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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
11:30 am - 9:00 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

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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 23
    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
Try the specials they run during the week.

Lobster for $13 on Wednesday, Ribs for $11 on Sunday and Monday. Great clam chowder! Eat outside near the beach and watch out for the old guy with the pink umbrella.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Pam D
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Eagle, Idaho
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Eagle, Idaho
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Lobster for $13 on Wednesday, Ribs for $11 on Sunday and Monday. Great clam chowder! Eat outside near the beach and watch out for the old guy with the pink umbrella.

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Northern California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The tables and seats in this place were so packed in that I could feel the heat coming off the guy sitting directly behind me. It would have been nice if there was a bit more breathing room between our table and the one next to us. The view was nice though and our waiter was friendly. My husband ordered... More 

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Redding, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Location location location-! A great at fun bar to go to any time. Hard to get a seat at the bar and the drinks aren't cheap but we always go :)

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San Mateo, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I recently had dinner and drinks here for their happy hour and had another great time! We come here a few times a year for their amazing Wednesday night lobster dinner for $12.95 and it is really good! The atmosphere is just spectacular, you are having great beers, cocktails and food just a hundred yards from the... More 

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Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Had dinner outside. When it started to get a little chilly--they lit the gas heater by our table and our toes quickly got toasty. Good food and friendly staff.

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Los Gatos, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is a fun place to meet up with friends. The staff is very friendly and the drinks are good! Fair warning though; if you plan on drinking for a long period of time, pass on the 'double for $2'. You will know what I mean if you do try it. We have all been there, done that! Also works... More 

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Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great service and great happy hour drinks! We did not eat there and there was a wait to sit on the deck but we sat at the bar area. This was perfect for us.

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Dayton, Ohio
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193 reviews 193 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

This place has nice patio outside right on the beach & by the boardwalk (there were actually people sitting inside on beautiful Saturday). You could get lunch or breakfast we had fish & chips and French dip and both were good and filling. They have nice drink menu and full bar.

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Novato, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

this restaurant is really cool because it's right next to the beach and the boardwalk. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and has a good menu for both breakfast and lunch however I only had breakfast which was delicious. I remember the trip well because it was my wedding weekend and I went there with some of my friends... More 

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san francisco
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Each time we go to Santa Cruz we have lunch at the Ideal Bar and Grill because of its location right on the beach. The terrace is really nice and when it is sunny you really feel like you are on vacation. The service is usually nice. The food is basic American food, nothing fancy but the sandwiches, salads and... More 

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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 1 - 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?