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Santa Cruz Diner

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909 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-426-7151
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 41
    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
American style

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Carles C
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Simi Valley
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58 reviews 58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I'm a Jersey girl! Any chance I get to go to a diner on the west coast, I'm gonna grab it. Being that this place was on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, I was in. When we walked in, my son said to me, mom, how come eveyone is having pho? Good question! I have never been to a diner that... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 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
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141 reviews 141 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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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?