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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
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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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved this place - buzzing atmosphere and the food was great. we had fish one night which was very fresh and nicely cooked with a delicious pineapple salsa. on Friday night we had the Prime Rib special which was inexpensive but absolutely delicious. We thought we would try other restaurants but we kept getting drawn back to this one!

Thank Rose H
san jose, Ca
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed drinks and snacks on outside area with nice fire torch heaters and the waves crashing in the background one evening, but definitely recommend the breakfast special which they offer daily! Had a great server, the food was wonderful and service was prompt and of course it was nice to be right there on the beach!

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I grew up in Santa Cruz and it is nice to find a familiar place. Good view and good food. I will always go back.

Thank by-the-sea-00
United States
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Try this place so many times over the years but there are so many misses amongst the hits. The food is generally okay. The service was the worst this most recent time. One star for the extremely loser waitress. Two stars for the fish tacos. Five stars for the extremely detailed and attentive busboy whom I handed our entire tip... More 

Thank Sal E
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is located where the wharf starts. It has a nice atmosphere and great views. Service was a bit slow, yet friendly. The food was o.k. Not really good, not bad also. We had a good time nevertheless.

Thank Pjotr v
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The teeniest drink I've ever had and a mediocre steak salad. Not too impressed. The view is great and I think that's what you're paying for.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ONLY good thing is the view. Avoid I had an appetiser salad that cost me $15 and it wasn't great at all Very rude hostess. She argued with a number of guests and wouldn't let them sit where they want?!

Thank QZeee
Fresno, California
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on our way to the Wharf from the Boardwalk. Ideal Grill is a large establishment with an outdoor bar and seating as well as a large indoor bar and seating area. Lots of big windows to see the Wharf, Boardwalk, and Ocean. It was a rather hot day in Santa Cruz and the ceiling fans were very nice... More 

Thank Justin L
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't know chicken could be that dry and tasteless- it was terrible. To top it off, it was expensive and when we told the waiter that the food was so bad he couldn't care less. Nice atmosphere but don't waste your money on the food - stick with drinks.

Thank am_walton
Sevenoaks, Kent
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice in 3 days, one night for dinner and one lunchtime. Absolutely huge portions of calamari at lunch and excellent ribs for dinner. Service was better in the evening sitting inside than at lunch outside and the kitchen missed one of our meals at lunch time but even so the food was great and sitting looking at... More 

Thank MonkeyDrake

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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
Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, 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

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