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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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Ranked #99 of 327 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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Oslo, Norway
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74 reviews 74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Dinner with my kids in late September and thought this looked like a nice place by the beach, even off season. The service was very good, and we where taken good care of. But I was expecting more from the food than we received. I had a New York Steak, and big expectations on that when I am in US,... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Ideal Bar & Grill has a good menu with a good variety of selections. Our server was good. We enjoyed our entrees and the appetizer. It is located by the beach and most tables have a good view. Depending where you are seated, it can be a little noisy if you are near the bar. Give it a try.

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Food was great and the server was excellent we watched the sunset and the waves in the ocean.The prices were affordable.

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Santa Rosa, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The only real redeeming aspect of this place was location and views from the patio. The service was very slow; they appeared to have only one waitress for the whole patio. She was nice but obviously overwhelmed. The food didn't arrive quickly either so I assume the kitchen was also either understaffed or inefficient. We had a huge incident where... More

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Cambridge
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

beachside grill, glad we came here rather than the joints along the pier. everything on the menu looked delicious. I had the steak salad. sent it back first time as it came back medium-well done rather than rare as specified. it was cooked OK second time around. bit too much dressing on the salad so it was soggy. we had... More

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Good location before entering the pier. Our food and drinks were good and prices didn't seem too bad. The atmosphere was good and being a sports fan, I was able to watch Sunday night football. Our server kept disappearing though.

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NZ
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89 reviews 89 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

Went here for dinner. Drinks took forever, and you have to ask for water. The food was Ok, but one of our party ordered the guacamole burger which was to come with avocado, salsa and bacon, cheese. It came with only cheese from these options and was the ideal burger instead (cheaper too). We mentioned this and were told it... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We had a sandwich with fish, it only tasted of onion and cheese and was way too oily. The waiter wa very kind but we couldn't finish the meal.

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Mission Viejo, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The size and location of the restaurant we great but the food is just average. Typical bar food and drinks, we were there on a Sunday and were able to watch football on their TVs (they had many). Prices were OK as well.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great appetizers, great food, good beer, lots of TV's with all games playing somewhere in the building. Service was great; friendly and efficient. Kudos to bar manager for running tight ship and keeping everyone happy thru high on floor visibilty. He bought us and other customers drinks, bused tables, delivered food, slept floors. Service team was excellent.

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