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Santa Cruz Diner

Asian, Diner, American
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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, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Super yum!

My friend took me here awhile back and I must say I was pleasantly suprised! Our food was amazing: the clan chowder was bomb, pancakes super fluffy and shrimp fettuccine was delicious. I've gone back again and tried the biskets and gravy: delicious! Next I'm trying the seafood omelette which looked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
woodsywoman
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san jose ca
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Cremona
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love this Diner favorite place and choice my grandsons love. Really, any time of the day you can order whatever you want. Great atmosphere, great prices and how much fun to start breakfast with a milkshake !!!! It is a repeat every visit.

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Thank Kathleen M
san jose ca
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend took me here awhile back and I must say I was pleasantly suprised! Our food was amazing: the clan chowder was bomb, pancakes super fluffy and shrimp fettuccine was delicious. I've gone back again and tried the biskets and gravy: delicious! Next I'm trying the seafood omelette which looked quite tastey. They have toys for kids to play... More 

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Thank woodsywoman
El Dorado Hills, California
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here for breakfast and managed to get a table right away. Service was good but not exceptional. Our food was quickly prepared and a little underdone for my taste but acceptable. The location was featured on tv once so it is a bit iconic. The ambiance is typical for a diner with lots of memorabilia on the walls... More 

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Thank LLion
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Santa Cruz Diner has a fat, eclectic menu, big portions and super reasonable prices. My favorite is the Curry Chicken Soup with vegetables and rice, but there are so many delicious things on their menu, sometimes it's hard to choose.

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Thank Jules V
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for pie and coffee. Marginally heated in a microwave. Bad coffee. And only $10. The group I was waiting for had to wait 25 minutes for their order. The dinner was less than half full.

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Thank Peter G
Phoenix, Arizona
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418 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

love the atmosphere, love the food and reasonable prices. Huge menu of choices so many different styles of food. From asian influences, latin influences, and sea food. On this time quite enjoyed the seafood.

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Thank northernk
Vancouver Island, Canada
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82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried the Santa Cruz Diner for lunch yesterday as it was close to our hotel. The interior is filled with humorous knick-knacks and has a retro diner design. I ordered the chicken teriyaki bowl and my husband has the BLT sandwich. My meal was a very basic stir-fry, with chicken, onions, green peppers and mushrooms in a teriyaki sauce.... More 

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Thank Wanderlust339
Denton, Texas
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92 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate breakfast at Santa Cruz Diner on our last morning before heading home. It's a typical diner in both layout and menu. Breakfast was good, service was good, coffee was good, price was good. Good is the word. If we come again, we'd eat here again.

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Thank jayares2015
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I have been there 3 times and each time it was mediocre at best. I will not return....3 strike and you're out.

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Thank JP G
California
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Admittedly, the food is less than spectacular- but it sure is convenient to have a place that's open 24 hours a day, and serves breakfast any time! Lots of cool posters and memorabilia to admire while you're eating, too.

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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, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?