We visited Santa Cruz with our daughter at the end of July. After taking the obligatory stroll through the boardwalk we went out on the wharf in search of a place for lunch (my sister had recommended eating on the wharf). We walked up and down the length of the wharf looking at the options and found that most were either too crowded, too hot or simply too unappealing. On our first pass (going out) we almost stopped at the Firefish Grill but weren't sure so we continued on until the end. As it turned out, we did not find anything more appealing so we ended up back there afterall -- and were quite glad we did. The hostess was very friendly and seated us at a table next to the window with a fantastic view of the ocean. Our waitress was equally friendly and service overall was excellent. The food was good, with the salmon being the best. Our daughter had a cheeseburger which seemed to meet her standards. Given our experience, it is quite surprising to see all the negative reviews of the place. Perhaps we were lucky, or perhaps the others were unlucky, I don't know. However, having walked up and down the wharf if I had to go back again for lunch I would certainly consider going again to Gilberts.
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