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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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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, Drinks, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 119
    Very good
  • 75
    Average
  • 43
    Poor
  • 32
    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
Ocean Front Dining

This restaurant is located adjacent to the municipal pier, just off the beach. The food was reasonably good and the service satisfactory. It was quite loud, even sitting outside. Still, it was a fun place to go and the ambiance truly excellent.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
LLion
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El Dorado Hills, California
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Riverbank, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is awesome. The location is amazing and the staff is great. Food is great too, try their chips, salsa and guacamole dip. Overlooks the ocean and the boardwalk. Has a wrap around bar inside and outside heated seating. Love it!

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Thank christianelise
El Dorado Hills, California
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant is located adjacent to the municipal pier, just off the beach. The food was reasonably good and the service satisfactory. It was quite loud, even sitting outside. Still, it was a fun place to go and the ambiance truly excellent.

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Thank LLion
Sudbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Atmosphere very nice, service was great, clam Chowder was exceptional(best ever), IPA was great too. Reasonably priced. Very happy

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Thank Nick B
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A close walk from our hotel was only one of the high points. Great Atmosphere Friendly, helpful and very quick service. .....and so affordable. Recommend highly.

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Thank frickenstien
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for an early dinner because of the great location at the pier. Our table was along the windows looking directly out at the bay at sunset...truly a great place to sit and watch the evening roll in. The food was very good with huge portions...we could have easily shared one meal. We hit happy hour with a... More 

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Thank CMelam
California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Convenient, casual restaurant-bar overlooking the beach and Monterey Bay. Big enough inside and outside on patio, that you'll always get a seat. A favorite of locals. Seafood, naturally, is the big category. Special discount nights. Monthly Birthday dinners---If you are born in March, for instance, one night in March you will be welcomed for a complimentary dinner---You and all the... More 

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Thank MsMouseCalifornia
London
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The food is not bad - not the best in the world but not terrible. The view makes up for any slow service problems...you can lose yourself in the view instead of stressing about where your food is.

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Thank Sue1971_London
California
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Overall, the food and service are not great, but if you're hankering for a fresh Maine lobster dinner on a Wednesday night, this place is hard to beat. It's the only day they serve lobster, so it's always fresh, and the $14.95 price tag for the whole dinner is a great deal. (The price may have gone up slightly, but... More 

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Thank olive2eat
Rancho Murieta
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152 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for a couple of happy hour drinks and some light dinner at the bar. We enjoyed the burger we split and our drinks were fine but the service we received was well below par. We sat at the bar and there were only a handful of patrons but it seemed incredibly difficult to get... More 

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Thank OldNorCalGuy
Madera, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We enjoyed a very tasty Thanksgiving dinner here. My husband had the Prime Rib dinner and I had the Turkey dinner. The dinner plates came with plenty of food - was actually able to take some turkey home for sandwiches. The price was reasonable for the dinner, too. My only suggestion would be to offer some rolls with the dinner.

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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, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?