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Surfrider Cafe

429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503
+1 831-713-5258
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“avocado fries” (18 reviews)
“sliders” (15 reviews)
“burger” (43 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503
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1 - 10 of 131 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The avocado fries are my favorite. This is a cool little place in my favorite city. Can get VERY cramped and tight but well worth the wait. The staff is awesome!!! I always joke about going to Surfrider for dinner.........It's 4 hours away!!!!!!!!! Maybe one...More

Thank melissacU1575SS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dont really understand the rave reviews. This place is mediocre at best. Chicken wings were unimpressive (deepfried instead of grilled). Sauces come in plastic disposable cups. Vegetables and greens not freshly cut. Seared Tuna was a little overcooked and burned. All was just at the...More

Thank Marc M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last week my son and I were at the Cox store in Irvine while waiting, we sat and watched one of the food network station and they were showing one of the Surfrider Cafe menu (4 miler? Tri-tip sandwich), I love Tri-tip! So coincidently we...More

1  Thank Paul L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Santa Cruz is really cool place at all and this place looks for me like a typical Santa Cruz place. I love places where waiters dont have to hide their tattoos like everywhere in USA. Anyway it was my last dinner in the US. We...More

Thank Milan Z
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Hats off to this place, huge tasty burgers, good service but really good value, family of 3 ate for $37 Couldn't recommend highly enough

Thank mtwnix
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

The place is nice compared to other places in Santa Cruz, although could be better. We had a Jalapeño Poppers that were great, a burger quite good, but the mac and cheese was quite bad.

Thank Rocio M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

For garlic lovers, a bruschetta salad will be just that, too garlicky. I had a garlicky breath for 2 days after my lunch. A burger was average, nothing special, did not stand out. Service was very good, but the 3 starts due to no toilet...More

Thank L0ve2travle
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

This is a bit of a walk from the beachfront and the main drag of restaurants but well worth it. It doesn't look much from the outside but the staff are very friendly. They have a list of guest beers from local breweries. The kids...More

Thank Kate W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a modern day "Burger Joint." There is the traditional burger as well as a variety specialty house burgers to choose from. You can order good old fashioned french fries and/or french fries with creative twists, avocado fries, as well as sweet potato fries...More

Thank angelaj361
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here with friends. Service was good and the food was good too. Fun little place. Our boys love this place.

Thank Mamjensen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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: +1 831-713-5258
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