Surf City Grill is located on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at Walkway 3. We are open weekends and holidays December 26 to Spring Break, daily from Spring Break until the end of Summer (Labor Day), and weekends from Labor Day until the end of November. The seasonal nature of the Boardwalk enables us to typically offer a 32 to 40 hour work week in the summer, and part-time hours during the rest of the year. Additional hours may be requested. Those hired will be expected to work Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

COMPENSATION: Our employees receive free parking, free meals during your work shift, a 20% to 40% food discount at other Boardwalk restaurants, free Boardwalk ride passes during your time off, 20% discount on merchandise at Boardwalk retail locations, free miniature golf passes and other fun Boardwalk employee activities.

Entry Level Wages:
Food Service Operator (16+ yrs)                      $11.50


We require employees to maintain a professional and well-groomed appearance.

HAIR: All employees must choose hairstyles and colors that are conservative and not extreme or distracting in color or style. Hair color must be a ‘natural’ hair color.

Men: Hair should be neatly trimmed on the sides and in back, and may extend downward on the back of the head to the middle of the collar. Hair may not be pulled back into a ponytail, bun or hidden under a cap. Sideburns should be straight, neatly trimmed, and may extend to the end of the earlobe. Beards, mustaches and goatees are allowed however they must be neatly trimmed and not longer than one inch. Other than established beards, mustaches and goatees, you are expected to be clean shaven every work day. An established beard must not have any empty spaces between sideburns, mustache or goatee.

JEWELRY: Jewelry should be both safe and appropriate for the work environment. No extremes are allowed.

Women: May wear up to three earrings per ear. Earrings may not exceed two inches in length or circumference.

Men: May wear one earring per ear. Studs can be no larger than a quarter-inch across; hoops no bigger than a half-inch in diameter. Ear plugs or spikes are not permitted.

Men and women may wear one small nose stud no bigger than 2mm. No other visible pierced jewelry or body adornment is allowed. You may wear plugs (no guages allowed) that are a plain, solid color, and do not exceed a quarer-inch in diameter.

TATTOOS: Tattoos are not permitted if visible when wearing your uniform. Sorry, covering tattoos is not acceptable.

APPLYING FOR WORK: Those who join our team must be friendly, people-oriented, and safety conscious. Your availability to work through the end of the summer season is also an important consideration in making our selection. If we would like to schedule an interview we will contact you to arrange a date and time.

Our minimum hiring age is 15. All minors must present a work permit by their first day of work. Employees 17 and under will be required to furnish proof of age on a legal document. All employees, at the time of hire, are required to have a valid Social Security number.

I certify that all the statements given in this application are correct to the best of my knowledge, and I realize that any falsification or misrepresentation on this or any personnel record may result in discharge. I authorize the employers, schools and other organizations and persons named  to provide any information relevant to an employment decision, and I release them from any/all liability. I also, in the event of employment, agree to abide by all present and future rules and regulations, and I understand that the company may change the policies and procedures of employment from time to time as it deems necessary without my prior knowledge, approval or consent. I understand that my employment is conditional upon my ability to provide proof of age, identity, and my legal right to work in the United States. I understand that if hired my employment is at-will and may be terminated by my employer or me at any time.

Surf City Grill
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Surf City Grill Employment Application


Wage Increases 

Merit increases will be given based on your performance