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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” (22 reviews)
“ceviche” (9 reviews)
“ribs” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were at the Beach Boardwalk and wanted something to eat that wasn't "carnival food". We were hot and tired and wanted something sort of casual, but good. This place was Ideal! The deck and view was really nice. The inside looked nice, too, if...More

Thank mwakamo
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ideal as at street end of pier by boardwalk. Margarita and Sangria were both very tasty and good size. Caesar Salad with grilled chicken was typical, was generous portion. The clam chowder was thick and creamy with plenty of clams and potatoes. Fish and chips...More

Thank Besos43
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had nice diner here. The menu had sufficient options and we were a party of 4 and choose 4 different dishes. My son said the ribs were the best he had eaten during our holidays, the flesh fell from the bones. My daughter and...More

Thank wono31
Reviewed 1 week ago

With only 4 tables full (it was mid afternoon) we waited over 15 minutes to be offered beverage service and another 20 before our server came to take our order. The food was only so-so.

Thank susanfillmore1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I spent $100 on a rather hurried lunch here. The food was ok but the fish tacos were dry. We had a nice table overlooking the ocean but the fries came before the soup starter and had to be taken away to...More

Thank kevin l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great evening with friends. We had a party of 8 and where seating within 10 mins, our server was awesone. Prime rib special was great. Would certainly recommend to anyone in Santa Cruz area looking for good food and service.

Thank Jason P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined here to celebrate a friend's birthday. The menu was just diverse enough to satisfy a vegetarian, a piscivore, a low-carb, and a cranky old Greek. The service was good despite the crowd. The food was good enough. The bar was good, and it...More

Thank FoodiePilgrim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hungry family that had been traveling all day, found this gem on the beach and was great! Perfect outdoor view of the ocean on the patio. Food was great!!

Thank Jen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very tasty food, great drinks and shakes and super friendly service! A great place to go watch the game or sit with a view of the Wharf! Ideal place for anyone to sit and have an ideal meal with an ideal drink in an absolutely...More

Thank aruthanne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whether you eat inside or out on the deck, you'll enjoy that great beach feel. After a fairly good breakfast there, we were pleasantly surprised that the dinner was also very good. Right on the beach, at the pier. They seemed a little understaffed, but...More

Thank Marty H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
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, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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