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Surfrider Cafe

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££ - £££
American, Bar
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429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
+1 831-713-5258
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

I've been to Santa Cruz a number of years and each year I make it a mission to visit the Surfrider Cafe. Great food, friendly and helpful staff, decent pricing, and right in downtown Santa Cruz. Unlimited wings on Tuesdays, constantly adding to menu, great beers, and a fun variety of food options. Try the Skippy Burger. Next time I'm... More 

1 Thank Guillermo B
Redding, California
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Found this place when in Santa Cruz for spring break and I loved it. I ordered the tri tip sandwich and loved every bite of it. I added onion rings to my order and was surprised at the amazing quality... easily some of the best food I had during my stay. Returned to Santa Cruz last week and made sure... More 

Thank Heather P
Santa Cruz, California
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233 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Terrific burgers in a low-key tiki-hut themed surf shack in downtown Santa Cruz. Eclectic array of burgers on offer (including one with peanut butter!) and a great but modest selection of beer (including some fine ones from Boulder Creek). Be sure to check out peanut butter/chocolate pie for dessert!

Thank brocdog
Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2015

My son and I dropped in for lunch. We were the first of the day. Waiter greeted us and promptly sat us down. Within 5 minutes he took our order. Within 10 more minutes my burger came and my son's tortilla soup. Burger was meh and the soup was cold and terrible. Obviously yesterday's soup pot and it was turned... More 

Thank 346tomd
Dallas Tx
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117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2015

We try to make time to stop by here when we are traveling the California coast. Good burgers and close to downtown. Nice to be able to get a good meal and take a walk when you are finished. Parking is a bit of a bear, but not horrible. Can be crowded, but I would say worth the wait!

Thank ang126
Manhattan Beach, California
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511 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2015 via mobile

After enjoying getting lost in my mind in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, we magically ended here to satisfy our munchies! The1/2 pound ($1.00 upgrade) is the best burger in Santa Cruz; added wedge fries were a treat. My lover's Portobello sandwich was the best ever (no magic mushrooms here); but that's OK because we have edibles for dessert! Parking... More 

1 Thank Sequoia R
Santa Cruz, California
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2015

Horrible food, over cooked sandwich bun. Sliced tri tip too thick to eat without a knife.No flavor to meat. Mint shake was sliding off sides of glass onto table. Waitress never cleaned up the spill. Placed my food plate on the mess. I'll never recommend or go back.

Thank SusheOne1
Chartley, Massachusetts
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119 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

Place was pretty crowded and we had to wait awhile. Was very hard to get a drink (beer and wine only) from the super small and crowded bar. Server focus was on folks seated at bar, not people waiting for tables. Lost revenue opportunity. Hint: There is a little Chinese restaurant in a shared hallway with insanely cheap beer prices... More 

Thank EuropeinFebruary
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2015

I love the atmosphere of the place and it really complemented the delicious food! The staff was super helpful in making recommendations and led me to The Hell Burger with garlic parmesan fries. Those two items with a local IPA and I was in heaven. Had a solo meal at the bar and the staff was cool and chatted with... More 

Thank ryanoriley1
Rome, Italy
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2015 via mobile

We were looking for an easy place to eat something and we found the Surfrider Cafe thanks to tripadvisor. The good reviews were absolutely sincere: we had two awesome hamburgers, perfectly cooked and with a delicious side of fries. If you are in Santa Cruz, don't miss the chance to eat here!

Thank Epicuro87

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 429 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503 (Formerly San Pablo Taqueria)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-713-5258

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?