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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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Ranked #94 of 329 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
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Livermore, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The food was delicious and the service was awesome. Great place for family dining, must visit when in Santa Cruz.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Had to wait about 20 mins for a table but I think it was worth it. The food was good although its not the cheapest and service was ok too. You go here to sit outside and look at the bay really. It seemed abit hurried but they were busy and overall it was good if a little pricey....

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We sat on the patio with a view of the beach. Great place to people watch. We had Calamari and clam chowder and both were excellent. Nice little break. They had a full bar as well.

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Salinas, California, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I thought every place in Santa Cruz would be packed on the evening of July 3rd. Imagine my surprise when I wandered onto the patio at Ideal and there were only a few people sitting there. The calm before the storm as July 4th is a big weekend at this local favorite right next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.... More

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Sacramento, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We went for a quick beer and appetizer and it didn't disappoint. Nachos were loaded and they were great. This is not a place to make a romantic dinner I guess but it has a great view and location, been around for a long time and it was great place considering it's in the middle of tourist trap haven. Service... More

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Tampa
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124 reviews 124 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We stayed at the Dream Inn so we ended up here several times. They have a breakfast special. $6 for scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes. I did not get enough eggs and the service was slow to start but it is a great deal for the area. They also had other food available at breakfast, and cocktails! We had cocktails... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It was late. My wife ordered a hamburger with a diet Pepsi and I ordered a salad. The food was ok. Be prepared, as the entrees are expensive. Our server forgot the pepsi until my wife was finished with her meal. She made a lame excuse. She should have admitted that she just forgot. We both felt like we had... More

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Gold River, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Delicious, fresh ,very healthy food ! Fun , friendly, comfortable atmosphere on the beach. Child friendly. Excellent presentation ! I asked for their recipe for their island rice.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Loved our table and our waitress and our breakfast. Ocean breeze... Huevos Rancheros. Cup Of Coffee with a view

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Got some fresh cevice, next to the beach. It was very good weather. The service was very friendly. Would go back anytime.

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