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Gilda's Family Restaurant

37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
831-423-2010
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Ranked #53 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
main line, pa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Family run and the pride shows. We visited twice while vacationing in Santa Cruz. The walk out on the pier is a great way to work off the huge meal portions. Staff was very attentive and seemed genuinely happy. Meal sizes were substantial and tasty. Make sure to try the fish and chips (very lightly battered) and the spaghetti and... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Had a great meal here. They serve breakfast until 1:30 which is why we went in. I had the seafood om letter and it was loaded with shrimp and crab. Yummy. Great coffee, too. I would definitely go back.

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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is where the locals eat lunch or breakfast. Sit by the window and watch the kayaks, sea lions, and giant whales jumping. We like the diner type atmosphere, the service was excellent...but what was so incredibly good was the cioppino. I loved the base sauce for dipping bread. Must try!

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New York City, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great View!! You are facing the Ocean!! The food was ok! Its always tough when your wife is a Vegetarian. We had the mozzarella sticks which were good. I had the bisque soup which was good. The service was nothing to brag about.. Cute waitresses working there though.The place needs a dress code. There was a waitress dressed to provocative... More

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

You can always count on a good meal at Gildas- The all you can eat spaghetti was great - I always order the shrimp sandwich and have never been disappointed. - great views

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Silicon Valley, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Just happened to be at the Wharf on a Wednesday evening so had to take advantage of the Wed nite special. Gilda's has various weekday specials. Go to their website for details. Anyways, you know its good when the place is jam packed (and on a Wednesday!) and you have to wait for a table. We were seated near the... More

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milwaukee, wisconsin
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152 reviews 152 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We watched the fog burn off from the bar at Gilda's. Where else can you have a delicious breakfast while looking out over the bay at Santa Cruz, watching everything from swimmers to paddle boarders to kayakers and surfers and sea gulls? Binoculars are provided! Service was great at the small bar. Spicy bloodys. Tasty ham and cheese omelette. My... More

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Livermore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I was there on a Monday and gave the special a try (Turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, & veggies). I loved it...Thanksgiving in July….awesome. The veggies were steamed perfectly and the portions were large enough that I ended up taking some home. As far as ambiance, Gilda's somewhat lacking, and it was noisy to the point of being able... More

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We when on a thursday, had no idea they had weekly specials. They had the Prime Rib special and let me tell you, IT WAS DELICIOUS. We will definitely go back on a thursday night.

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This restaurant was very busy so seemed a good bet. We waited quite a while for a table & we were served quite quickly for the first course - clam chowder. It was OK, but nothing special. The main course of fish & chips was poor & far too much. I would rather have a small portion, well cooked, than... More

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