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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: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 67
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Come early .. OR .. late, otherwise you wait !!

I liked everything there, except the extremely long waiting list. Hence, I decided to sit at the bar as one seat became available there. Food is great. The daily special was PRIME RIB. Very nice and at only $ 9.95. Originally I had planned to have SURF & TURF, but this was not served at the bar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Otto B
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Waterloo, Belgium
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Sacramento, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

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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Waterloo, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I liked everything there, except the extremely long waiting list. Hence, I decided to sit at the bar as one seat became available there. Food is great. The daily special was PRIME RIB. Very nice and at only $ 9.95. Originally I had planned to have SURF & TURF, but this was not served at the bar. However, I have... More 

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Cupertino, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We honestly didn't expect much in a high tourist area and we were not surprised. The staff and service were fine. The view from the Pier is outstanding. The food is average at best. We tried two different dishes with the same results. More like basic sea comfort food than fine dining. If you're looking for a great view in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Really nice view and nice people. Good was fair. I had the red snapper with salad, veggies and rice for $15.95. Price was good and food was fair.

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Sandpoint, ID
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A basic open air coffee shop with nothing special to note. Had the seafood omelet which was not all that tasty. Fortunately their was cocktail sauce which made it better. Hash Browns were real mushy. Maybe I just caught then on a bad day but wouldn't eat here again.

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El Dorado, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I've eaten at almost every spot on the pier. In the last few years I've been disappointed in the quality of food. I had never eaten at Gilda's as it looks more like a diner. My friends suggested we go there. True it is a diner, but I was blown away by yummy food and cocktails. The waitres and the... More 

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Redding, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Good family friendly restaurant. The nightly special allowed us to stay in our budget. Service was very good, food was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Every time we come to Santa Cruz we have to stop at Gilda's. Their cioppino soup is to die for! Great views of the ocean and pier!!! Great staff!

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Fresno, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My place to visit when I'm in town, love the crab & shrimp Louie salad, recommend the lunch size the regular can never be finished. Clam chowder is the best and I love the family history!

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Additional Information about Gilda's Family Restaurant

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