Back Nine Grill & Bar

4.2
87 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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MZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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

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BJ
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CW
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

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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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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k
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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TB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JL
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Father’s Day

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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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CL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great with kids

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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CG
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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W
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Staff are great here. Made sure we were well taken care of from drinks to dessert.
The food was good, comfort style.
This was not our first time here, but a pick because if Santa Cruz Restaurant Week.
We will definitely be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A bit noisy in the sports bar area, but pleasant otherwise. Friendly staff, good food. If you want a quieter experience, there's an alcove away from the bar.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice dining experience. The ribs were fantastic, and the angus burgers were very good as well. Staff was friendly and thoughtful.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very attentive wait person name Noel. She was fantastic. She made sure everything was going great without being intrusive. The bus boys were great too. Making sure we water and clearing plates professionally. Our dinner was very delicious and well priced. A great experience and we will definitely being coming back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service! Food never disappoints :) We've been a few times and are always pleased.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was excellent, a fantastic experience and will definitely be back real soon!

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P
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it here! We sat by the fire and did not feel rushed. The staff were friendly and dinner was great.

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R
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to Back 9 at least ten times in the past year, and it has become our 'go to' restaurant in Santa Cruz. We live in Scotts Valley, and it's very convenient to meet friends, family, business associates there. Every person we have brought has been happy. The décor is relaxed and inviting. The food very good. The service good. Even when it's busy, we can still have a conversation without having to yell. Many other restaurants are so loud we can't talk comfortably! We recommend it for a casual, relaxed lunch or dinner.

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TJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Waitperson excellent! Very comfortable sitting next to fireplace.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We got to the restaurant early and we got seated right away. A very cozy place. Enjoyed the food and price was very reasonable. Service was great.

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E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection menu! Our waiter was so accommodating. This was my 4th time there. Will return again for those garlic mashed potatoes!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. The clam chowder was the best I have ever tasted. We will for sure be going back.

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My pork chop dinner was delicious and big enough that I will get to enjoy it twice!

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks and apps were good! I got the burger and it was good! Not too many people working but it was good overall! We would go again!

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food's pretty good and the ambience is fine if you're looking for casual. You can get a more intimate experience if you're seated in the back, away from the bar. I was disappointed in that we had made a reservation well in advance for Valentine's Day and got seated in the bar area under bright lights, check by jowl. There were other tables available so we got changed to a different one which was only a little better. So, it's not a good place if you're looking for a place to have a special meal, unless you specifically asked to be seated toward the rear. Nice for casual meals, though.

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f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we tried what some reviews mentioned and the shrimp appetizer was awesome--all in all a nice late afternoon meal-----

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