Surfrider Café

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Surfrider CaféSurfrider Café

429 Front Street
Santa Cruz, California, 95060
United States

(831) 713-5258 | map

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Rated: 4.05 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 31, 2017
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Reviewed by CJNAPS from California

4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
Burgers were great, the staff was really really nice. and the beer was tasty. Had to bring a growler fill of the Redwood Amber Ale. Down the street from downtown Santa Cruz
Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by brywhite from California

Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by mctizzz from California

Jun 13, 2014
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Reviewed by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Me and my brother walked into here 15 minutes before closing, so we had to make our visit quick. Draft beers from Anderson Valley, one of the Santa Cruz breweries, and Boulder Creek. 7-8 taps total. I asked if they had beer in the bottle, but the bartender said no. Standard pint glasses for the draft beers.

After we place our order, we sat down at one of the booths. The place has sort of a surfer feel to it with the surfboards and straw beach hut feel. The booths looks like they could a remodel, but that could be just part of the look. We didn't receive a whole lot of service, but we didn't really need all that much.

On the bright side, they had happy hour going on this Saturday night. Heck, my beer was cheaper than my brother's Coca-Cola. I only paid $2 for my beer. Some of the other beers listed were going for $3 during the happy hour.

It might be a decent place to visit if you're from out of town. They had mostly local beers on-tap I can't find in SoCal, so it was nice to try one of them. Also, the happy hour prices on beer are tough to beat. They close at 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and earlier on the other days, so keep that in mind if you're looking to create your own bar crawl in downtown.

Update 6/12/11: Came back for lunch with family. Garlic fries and onion rings are worth going for, the Tri-tip sandwich is solid, as is the clam chowder. Service was a little disorganized, but mind you we arrived just after it opened. Beer selection looked like it had changed since my previous visit, so I'll bump the selection score a notch.
Feb 07, 2010
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Reviewed by bradybeer from California

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
New place that opened in an old macrobiotic restaurant. Owned by the folks who own Boulder Creek Brewing. This place, not surprisingly, has a surf theme, and somewhat of a tiki theme. They have seven taps that include, two from Boulder Creek but with new names-these include a red ale and a nutbrown ale. Also a beer from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (Stout), Santa Cruz Aleworks (IPA), one from North Coast (Scrimshaw Pils), one from North Coast (Great White), Boont Amber, and a Woodchuck Peary. They have a few bottles including SN Celebration and Lost Cost raspberry brown ale. Pints were five dollars. Didn't eat. Service was good.
Mar 23, 2009
Surfrider Café in Santa Cruz, CA
Place rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 6 ratings