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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, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 60
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    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 37
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  • 26
    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
Great location and view but overpriced meal

Great location next to the Santa Cruz Pier with great views of the beach. Table seating, friendly waiter with large and popular bar. We had dinner there. I thought the meals were overpriced. Husband had hamburger & fries ($13) with 2 bottles of Coors ($5 apiece). l had Hawaiian Chicken, nicely... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
mermaid82001
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Templeton, California
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Templeton, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great location next to the Santa Cruz Pier with great views of the beach. Table seating, friendly waiter with large and popular bar. We had dinner there. I thought the meals were overpriced. Husband had hamburger & fries ($13) with 2 bottles of Coors ($5 apiece). l had Hawaiian Chicken, nicely seasoned rice & broccoli & cauliflower, sauce was Asian-inspired... More 

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San Rafael, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The dramatic price increases over the past couple of years is pushing the limits on the Ideal Bar & Grill still being a "good value received for price paid" limits. While Santa Cruz remains politically on track for become a junior "Detroit on a beach of cold Pacific water", the city as a whole is now starting to show signs... More 

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Glossop, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went in here for a drink after dinner on the Wharf. We thought it looked like a good bar & the location was great, with brilliant views of the bay. However, the barmaid was too busy chatting to the men at the other end of the bar that it took us a good 20 minutes to be served. When... More 

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Salinas, California, United States
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95 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I've been here quite a few times and if it's warm outside, I sit on the deck or the outdoor bar. This last trip, it was a little chilly so we sat inside at the bar and had clam chowder and appetizers and watched the Giants game on the TV. We ended up back later that night at the other... More 

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Grimstad, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I enjoyed my quick meal. The wheather was pretty good. Nice atmosphere, outdoor seating next to the wharf and the beach. Friendly and efficient staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Had a table with a great view of the ocean, lovely meal, staff very nice, food portion sizes were huge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Awesome place!!! I came in the morning, riding my bike on the boardwalk. I was greeted with an awesome attitude by the bartender. Sat at the bar, looking out to the ocean and seals. Ashley was knowledgable straight away about the wine selection. I ordered what I wanted to eat and she offered me the breakfast special, which was very... More 

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great bar, very tentative staff, good selection of drinks,food lack quality and a fantastic setting next to beach

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Oakdale, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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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 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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