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Ideal Bar & Grill

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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 22:00
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Europe
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

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Thank navyjim58
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

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

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Thank Frowin
Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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

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Thank gary1930
Madrid, Spain
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

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

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Thank Aydi T
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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.

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150 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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. It was awesome! The food came quickly, everyone's dishes were excellent and the ambience was... More 

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Thank Si405
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 restaurant was open but only few customers were seated. We found area with many vacant... More 

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Thank bon576q
Wichita, Kansas
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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

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Thank Katie J
Turlock, California, USA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 & chips will not hot. The waitress was friendly but service was terrible. I have pot... More 

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Thank Nanette S
Oakland, California
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203 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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 to the area much, but eating at Ideal felt like a little voyage back in... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Meals
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
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?