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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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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

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 84
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 25
    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
Fresh Maine Lobster!

$12.95 for a 1 lb fresh Maine Lobster on Wednesday nights. Great view, with on the beach, good service. The lobster was perfectly cooked, the rice & veggies were great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
karinharris13
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Big Bear Lake, California
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Oakdale, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and I ordered rum and coke during a dinner at this place. The waiter asked if we wanted to double our drink for $2. We declined. What came next was the smallest glass I have ever seen. I called the waiter over and asked if it was a happy hour drink because it was so small. He replied... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Do not eat here. The food is pure tourist food. Poor quality and very expensive. If you are visiting and like the view grab a drink and hang out. Just don't waste your money here at this tourist trap

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Diamond Springs, Ca
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

clam chower was served just warm, fish from fish and chips was tasteless and frozen tasteing. so dissapointed. I would not recommend.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Maybe the restaurant name says it all, as this is an ideal spot for a beach bar and grill, with plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, whichever your preference. The speed of getting your order could improve, at least from our recent experience, but once the plates arrive, enjoy! Their choices are plentiful, and the ceviche is delicious to start!... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

$12.95 for a 1 lb fresh Maine Lobster on Wednesday nights. Great view, with on the beach, good service. The lobster was perfectly cooked, the rice & veggies were great.

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Orem, Utah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I went for breakfast on a Saturday. Very few people were there when I went. The service was so slow that a family of 4 seated next to me left after they asked for a waitress to be sent over twice. I ordered the huevos rancheros, which was labeled "gluten-free." When it came, it was made with flour tortillas instead... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited over spring break with family. Being a larger party (11) we had a short wait to be seated inside. They seem to run 2 separate front of house systems for inside or outside seating so once we decided to eat inside (bit chilly) we had to wait a second time. If we had sat outside there were heaters... More 

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Napa, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The food quality was very good, but the clam chowder was served almost cold and had to be sent back. I had the seafood platter which was fried and the shrimp was excellent (I really do prefer grilled), but the vegetables were cold (sitting on pickup tray too long). The Ahi salad my wife had was excellent. Not sure why... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Friendly staff. A great place to eat while you sit in the sun and look out on the beach. You can have a lunch from 10-20 dollars per person. We had the award winning soup served in a bread. We give the food a strong 3/5.

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Eagle, Idaho
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93 reviews 93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Lobster for $13 on Wednesday, Ribs for $11 on Sunday and Monday. Great clam chowder! Eat outside near the beach and watch out for the old guy with the pink umbrella.

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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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