We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ideal Bar & Grill

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

419 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 397: English reviews
Level Contributor
207 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were seated in a good spot outside. It was very busy. We were able to place a drinks order immediately and although making an enquiry after some time we finally placed our dinner order about 20 mins later. Our drinks eventually turned up over half an hour after placing the order. Again we were going to leave before meals... More 

Thank LAR60
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were walking by and noticed there were a few empty seats on the patio. (Now I know why). We ordered a couple of drinks and nachos. We were then going to order our dinner after that.. Well the nachos were the worst I ever had. Totally awful. I had one of their special margaritas. Very poor as well. I... More 

Thank RJMToronto
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Haven't ordered anything yet that I don't like. The seafood is tasty the ribs are mouth watering and the clam chowder is second best to San Francisco. The service is great. If it's a busy night you might have to wait but is worth it.

Thank ssmason3
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a wonderful day of driving along HWY 1, we stopped in here for a burger. We sat on the porch and had a nice view of the bay. There was a lot of foot traffic, but no problems. Great service, good hamburgers. Food got to our table fast and was as we ordered it. And the place seemed reasonably... More 

Thank Allen T
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

And wonderful service as well! My wife and I and two of our older grandchildren enjoyed a day on the Santa Cruz beach, explored the sights and shops on the pier, then relaxed in the Ideal Bar and Grill, enjoying the view, the people, and awesome cuisine. My wife and I chose the baby back ribs, and were impressed by... More 

Thank David P
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying across the street and this place was perfect. When we arrived as a party of 12 they were great with accommodating us on the patio - kids at one table and adults at another. The server was fantastic at being patient and helpful with the kid table. Had a good lunch and beers - loved the clam... More 

Thank BJAM2016
Sonoma, California
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ideal is not only the name of this restaurant but also the description of tonights dining experience. Enjoying Tender Maine Lobster (special) and rice pilaf while sitting on the patio, overlooking the gorgeous Santa Cruz beach and surf. Many choices on the menu.

Thank Betty9999
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ordered a sourdough bowl of clam chowder to go. To go orders need to be made at the bar (which I didn't like) but I was immediately helped and my wait was reasonable. Nice environment, good help and food was delicious. It was $11 and some change. Softest sourdough bread I've ever had. Will visit again, next time will... More 

Thank iamIrene-UB4me
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed across the street from the Ideal Bar & Grill. Getting in later than we had planned, we looked for something close we could walk to. We didn't know what to expect as most of the other restaurants were already closed. We were just happy to see this Bar & Grill was still open. We all ordered different food... More 

Thank 202shelleyr
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very expensive beer I do not recommend the nachos, cheese wasn't melted the avocado wasn't ripe tasted horrible. Very slow service.

Thank hunna1

Travelers who viewed Ideal Bar & Grill also viewed


Been to Ideal Bar & Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Soups, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-5271

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ideal Bar & Grill and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Ideal Bar & Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?