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Gilda's Family Restaurant

) #27 of 295 Restaurants in Santa Cruz ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Seafood, Soups
37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-423-2010
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good33%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“prime rib” (33 reviews)
“clam chowder” (25 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
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11 - 20 of 283 reviews

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Were celebrating weekend at Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Pier for daughter's 50th birthday. There were 22 in our group and for Sunday breakfast we found Gilda's Family Restaurant on the pier. The owner was very welcoming (said his father started the restaurant 40 years ago!)....More

Thank bon576q
Reviewed 30 April 2017

recommend by a local family member, located on the wharf, nothing fancy, came here on a Wednesday for the prime rib special $10.95, bread, soup, veggies included, good deal for the price, however the end cut prime rib was a little dry, busy, friendly staff,

Thank Ann G
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

I wish I could rate the food. After 7 minutes of waiting at our table, no one ever showed to get our drink order. So we left. Kicker is, it wasn't even busy. Pass on this place.

Thank Douglas J
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is a big busy restaurant serving a cheap lunch menu and standard dishes - fish and chips, burgers etc.- patronised when we were there mainly by families and senior citizens. The food was good value but the ambience lacks charm.

Thank cleoch
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We always seem to end up at Gilda's for breakfast, it has become a tradition. I was a bit disappointed to see they no longer have Eggs Benedict on the menu, but I survived. Tasty Bloody Mary, spicy but not painful.

Thank snapdragen
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I have been eating at Gilda's since the 70's. was alway a good breakfast and lunch place on the warf. for the last 6 months we have waited too long for service, when we did get service, it was as if we were not welcome....More

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 21 February 2017

They've been around forever, always bustling with an older crowd. Food is great, service is great. Have the fresh fish whatever it is. I'm partial to the sand dabs.

Thank ks714
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We went there for breakfast as they said they had wonderful Bloody Marys and then no bartender. We were already on the pier so we stayed. Food was good I thought a little pricey. Coffee is outrageous 3.00, seriously. We really didn't want all the...More

Thank CSS9112014
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We visit Gilda's regularly. The wharf is an exciting visit in Santa Cruz. Many harbor seals reside on the infrastructure of the wharf. They never fail to interest visitor. Gilda's food is consistently good. I would call it like good home cooked food. I recomment...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The Stagnaro family (Gilda's family) and my father's family were long-time friends decades ago, though that generation is gone and we now live far away with no contact with the descendants. It was nice to get back to this restaurant and sample some seafood. My...More

Thank ronl645
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20 December 2016|
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Response from Doug R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a bar with a few seats and a great view and a small TV (often off). But I don't believe they have a "Happy Hour" -- the restaurant has great (cheap) daily specials though!
9 December 2016|
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Response from R Chris C | Reviewed this property |
There was 3 of us and they did
4 March 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-2010
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