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Surfrider Cafe

429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503
+1 831-428-8995
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“avocado fries” (19 reviews)
“sliders” (19 reviews)
“burger” (72 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

Surfrider has become our go-to restaurant in Santa Cruz. Over the past 2 years we've probably had a combined 20 dishes there, and we've never been disappointed. Good value, yummy food, great local beer choices, friendly and thoughtful staff -- it's a winner.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Laurie H
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Really?! $15.95 for their “impossible” vegetarian burger? No fries, no sides. Just a patty on a bun with two thin slices of tomato, a partial lettuce leaf and a pickle slice. The veggie burger was good, but not $15.95 plus tax and tip good. Just...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Footloosewomen
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal here. Very good prices. Fresh food good salads. Interesting menu with some vegan options.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank CaroleP1947
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

We visited Surfrider Cafe knowing that people raved about their tri-tip sandwich and avocado fries, but decided to ask out waiter Danny about his favorites. Danny not only made great recommendations, but provided friendly and prompt service. We started with the jalapeño poppers, that were...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank rebeccao733
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

I give the Surfrider a big alright. Nothing special. I had the sliders and onion rings and frankly I could have gotten this caliber of meal about anywhere. The rings were good. Large serving that could feed two. The sliders don’t look anything like the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank JCB0812
Reviewed 10 July 2018

There were three of us who went there for lunch. I had the Grilled Chicken Breasts. It came with caramelized onions. A large pickle, tomato slices, and some lettuce were served separate from the sandwich. My two other companions each ordered a green salad that...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank joselyn2015
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Love this place. If you want american food and good beer on tap this is where to go. Fresh sourdough bun. Plus amazing service!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Roby M
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Cute spot on the outside. Inside decor was okay, the booths were too high and a bit dingy (updates needed). The bathrooms req'd a key but once inside there were separate women & men restrooms, so esp for kids, this was unacceptable. Pretty much one...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank veegeerino
Reviewed 3 June 2018

My daughter and I were visiting Santa Cruz and stopped by Surfrider Cafe for lunch. We ordered a few different items on the menu and shared them all. Everything was DELISH! The salad was fresh with a really interesting combo of ingredients and the sliders...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 27 May 2018

A very relaxed atmosphere with plenty of creative choices on the menu. The server was very attentive. Loved the fish tacos!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Aoibheann L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
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 - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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: +1 831-428-8995
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