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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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Ranked #114 of 328 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
Auburn CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This is a great little bar/restaurant at the entrance to the SC Wharf. Gets very busy during the summer. I have been going here for years. Wednesday they have a good lobster dinner special for $9.99 (it may be $10.99 now). Lots of other drink and food specials. Great place to people watch too.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My husband and I went on a double date with some friends and left feeling like we got the "Short end of the stick" sort of speak... The ambiance is good the service is good enough but I gota say the food was nothing special in our opinion "nothing to write home about" even the filet Mignon & 'small' lobster... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I'll give it to them - the location is awesome - if you don't mind watching the homeless while you eat. The service was okay. The food left something to be desired. Bar drinks are EXPENSIVE! We paid $6 for a glass of beer, which was supposed to be a local Santa Cruz lager, but that I SWEAR was Heineken.... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I can only comment on the coffee bar area, because I only ordered a cafe au lait and a pastry. The service was great, the coffee was a local brew, and the pastries were made in house (and the muffin was fantastic). Will definitely be back next time I'm in town.

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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

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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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