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Surfrider Cafe

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
+1 831-713-5258
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

so my husband says his burger with bacon jam was the best burger he has ever had! Including the ones I make him! I had sliders and they were really good also. French fries were hot and fresh! Wait staff was extremely friendly and helpful! Craft beer was great, not rushed at all to leave the table. We would return... More 

Thank Pam D
Campbell, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Consistently good every time!!! Avocado fries are delicious and burgers are the best in town. Service is always timely but not rushed at all.

Thank Tanya V
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109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

If you are looking for a burger near downtown Santa Cruz, Surrider Cafe offers a wide selection of tasty burgers. A very casual cafe, there are also non-burger sandwich options. Table service was friendly and good. While the meal was good, the dining area could have used a good cleaning.

Thank shewoo
Walnut Creek, California
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Came here as a stop for a food tour. The sliders and flight of beer tastings were delicious. Perfect decor for beach town place.

Thank sansregret
Woodinville, Washington
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329 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

This casual place is just off of Pacific Avenue, so if you are looking for a burger, salad or sandwich, this is a convenient break in the shopping action. I had some sliders (mini hamburgers) and a side salad. The food was very good. The meat patties were small, but flavorful. The side salad was great--one of the best side... More 

Thank Brin651
San Antonio, Texas
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80 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place whike cruising around Santa Monica read the reviews and gave it a go. The burgers and fries were delicious. I tried the sourdough buns based on tropadvisor recommendations and it added to the burger, im not a fan of sourdough bread but it really did make the burger even better. Fast friendly service even on... More 

Thank enlightexplore
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

We met a local here for lunch upon her recommendation. I was initially disappointed that we weren't eating on the boardwalk but boy was our host spot-on. The food was FABULOUS and we didn't have the major crowds that were seen down by the beach. Avocado fries and garlic parmesan fries were great (real garlic on the fries) and all... More 

Thank Alicia J
Elk Grove, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

We had the avocado fries for an app; excellent. Mac and cheese was great. My son had a spicy chicken sandwich. All was great. Service was good and place was clean

Thank Brandy C
Riverbank, California
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

My friend and I were in search of Clam chowder in a bread bowl and this was the first restaurant that popped up so we decided to try it. First let me start by saying we walked in a few minutes before they opened and we were greeted with a smile and a welcome; usually it's "we aren't open yet,"... More 

Thank christianelise
Santa Cruz, California
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

The Surfrider cafe sports as the name implies a beachy, surf vibe. Comfortable booths, friendly wait staff. The burgers here are not to be missed. Many varieties available, all with local surf spot names, the Hook, is my favorite. Also have beers on tap, and wine available. Shoestring french fries are awesome!

Thank KatieSantaCruz_CA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, 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?