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Surfrider Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
American, Bar
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429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
+1 831-713-5258
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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New Jersey
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121 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If your looking for that 'beachy' casual inexpensive burger n' beer - typical of many beach towns (Ft. Lauderdale comes to mind) - head here. Nice variety of specialty burgers, and other menu items if you are not in the mood for cow. (They have a very tasty veggie and brown rice stir fry.) Nothing to write home about -... More 

Thank Scott S
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106 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were here with some friends for dinner. Our waiter was very nice and friendly, prices were reasonable. I just had a Caesar salad and some chicken wings. Both were decent. My husband had the indicator burger and liked it. But it's wasn't the best burger he ever had or anything. We got the chocolate peanut butter... More 

Thank Elizabeth P
Santa Cruz, California
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376 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We have walked by for years and on our way to a Warriors Game decided to pop in. The menu had something for everyone. The service was quite good. Drinks were service quickly and help with the menu offered. I tried the Ahi Salad and was impressed. It was served with a side of wasabi ranch in a small throwaway,... More 

Thank JeriLG
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This inexpensive restaurant has an interesting menu and is close to downtown Santa Cruz. I had a big salad with sliced steak and carmelized apple slices. Lettuce was fresh. Chicken wings were unimpressive. Sauces served in disposable plastic cups. Service was OK; took a little while for our food to come out although the restaurant wasn't very busy at the... More 

Thank Nina P
Greeley, CO
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135 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

My husband, teenager, and I tried this restaurant based on Trip Advisor and Yelp reviews. We were pleasantly surprised. We loved the avocado fries and the burgers (our server said these were most popular) were divine. They make their own sourdough buns, which were delicious. They have several craft beers and recommended a local one, which was really good. Portions... More 

Thank Steamboat323
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

On a personal recommendation, I visited the Surfrider Café. The building has clearly been around for a while, the décor is eclectic and the vinyl booths are reminiscent of a well-loved local diner, and once you get past all that, open the menu and prepare to be indecisive! EVERYTHING looked and sounded amazing! I ordered off the specials menu, and... More 

Thank NessieLeilani
London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Good location, close to main shopping street. Nice selection of food on menu...deep fried avocado was actually quite delicious. Fisch tacos are very good. Friendly and welcoming staff.

Thank tahirs
Sebastopol, California
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This wonderful restaurant has all the feel of a neighborhood joint. My family and I were made to feel very welcome. Great specialty sandwiches and fantastic burgers at price. Lots of food per meal at a great price. I am not a drinker, however, we were seated next to the bar and it looked like a great place to have... More 

Thank Chris H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Absolutely great service as well! Er got our food really fast and the strawberry milkshake was delivered straight from heaven. Try the garlic parmesan fries!

Thank Sofie L
Carmichael, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Picked this place from reading the reviews. It didn't disappoint! Pulled pork sliders, chimichurri burger, tri tip sandwich. The clam chowder could've had a bit more flavor, but the buns/bread were amazing. Lots of French fry options, and great craft beers.

Thank AliceHasFaith

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-713-5258

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?