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Ideal Bar & Grill

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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks, Reservations

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  • 73
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  • 99
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  • 64
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  • 40
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  • 29
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Is it a little pricey? Maybe, but with the view it has, so what?! Plus, if it were cheap, there would be riff-raff and undesirables making there way in. I had breakfast and dinner here. I recommend sitting outside, ordering a drink or meal, enjoy the view, and forget the world for an hour or so.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Swany1980
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Beecher, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went to dinner on what was suppose to be a very nice lobster., served with wild rice. My husband and I decided to add a New York strip with our dinner, we asked to be served a loaded baked potato instead of the rice. We didn't get the potato like we asked for and on top of it all,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Try the Gilroy Garlic Fries! They were fabulous, and we sat out on their patio and watched the people strolling by.

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Beecher, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Is it a little pricey? Maybe, but with the view it has, so what?! Plus, if it were cheap, there would be riff-raff and undesirables making there way in. I had breakfast and dinner here. I recommend sitting outside, ordering a drink or meal, enjoy the view, and forget the world for an hour or so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Good service with a beautiful beach view at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. A great variety of drinks and good burgers. You should try to sit outside!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We had a great breakfast here from an extensive menu. We didn't eat there in the evening but it had a very nice looking bar. It also has a great view of the beach.

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Aptos, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great site by the beach! Happy hour a great deal. Food not outstanding but not bad and the beach is right there to take munchies on the sand.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The food was waaaaaay overpriced. 20$ for a salad? Are you kidding me? Got it anyways, it was sub standard. Bill was 250 for 6 of us.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

great spot, a lot of locals do not like the tourists but it's good people watching, good cocktails, they have karaoke on Sundays during the day! awesome! pretty chill laid back environment, can't go wrong with Louie Salads!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Decided to have lunch here and chose to be seated outside. The food was fine but a bit pricey for what got, but I also expect that to be the case in a touristy area. My one complaint was that the service was SO SLOW! It appeared as if one waitress had at least 10 full tables. She literally would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

great staff - hostess was made you feel welcome and come on in and eat we will help you right away. The food was good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-5271

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood
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

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