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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
831-423-2010
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Today
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 10
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Dinner

Had dinner in a couple places on the wharf while we were in Santa Cruz. Only wished we would have come to this place first instead of our last night. The food here was what you expected, the service was GREAT, and everyone looked professional. The other place we went on the wharf the wait staff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Lit2lulu
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Citrus Heights, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Kent, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We had the "last supper" of our trip here. The seafood pasta was great, so was the shrimp louie if you are watching your calories. Great view across the water to Cliff Drive. Reasonable prices.

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Citrus Heights, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Had dinner in a couple places on the wharf while we were in Santa Cruz. Only wished we would have come to this place first instead of our last night. The food here was what you expected, the service was GREAT, and everyone looked professional. The other place we went on the wharf the wait staff wore street clothes, and... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Gildas is a family owned and run place. The food is good, decent portions and there are specials monday thru friday. The locals are always there both the wait staff and residents.. Decor is dated but just look out the windows and it looks great....

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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

Our party of four went their for breakfast. It was yummy and lots of food for the price. Great value for a home style breakfast. Not fancy just good!

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Walked the length of the pier to check out the views and the seals! Since it was quite early, most shops were closed except for the fish market and Gilda's. On the way back, we stopped at Gilda's for breakfast and chose the "Construction Worker" breakfast - 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausage and 2 pancakes or french toast! Service... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is an old fashioned surf-n-turf diner on the wharf. Simple food-no California cuisine- but fresh and delicious. I eat here all the time and just love it. Average age of customers seems to be about Methusala's age and I'm guessing most have eaten here their whole lives. Wonderful place to eat among all the touristy restaurants.

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Gilda's has been run by the Stagnaro family for years. It has a wonderful view, good food, and their Prime Rib night has people lined up out the door. Dino and Malio Stagnaro are great hosts in the family tradition. Center of the Municipal Wharf.

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We met friends and cousins two evenings at this restaurant and really enjoyed our food and the service, as well as the view. We all had various forms of seafood, and all were nicely done. I would go there again!

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cleveland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Always have to stop at Gilda's whenever we are in Santa Cruz. Friendly, bustling staff and we always get a window table to watch the surfers, wind surfers, stand up surfers, etc. Lunch was good. Deep fried oysters--medium size with some cornmeal in the breading. Just right, a bit juicy, slightly salty and acidy. Substituted rice pilaf for fries, another... More 

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This restaurant has been on the wharf for many generations. It is a modest and old coffee shop type atmosphere. Many of the staff are seasoned servers. The food is simple breakfast and basic seafood menu dining. They provide the freshest vegetables and salads and their coney island chowder is excellent. The high point is their weekly daily specials that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-2010

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?