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Santa Cruz Diner

909 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-426-7151
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Ranked #79 of 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Diner
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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  • English first
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English first
Mahopac, New York
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's a diner; grilled cheese, French fries, eggs, burgers, shakes, salads, and everything else. However, one thing made this diner stand out. The Mickey Mouse chocolate chip pancakes. The chocolate was the perfect amount cooked in this light fluffy, moist and absolutely delicious tasting pancake. No syrup necessary. It was divine.

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Santa Cruz, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The food was pretty average by diner standards, the most notable aspect of the Diner was the atmosphere, really nice place. The service was good, but it took a while for food to arrive. Cannot hold it against them much though as it was quite busy when we got there. Other than that, isn't much to say.

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

On a main thoroughfare and lots of tourists. We noticed the "Guy Ate Here" sign on the side and thought we'd give it a try. I guess Guy tried some of the Asian fare offered, but we stuck with stock Diner food. I expected a special treat meat loaf, but it was pretty basic truck stop meat loaf with a... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Great diner - real home-style cooking. Nothing fancy but tasty and REALLY GOOD VALUE. Had the cheapest glass of wine this trip by far and atmosphere was of traditional American diner. Our server - Ethan was charming and couldn't do enough for us. We may even be back for breakfast tomorrow from our high end hotel next door!!

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Sacramento, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Service was slow my wife got a salad and we saw it sitting in the food window for about 15 minutes it arrived warm but she said it was very good. I had an omelette it was ok slightly over cooked but tasted very good. By far (and ironically) the best dinning experience I had this trip very reasonable priced.

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Jacksonville, FL
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We happened upon this diner when leaving the boardwalk. We figured how bad could it be! It was quite the opposite. The atmosphere was light and happy - even at 10p! The food was yummy, home cooking type stuff. The prices were fair. If we were to goto the boardwalk again we would make a point to stop in!

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Coulterville, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

service was great and the prices were not bad great little diner to eat we go there every time we visit santa cruz and the place is clean even the bathrooms you should give them a try

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Rocklin, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We tried this place due to being on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives - looked good and sounded good. We came in for brunch - the food was mediocre, nothing fantastic, service was lousy and the prices they charge are not worth the food they served. We definitely will not be back.

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Goodyear, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is an old school diner. The food is great. The pies are homemade. The location is easy to get to. We will go back.

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San Francisco
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

where else can you get pho and fried egg breakfast in one place? the santa cruz diner has these and more. both were good! also got thai ice tea. great variety here. good prices also.

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