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Surfrider Cafe

429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503
+1 831-713-5258
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“avocado fries” (18 reviews)
“sliders” (16 reviews)
“burger” (69 reviews)
Opens in 28 min
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of choice at reasonable prices and the portions are very generous so be careful how much you order

Thank Martin M
Reviewed March 10, 2018

Every so often my wife & I happen inside and enjoy a burger. Family style Americana food at reasonable prices.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed March 3, 2018

I rarely give excellent as a rating, but it was. The service was great, really chatty and helpful server, without being over the top cheesy. Got their for happy hour and enjoyed $1 off our drinks. Hubby really enjoyec a draught beer or two as...More

Thank Snowdy7
Reviewed February 23, 2018

Stopped in for a family lunch. Enjoyed some fish tacos, and my wife had a very tasty burger! We also enjoyed some fried pickles as the appetizers. Great little local eatery

Thank markcR8228LG
Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Had a yummy burger, GF had the tuna which had very spicy wasabi (or horseradish)... we wanted simple, not expensive, surfrider was all that! Friendly staff, lots of people enjoying a meal near the beach!

Thank myworkshed
Reviewed February 6, 2018

We googled restaurants and decided to go to this one. When we arrived, it was very busy with folks waiting. We got on the wait list at #5. Given the choice of standing around or sitting at the bar, we chose the latter. We were...More

Reviewed December 20, 2017

We got our dinner to go here- kids got sliders and I did the fish tacos. The food was pretty good- not bad, but not amazing either. I thought for the sliders we should have gotten 3 per order and only got 2, so I'm...More

Thank zeppgirl
Reviewed December 19, 2017

My wife and I were looking for a place to eat in Santa Cruz, one that served fish or veggie dishes. The Surfrider was well-rated by TripAdvisor, so we tried it. It is in the downtown area and an easy walk from our hotel. It...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed December 11, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stopped here on a recommendation from a friend who said you can't go wrong with this cafe. It was definitely delicious and I enjoyed the deep fried artichoke fritters. The milkshake with fruit loops was bomb! I will be back!

Thank Nikkie S
Reviewed December 11, 2017 via mobile

This place does have some of the best burgers in town. They have some other tasty dishes and specials some dats but if you come here the burgers might definitely be worth a try!

Thank Misss_T_24
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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