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Ideal Bar & Grill, Santa Cruz, CA

Ideal Bar & Grill

4.0
4
216 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

Fun, family friendly dining with a beautiful view of Santa Cruz Main beach and the Municipal Wharf! We offer out side seating on our sunny deck! Come down and try our award winning clam chowder today! Reservations are for our inside dining room only.

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Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm Bar Daily 12:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 423-5271

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jesus Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    Our Beach Room can host up to 40 guests. The room features a private bar, views of the wharf, beach, and ocean. It also offers a small private patio (weather permitting) that extends the inside bar area, making it perfect for any event! We have hosted various events here from rehearsal dinners, business meetings, and wedding brunches to surprise birthday parties and charity events!

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    Front Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on the Santa Cruz Wharf for an hourly rate and is just a short scenic walk to our location. There are also small metered lots across the street as well. We are walking distance to many near-by hotels.

  • Public transit

    The public bus stop is just across the street from Ideal Bar & Grill.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

daily menu until 4pm

Breakfast Selections

available until 2pm; eggs served with our famous home fried potatoes unless otherwise stated

  • French Toast$14.95

    thick cut Texas Toast topped with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, served with whipped butter & syrup

    • Eggs Benedict$17.95

      two toasted english muffins topped with grilled canadian bacon, poached eggs & hollandaise sauce

      • Basic Breakfast**$13.95

        three eggs cooked to order, bacon or sausage

        • Garden Scramble**$15.95

          three eggs scrambled with sundried tomatoes, yams butternut squash, red onion, broccoli with feta cheese

          • Huevos Rancheros**

            two eggs over-medium, refried beans, tomatoes, green onions, roasted corn & black bean salsa with cheese on corn tortillas

            • Chilaquiles**$13.95

              tortilla chips with a spicy salsa cruda, two scrambled eggs, cotija cheese with sour cream

              • Mexicali Burrito**$12.95

                eggs, potatoes, spinach, mixed cheese, roasted corn & black bean salsa, served a la carte

                • Organic Acai Bowl**$12.95

                  granola, bannana, fresh berries, coconut

                  • Big Breakfast$17.95

                    french toast, 2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, 2 pork sausage links, served with whipped butter & syrup

                    Appetizers

                    • Fried Calamari$17.95

                      served with lemon, cocktail & tartar sauce

                      • Chips & Salsa**$7.95

                        fresh tortilla chips & house salsa

                        • Garlic Bread$7.95

                          sourdough bread, garlic & herb butter, parmesan

                          • Roasted Garlic & Brie$16.95

                            served with fresh fruit, fig jam a sliced baguette

                            • Gilroy Garlic Fries$8.95

                              crispy fries tossed with gilroy garlic & parsley

                              • Ceviche* **$15.95

                                tilapia cured in lime juice with tomato, cilantro, onion & pepper, served with corn tortilla chips

                                • Ideal Nachos**$14.95

                                  jack & cheddar cheese, refried beans, diced tomatoes, green onions, mild jalapeños, cilantro and black bean salsa, garnished with guacamole, sour cream & house salsa

                                  • Sweet Potato Fries$8.95

                                    crispy fries served with a chipotle aioli

                                    Raw Bar

                                    • Fresh Oysters* **

                                      seasonal selection served with zesty cocktail sauce, lemon and horseradish

                                      • 1/2 Dozen$18.95
                                      • Full$33.95
                                    • Ahi Poke* **$16.95

                                      sashimi grade ahi mixed with a wasabi citrus soy sauce tossed with macadamia nuts & cucumber over cold organic soba noodles topped with crispy noodles

                                      Entrees

                                      • Fish Tacos**$16.95

                                        marinated seasonal white fish grilled and topped with cabbage, pico de gallo and a roasted serrano & cilantro ranch

                                        • 1/2 Rack of Baby Back Ribs**$22.95

                                          pork ribs cooked tender & basted with a mesquite BBQ sauce served with coleslaw & french fries

                                          • Make It a Full Rack$32.95
                                        • Island Seabass**$22.95

                                          grilled seabass topped with a citrus lime buerre blanc & roasted pineapple salsa served with kale coleslaw & island rice

                                          • Grilled Mahi Mahi$21.95

                                            dusted with flour, salt & pepper topped with a citrus wasabi ponzu sauce topped with roasted pineapple salsa served with sauteed kale and island rice

                                            • Seafood Platter$24.95

                                              lightly breaded crispy wite fish, coconut prawns and calamari, served with french fries

