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Gilda's Family Restaurant

37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-423-2010
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“prime rib” (38 reviews)
“clam chowder” (30 reviews)
“spaghetti” (15 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed within walking distance and decided to give Gilda's a try. OK but nothing stellar. Service needed some improvement. When our order was ready, the waitress let it sit on the cook's counter for a good 5 minutes while she chit chatted with a...More

Thank catman123
Reviewed October 16, 2018

We ate here on a Wednesday in October, whilst on vacation. It was mid afternoon, while walking on the pier feeling hungry, we decided to go have a meal at this restaurant. There were a few people eating here, we got seated straight away. The...More

Thank CharleyNottinghamUK
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We stopped off in Santa Cruz for a break from driving and stopped here on the pier for something to eat food was good, service was good and it was reasonably priced, the views are the best

Thank Kkbckk
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We accidentally visited Gilda's as a sign outside suggested it was a different restaurant... The restaurant has an old diner feel, which had a little charm. The waitress was very nice, but the food was somewhat a wreck. We ordered the clam chowder, red snapper,...More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed September 21, 2018

My wife and I had the pleasure of having lunch there 09/17/2018. Daily specials were advertised in the front windows. It was a Monday, a turkeydinner was the special. It was delicious, a large portion of real turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and...More

1  Thank WAlker706
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Unexpectedly we found a a delicious $13 prime rib Wednesday night special on the Santa Cruz wharf. Soup, potato, vegetables and good prime rib. Fresh bread to die for! Surprised there were about five other daily dinner specials. Two full dinners here for the cost...More

Thank Shelly F
Reviewed September 7, 2018

While spending a day at the Warf we stopped for lunch for the special. We were very pleased with the food and the service. There was a lunch special that came with a cup of clam chowder and fish, calamari, and fish cakes for $12.95....More

Thank morrell h
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

On a drive down the PCH from San Francisco to Monterey Bay, we made a stop for dinner in Santa Cruz. Walking out on the pier was nice, and Gildas was packed when we arrived. Had to wait about 10 min. Seemed to be very...More

Thank NYCking
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

After a long day in Santa Cruz we walked to wharf to check it out. Decided we would give Gilda’s FR a try due to the selections for non seafood eaters. Food was simple, uncomplicated, well priced and delicious. Our waitress was delightful. The view...More

Thank travel_me_happy99
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This has good food and great view of the ocean. My only complaint for here is they charge for soda refills. Their sodas are small (12 oz. or less ) and are $3.00 a pop.

Thank Gary M
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August 13, 2017|
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Response from riosdianna20 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know either. I guess I am not as outgoing as others. I might have a Friend or Family Member mention it is your Birthday and let Gilda's decide if they will help you celebrate. I would not come right out and ask for... More
December 19, 2016|
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Response from Doug R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a bar with a few seats and a great view and a small TV (often off). But I don't believe they have a "Happy Hour" -- the restaurant has great (cheap) daily specials though!
December 8, 2016|
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Response from Chris C | Reviewed this property |
There was 3 of us and they did
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-2010
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