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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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Ranked #112 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
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A little bit expensive. Blue Moon and Anchor Steam were $6 a bottle which is twice as much as we pay in the UK after the beer has travelled 5500 miles

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

After a walk to the pier we saw this place which looks great. Inviting and right on the beach. I love eating with a view. Lets start with service. It was early morning and there were about 3 other tables. The booster seat for my daughter had to be asked for twice. Drinks took ages to come out and for... More

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

we decided to stop and have dinner and a couple drinks because they had a huge patio facing the water. the dinner menu is a bit pricey but the lunch menu is average in price. the staff were very nice and very quick with the service. our food wasn't to bad either. we would go back.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Travelling with a party of four people & wanted to have a table to accommodate four persons. Was yelled at by service person for wanting to put tables together. They stated if you don't like it go elsewhere. So we did and have had a fantastic experience across the street at The Picnic Basket.

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Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

They have a $5.99 breakfast special everyday that is pretty good, 2 scrambled eggs, 2 strips of bacon, potatoes and toast. Goof ambiance eating outside. Located next to the wharf. Overall, three spoons.

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Brentwood, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My husband and I stopped by for something light in place of dinner. We were seated at a plastic table and chairs by the beach. My red wine ($9) was superb. The bruschetta--artichoke and parmesan was adequate. This place was convenient but I would not seek it out.

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West Sacramento, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Good location with nice views of the municipal wharf and bay. Excellent food for competitive prices. Superb service by waiter Jonathan and the rest of the staff.

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Oslo, Norway
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81 reviews 81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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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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