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“Lobster Night every Wednesday”
Review of Ideal Bar & Grill

Ideal Bar & Grill
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Ranked #27 of 372 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Lobster Night every Wednesday”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

As said in the title they have a lobster night every Wednesday night after 5pm. You get a Whole Maine Lobster Dinner for just $12.95 with an additional purchase and you can add sirloin steak for $10. I've only ever been here for the lobster night as friends and family have told me the food is mediocre for the prices you pay. Our waiter was awesome and remembered us when we came in a few nights later for dessert. For our appetizer we always get the roasted garlic, brie and fruit
-served with fresh fruit and a sliced baguette for $14. THIS IS DELICIOUS!!! Also their Crème brûlée is out of this world amazing. Dessert choices are very limited though and it took us 20 minutes after dinner to get our dessert. Don't bother ordering coffee (my mother ordered decaf) with dessert and it was served lukewarm, mine was caffeinated and served hot however it was weak and not worth $3 per cup. Go to their attached coffee shop if you want actual coffee.

  • Visited March 2014
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San Anselmo, California
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Our waiter was great but the food was mediocre...the view was good! The salad was good, the ribs were not so great, and the shrimp sauce for the coconut shrimp was terrible so I asked for regular cocktail sauce and that was better.

Visited March 2014
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Berkeley, California
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“Possibly still closed for renovations, but a great place to check out”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

When we went (last weekend in Feb), they were closing for a full interior renovation, so I'm not sure if they're open yet. The place is right on the water and serves seafood staples and is pretty reasonably priced. A good place to just pop in; very beachy, laid-back feel. And the staff was so lovely!

Visited February 2014
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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60 reviews
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“NOT MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN SANTA CRUZ”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

I am a local and have been to Ideal many times, with out of town visiters, The view is great, but that is all I can say about this restaurant, the service is not good, you have to wait a long time ,no matter what..food is not good, received many a cold dinners...I would not go to this place on my own for a good meal...always leave disappointed ...No for me, save your money there are much better places to eat in Santa Cruz..if you want a good meal and a good view go to the Crows Nest..

  • Visited August 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Overrated but given the location, it's fine.”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Ideal Bar and Grill is exactly what it's supposed to be. A place next to the beach for tourists to get mediocre food for too much money. With that in mind, the food is fine, the staff is friendly but super busy, and it's near the beach. As a local, I've only come here with tourists who wanted to go there. There are plenty of better choices around town.

  • Visited June 2013
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