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Santa Cruz Diner

909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
+1 831-426-7151
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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Opens in 22 min
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Asian, American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
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Reviewed yesterday

It wasn't busy at dinner and, despite having numerous wait staff who appeared to be tripping over each other, the service was incredibly slow. I had the country fried steak for $10. It was rather tough and the gravy had no flavour. Mashed potatoes and...More

Thank uacturbo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Got a French Toast breakfast. The French toast was bland with no flavor even with the syrup. Only a small portion of hash browns that didn't taste great either. Bacon was good though.

Thank Jamesmaxwelljr1987
Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad it was within walking distance from our hotel. It was very supra sing for a diner. I had Castroville Salmon, with artichoke's and mushrooms and rice and very good veggies, my husband had a steak done just right and was delicious.

Thank Rita and Jerry F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband, granddaughter and I had dinner here; I struggled to decide the rating between 3 and 4. The entrees were generously sized, well prepared and reasonably priced (fried chicken, salisbury steak and kids' chicken nuggets) but the salads were lackluster and the desserts overpriced...More

Thank Madrigal95640
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Standard diner seating and booths. Standard pricing. Standard service. Standard diner menu but has some vegetarian and Asian options. Many fresh, home/hand made items makes it a diner on steroids... Bummer, it tastes just average! I came for a late lunch at 2pm. Slow getting...More

Thank SanMo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was by my hotel and the place I had really wanted to go closed at 9pm so we stopped here. Like a 50s diner with juke box and kitschy signs etc. good sized menu, open 24 hours, quick service. I ordered the CA...More

Thank Mcoreo2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The diner has a big menu with lots of choices for even the most finicky eater. My minced ham and eggs were good with yummy hash browns and toast. The service was friendly and quick.

Thank Teresa889
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here because it was featured on DDD's and I wish we would have read the recent reviews. It was not the most pleasant experience. Mainly the staff but the food was just mediocre bland travelers food. In all fairness to them, we went...More

Thank jeajeapip
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place, they have something for everybody. The variety on the menu can't be matched by any other place in town. The food is prepared to perfection, the service is excellent and worthy of your eating out dollars.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've visited the Santa Cruz Diner about a half dozen times, most recently for lunch today. As I sat at the counter eating alone, which normally is very uncomfortable for me, I was continuously made to feel welcome. It is very clear that their staff...More

Thank curtissteinhoff
chip k, Owner at Santa Cruz Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Curtis I rarely respond to reviews but I must tell you that you really made my day I especially appreciate the comment about the team. We have lots of really good people working here and it is gratifying to see it recognized After 20 years...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 06:00
06:00 - 06:00
06:00 - 06:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-7151
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