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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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Ranked #102 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Really delicious ribs and seafood!!Very friendly and prompt service by the bartender Ava!Was quite close to our hotel and a great spot for dinner out!

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Right on the beach and near the Boardwalk...can hear the free concerts on the beach in the summer. Food is good, service is good and the price is reasonable.

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Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We LOVE the friend calamari. I never eat calamari like this in Any Other place. My husband had a New York steak that was very tender and good too. Good food, good server and nice location. I had scalop with boy choy and polenta. Polenta was something that they need to work on. I'm From Europa and I made polenta... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were wandering the Wharf and walked into this place. Great service, amazing happy hour and tasty drinks! I highly reccomend it! Cheers!

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Auburn CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is a great little bar/restaurant at the entrance to the SC Wharf. Gets very busy during the summer. I have been going here for years. Wednesday they have a good lobster dinner special for $9.99 (it may be $10.99 now). Lots of other drink and food specials. Great place to people watch too.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My husband and I went on a double date with some friends and left feeling like we got the "Short end of the stick" sort of speak... The ambiance is good the service is good enough but I gota say the food was nothing special in our opinion "nothing to write home about" even the filet Mignon & 'small' lobster... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I'll give it to them - the location is awesome - if you don't mind watching the homeless while you eat. The service was okay. The food left something to be desired. Bar drinks are EXPENSIVE! We paid $6 for a glass of beer, which was supposed to be a local Santa Cruz lager, but that I SWEAR was Heineken.... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I can only comment on the coffee bar area, because I only ordered a cafe au lait and a pastry. The service was great, the coffee was a local brew, and the pastries were made in house (and the muffin was fantastic). Will definitely be back next time I'm in town.

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Eatontown, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Don't forget about the great specials at the Ideal Bar and Grill great to the taste and budget. Wonderful views and service. You won't be disappointed with Lobster & Prime Rib.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Nice 80 degree day hanging out on the pier/ beach. Stopped at Ideal because of the name. We were not disappointed at all. Server was great! Music was great! Weather was great! Keep up the good work IDEAL. We'll be back!

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Additional Information about Ideal Bar & Grill

Address: 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
Phone Number: 831-423-5271
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Seafood

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