                                              • Fish & Chips$20.95

                                                lightly breaded crispy wite fish (not beer battered) served with french fries

                                                Soup & Salads

                                                • New England Clam Chowder

                                                  Santa Cruz Chowder Cook-Off Best Professional "most tasted" 2020

                                                  • Cup$6.95
                                                  • Bowl$8.95
                                                  • Sourdough Bread Bowl$12.95
                                                • Asian Chicken Salad$18.95

                                                  panko crispy chicken, served atop mixed greens, cabbbage, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, sprouts & crispy soba noodles with sliced almonds and a Thai peanut dressing

                                                  • Mixed Greens & Gorgonzola**$15.95

                                                    balsamic vinaigrette, gorgonzola, glazed walnuts & fresh seasonal fruit

                                                    • Caesar Salad$13.95

                                                      garlic croutons, shaved parmesan, classic dressing

                                                      • Steak Salad**$24.95

                                                        flat iron steak, mixed greens, balsamic vinaigrette, tomatoes, gorgonzola, corn & black bean salsa & tortilla chips

                                                        • Buddha Salad**$15.95

                                                          mixed greens, edamame hummus, carrots, sliced apple, roasted beets, sweet potatos, sliced almonds and tahini dressing on the side

                                                          Sandwiches

                                                          Gluten Free bread available for $2, Substitute small salad $3, Substitute sweet potato fries $2

                                                          • "TBA" Turkey, Bacon Avocado Sandwich$16.95

                                                            Bacon, red onion, avocado, tomato, mixed greens with a pesto aioli on sliced whole wheat, served with kale coleslaw. Make it vegetarian? no bacon & turkey and we'll add edamame hummus, carrots & cucumbers!

                                                            • Ideal Burger$15.95

                                                              Braveheart black angus burger on a potato bun, served with lettuce, tomato, sliced red onion and pickles on the side with french fries

                                                              • Guacamole Bacon Burger$20.95

                                                                Braveheart black angus burger with jack cheese, homemade guacamole and crispy bacon, served with lettuce, tomato, sliced red onion and pickles on the side with french fries. Substitute grilled chicken for no charge

                                                                • Pulled Pork Sandwich$16.95

                                                                  fresh pork carnitas, BBQ sauce, creamy kale coleslaw, pineapple salsa on a potato bun served with french fries

                                                                  • Prime Rib Dipper$18.95

                                                                    thinly sliced prime rib, grilled onions, jack cheese on a ciabatta roll, Au jus sauce with french fries

                                                                    • Seafood Melt$19.95

                                                                      shrimp, crab meat salad mixture green onion & jack cheese on grilled sliced sourdough and served with kale coleslaw (gluten free option not available)

                                                                      Signature Cocktails

                                                                      • Tropical Mimosa

                                                                        House champagne mixed with tropical juice

                                                                        • Mr. Belvedere's Bacon Bloody

                                                                          Belvedere vodka & ideals famous housemade bloody mary mix, celery salt glass, bacon

                                                                          • El Presidente

                                                                            Don Julio blanco tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, sweet & sour with a float of Grand Marnier

                                                                            • Sangria

                                                                              House red wine, peach schnapps, black raspberry, oj, & Sprite

                                                                              • Berrilicious Lava Flow

                                                                                Bacardi rum, pineapple & coconut juice, blended with strawberries

                                                                                • Moscow Mule

                                                                                  Tito's vodka, ginger beer & fresh lime

                                                                                  • Aperol Spritz

                                                                                    Prosecco, Aperol, soda water & lemon

                                                                                    • Ketel Petel

                                                                                      Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose, press, lemon

                                                                                      • Bulleit Old Fashioned

                                                                                        Traditional old fashion prepared with Bulleit whiskey

                                                                                        Wine Menu

                                                                                          White

                                                                                          • Vista Point Chardonnay, California$9.00

                                                                                            • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, California$11.00

                                                                                              • Storrs Chardonnay, Central Coast (Local)$13.00

                                                                                                • Bargetto Pinot Grigio, Monterey County (Local)$9.00

                                                                                                  • Mohua, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand$9.00

                                                                                                    • Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma$10.00

                                                                                                      • Maison Ombre Rose, Provence, France$9.00

                                                                                                        Bubbles

                                                                                                        • Moet & Chandon Champagne, Reims, France

                                                                                                          • Bottle$68.00
                                                                                                        • Piper Sonoma Brut, Napa

                                                                                                          • Bottle$40.00
                                                                                                        • Chandon Rose, California

                                                                                                          • Split$11.00
                                                                                                        • Chandon Brut, California

                                                                                                          • Split$11.00
                                                                                                        • Lucca Paretti Prosecco, Italy

