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The Picnic Basket

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125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
07:00 - 16:00
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were up early and had a wander around the quiet off season Santa Cruz, hardly anything was open that looked welcoming except this place. We had light snacks only (granola with yoghurt) with some delicious coffee which all tasted fresh and homemade. It was really nice to sit outside and watch the sun go up and the world go... More 

1 Thank Suzy C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is the most wholesome and delecious food I've had from any restaurant. Very nicely presented and decent prices. I would definitely recommend going here and eating if in the Santa Cruz area!

Thank Jeepin' J
Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We tried the Picnic Basket based on reviews. For $26 we got 2 sandwiches, 2 tiny bags of chips & 1 bottle water. The sandwiches were good, HOWEVER, we waited nearly 45 minutes to receive them. After approx. 30 minutes my husband went in to check on our order as people who came in after us were receiving their meals... More 

Thank Nonewnames
Santa Cruz, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I visited this place with a friend for a quick lunch. We were served salads that we both felt were so limp that they were inedible. We guessed that they had been made well in advance, perhaps the day before. We returned the salads and refused replacements. We had lunch across the street.

Thank TK_SantaCruz
Page, Arizona
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

There were not a lot of options open in the off season in Santa Cruz. We were so happy to bump into this place. The sandwiches were excellent and the prices were decent.

Thank CarrLotMama
Rancho Murieta
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173 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We are staying at the hotel right above the The Picnic Basket so it's perfect for us. We stayed here last year and had a positive experience so going back was an easy choice. My wife called in our breakfast order this morning and ten minutes later I was there picking it up. We both had the frittata sandwich with... More 

1 Thank OldNorCalGuy
Orangevale, California
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a good spot to grab a bite & sit outside & people watch. We had breakfast & they got both our orders wrong, so that was a little unpleasant. I had the breakfast burrito, which was delicious. My daughter had the Goldilocks, which she didn't care for. She was wanting straight oatmeal, and this is not. The coffee... More 

Thank ItsMommaG
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

One can order the "Chicken on blue cheese" baguette and wait for it on the patio outside, looking across the street, out over the ocean and the boardwalk. The salad plates are big and delicious, but the sandwiches are mediocre. I wish service was better and they included a drink, even small paper cups of water.

1 Thank Bokuli
Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We went to the picnic basket for breakfast, sadly were too late for some of the really popular items which sell out quick. But still, the breakfast choice was good. Really friendly staff.

1 Thank 375russyg
Marion, Indiana
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82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Ate breakfast here. Had the ham & cheese turnover--buttery goodness! The coffee is scalding hot & fresh. Good place to grab a quick bite for breakfast or lunch. Maybe a bit pricey, but the ingredients are high quality.

1 Thank DanaJ0

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-9946

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?