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Ideal Bar & Grill

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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walked her from our Inn every morning to get an iced latte and Frappe. The prices were decent and the barista is very friendly. Prices are decent as well. They also have multiple things to choose from for breakfast including scones and breakfast sandwiches. My kids thought their smoothies were excellent as well!

Thank Sarah M
Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We arrived late at the Casablanca hotel and needed to eat somewhere close by . This is across the street on the beach at the back of the pier.not cheap.I had a $35 steak that should have cost $10. they have great garlic fries, but so doea evry restaurant in this town.

Thank chesterdraws1
Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We recently gathered the siblings tho be near the ocean and grab some sea food. The chowder was great, but the fish and chips were over cooked rendering dry tasteless filets. We also tried the calamari and it was prepared very well. Its a very large portion that was more than enough for the 4 of us. We have been... More 

Thank YOropeza53
Burlington, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the weekend in Santa Cruz, we were just taking in the sites and walked back down to the waterfront to check things out and saw they had karaoke going on in the bar. We happened to find a couple empty stools and sat down. The karaoke was typical, some great singer and some who scared the cats away.... More 

Thank Doug S
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed a easy access to the hotel with a typical American breakfast at a good Price. What a bonus here! $5.99 for the works! Friendly staff, great atmosphere and views.A trip back in time for those who spent their teen years here!

Thank Kerrista
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ordered fish and chips with garlic fries. Way too much garlic! The fish was dry. I left happy because the calamari was terrific.

Thank Scuffy13
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was good, service was slow, bar maids ignored us. Positives: Good chowder, it was placed in a separate bowl for carryying. Convenient if you are not going to walk down the pier for your meal. Close to the Boardwalk and Beach. They remove the umbrella tables from the deck and pay Salsa if you want to dance in the... More 

Thank 704Traveler
Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was fine just that they brought the appetizers and mains at the same time. Good banana cream pie. Fancy food but not fancy ambiance.

Thank AnnElizabeth97123
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once again we decided to give this place a try while on vacation. Was once again horrible and had to go to bed with no dinner. Run!

Thank vincent m
Monterey, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service. delicious food, lovely views and delightful atmosphere. You simply can't go wrong eating an Ideal bar and grill! Highly recommend the Huevos Rancheros.

Thank Dianna430

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
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

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