Back Nine Grill & Bar

4.4
103 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

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The owners of the Back Nine were equally inspired by the rich history of local cuisine and food preparation dating back to Rancho Carbonero. In Spanish, Carbonero is a place where charcoal is burned, much like an American BBQ. Our expansive fresh grill menu hopefully creates a pleasurable time for each of our Back Nine guests, as they view part of the famed course's front nine.
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipTravelwise
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with friend, had the wedge salad and a dose of scalloped potatoes. Delicious.
Only complaint is the chairs are wood and hard so wish they had pads.

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JeffU
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Inviting interior with fire place, nice bar area. Good place to meet, have a bit and some time with friends.

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DebbieJo
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Has shredded pork potatoe skins & the monday meatloaf special.
Drinks were fantastic! Had Strawberry kemin drops!
And the pricing was ridiculously affordable! Definitely coming back!

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JamesL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very attentive. Food was fantastic. Noise level was alittle too high. Quickly become our "go to" restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become a weekly spot for our family. Great food/drinks. Service is awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good menu selection. Everything I’ve had there has been good. Love the Southwestern bbque chicken salad. Good wine selection too. It can get noisy when the room is full.

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AgnesM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but not extra ordinary for the price. There was an unwanted visitor around our food, a fly! :(

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vipRobertR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service were both very good. The atmosphere is that of a sports bar, which is what it primarily is. We enjoyed it when we went there for lunch on a Sunday.

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MargaretP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best steak and St Louis ribs in Santa Cruz! Honestly I didn’t expect such adventurous flavors from a golf club restaurant. Since those usually offer rather conservative fare. But our dinners were outstanding and portions generous. Wait staff was attentive albeit not overly warm. We went at 5 pm Sunday and place was almost empty, which was fine for us, but by 6 pm it was filling up. We will definitely be back —a new local favorite for us

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Kate
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Its a good place to grab a bite to eat, but I found their cocktails mediocre. Food is good, not great. It is an easy place to take kids and staff is friendly.

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PeteE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reason I rated it low was that the reservation did not go in and luckily they had a table they could give us. The restaurant was great.

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KatieL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was convenient to have dinner right at the hotel. Our server, Hayden, was outstanding. Good food. Nice decor. It was pretty casual which was nice after a beach day. Good kids’ menu as well!

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flip
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

awesome waitress--but the Open Table never showed--she checked off and on before we left----

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vipJocelyn
Sacramento
40 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

When we drove up we were a little surprised, not realizing the restaurant was part of a hotel. The dining room casual looking. The service was good, and when a plate came out too early, the server apologized, removed it and brought a fresh one out. The food was really good and very fresh - no cutting corners. While a hotel/golf course restaurant, it was clear locals were there too. All in all, this place was a wonderful surprise, and worth going to again if in the area.

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JeanetteR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

This place is consistently okay. The service often disappoints. We were celebrating a graduation, and had intended on having a full dinner including dessert. Our waitress was nice, but she was preoccupied with other tables, and she would wave to me from across the room. While she was at our table and we were ready to order, she said “let me go say hi to another table, and then I’ll take your order.” I should have told her to take our order then, because she disappeared for another 10 minutes. Our table was never bussed, either. We left without dessert because we didn’t want to be ignored anymore. It’ll be a long time before I go back there again. The experience was disappointing, especially when we we celebrating a special event. Beware, or be ready for that if you go.

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MaggieZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Steak was unfortunately not cooked well. Salads were average. Appreciated assistance with birthday cake.

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BJBernard
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

nice local venue and cozy atmosphere it does get noisy but had a wonderful burger for Burger Week and split a salad. Love the cocktails and strong wine selections. Cheers!

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RobinS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit to Back Nine Grill & Bar. As before, this is a great place to meet with friends and have a conversation and very good food. The seating is very comfortable and the noise level is great even when every table is full we could hear each other and not conversations nearby. I intend to go back soon.

