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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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Family vacation, lots of kids. I believe this is the best restaurant in waterfront Santa Cruz. They really do a good job with the clam chowder. It's better than New England. We all enjoyed our food, but the mud pie at the end was devoured by the kids. Great spot. Service could be better, they are light on clearing dirty... More 

Thank Stephanie1178
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185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had lunch here at a table in full sun on a glorious day. We had a couple of beers and shared the prawn cocktail with tortilla chips. Very tasty dish with good sized prawns. If we had a slight criticism, it was that the salsa that accompanied the dish was too thin to eat successfully with the tortilla chips.... More 

Thank Xante
Laurel, Montana
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location! The garlic fries are to die for! Good food, good atmosphere, fun and busy! Would definitely eat here again, lots of choices!

Thank Doug S
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful location but the service was very poor, the food took forever. When it finally arrived it was tasteless, hard spending $25 on seafood that was questionable. Watered down drinks as well, will not waste time returning there

Thank twhan
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only thing that tasted good was my Lagunitas Little sumpin' sumpin' IPA. Ate the Guacamole bacon burger and my fiance the clam showder. Took forever to get the food and when it came not worth the (over)price. I suspect they used the microwave oven to reheat the soup.

Thank Jakob W
Stateline, Nevada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

fantastic breakfast spot. Ordered to go to enjoy in our room that was a short walk from the restaurant. Incredible fresh baked bread. Giant sausage links. Fantastic eggs Benedict!

Thank sublimegirlly
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On arriving in Santa Cruz, we decided on a walk on the Pier, but passing the Ideal Bar and grill we thought we would eat first as there was a nice outside seating area. Firstly the waiter brought our drinks, I asked for no ice in my coke so he had to replace it. We ordered Clam Chowder followed by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant and bar, very good service and good food, not over priced! The location is perfect right across the street from our hotel. Our first time here and it was great!

Grand Cayman
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I weren't really hungry for dinner but felt like having a drink and snack so decided to try this place. The lady seating everyone was super friendly and we sat outside next to a heater. Our server was also really friendly and attentive and we had a drink and tried the seafood trio of ceviche, poke and... More 

Thank Jules197London
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really disappointed with service! Went in on weekday night, after 7, so not busy, (lots of empty tables). Asked server to leave menu so I could decide on drink. He never came back for drink order. Other server brought food, and we had to ask for water refills. Ordered from local favorites memy and it took at least 45 minutes... More 

Thank Debra S

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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, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene
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?