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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 65
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  • 63
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 11
    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
Yummy and reasonably priced

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Marge B
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Redding, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Redding, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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Grover Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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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Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Long family history. Love the views. Food is OK, and prices are reasonable. I was disappointed in the chioppino; but my martini was perfect & only $5.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Even though it's a historic restaurant they haven't kept up with the times. Customer service was awful. Food is overpriced. My husband had the shrimp avocado sandwich, it was just 100 frozen shrimp stuffed in a mediocre bun!!!

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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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Bay Area
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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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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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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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