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Surfrider Cafe

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American, Bar
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429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
+1 831-713-5258
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11:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Santa Cruz, California
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369 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

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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 

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Galt
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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 

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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.

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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 

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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!

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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.

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Thank AliceHasFaith
Sonoma, California
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Our experience was fun and yummy. The decor is funky and the wait staff is fun and attentive. The atmosphere is releaxed and low key and other customers seemed to be enjoying themselves, as we were. My hubby ordered a burger and great crispy fries. The grandson ordered the sliders and loved the onion rings. I ordered a Blackened Ahi... More 

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Thank linda_ski
Eagle Point, Oregon
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This place was a first stop on our trip in Santa Cruz. It did not disappoint . The seafood tacos were good, and their aioli was super flavorful. The sliders and chicken sandwiches were good . Portions were huge. Pretty tight and crowded. Friendly servers.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?