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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good34%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (31 reviews)
“ribs” (17 reviews)
“lobster special” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great drinks on beach. Great free bday dinner. Food is just ok but love the party scene on the weekend or summer day.. Love the karokee bar

Thank crumbles1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good & Reasonable Priced Food. Great location and conveniently positioned. Very nice specials. Outside seating available

Thank billk921
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a Fan! Ordered Steak & Lobster and the food was very bland. Positive: Atmosphere is very nice...right by the beach and the Boardwalk.

Thank 559-FLAGO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a super relaxing by the ocean place to eat! Casual but nice. Huge patio for outside by the beach or indoors has big windows they open to make you feel like you are still part of the outside. The clam appetizer was decent,...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped in here to meet a couple of friends for a beer while visiting Santa Cruz...this place is very friendly, and the atmosphere is nice.

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It looks a little like a typical beachside place, but it has great views of the ocean and wharf, and an unexpectedly large, good menu. The pot roast was outstanding, and the service quick and friendly. They have a large outside seating area too.

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Love this place. Its right on the beach at the entrance to the wharf. The food is really good and no too expensive.

Thank April V
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Came here to eat after a long flight and long drive. Saw this place and atmosphere looked good so took a seat outside beside the ocean front under a patio heater. Just the kind of place I would have hoped to be eating on my...More

Thank Lauren H
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The food is just average but the location at the beginning of thw wharf is great. The bar makes very good drinks. The clam chowder is excellent but there are better places for seafood.

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Had a burger and a salad which were fine (the late nite burger with beer deal is nice) but the service was super slow and kinda awkward.

Thank Elad I
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, 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: +1 831-423-5271
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