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Surfrider Cafe

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429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
+1 831-713-5258
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Modesto, California
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110 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch here with friends. Service was good and the food was good too. Fun little place. Our boys love this place.

Thank Mamjensen
Palo Alto, California
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best burgers I have ever had. The big homemade sourdough buns you can get here with your burger are nothing short of amazing.

Thank Jdb49
Oakland, CA
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

FOOD: Lots of comfort pub food here, from burgers to hot wings to fish tacos, salads, and mac & cheese. Nice kids menu with cheap eats that includes a drink, fries, and dessert. Nothing fancy, but cooked nicely. DRINKS: Very low cost and good quality wines and beer. Lots of glasses between $5--$7 each. Happy hour was supposedly $1 off... More 

Thank ZMMom
Hollister, California
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140 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us came here for a light dinner. The beer menu is adequate, ice tea is brewed on house which is always a plus for me. I ordered a turkey burger on the homemade fun, but the bun was a little too thick for my preferences. One of my friends had a burger on sourdough and that would've been... More 

Thank AmyJune H
Fort Myers, Florida
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103 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Was in town to visit friends and we had lunch here. It's an old favorite of mine from when I worked in Santa Cruz, and am glad to see it has not changed. The burgers are named for local surf spots, and are all great. The sourdough buns are incredible - do yourself a favor and have one with your... More 

Thank William S
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

The skinny dip was delicious, as for extra napkins. Friend had the Lamb burger and was very good. another had the pesto chicken and it was delicious! Highly recommended and will be back! Also good service!

Thank Paraskevi B
Santa Cruz, California
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93 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

I enjoyed my meal at Surfrider. Ample portions and good service. I had the Cowells Burger and it was cooked well done per my request and they also added the onion that I ask for. Check out their menu on line. Decor is just average, but food was good.

Thank Ken B
New Jersey
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189 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

If your looking for that 'beachy' casual inexpensive burger n' beer - typical of many beach towns (Ft. Lauderdale comes to mind) - head here. Nice variety of specialty burgers, and other menu items if you are not in the mood for cow. (They have a very tasty veggie and brown rice stir fry.) Nothing to write home about -... More 

Thank Scott S
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133 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were here with some friends for dinner. Our waiter was very nice and friendly, prices were reasonable. I just had a Caesar salad and some chicken wings. Both were decent. My husband had the indicator burger and liked it. But it's wasn't the best burger he ever had or anything. We got the chocolate peanut butter... More 

Thank Elizabeth P
Santa Cruz, California
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409 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

We have walked by for years and on our way to a Warriors Game decided to pop in. The menu had something for everyone. The service was quite good. Drinks were service quickly and help with the menu offered. I tried the Ahi Salad and was impressed. It was served with a side of wasabi ranch in a small throwaway,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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: +1 831-713-5258

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?