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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
831-423-5271
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Ranked #101 of 327 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
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

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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137 reviews 137 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

They have a $5.99 breakfast special everyday that is pretty good, 2 scrambled eggs, 2 strips of bacon, potatoes and toast. Goof ambiance eating outside. Located next to the wharf. Overall, three spoons.

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Brentwood, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My husband and I stopped by for something light in place of dinner. We were seated at a plastic table and chairs by the beach. My red wine ($9) was superb. The bruschetta--artichoke and parmesan was adequate. This place was convenient but I would not seek it out.

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West Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Good location with nice views of the municipal wharf and bay. Excellent food for competitive prices. Superb service by waiter Jonathan and the rest of the staff.

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Oslo, Norway
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79 reviews 79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Dinner with my kids in late September and thought this looked like a nice place by the beach, even off season. The service was very good, and we where taken good care of. But I was expecting more from the food than we received. I had a New York Steak, and big expectations on that when I am in US,... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ideal Bar & Grill has a good menu with a good variety of selections. Our server was good. We enjoyed our entrees and the appetizer. It is located by the beach and most tables have a good view. Depending where you are seated, it can be a little noisy if you are near the bar. Give it a try.

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Food was great and the server was excellent we watched the sunset and the waves in the ocean.The prices were affordable.

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Santa Rosa, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The only real redeeming aspect of this place was location and views from the patio. The service was very slow; they appeared to have only one waitress for the whole patio. She was nice but obviously overwhelmed. The food didn't arrive quickly either so I assume the kitchen was also either understaffed or inefficient. We had a huge incident where... More

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Cambridge
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

beachside grill, glad we came here rather than the joints along the pier. everything on the menu looked delicious. I had the steak salad. sent it back first time as it came back medium-well done rather than rare as specified. it was cooked OK second time around. bit too much dressing on the salad so it was soggy. we had... More

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Good location before entering the pier. Our food and drinks were good and prices didn't seem too bad. The atmosphere was good and being a sports fan, I was able to watch Sunday night football. Our server kept disappearing though.

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