                                                                                                          • Split$11.00
                                                                                                        • House Champagne, Spain$8.00

                                                                                                          Red Wine

                                                                                                          • Vista Point Cabernet Sauvignon, California$9.00

                                                                                                            • J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles$10.00

                                                                                                              • Robert Hall Merlot, Sonoma$9.00

                                                                                                                • Ryder Pinot Noir, Central Coast (Local)$10.00

                                                                                                                  • Soquel Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains (Local)$13.00

                                                                                                                    • The Biker Zinfandel, Paso Robles$11.00

                                                                                                                      • Altos del Plata Malbec, Argentina$10.00

                                                                                                                        • Taylor Tawney Port 10yr, Portugal

                                                                                                                          • Glass$12.00

                                                                                                                        Beer Menu

                                                                                                                          Draft Beer

                                                                                                                          • Santa Cruz Mountains IPA 7.5%, American IPA, Organic, Santa Cruz, CA (Local)

                                                                                                                            • Santa Cruz Mountain Amber Ale 5%, American Amber, Organic, Santa Cruz, CA (Local)

                                                                                                                              • Discretion Uncle Dave's Rye IPA 6.5%, Full-Bodied IPA, Santa Cruz, CA (Local)

                                                                                                                                • Kona Longboard Lager 4.6%, Lager, Hawaii

                                                                                                                                  Bottles

                                                                                                                                  • Corona Extra 4.6%, Mexican Lager, Mexico

                                                                                                                                    • Modelo Especial 4.4%, Mexican Lager, Mexico

                                                                                                                                      • Guinness Stout 4.2%, Irish Stout, Dublin, Ireland

                                                                                                                                        • Stella Artois 5% Euro Pale Lager, Belgium

                                                                                                                                          • Coors Light 4.2%, Light Lager, Colorado

                                                                                                                                            • Coors Original 5.4%, American Lager, Colorado

                                                                                                                                              • Pacifico 4.6%, Mexican Lager, Mazatlan, Mexico

                                                                                                                                                • Blue Moon 5.4%, Belgian-Style Wheat Beer, Colorado

                                                                                                                                                  • Golden State Cider 5%, American Cider, Cincinnati, Ohio**

                                                                                                                                                    • Omission Pale Ale 5.8%, American Pale Ale, Oregon**

                                                                                                                                                      • Non-Alcoholic

                                                                                                                                                        please ask for current selection

                                                                                                                                                        • White Claw Hard Seltzer

                                                                                                                                                          Black Cherry OR Natural lIme

                                                                                                                                                          Beverages

                                                                                                                                                          • Ice Tea

                                                                                                                                                            • Lemonade

                                                                                                                                                              • Hot Tea

                                                                                                                                                                • Strawberry Lemonade

                                                                                                                                                                  • Pelligrino

                                                                                                                                                                    • Milk

                                                                                                                                                                      • Fresh Orange Juice

                                                                                                                                                                        • Grapefruit Juice

                                                                                                                                                                          • Pineapple

                                                                                                                                                                            • Cranberry

                                                                                                                                                                              • Tomato Juice

                                                                                                                                                                                • Martinelli's Apple Juice

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chocolate Milk

                                                                                                                                                                                    Soft Drinks

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coke

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Diet Coke

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sprite

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Root Beer

                                                                                                                                                                                            Weekly Specials

                                                                                                                                                                                            May not be valid on holidays

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Monday - Baby Back Ribs

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wednesday - Live Maine Lobster

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Friday - Prime Rib

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy Hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday - Friday 3:30-5:30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • House Margaritas$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House Vodka Press$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Domestic Bottles$3.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Draft Beers$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mai Tais$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • House Wine$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                              What 216 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4.0
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 3.9Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 4.3Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 3.5Value

                                                                                                                                                                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good for Groups

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                TrishaK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall2food1service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The food used to be great here about 3 years ago. Really overpriced for the quality being served. It’s really sad that such a great restaurant has declined so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. VR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ValerieR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our waiter was Amazing and always chekced on us. The drinks were really nice looking and tasted good! Will for sure be going back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. RW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                RobinW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The servers were so welcoming and worked hard to anticipate our needs. So friendly! There is a Wed night Maine lobster special for about $27, but it is a tad rubbery. But my kabobs with fish and shrimp were wonderful. They accommodated my diet needs nicely. Other meals are in the $32-36 range but still nice. The fried calamari was the largest appetizer serving I have seen on the Santa Cruz Wharf and tasty! Would go back again for sure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. RA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                RosemaryA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The location is wonderful. It was a beautiful day. The food was Yum Yum! Will take out of town friends when they come to visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. G

