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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, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 66
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  • 96
    Very good
  • 62
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  • 37
    Poor
  • 29
    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
With a location like this, why try?

If you want a good, cold beer and some greasy food without leaving the beach at Santa Cruz, you can't do better than the Ideal. I don't mean that in a good way. There's just nothing better. So enjoy!

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Bill M
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Los Angeles, California
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Valley Springs, CA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The best place. We've gone there for years and the food, the service, and the staff are great. They have great food for a great price. They always have specials every evening. There are usually about 12 of us for dinner and we eat there for dinner all week. They are fast and the food excellent. They do a great... More 

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Berkeley, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is my husband's favorite restaurant. We ate most of our lunches and dinners here. Nice view and good menu.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

While enjoying our amazing vacation, walking back from the Wharf...we thought great, lets have dinner at the Ideal Bar & Grill. It's super close to the Boardwalk and wharf, they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner...what more could we ask for!? Well, the service was dreadful, the food was gross, and not very clean to say the least. For a food... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you want a good, cold beer and some greasy food without leaving the beach at Santa Cruz, you can't do better than the Ideal. I don't mean that in a good way. There's just nothing better. So enjoy!

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice Clam Chowder in the sourdough bowl! Also a nice view on the pier and the boardwalk. Service was OK, not spectacular.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We had clam chowder very good in the sourdough bread bowl, drinks were served in plastic glasses, waiter was very slow. Nice place to relax and have a nice lunch outside. But if your in a hurry, skip this place.

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

While the food is ok, on the weekends on the deck overlooking the water, they have live music, karaoke and when we were there salsa dancing which had the whole place hopping. The drinks are reasonable, but you don't really go there for the food, which again is ok, but for us not the main draw of the restaurant. For... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Ideal Bar and Grill is at the entrance to the wharf on Beach Street. It's near the Boardwalk amusement park and on the ocean. This landmark restaurant has a high energy vibe to it. There's an indoor dining room and a large patio area that overlooks the beach. Because I celebrated my birthday in the month that I was visiting,... More 

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Ideal is in a great location right off of the Boardwalk and Pier. Great views of the ocean while you eat. Atmosphere was fun and energetic. Food was ok. I had the Mahi Mahi with rice and veggies. Just ok. Partner has the salmon which was also fair. You pay for the location not the food.

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El Dorado, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great top shelf Marghritas. Two dollars more gets you twice the alcohol. I liked that. I had the sea food platter. Fried fish, shrimp and calamari. The calimari wasn't rings and tenticals. It was like Mini fillets. Tarter sauce was good. My husband had the civichi, and it was a huge serving and he enjoyed it ver much. The kids... More 

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Additional Information about Ideal Bar & Grill

Address: 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
Phone Number: 831-423-5271
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Seafood

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?