Santa Cruz Diner

Diner$$$$
Central Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
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7.4/10
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  • Austin K.
    "Get the biscuits and gravy."(4 Tips)
    Richard S.
    "Great inexpensive meals...the Beef Pho is awesome"(9 Tips)
    Matt M.
    "This place is ridiculously cheap and perfect for binge eating."(3 Tips)
    Brandee A.
    "Green tea waffle is really good."(7 Tips)
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Michi B.
    Michi BrandtOctober 25, 2014
    French toast. Biscuits and gravy. Curly fries. Vegan options. they're all so delicious
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Jeremy G.
    Interior very cool (like Buck's of Woodside). Avoid the Filipina waitress.
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan C.November 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful Eggs Benedict & fantastic service - and open 24 hours!
  • 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.
  • Brandee A.
    Brandee AllenFebruary 19, 2011
    Spring rolls and Pho rock. Green tea waffle is really good.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SingerJanuary 23, 2014
    Great inexpensive meals...the Beef Pho is awesome
  • 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.
  • Dan O.
    Dan OsorioJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Pho. Bet you can't finish the huge portion.
  • Erick M.
    Erick MMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Pho. You won't be disappointed or hungry for a while.
  • Silka J.
    Silka JewellApril 1, 2012
    Try Death by Brownie, it takes a few people to eat it.
  • Justen P.
    Justen PerezJuly 6, 2013
    Food is pretty good but the ceiling fan broke while we were eating. Beware of hot weather.
  • 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...
  • 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.
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  • Verena
    VerenaDecember 26, 2011
    The Santa Cruz Diner was featured on Diners, Dives & Drive-ins.
  • juan A.
    juan AlvarezSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak are amazing good.
  • Yurie G.
    Yurie GotoSeptember 23, 2012
    Waffles are available 6am-11pm ;-)
  • Genny L.
    Genny LomasJune 4, 2014
    Great selelction of food.
  • Nori H.
    Nori HerrasFebruary 15, 2013
    Best CornedBeef Hash!
  • Hiroyoshi S.
    Hiroyoshi SuzukiJuly 10, 2013
    24hrs! Biggest menu option!
  • Greg R.
    Greg RoseJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Crepe
  • Lisa
    LisaOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the curry and pho are unbelievable.
  • Vicky W.
    Vicky WatsonJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast anytime. Heck yeah.
  • David C.
    David CriswellJuly 8, 2012
    Have the Monte Christo!!
  • Verena
    VerenaDecember 26, 2011
    There are Trivial Pursuit cards are on every table.
  • Billy B.
    Billy BartelsJune 6, 2010
    Do not get waffles of you are a waffle person... Its just pancake batter.
  • Tim I.
    Tim ImbrieAugust 10, 2011
    Get the chocolate chip panckakes
  • Phofi C.
    Phofi CortezDecember 7, 2014
    Super random food but not too shabby
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BuFebruary 6, 2012
    Biscuits and gravy :)
  • Jack L. S.
    Breakfast as it was meant to be
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