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Surfrider Cafe

429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
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Ranked #22 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Aug 21, 2014
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Oslo, Norway
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Don't think about it, just go here. The burgers and milkshakes are perfect. The service is exceptional. Actually, when we were sitting there a kid on the next table puked like hell, it must have been 2 gallons at least. The waiters handled it perfect, cleaning up immediately and moved my girlfriend and myself to another table in the other... More

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Capitola, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I've been eating at Surfrider for a few years now and I've enjoyed probably 100 meals. I've never been disappointed with either the food, service or speed of delivery. Mind you, this is no white tablecloth, cloth napkin kinda place, rather it is a solid-to-great, friendly place with fair prices and really consistent food. The burgers are wonderful, salads are... More

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Santa Cruz area CA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The sliders were so delicious I kept enjoying them even after I got rather full! They have thin, crispy onion strings, just incredible! Loved every bite - marvelous sauces and recipies plus very good pricing. I must say the service was also exceptional! The waiter was attentive, flexible and helpful with ordering and special requests. Years ago this was the... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Just had lunch here, it was an excellent Coffee Rubbed Burger with sweet onion and chipotle mayo served with sweet potato fries. So good! Finished it with a piece of organic peanut butter pie. This is a great place of indulgent food and good service (by Alix).

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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great burgers, malts. Waited forever for waitress to take order and place wasn't busy. Order got mixed up. Then waited for her to take credit card and finally just walked up to register. Then she seemed surprised when I didn't just hit the 15% tip on square and put in what I wanted to give her. Well I did give... More

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Santa Clarita
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This restaurant is in a tiny little strip mall but worth the trip. The menu has a good variety and even had a hard time deciding but the food is fantastic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I look forward to going back.

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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

By no means am I trying to bash this place, but it simply is what it is....average. We stopped by on our way home after spending all day at the boardwalk/beach. I have to say, the service was really good. They seated 6 adults and 6 children in a quick and friendly fashion. From reading the menu our mouth was... More

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SF Bay Area
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136 reviews 136 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

not knowing where to go for dinner, i consulted the yelp pages and found surfrider. i ordered 3 simple sliders with cheddar and a side salad. hubby had the coconut prawns with fries. my sliders were excellent. just what i'd expected and wanted. with a slice of lettuce, pickle and tomato - perfect! side salad was exceptional. cucumber, tomato, sunflower... More

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Soledad, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Well, first, I have to say that the staff was super friendly and made room for a group of 7 in just a few minutes. We did not wait very long and we didn't have reservations. I got a chicken sandwich with mushrooms grilled onions and peppers, but the chicken was very bland. Ordered Parmesan garlic fries, but they didn't... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Food was outstanding!.. good sized portions and the avocado fries were made to perfection. The food had great flavor and was just an absolute treasure of a place to eat at... However, the service was pretty bad. We were waiting for a table for about 45 minutes when it honestly didn't need to take that long if certain tables were... More

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