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Santa Cruz Diner

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909 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-426-7151
Website
Today
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 15
    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
Most recent review
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I haven't been to the SC Diner in a while and this week noticed a complete change in staff but no change in menu. That's both usual and unusual. We went for the Monday specials, prime rib and salmon with capers. Very reasonably priced, efficient service, senior discount (but you have to ask for it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
TERRY C
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Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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194 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I haven't been to the SC Diner in a while and this week noticed a complete change in staff but no change in menu. That's both usual and unusual. We went for the Monday specials, prime rib and salmon with capers. Very reasonably priced, efficient service, senior discount (but you have to ask for it) and comfortable but kitchey surroundings.... More 

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Petaluma, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This diner is reminiscent of New Jersey diners. We walked there from our hotel and had a very nice dinner from the senior menu. Tasty and a good price. We heard the breakfast here are especially good. Basic but a good price and a good meal.

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Turlock, California
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Whenever I go to Santa Cruz, this place is a must stop. The service is always good. The food has never been bad. Breakfast lunch or dinner. Everyone must eat at least one meal here. Prices are so reasonable.

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waterford,mi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Like the title says, good food, smiling waitstaff, and fair prices. Worth every penny. Cool decor . I could eat here often. They have a giant menu.

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Pine Mountain Club, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Gets crowded but still fun. Very friendly with amusing decor. Good and healthful meal choices available.

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Stockton, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was my first time here, for breakfast, with two others. They have a large selection of breakfast items -- very attentive and professional staff. Good food, reasonable prices, right on Ocean Drive!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This was a great diner with friendly and efficient staff. We went for breakfast and returned for dinner we enjoyed it so much! It was very well priced and the portions were enormous! I would definitely recommend and will return if in the area again.

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Boulder, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Played a show at the catalyst and needed to grab some food after the show and the diner did not disappoint. At the hour we showed up at it was a much welcomed oasis. The club was superb and the service was great.

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Ok most people have seen this on TV by now. They serve everything. From beakfast to chinese to you name it, This is an old fashion type of dinner with boothm table and counter seating, They are busy,busy, busy. They have lng been a late night haunt if you get the munchies or Thanksgiving dinner. They are usually open and... More 

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Nipomo, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a staple of my visits to Santa Cruz!!!!! Breakfast anytime, awesomely funky atmosphere, menu selections to fit any taste, including fresh and tasty vegan & vegetarian choices, and oh those milkshakes!!!!! Seniors get 15% discount. Daily specials are REALLY good, and the pineapple shrimp and rice is worth the trip by itself!!!!

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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: 831-426-7151

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?