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Gilda's Family Restaurant

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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
831-423-2010
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great family restaurant on the Boardwalk

They have daily specials for prices to beat. The best day is Wednesday which serves prime rib and fixins for a mere $9.95. And on Friday, a huge bowl of Cioppino for $14.95. What a deal!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Danno888
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Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Cavan, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Gildas is a quaint traditional American diner. We were somewhat disappointed with the soup but the main courses of crab cakes and sole were surprisingly good! The portions were fairly generous too.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

They have daily specials for prices to beat. The best day is Wednesday which serves prime rib and fixins for a mere $9.95. And on Friday, a huge bowl of Cioppino for $14.95. What a deal!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Enjoyed the Friday special-- a tasty Cioppino and table bread for under $15.00. Rating a 4 because of the value and quality of the meal but the restaurant atmosphere is dated and in strong need of freshening up and a remodel.

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Modesto, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Very good service first of all. The halibut was great and well presented. At very good value.nice view of the ocean. Excellent place to take my client to dinner. Atmosphere was good for a family restaurants

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Breakfast was ok, not amazing, overpriced. Service was scarce and the only great thing was the view over the ocean, right on the peer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A terrific family environment. We have been going there since 1961. We kept going back because of the personal attention that they give everyone. There are no strangers at Gilda's. We've seen three generations of the restaurant and the same with the family that owns and operates it.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The locals of Santa Cruz know where to go for a reasonably priced, fresh dinner. The diner-like atmosphere makes you feel like you took a step back in time. The seafood baskets will fill you up. The shrimp and scallops are fresh and delicious. The baskets come with fries and cole slaw. Weeknights feature a different special (all you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is an old-fashioned diner-type restaurant so don't let the décor fool you. They have a range of all-American cuisine (I had the patty melt--yum) and my husband had calamari. It was great! Even though the place was swamped, service was excellent. We will definitely go back.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great Food. walking distance. family oriented restaurant.Great view of the water. Great service. have a variety of foods. from pastas to seafood and kids menu. will satisfy everyone in your party

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ok to start with the positives, the staff are friendly and attentive. The downside, the food. Its of poor quality, we had fish and chips, but the frozen chips were greasy and the fish tasteless. Such a disappointment given the great location. Visit the wharf take a photo and then go have dinner on Pacific Ave instead.

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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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