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ginger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Joaquin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our sever was friendly - but the food was awful. We will not eat here again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. MQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                MelindaQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 21, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Calamari was delicious! Horseradish Salmon was outstanding! Would definitely go back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saswan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The music was so loud that we couldn’t hear each other talk. My poor five year old was very upset and they refused to turn the music down even though many customers were complaining about the volume being way too loud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall2food1service2ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had gone to this restaurant for dinner in February so decided to reserve for breakfast after the She Is Beautiful race. It was two of us. We arrived and were seated immediately, they had a DJ that was very loud, so in turn people had to talk to their friends/family loudly. It probably didn’t need to be that loud but the music was good. Now when we were there in Feb it was A LOT busier, outside full, inside full. Full menu available. Today? Basic menu with only certain items available. Disappointing. I ordered the French Toast, friend ordered the Guacamole Bacon burger. 1. Food came out in 10 mins….way too fast to prepare French toast and a well done burger fresh 2. Friend said burger had no seasoning, could tell it was frozen meat. 3. My French toast? Cold, tasted like toast with syrup. Like they popped bread in the toaster, dipped in egg wash them BARELY cooked it. The bread was very saturated. I can understand wanting to prepare for a large crowds but this place is ALWAYS busy with locals and tourists since pandemic lifted. Will return for dinner, but next year will probably head to a different spot after race.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. L

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Larry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 4, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                I thought that the extra 4% automatic service charge made the price of the meal seem like a "bait and switch". I would prefer to have the price of food on the menu reflect the true price of the meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. K

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on January 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Honestly was terrible and very over priced for the quality of food. Will not be returning back here

                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. MO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                MichelleO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Unspecified

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on January 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A bit pricey for what we had, but overall it was nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. LJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                LauraJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on January 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good service, good food, good location and good ambience. Laid back atmosphere but good taste. Family friendly and lots of young people around. Would definitely come back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Patti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on December 26, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just had dinner at Ideal Bar and Grill. Good service, and the food was excellent. Drinks are always yummy and creative. Highly recommend if you like a casual vibe and fresh air.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. SM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                StanM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on November 26, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall2food1service2ambience1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We ate here on Thanksgiving as we were just visiting, so maybe that was the issue.. Service was slow and indifferent. Food was average to poor and VERY Expensive! I guess you have to pay to eat next to the water! Would not recommend!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                bridgettew

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on November 26, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was a great place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              16. JH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JeffH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on November 25, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall2food1service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went for Thanksgiving, had a special menu, couldn't accommodate scrambled eggs for our 4 year old, despite being on the menu, nor could they make mac and cheese for our 6 year old, again despite being on the menu. Thankfully we brought snacks for a beach day. All food was bland and flavorless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              17. RA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                RosemaryA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on November 25, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Checking the list before getting here would just be repeated here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              18. MT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                MelanyT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on November 21, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                No water brought, we asked for a bottle of wine the waiter brought to glasses of wine. When we asked him he said we’ll do you just want to buy these two glasses then a bottle of wine. Appetizer came out and as we started it the main course came right out. Guy tried bringing the check we asked for dessert menu then he rattled off ones that we shouldn’t order recommended the lava cake, it came out cold and dry. It was our anniversary the guy asked why we were there and we told him that. When we first got to the restaurant some guys was at the booth saying seat yourself when we started walking up the hostess asked what we were doing and then when we told her she told us I have no idea who that is or why he was there. Just overall bad experience

                                                                                                                                                                                                              19. CB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                CardiB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on November 14, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately, we were seated at a less than ideal table. We had no view, and we were facing a wall. And, our food took over an hour to arrive. The waitress was aware of this, yet she did not offer any kind of compensation for our long wait. We won't be going back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              20. PO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                PaigeO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on November 13, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great food and loved the view. Went back the next night

                                                                                                                                                                                                              21. U

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ukin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on October 22, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                I booked a reservation for this restaurant through OpenTable and received a confirmation of my reservation. When I arrived at Ideal Bar & Grill they had no record of my reservation. I was fortunate to show up at a time when they could accommodate me. I always enjoy eating there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              22. N

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nicolle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on October 17, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was my niece's 8th birthday and they set up balloons on the table! it was the cutest thing and she was so happy about it. I have gone here for my birthday twice before and I really like the food. It's a really great place to celebrate something! and the best thing, I could see the Raider game from my seat :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              23. TJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                TheJohnsons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sacramento

