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“Nice old style food and dining”

Gilda's Family Restaurant
Ranked #32 of 372 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Kids, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Nice old style food and dining”
Reviewed 7 August 2013 via mobile

This old fashioned little diner is sweet and situated along the pier/wharf. Us 2 ladies really enjoyed our meals. The clam chowder was tasty and my chicken parmigiana was cooked beautifully and the vegetables were al dente, which is rare. Very tasty and at a very reasonable price. The service was good and we were seated quickly. Hope to go again one day when I'm in the area. Thank u :)

  • Visited August 2013
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Livermore, CA
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good Breakfast”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Breakfast was good. Had the strawberry waffle with real strawberries instead of the berries in that red sauce which I really liked.

Visited August 2013
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Citrus Heights, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Clam Chowder”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Nice lunch, soup, bread, calamari, and wine. Clam chowder bowls only $8.00 but of course we bought other stuff! Ate outside and dodged flying birds!

Visited July 2013
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Wonderful place on the Wharf”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Gilda's is not fancy, but it delivers good, reasonably priced food in a friendly, down-home atmosphere. Their Crab Louis salad is outstanding! Great views from windows on both sides of the restaurant, which is a real plus.

Visited August 2013
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great, long time favorite.”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Gilda's Restaurant has been a landmark restaurant in Santa Cruz for several decades.

I remember going to breakfast there with my dad when I was 14 or 15 years old. And the last time I was there...it was virtually the same as it was back then.

Gilda's has always had the best breakfast on the wharf, and I don't see that changing any time soon. And their Wednesday specials have always been a local favorite.

Nothin' fancy here :-) You typical hash/fish slinging blue collar eatery......some of the wait staff has been there since the roof was new :-)

They also have one of the most secluded bars in town.....pretty small, but that's cool, because nobody knows it's there...so no problem pulling up a stool.

Downsides....booths are way too cramped & the entry smells bad....ya never know if the oder is coming from the bathrooms or the seagulls on the roof......I have been told it is the seagulls......gross...but at least it is only at the entry & as long as you don't have to wait to long for a seat, it isn't too bad.

So, if you are looking for a really good breakfast, give it a try.

Visited July 2013
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