Santa Cruz Diner

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Central Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
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7.3/10
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  • Austin K.
    "Get the biscuits and gravy."(4 Tips)
    Richard S.
    "Great inexpensive meals...the Beef Pho is awesome"(8 Tips)
    Matt M.
    "This place is ridiculously cheap and perfect for binge eating."(3 Tips)
    Dana Jene M.
    "Decent late night food when you're hungry."(5 Tips)
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  • Deana C.
    Deana CoxSeptember 8, 2017
    Service, food 🥘, and the 50's atmosphere makes dining here amazing and it's been rated by Guy Fieri on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
  • Athonia C.
    Athonia CappelliOctober 25, 2014
    Try the JUMBO #vegan hotdogs w/sauerkraut, jalapeño & tapatío ($4.79) on #meatlessmonday. That'll give you energy without being too filling for a day out on the water
  • Qฆ๊ส Č.
    Best chicken fried steak & gravy. Some awesome chefs cook perfect food but other chefs & days not as much. Never was able to figure out when there. Its a lucky surprise sometimes! Always good tho!
  • Rhonda B.
    Rhonda BarketDecember 20, 2013
    Good diner food, fun atmosphere. The Pho is quite good, along with spring rolls. Daniel provided excellent service and made you feel welcome. Will definitely return.
  • Qฆ๊ส Č.
    Great staff. Except some late nights, a rude, sour, incomprehensible older lady who's kinda crappy- My only complaint. Almost everyone else: spectacular service & makes u smile They work hard, too!
  • Sophie R.
    Sophie R.October 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Quality varies wildly depending on the dish, but the NY strip steak is reliably tasty (charred yet not overdone). Salmon salad is also good - salmon on top of a large salad bowl of iceberg lettuce!
  • Dee C.
    Dee CappelliAugust 16, 2014
    Vegan friendly but not dog friendly yet. Very busy on the weekends for breakfast through lunch. Get there early -- which is easy since they're open 24 hrs./day.
  • Ashtyn K.
    Ashtyn KarachristosFebruary 14, 2013
    Perfect late night diner food for a cheap price. Make sure you split a plate of mozzarella sticks and come early for Waffles as they stop selling them after 11!
  • Matt M.
    Matt McGunagleOctober 6, 2015
    Phi only has rare steak, but still good. This place is ridiculously cheap and perfect for binge eating. Cappuccino milkshake blew my mind.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RosadoDecember 3, 2016
    Everything! Well, except the hash browns👎 I haven't had anything bad & they have a wide variety of food.
  • Jamie O.
    Jamie O'NeillAugust 30, 2012
    Menu selection and price are off the charts good! Service rocks and food tastes great! Eating here all week!
  • Kilted
    KiltedSeptember 11, 2011
    Be sure to have your order ready or the waitress will give you the cold shoulder and home dentistry would be more enjoyable than the service
  • Michi B.
    Michi BrandtOctober 25, 2014
    French toast. Biscuits and gravy. Curly fries. Vegan options. they're all so delicious
  • Barry J.
    Barry JennerApril 4, 2017
    A great traditional diner with plenty of signs inside to get you smiling. Food and coffee was outstanding.
  • Dennis W.
    Dennis WalkerMarch 4, 2013
    Try the California Omlette - Great omelette with bacon jack cheese and avocado.
  • Kymberly
    KymberlyMay 14, 2013
    Excellent food and service! I'll be stopping by everytime I'm in town for sure.
  • Genny L.
    Genny LomasApril 23, 2014
    Love the food choices!! And the chocolate creme pie is awesome.
  • Athonia C.
    Athonia CappelliAugust 16, 2014
    Vegan hot dog, tofu scramble & Vegan curry, pictured
  • Dana Jene M.
    Dana Jene MacnabApril 10, 2014
    Decent late night food when you're hungry. Great service. Definitely yummy.
  • Monique F.
    Monique FujimotoJune 8, 2013
    Nice local place. Pho had way too much star anise in broth. I can still taste it a day later.
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan C.February 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Real early morning is great - quiet warm place for a cup in the morn!
  • Ramon
    RamonMarch 27, 2010
    Not bad for lunch but their tastiest stuff is their breakfast and Asian food. Spring rolls are good and the pancakes are delicious...big too!
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GeigerMarch 13, 2016
    Interior very cool (like Buck's of Woodside). Avoid the Filipina waitress.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SingerJanuary 23, 2014
    Great inexpensive meals...the Beef Pho is awesome
  • Conrad B.
    Conrad BorbaJune 2, 2014
    We had great service. The food was good, especially the pho
  • Mike N.
    Mike NadelmanApril 11, 2015
    Great pot roast. Excellent clam chowder. Fast service.
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan C.November 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful Eggs Benedict & fantastic service - and open 24 hours!
  • Threedukes
    ThreedukesMay 4, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Overpriced. 2.89 for diner coffee (compared to 2.25 for Starbucks of twice the size and quality) and +$3 for what amounts to freezer-packaged chicken apple sausage.
  • Silka J.
    Silka JewellApril 1, 2012
    Try Death by Brownie, it takes a few people to eat it.
  • Dan O.
    Dan OsorioJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Pho. Bet you can't finish the huge portion.
  • Amie V.
    Amie ValeroJuly 16, 2017
    I loved the seafood fetuccine.
  • Olivier A.
    Olivier AmarMay 2, 2014
    The food looks great, the waitress is sweet, but the service is soooo slow. The place isn't even half full and I've been waiting on a burger for over 15 minutes...
  • Justen P.
    Justen PerezJuly 6, 2013
    Food is pretty good but the ceiling fan broke while we were eating. Beware of hot weather.
  • Erick M.
    Erick MMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Pho. You won't be disappointed or hungry for a while.
  • Lexi B.
    Lexi BakerJune 26, 2010
    I'd been looking forward to eating here for a loooong time. I ordered the potato pancakes which ended up being hash browns with green onions & parsley. That made me sad. The bathroom was filthy too.
  • Ivan B.
    Ivan BarreraJune 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Had a bomb veggie dog with grilled onions!
  • Marius C.
    Marius CiorteaOctober 26, 2013
    Great dinner. Biscuit and gravy hit the spot.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
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  • juan A.
    juan AlvarezSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak are amazing good.
  • Genny L.
    Genny LomasJune 4, 2014
    Great selelction of food.
  • Verena
    VerenaDecember 26, 2011
    The Santa Cruz Diner was featured on Diners, Dives & Drive-ins.
  • Yurie G.
    Yurie GotoSeptember 23, 2012
    Waffles are available 6am-11pm ;-)
  • Hiroyoshi S.
    Hiroyoshi SuzukiJuly 10, 2013
    24hrs! Biggest menu option!
  • Nori H.
    Nori HerrasFebruary 15, 2013
    Best CornedBeef Hash!
  • Sarah .
    Sarah 💄December 5, 2016
    A tip: Don't go here. Inflated prices for mediocre food at best. Unless you're super drunk or stoned, then anything here will taste spectacular.
  • Lisa
    LisaOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the curry and pho are unbelievable.
  • David C.
    David CriswellJuly 8, 2012
    Have the Monte Christo!!
  • Vicky W.
    Vicky WatsonJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast anytime. Heck yeah.
  • Verena
    VerenaDecember 26, 2011
    There are Trivial Pursuit cards are on every table.
  • Phofi C.
    Phofi CortezDecember 7, 2014
    Super random food but not too shabby
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