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Ideal Bar & Grill

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106 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
+1 831-423-5271
08:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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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 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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126 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 5 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
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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
Santa Cruz, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

High prices for the view and location.... but don't expect amazing food or good service. I only go here if I have to ie: people visiting and insist on sitting on the patio. It really is a great location, too bad you don't get food and service to match.

Thank mel l
Oakland, California, United States
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448 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

this place is always crowded with tourists since it's located between the wharf and the boardwalk. I think the food and drinks are overpriced. You pretty much pay for the location and view...not the quality of the food/drink. Service was pretty slow too. I'll pass on this joint

Thank Dianah R

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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, Pub
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, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
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?