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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%
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“lobster” (22 reviews)
“ribs” (15 reviews)
“burger” (30 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed yesterday

Passing and fortunate choice. Sat by window overlooking wharf. I had Ribs which filled the plate. Cooked to perfection. Cocktails were good too. Other meals all looked appetising.

Thank markross25
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great service. Views of the water and medium priced. The asian salad was a giod size portion and tasty.

Thank debnpat
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Called in here as passing, as my daughter wanted ribs! What a fantastic place. Got a surprise, as it was Birthday night, if you'd had a birthday in the month you got a choice of free meals! Ribs it was and they were tasty and...More

Thank jlj9700
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had been staying in Santa Cruz over the weekend. I was hungry and thirsty and decided to walk into Ideal Bar & Grill. After ID check i'm 47 I had a blast eating and drinking and was close to boardwalk and inns. 5 STARS!!!!!!

Thank S8099EVmichaelv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, margarine is used to cook the food at this delightful restaurant. If butter or olive oil was used I would give them an excellent rating. Besides that, the food was excellent. The service delightful and the location perfect. We had the special of the...More

Thank amwilson2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think their regular menu is a bit overpriced, but their nightly specials are amazing. For example, Prime Rib meal on Fridays for $15.95 or Baby Back Ribs on Sun/Mon for $12.95 (and the ribs are the best you'll ever have; they'll ruin you for...More

Thank Dean S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Got the guacamole burger. It was a pre pressed pattu that was way over cooked and tasted freezer burned. For a 20 dollar burger you hope for more. Also, took a long time to get food and was cold and dried out.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It took a very long time to get a drink and even longer to get food. The steak was good, my potatoes were cold and starting to harden on the outside, the rice was disgusting, the veggies were under done and hard our waitress put...More

Thank bkjmom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location on the boardwalk and if you eat on the patio, you'll have a great view of the beach. We got the seafood melt, fish & chips, French dip, turkey sandwich, and a shrimp Louie salad. None of us really care for it. My...More

Thank califdreamin88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We eat here almost every time we go to Santa Cruz. The food is always good and the staff is pretty good too. My only complaint is the bathrooms. There is always a VERY long line to use it (especially for the ladies) and it...More

Thank kylathomas82
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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Bar Scene
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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