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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 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $1 - $20
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
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English first
Reno, Nevada, United States
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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
97 helpful votes 97 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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

So lunch time for a snack or something more like Nacho's excellent. Beer very good and staff are great. Location very good as well. However...... Went back on the evening and wow the price of the food was high... So high we 'jogged' on and had a great Mexican along the board walk at half the price. Highly recommend lunch... More

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Sacramento, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I refused to have my family eat terrible carnival food on the boardwalk, so we took a walk to the wharf and stumbled upon this place. We decided to eat dinner here since they had a fantastic Sunday deal for half rack of ribs for $10.99, this was awesome for my husband and son. When the waiter came by I... More

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