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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 good33%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“prime rib” (33 reviews)
“clam chowder” (29 reviews)
“spaghetti” (14 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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1 - 10 of 307 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Only served on Sundays and not on the menu. Absolutely perfect. The view of the bay is outstanding. Couldn’t ask for more.

Thank Shirley R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gilda's is a treasure and a landmark. The crab Louise is excellent. All of the sea food is. Great for breakfast too.

Thank rOgeraf2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have eaten here before when we walk along West Cliff Drive from Lighthouse Park. I moved to the Santa Cruz area in 1956 and remember the Stagnaro family that started this restaurant. The food is very good and the views are...More

Thank mgsinger
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Gilda's serves the best seafood louie in town. We have been coming here since the 90's and they treat you like family here. Prime rib night on Wednesdays are an awesome value: for $11.95 you get a cup of soup served with bread and crackers,...More

Thank Angelina G
Reviewed 9 February 2018

This is a great place - right next to the boardwalk, out on the pier. I love taking my little one here on the weekends for an early breakfast. They are super kid friendly and very reasonable. The food is always good and the staff...More

Thank caitlin p
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Starting with the service which was excellent, definitely a family friendly atmosphere. Greeted by one. Of the owners/managers. His attention to detail was so great. Meal came with fresh baked bread and clam chowder that was very tasty. Love when they get clam chowder right,...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017

The food was fantastic, service very good made you feel like family. Look at their daily special's. Lots of good food. Ate there special 3 days in a row. On the wharf with great views of bay.

Thank tedkop
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Loved it! I had the daily special - fish soup which was awesome! Really well cooked seafood awesome broth, lovely. Also family friendly and a great view. Really enjoyed and would definitely come again.

Thank bagelobagel
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

When we got seated, I was expecting a subpar experience. The waiter was dressed in jeans and a tee shirt, and not all that professional looking. He turned out to be very attentive and courteous. Food was very good and reasonable. The meat was very...More

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 21 October 2017

After driving down the coast from San Francisco, our group stopped in Santa Cruz for dinner. After finding a local place to park, the local recommended Gilda's as he had a personal connection. The manager was very nice and took the time to clear a...More

Thank JanaU
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13 August 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
19 December 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!
8 December 2016|
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Response from R 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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