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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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Ranked #92 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
Huntington Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Best Chowder in town!!! Staff were very accommodating and friendly. Nice to be near the ocean while eating.

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Fremont, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Ordered pancakes (2 and nothing else), side of bacon and chocolate milk. This cost me $22.00. This view and taste of food were NOT worth this kind of price.

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Paradise, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We passed this place up couple times looking for a place to eat out on the wharf and decided to try it when we couldn't find anything we liked. We never went anywhere else after we ate there. The eggs benedict was terrice, the ribs to die for, the potatoes that came with breakfast were so tasty. The wait staff... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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265 reviews 265 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Wednesday is lobster night, a whole lobster for $ 12, not the biggest, but we had three for two persons. Great taste with great panorama. Staff was nice and prices overall were more than okay. Would definitely go there again.

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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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71 reviews 71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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