Gilbert's, now called the Firefish Grill, is located on the municipal wharf on the Santa Cruz waterfront. We picked this place because it is cleaner and more inviting than most of the other wharf restaurants. It offers a great view of the beach, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and the ocean beyond in a casual atmosphere. There is plenty of nearby paid parking on the wharf, although this tends to fill up by late morning, so you will want to arrive early for lunch. The menu consists of a wide variety of reasonably priced seafood entrees, salads, and sandwiches and there is also a full bar. My companion and I both had fish and chips, which we really enjoyed. Service was wonderful. Our young waitress was very friendly, helpful, and efficient--one of those rare people who act like they really like their job.
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