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Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good34%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (21 reviews)
“ribs” (19 reviews)
“prime rib” (12 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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1 - 10 of 556 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

I stopped in here to meet a couple of friends for a beer while visiting Santa Cruz...this place is very friendly, and the atmosphere is nice.

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It looks a little like a typical beachside place, but it has great views of the ocean and wharf, and an unexpectedly large, good menu. The pot roast was outstanding, and the service quick and friendly. They have a large outside seating area too.

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place. Its right on the beach at the entrance to the wharf. The food is really good and no too expensive.

Thank April V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to eat after a long flight and long drive. Saw this place and atmosphere looked good so took a seat outside beside the ocean front under a patio heater. Just the kind of place I would have hoped to be eating on my...More

Thank Lauren H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is just average but the location at the beginning of thw wharf is great. The bar makes very good drinks. The clam chowder is excellent but there are better places for seafood.

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a burger and a salad which were fine (the late nite burger with beer deal is nice) but the service was super slow and kinda awkward.

Thank Elad I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to dine here due to the ribs special. They didn't disappoint. The meat just fell off the bone. The best thing we have tasted during our trip to America. The service was excellent with our waiter was very attentive. Our drinks and meals...More

Thank AlannaOld
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty rude staff, with expensive drinks for such a rushed experience. Definitely wouldn't go here again.

Thank Lola-Michelle W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice place, the food is good, the service was really attentive, although is a bit pricey and also not too special. Also has good outdoor seating. Would go again.

Thank Cmon83
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Has both indoor and outdoor seating. The food was good and our service was good. Atmosphere is that of a beach bar.

Thank Sue B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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