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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, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    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
If looking for amazing view windows right on the Wharf, look no further!

There are few restaurants that will provide such a warm welcome with the greatest view windows around! This great location, right in the middle of the Municipal Wharf looking directly at Steamer's Lane full of surfers, makes for beautiful days, especially at sunset! Food, not the best ever nor the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Judybookdoc
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Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here based on reviews that the locals love this place, the views are great, and the prices are reasonable. Unfortunately, we visited on a Wednesday night which is their busiest night of the week, likely due to their prime rib special for $10.95. Although the place was packed, we only waited about ten minutes to get seated. The... More 

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Thank CMelam
Stockton, California
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

All the food on the menu is to die for, oh my!! And the service is outstanding. It has been family owned since their family ran all the fishing and canning businesses that started the wharf. But every night they run a dinner special ~~ prime rib, steak, whatever, for a ridiculously low price and serve you so much food... More 

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Thank netmac2015
Fremont, California
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I have eaten here many times. I love that locals eat here regularly. My client that lives in town showed it to me a few years ago. They have daily special where you get a large sized plate of food for a reasonable price. We stopped by here over the Christmas Holiday to eat, but regrettably they are closed for... More 

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Thank PaulRayAndrus
Santa Cruz, California
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211 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

There are few restaurants that will provide such a warm welcome with the greatest view windows around! This great location, right in the middle of the Municipal Wharf looking directly at Steamer's Lane full of surfers, makes for beautiful days, especially at sunset! Food, not the best ever nor the worst...you will eat fine and we really enjoyed ourselves. Great... More 

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Thank Judybookdoc
Santa Cruz, California
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We live near the Santa Cruz wharf and like to bring overnight guests to Gilda's for old style breakfasts.

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Thank ukulelemama
Sonoma County, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

I stayed near the wharf the other night and decided to walk it. Gilda's Restaurant had a Monday-night special of a turkey dinner for $10. One of the best I've had. REAL turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, dressing and bread and butter. Who could ask for anything more!

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Thank Kietsa
Aptos
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Just had the Monday Special Turkey dinner with all the trimmings a great inexpensive meal.I'm a local and my favorite is the Wednesday Prime Rib Dinner Oh my what a meal.Pictures around the facility depict old timers and present day anglers with their catches.Go their you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Lewis C
Sunnyvale, California
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Went here for a romantic getaway meal. Started off great, but as soon as we got our food, the waitress disappeared. The manager refilled our drinks and took away our dirty dishes, then he also disappeared (likely to find his missing staff member). She reappeared after at least 15 minutes and apologized. It's hard to eat salty fish without your... More 

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Thank Tres W
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Great Food including scallop baskets, perfectly sweetened cole slaw, and crab sandwiches! Malio, the owner, is an aim to please co-owner. Very generous portions! Eat in and enjoy the ocean view or take out and enjoy the various views from the pier. An extensive menu sure to please all appetites!

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Santa Cruz, California
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Gilda's is a local favorite. Living in Santa Cruz we go here often, mostly for breakfast. My favorite is Prime Rib Wednesday eve for $9.95. Gilda's has nightly specials and the price is just right especially if you want a decent meal. It's also fun to be on the wharf and have a great view of the bay from your... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?