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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
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 64
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  • 60
    Very good
  • 33
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  • 11
    Poor
  • 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
Good food at great prices

Gilda's is one of the oldest restaurants located on the Santa Cruz Wharf, and is still one of the best. Unpretentious, good old american style diner for breakfast lunch and dinner. Great nightly specials are a great value. Service is also very good, and there is a small bar facing Steamer Lane... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Steve B
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Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Santa Cruz, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Gilda's is one of the oldest restaurants located on the Santa Cruz Wharf, and is still one of the best. Unpretentious, good old american style diner for breakfast lunch and dinner. Great nightly specials are a great value. Service is also very good, and there is a small bar facing Steamer Lane that has amazing views of West Cliff Drive... More 

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Salinas, California, United States
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104 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Stopped in on a Saturday morning for breakfast. Good bloody Mary's and a lot of choices for breakfast. Our waiter was very friendly, food was served pretty quickly. Prices aren't too bad so as far as getting a hot, tasty breakfast...I'd give it a thumbs up and go back in the future.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We have been regulars of Gilda's for decades, with most of our visits taking place on Friday nights when the "Cioppino Special" is offered, although we have enjoyed many other dishes. I have an extensive travel pedigree, and can assure you that the cioppino is world-class and true to it's Italian-American origins -- and the proprietors come by that naturally.... More 

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Scandicci
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72 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I love this old style restaurant.Managed by family Stagnaro ( the ancestors came from Genua, Italy ) the food is good the fish is great and the price is reasonable if compared to quality. Enjoy the nice view of the sea from the large windows.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The day we had lunch here they were having some problems with the water lines on the wharf and our faves were closed. Gilda's was open so my daughter, little grandson, son-in-law and husband dined here. The food quality was very mediocre and we found this place to be our least favorite of other places we dined at on the... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

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 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 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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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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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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