and we look forward to seeing you back at the diner. -Chip More 

san diego
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30 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very cool place to grab a bite. It's nothing fancy, but it has an interesting atmosphere and nice staff.

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

Thank you for the review! Happy to hear you enjoyed everything, and hope to see again on your next trip to Santa Cruz. -Chip More 

Henderson, Nevada
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Went with my 3 kids they really enjoyed the food! As did I it was very reasonably priced and so good. Kids menu was perfect for the kids and my meal was simple yet delicious! I would definitely go again next time I'm in town.

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

Thank you for the review, Amber! I'm glad you and your kids enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, and am looking forward to having you back. -Chip More 

Watsonville, California
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Came here after a long late night shift, the Denny's down the street was packed so we came here. Food was good, service was friendly. And we had a pleasant and nice dinner.

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

Appreciate the review, Anna, and thank you for dropping by! If you remember your server, I would be happy to pass on the compliment. -Chip More 

Arlington, Virginia, United States
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was close to my hotel so I thought I would give it a try. Extensive menu, something for everyone, and the prices are right. Had New England clam chowder (why is this a thing in NoCal?) and seafood pasta, tasty and plentiful. Seemed like a lot of "natives" and families. Fun decor with lots on the walls to read!

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

Thank your for the review, Betty! Good choice on the clam chowder, and I feel that New England clam chowder is just too good to stay within New England. Glad you enjoyed the decor, and hope to see you again when you are in our neck of the woods/beach. -Chip More 

Yuba City, California
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98 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This was one of the restaurants on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. We stayed in a motel about a block away so we walked on down for some dinner. It took more than a few minutes to be seated because they were taking care of customers checking out and nobody seemed to notice we were waiting. I got a steak and... More 

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

Thank you for the feedback, Katie. I'm sorry to hear about the wait to be seated. There should have been a hostess by the door to seat you immediately. What day/time did you arrive? Regardless, I'm glad that you enjoyed the service and your steak, and will make sure you have a much better experience with us the next time.... More 

Davis, CA
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We were looking for an IHOP or Denny's but was recommended to go to this place instead. It is a popular location. Most of the staff were friendly with one another, working off each other's energy. The food was good and the service was great. Would highly recommend.

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

Glad you decided to stop by! Most of the service staff have been working here for quite awhile, so they all act like one big family at this point. I'm happy you enjoyed your experience with us, and hope to see you back the next time you're in Santa Cruz! More 

Kearney, Nebraska
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We arrived to town late in the evening and there were not a lot of places to eat that were open so we went here for that simple fact. I'm glad we did. Prices were average, but the food was amazing. My French dip was actual shaved prime rib that was wonderfully moist. My daughter had some amazing shrimp Alfredo.... More 

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

Thank you for the review! Glad that you enjoyed the french dip, shrimp Alfredo, and the prices haha. Looking forward to seeing you the next time you're back in Santa Cruz! -Chip More 

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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, Large groups, Families with children
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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