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Surfrider Cafe

429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
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Ranked #25 of 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Jul 27, 2014
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58 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Fresno, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Very possible this place is deserving of 5 Stars, but I've only been here once. If Trip Advisor would let me I'd give it a 4.5. FOOD It was hard to choose, there's many great-looking things on the menu. I went with the special, which was Chipotle Sliders - beef patty mixed with onions, cheddar, and chipotle; then topped with... More

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Pismo Beach, California, USA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It was one of the best tasting burgers I have ever had. Small, funky place, but the servers were all very nice.

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Battle Ground, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I went to Santa Cruz for a hot, sunny, spring break vacation. The trip was lovely, and the people of the city were friendly and informative. We decided to try Surfrider Cafe for dinner on the evening of Tuesday April 1, 2014. The food was excellent, however the service was wretched. I ordered a Diet Coke and a water to... More

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Monterey, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

My family and I found ourselves in Santa Cruz during an impromptu Saturday drive. I read review for several different restaurants in the area and chose this one. We did not regret it. I am now obsessed with avocado fries! The staff was attentive and knowledgeable and the food and beer were delicious.

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