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909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2814
+1 831-426-7151
06:00 - 23:00
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Beijing, China
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on the recommendation of a local friend and Guy Fieri. They call it a "Jersey diner with a California twist." If you ran a diner like this in Jersey, they'd find your body in a dumpster somewhere. It has a nice vibe with kitschy decorations all over; staff is friendly despite the very slow service, but the food was... More 

Thank BowToTheRobots
chip k, Owner at Santa Cruz Diner, responded to this review

I apologize for your bad experience. We agree that we don't do a very good job with this item. By way of explanation we have some dinner cooks who just don't know how to make some of our breakfast items as well as they should. We are going to remove this item from the menu. Sorry but I cannot explain... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sorry we even went to this establishment. Our soup was lukewarm. I ordered fish and hubby ordered a steak. Every thing was cold. The fish and the steak were dry and tasteless. We had to call over another waiter to have the the plates go back to the kitchen. Our waiter kept forgetting to bring items we asked for. Will... More 

Thank Yolanda O
Woodland, California
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222 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think my husband had the better meal, and if I ordered the special of salmon piccata I would rate the diner higher. My seafood fettuccine was okay, but the chicken artichoke soup only so-so. But OMG, the housemade tiramisu was to die for. It was a huge portion, soft and creamy, not too sweet, a delicate balance of flavor.... More 

Thank juanita_v
Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up in NYC. When friends visit, this is where I take them. Unique and Friendly, this place has everything you'd want, Great service and excellent food

Thank Ken K
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today we had brunch at the Santa Cruz diner. We walked straight in and got a booth straight away. The waiter we had was amazing, so helpful and kind. So we were really pleased with the service we had. The food was great. I had the spring rolls to start which were light and refreshing. Then we had the California... More 

Thank Mrs_Jenkinson
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a cute, cozy place. Extensive menu with something for everyone. Excellent country fried steak and fresh spring rolls. Only negatives - hair baked into my biscuit and no kid's menu allowed for my 11 year old (was told it was ONLY for 10 and under without asking her age)!

Thank LiDawn40
Northampton, United Kingdom
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197 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived - had taken the recommendation from our hotel receptionist who said this was about the only decent place within walking distance. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The place was warm and welcoming, done out in a diner style with more signs pinned to the walls than up you... More 

Thank Destinationdick
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great little diner. The food was well prices and the menu was expansive. You could get your burgers, chicken, breakfast items etc. You can also get Pho and other nice specialties. Good portions and tasty dishes.

Thank GallowsThief
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Comfy Atmosphere with a lot of character. Trivia cards at the table and entertaining signs were great touches to the decor. California turkey club was out of this world and try the onion rings. You won't regret it!

Thank Christine K
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

All the standard fare and then some, They even serve Pho and Asian dishes. 5 minutes from the boardwalk. Local people eat there so you know its good.

Thank Jesse T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?