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Santa Cruz Diner

Asian, American, Diner
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909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
+1 831-426-7151
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Wed 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 am
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Before coming to Santa Cruz I did my research on what lucky restaurants we'd eat, so to say I was so excited about eating at a Guy Fieri recommended place is an understatement. We got there at 5:30pm on a Monday and they were out of the spring rolls. The waiter said they run out early in the day every... More 

Thank warerhouseK
Holmen, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a breakfast at the Santa Cruz Diner with my parents. The interior tries really hard to look "local" and kitschy... misses a bit. But my breakfast was good (hard to mess up eggs), and my parents enjoyed their sandwich. Not going to be a stop on a culinary tour, but a good staple stop.

Thank BuyReallyLow
Falmouth, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this place and we ate here..prices were reasonable, staff were wonderful friendly and food was awesome..Loved the surroundings of different signs and awesome spot to visit

Thank Jana c
Akron, Ohio, United States
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After hearing about this place we went. what a disapointment!! Frozen hash browns still watery, undercooked overeasy eggs. Hard to screw this up but they did it. Gravy for the biscuits just flour roux with lots of pepper, no sausage or flavor. Overall poor ingredients. Hope this was an off day. Dennys is much better.

Thank Daniel_M515
Salinas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Good daily lunch time special ($7.49), sandwich and soup served before 2:00PM. The very attentive waiter was able to stretch the "special" time to just after 2:00 for us- we appreciated that. The very large hot roast beef on a very fresh French roll with sauted mushroom, and melted cheese - was delicious. A good value along with the clam... More 

Thank roadwarriorstwo
Oakhurst, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Strange they serve pho but don't have options to take togo. So sold me 3 coffee cups at .15 cents each. So if ordering pho plan on finishing it or buying ridiculous little coffee cups.

Thank gigglessr4me2
chip k, Owner at Santa Cruz Diner, responded to this review

I was chagrined to see your giving us a poor review apparently due only to our policy of not selling Pho as take-out or with doggie bag This is the only item on our menu not available to go. By way of explanation, years ago we did try to do this but the preparation and packaging became impractical and prohibitively... More 

Lemoore, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

I love this place. Been eating here for years, but I noticed that the last few times I have eaten here, my breakfast is served lukewarm. I want Hot! My grandchildren ordered mickey mouse pancakes and the butter on top didn't melt. My eggs were warm..not hot. The food is really really good....and great for the price. But my big... More 

Thank Shirley R
Trets, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Fun place to go, typical American diner with the added attraction of unusual dishes as well! Copious servings, no one goes away hungry!

Thank gwallimann
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Not only was the service great, but the food was amazing. I am not a big diner fan, but we were starving, they were open and someone had recommended this place; and I was not disappointed. The tuna was unbelievably good, and the selection was pretty decent. The price was even better!!!

Thank Dannie H
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

WOW!!!!! NO wonder food network's Guy Fieri ate in this restaurant. It is amazing! We were driving down the road and I saw a sign saying GUY ATE HERE!!! At that point I knew that this must be good. we turned around and went there for breakfast.I can honestly say that the pancakes I had here were some of the... More 

Thank Marvin R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 am
6:00 am - 6:00 am
6:00 am - 6:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-7151

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?