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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good32%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had breakfast and dinner at Ideal restaurant in Santa Cruz California. Great experience. Waiters are terrific. Very professional. Food is good and fast. Plenty of tables both inside and out. Good location between the pier and the boardwalk. I would recommend the Ideal restaurant.

Thank navyjim58
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good salads and drinks! Also burgers and other things. The service is a bit stressed but still friendly. I would recommend it!

Thank Frowin
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were staying at the dream in and walked across the street to this restaurant it has good food and drinks and the atmosphere is good it's right on the beach I would recommend it

Thank gary1930
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Proper american food Food is fine - huge plates Very nice service Good location Open late we found it a bit pricey!

Thank Aydi T
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Chowchilla, California
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the Dream Inn and ate here several times. The breakfast, lunch and dinner were good. You can eat indoors or in the patio. You cannot take your dogs on the patio (which upset some people). The kids menu had enough options.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

After walking up and down the pier looking at the menus it looked like most of the restaurants were samey-samey so we went back to the Ideal at the beginning of the pier. The horseradish salmon caught my attention and we gave it a try....More

Thank Si405
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Were at Santa Cruz celebrating daughter's 50th birthday for weekend at Santa Cruz Boardwalk with 22 family members. Sunday morning we all went to Ideal Bar & Grill on the boardwalk and Beach. They are a large restaurant/bar in good location next to pier. The...More

Thank bon576q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great happy hour drink specials outside. Great views and great service. Close to the beach to grab a drink and bite without having to walk all the way out to the pier

Thank Katie J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a native Santa Cruz'n and came for a visit. There were 4 adults & 2 kids and the bill was $150. My sons new York steak was cooked wrong, fatty & tasteless. My other sons seafood platter was greasy. Another ones fish &...More

Thank Nanette S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fun and funky beach side restaurant that captures the Santa Cruz vibe. Great patio area overlooking the beach and the water. Good drink and beer selection. Menu was pretty typical for this type of place....lots of selections of burgers, sea food, fries. Don't get...More

Thank ebk16
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Hi there! I'm hoping you take reservations on the patio for larger parties. My siblings and I would love to eat there Friday June 19th and we are a party of ten plus two little ones, for a total of twelve. You're a real favorite of us all! It will be the first time many of us are together in ages! Fingers crossed!
14 June 2015|
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-5271
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