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Ideal Bar & Grill

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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 22:00
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Burbank, California
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218 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

WE had such a nice evening. WE had the stuffed salmon was very good. I had called and asked if they had a set menu they didn't however they did not have their usual selections. Such as on the date we came they usually had 6 choices to choose from, however, what we did order was very good. Liked they... More 

Thank CSS9112014
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is in a great location on the beach with tables outside. Great food menu, really fresh fish and great cocktails. The fish tacos were superb.

Thank owen d
Santa Cruz, California
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I always love that they have theme nights & promotions like Steak night, prawn night etc. Their cocktails are awesome & food is usally pretty good & reasonably priced especially when you can get 2 for 1 meals!

Thank Patti R
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Had the wednesday night lobster special and it was the best lobster i have ever had. The rest of our meals were ok. But well worth the lobster!!!

Thank aaron b
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Get there for happy hour... Great cocktails with such a great location overlooking the pier and beach

Thank Jason E
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick lunch and had the clam chowder and sweet potato fries. Both were good, not great. This place is pricey, with salads costing more than the burgers. Hopefully they are large enough to share! Staff was friendly and attentive.

Thank Erin M
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

When there a few days before Christmas for dinner. Hard to find parking. We were seated immediately and taken care of promptly. The beers were good and several of us ordered the prime rib special. The menu is average and the prices are Okay for being in the area it's in. The special was large and we ended up eating... More 

Thank Janet W
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133 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

For some years, whenever we have a large group coming for Thanksgiving or Christmas, we have taken them to the Ideal Restaurant. The staff offers light or dark turkey, regular potatoes or yams, which is all the variety most people need to make their 'dream' of the traditional food realized. There's always someone who wants Caesar salad or Clam Chowder... More 

Thank Linda B
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We stopped by the Ideal Bar & Grill for drinks during happy hour, and we would have stayed on for dinner if the place had been any friendlier. May be it was due to the low season but staff seemed to be concerned more with their core chores than with walk-in customers. The drinks were so-so. We had a beer... More 

Thank Alexander H
Santa Cruz, California
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Ideal has Birthday month days where they have a special menu for the birthday person. We went in a sunset and it was a perfect evening with great food and service. My husband was happy was we could sit in the dining room but close enough to the bar to see the game I=on TV. Great sports bar too.

Thank D E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?