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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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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 37
    Poor
  • 28
    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
Beachfront Bar and Grill - Tired location, Good Americana Food

While Santa Cruz beach front is terribly run down, and the building which Ideal Bar & Grill is located in does look tired. It is a good water front location to eat. Staff were friendly and helpful, the menu is extensive, and the clam chowder (local award winner) and burgers were excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
mdm1972
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Port Douglas, Australia
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Port Douglas, Australia
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

While Santa Cruz beach front is terribly run down, and the building which Ideal Bar & Grill is located in does look tired. It is a good water front location to eat. Staff were friendly and helpful, the menu is extensive, and the clam chowder (local award winner) and burgers were excellent. Everything you could want in straight forward American... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We at at this restaurant two nights in a row because it was right by our hotel. The food was really good and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The bill was high, but we expected that since it was so convenient. They had a nice patio area where you could eat and see everything going on at the beach.

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Although the breakfast menu was very small they do have an early bird special before 10 am for only 5.95. Our food was delish and service was great and the view was beautiful!

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Mississauga
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 479 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This was where we should have started and stayed while visiting Santa Cruz. We wasted about two hours walking down and around THE BOARDWALK which turned out to be a partially-closed tourist trap (granted, it was only the end of May). Not having found any decent food down the beach we happened by and went onto the IDEAL patio. Lucky... More 

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San Jose, Ca.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We visited this restaurant yesterday. My wife ordered the fish and chips, and I had the calamari and fries. All four items had the exact same taste, bland. All items were deep fried in the exact same fryer. I love French fries, but both my wife and I left over half of them on our plates, and we were hungry... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I take issue with some of the adverse descriptions of this restaurant: bearing in mind that it lies at one end of the down-market Santa Cruz boardwalk (thrill-rides, video games, laser tag and corn dogs), one cannot expect cordon bleu cooking. In the context of the area that we were in, the four of us received quite reasonable tourist food... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Excellent place for people watching! the Beer was excellent, try their local brew (really good). The food is over priced and poor quality. We saw what people were eating before ordering and nothing looked good, so we picked the fish tacos because it seems liked the best of the worst. Tacos were just OK with store bought chips and no... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

So we went to the Ideal on father's day so the menu was different. I ended up ordering the chicken "Philly" sandwich. After waiting for ages our food came. The chicken was dry but it didn't taste like it had gone bad. It wasn't until an hour later when I started to feel a lot less "Ideal". The rest of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We stayed at the Dream Inn so this restaurant was in walking distance for our family of 6. We ate breakfast once lunch once and dinner once and then even got ice cream one night after swimming. The food was decent and the service was great. We loved how close and convenient it was for us. I had the fish... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Great views of beach and wharf, food is not very consistant nor out of the ordinary. Service extremely variable, this place caters to the tourist trade so they do not seem to care much about whether you would want to return or not.

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?