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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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Today
8:30 am - 10:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Cool Place on the Beach

this restaurant is really cool because it's right next to the beach and the boardwalk. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and has a good menu for both breakfast and lunch however I only had breakfast which was delicious. I remember the trip well because it was my wedding weekend and I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
ryj706
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Novato, California
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Novato, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

this restaurant is really cool because it's right next to the beach and the boardwalk. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and has a good menu for both breakfast and lunch however I only had breakfast which was delicious. I remember the trip well because it was my wedding weekend and I went there with some of my friends... More 

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san francisco
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Each time we go to Santa Cruz we have lunch at the Ideal Bar and Grill because of its location right on the beach. The terrace is really nice and when it is sunny you really feel like you are on vacation. The service is usually nice. The food is basic American food, nothing fancy but the sandwiches, salads and... More 

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Selma, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

It's a bar and grill but the are open for and serve a very good breakfast. Loved the view, sat outside listening to the waves, food was good and the service was great.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I asked the bartender if it was a double IPA. She said, "No, we have only one size." Ha! How can a bartender not know what a double IPA is? It looks like this place has a nice happy hour, lots of seating and some good sounding bar food. Maybe next time we'll stop in for some grub. Wish there... More 

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Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Good menu, fair prices. Santa Cruz is a great place to visit and stay a bit but not too long. Fantastic in summer for the beach.

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Hayward, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

On the weekends the breakfast special is yummy and under $ ! Not bad Bloody Marys too ! Always have breakfast here when visiting Santa Cruz. Be sure to ask for a table on the patio with its wonderful view of the boardwalk and ocean.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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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
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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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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 1 - 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?