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Surfrider Cafe

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American, Bar, Pub
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429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely great service as well! Er got our food really fast and the strawberry milkshake was delivered straight from heaven. Try the garlic parmesan fries!

Thank Sofie L
Carmichael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Picked this place from reading the reviews. It didn't disappoint! Pulled pork sliders, chimichurri burger, tri tip sandwich. The clam chowder could've had a bit more flavor, but the buns/bread were amazing. Lots of French fry options, and great craft beers.

Thank AliceHasFaith
Sonoma, California
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our experience was fun and yummy. The decor is funky and the wait staff is fun and attentive. The atmosphere is releaxed and low key and other customers seemed to be enjoying themselves, as we were. My hubby ordered a burger and great crispy fries. The grandson ordered the sliders and loved the onion rings. I ordered a Blackened Ahi... More 

Thank linda_ski
Eagle Point, Oregon
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was a first stop on our trip in Santa Cruz. It did not disappoint . The seafood tacos were good, and their aioli was super flavorful. The sliders and chicken sandwiches were good . Portions were huge. Pretty tight and crowded. Friendly servers.

Thank swana4
Roseville, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

I loved the food here. It is quirky, but the quality of the food and the uniqueness of the menu was satisfying. The wait staff was awesome and the tater tot meal was the bomb! Check it out if you want to try something fun!

Thank TravelingMan5989
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Great food, dive atmosphere (perfect for me). Had 'fun' finding parking, but it was worth circling the block a few times. Left happy and full.

Thank BrendaKal
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

loved and will be back. was my birthday dinner the sourdough buns were great. portions were huge definitely could of shared

Thank Jen A
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

The food was alright, standard burgers, sandwiches etc, but the whole place looks a little grubby. The side salad also looked a bit wilted and sad.

Thank Amiline
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

The friendly staff make this cafe a great experience from the start. The craft beer selection is very good; the menu is diverse and food is good. The decor is great and feels like a tropical island.

Thank weedyjo
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We had a great dinner celebrating my Dad's birthday here. We were looking for something casual after a day at the beach. My Dad loves burgers and he loved this one. He and my husband ordered the Hell Burger which was super spicy but apparently delicious. My mom got the spinach salad which was great too. All the burgers were... More 

Thank Catherine C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 18317135258

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