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aprils
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, very clean , need more variety of choices please

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TRevLeo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated my spouses birthday here. Way more people came than we expected, but they accommodated all of us beautifully. The staff was great. They served everyone quickly and handled individual bills with ease. There's a whole easy chair area with a fireplace that is very comfy. We love this place!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. Food and drink never disappoint and atmosphere is nice.

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ChristinaW
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great date night! Went during Santa Cruz Restaurant Week and enjoyed an appetizer, entree and dessert for $25/pp. Our server, Ali, was a breath of fresh air. We just LOVED her, and will be back the next time she's working bar. You did us right, Ali! :)

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rich
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Sadly, the Back Nine Grill failed in my dining experience.

On a positive note, the service was really good.

Since it was my first time there, I was not aware there were options to either being seated in the noisy bar/lounge area (to be expected), which I was seated in, to the much more quiet dining room.

Unfortunately, I requested my flat-iron steak “a little pink” inside, but it was well done.

Since the Santa Cruz area offers so many other dining options, I doubt if I will be returning to or recommending the Back Nine Grill.

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MelissaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went because I wanted to try something new and this was featured in Santa Cruz Restaurant week. It was some of the best food I have had in a long time!! Big portions too. Wonderful and I will return.

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kjhobbs
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fairly busy night, took a long time for the food and drinks to appear. Other reviews spoke to the quality of food for the cost & they were right. If I were to return, I'd stick with appetizers and a drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Servers, food quality—very good.
Noise level was a bit high, but led to a casual, relaxed atmosphere which was nice for us tonight.
I’m sooo glad we made reservations! Didn’t have to wait at all :)

Everyone enjoyed each dish. Will definitely return!

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TomB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is very good. The place itself could have looked a little nicer. I would definitely go again. The servers were very nice and very helpful in selecting the meals. The portions are big.

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pats
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, the service wa great and most of all kid friendly!

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vipJLSacto
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Didn't realize this place is inside an Inn. I guess many of the Inn's guest decided to spend the evening at Santa Cruz downtown cause this place was not busy at all. But good for us! Restaurant was homey, food was sumptuous, and staff was attentive. We ordered salad, steak, ribs, chicken and mushroom burger - and everyone loved the dishes! Best of all, desserts were delicious (berry cobbler and molten lava) You must try this place!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Father’s Day

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KatieS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

With the prices as high as the were, we thought it was going to be fancier. But it was just a typical burger restaurant with men yelling at the tv for a BB game and people in their relaxed clothing. It would've been perfect for a menu that was a tad cheaper, but if you charge that much you need the ambiance to be better.

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CindyLouWho
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine selection and food, waitress is friendly and great customer service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Their food was delicious and we had a very attentive waitress. Next time we're in town we'll definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great with kids

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellant and the service was outstanding. I am so pleased to find a good resturan near our home in Scotts Valley. We regularly attended the resturant that was there prior.

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CaliGirl
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place has a good feel to it. My husband and I started with the coconut prawn appetizer. Our entrées included the flat iron steak (him) and blue cheese & pear salad (w/chicken added) and then we shared a berry cobbler a la mode. It was all delicious. Look forward to our next visit there. We were on our way from Santa cruz to Los Gatos to see the holiday light show at Vasona Lake Park. Great place to stop when your coming or going "over the hill" (across the Santa Cruz mountains via Hwy 17).

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vipWinewalkabout
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food and table service was good. Ok wine list. The Hostess did not credit my booking and also told two of my guests we were not there yet. They left after waiting half an hour assuming something happened and we were not there. I called to check on them and had them return.

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vipcasadeyork
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

my daughter is vegan, and mother in law lactose intolerant. daughter very happy with veggie burger minus bun with avacado and myshrooms. veggies with just olive oil. Little concerned server did not totally get restictions. but seemed to ge well

FAQs

Back Nine Grill & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 423-5000.

Back Nine Grill & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.