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Hindquarter Bar and Grille

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303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2305
831-426-7770
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 16
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food but iffy service

I have mixed feelings about my experience here. We had heard and read nothing but good things about this place so we were excited to try it. They seemed really busy, it was a Saturday night. We didn't have a reservation but were told we could be seated right away in the bar or in an enclosed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Renee T
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West Sacramento, California, Usa
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Sunnyvale, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This really is a sleeper for Santa Cruz! Atmosphere is wonderful! Food is fantastic! Service was top of the line! Owner came over because she heard we were celebrating and she was just so sweet! At the end of dinner she bought us dessert! This was one of my top meals ever!

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Santa Cruz, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My favorite steak is a good thick New York. While it no longer seems to be on the regular menu, we had it as one of the specials the other night. It also came with potato, vegetable and salad, but I ordered and received a small caesar salad instead of the other sides. No extra charge for substitutions and our... More 

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West Sacramento, California, Usa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I have mixed feelings about my experience here. We had heard and read nothing but good things about this place so we were excited to try it. They seemed really busy, it was a Saturday night. We didn't have a reservation but were told we could be seated right away in the bar or in an enclosed outdoor patio area.... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Ate here on our trip to Santa Cruz. Excellent service and food was great. Ribs were the best my wife has had and the burger was full of flavor. The kids loved the mini corn dogs.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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318 reviews 318 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Santa Cruz is a hippie college town and not known for its fine dining. I had dinner at HQ and it was pretty good, not great, but perfectly acceptable. I ordered the ribs. They served a huge slab that was perfectly cooked with just enough crustiness to keep my interest. The sauce was no great shakes, however. The cole slaw... More 

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Fremont, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We recently tried this Santa Cruz Icon for the first time...I may have been at this place 30 years ago or so in another life. well, four of us came here for dinner a couple weeks ago and we all left sated and happy. Three had the ribs...one dry rubbed and one sauced....I liked the sauced ribs better and they... More 

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Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a really great place to eat. Food is fantastic. Service is good but keep in mind they can be busy. You may have to wait a bit, but well worth it.

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Watsonville
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Hindquarters is not that pretty but it serves up delicious meat! The slab of ribs on the Thursday night special is huge and priced right. Go to the bar for happy hour, bring your drinks to dinner. Everyone there is very friendly. They usually have a coupon on their website.

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Bay Area, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This place is definitely a bar that happens to serve beef, certainly not a steakhouse, although perhaps they have no pretensions to be the latter. Have been there twice in 6 months, and I give up: was disappointed both times. The service, from 20-something college kids, on both visits was very friendly and equally amateurish. Appetizer came before drinks (you... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Take no notice of exterior as when you go through bar to restaurant area you will find your self in a pleasant well serviced restaurant area. We had a friendly and effective server who rapidly produced an excellent dinner. Good food, wide wine choice plus amazing collection of whiskies and liqueurs. An excellent neighbourhood bar close to the hotels on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-426-7770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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