                                                                                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on October 16, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                We knew it was a tourist trap and didn't expect much. The service was friendly and competent. The food was just terrible. The tasteless clam chowder was so thick with flour that you could stand a spoon in it. The hamburger was barely acceptable with tired wilted tomato and lettuce on the side. The fries were under-fried and limp. Also not very hot. The ribs were overcooked. They fell off the bone but were dry and tough. The less said about the cole slaw the better. But the very worst item on the table was the fish and chips. The breading was heavy with oregano (ick) and the fish had been fried to a tough deep brown. We told the server that it was inedible and asked to replace it with a burger. There was no offer to take the fish off the bill and we didn't ask. I'm assuming Ideal doesn't care about quality or return customers - the tourists were lined up around the block on a beautiful Saturday. Very expensive lesson learned!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              24. JT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JuneT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Orange County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on October 7, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was a reunion of precious coworkers. We use to meet for lobster night from time to time. I wasn't surprised by the price increase but disappointed that the veggies are no longer included.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              25. HB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                HBGal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Orange County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                132 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                132 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on September 18, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                We sat on the patio. My salad was delicious and my husband enjoyed his seafood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              26. CO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                CharlesO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Central Coast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on September 15, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was good, the service was good; however, the parking is a little tricky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              27. BR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                BethR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on September 12, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food is excellent and you get a good portion! The restaurant is very loud so it would be good for large groups and families, but not for a couple. The acoustics make for hearing everyone nearby or any loud noise. Great location by the water and the wharf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              28. d

                                                                                                                                                                                                                deborahoak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on September 10, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great food in a beautiful spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              29. MD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                MichelleD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on September 6, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Overall great food and it was a nice dinner. We actually made a reservation and ended up sitting at the bar which was fine for us. The service was good and quick. I really appreciate the workers during this pandemic as it is busy with over aggressive customers and demanding needs with limited staff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              30. NY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                NicoleY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on August 21, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was pretty underwhelming. Staff was ok but definitely not all that attentive. When we arrived there was no hostess at the stand - for a solid 10 minutes. Waiter was just alright. It’s at the wharf entrance so it wasn’t a shock to have food that’s just mediocre. You’re paying for being right on the beach/wharf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              31. DL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                DeeL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on August 7, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our waiter, Daniel was excellent. The food was yummy. The only draw back was how loud it was but I still had an excellent time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              32. PG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                PurpleGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on August 1, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was average; nice beach vibe and lovely to sit right at the beach. We had breakfast and it was good but didn't knock the socks off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              33. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on July 30, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall1food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Foods ordered is not great. Receptionist is not great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              34. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on July 22, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Slow service, hard to find wait staff when we needed something, but food and dessert was good and the view is great. Fun overall atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              35. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on July 12, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Had a fun day whale watching along the coast and decided to get a bite to eat on the way back home! This place did not disappoint!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              36. LK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                LoriK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on July 11, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                The roasted garlic and brea appetizer was delicious, but the description said it would be served with Fig jam and it wasn’t. My pasta dish was suppose to include, roasted garlic, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts, but after receiving it without, the server came back and said the kitchen was out of all those items. They gave a discount in the price, it just wasn’t what I ordered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              37. JH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JefferyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on July 9, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was really good. Our waitress was great. Overall service was ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              38. EE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                EddE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on June 20, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Always good food and a good time. My go to for laidback brunch. Bring your dog on the patio. Cheers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              39. JB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JenniferB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 9, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                AMAZING MOTHER'S DAY LUNCH! FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              40. B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bookwoman3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Central Coast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on May 9, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was delicious. Busy Mother's day weekend. Order was missing avocado and wasn't noticed by server.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Contactless payment available

                                                                                                                                                                                                              FAQs

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can order delivery directly from Ideal Bar & Grill using the Order Online button.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ideal Bar & Grill is rated 4 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Google Map for Ideal Bar & Grill

                                                                                                                                                                                                              106 Beach St Santa Cruz, CA 95060

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Front Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Santa Cruz

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm Bar Daily 12:00 am–9:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Californian, Seafood, American

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parking is available on the Santa Cruz Wharf for an hourly rate and is just a short scenic walk to our location. There are also small metered lots across the street as well. We are walking distance to many near-by hotels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public transit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The public bus stop is just across the street from Ideal Bar & Grill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                                                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jesus Garcia

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Phone number

                                                                                                                                                                                                                (831) 423-5271

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our Beach Room can host up to 40 guests. The room features a private bar, views of the wharf, beach, and ocean. It also offers a small private patio (weather permitting) that extends the inside bar area, making it perfect for any event! We have hosted various events here from rehearsal dinners, business meetings, and wedding brunches to surprise birthday parties and charity events!

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