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The Picnic Basket

125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (44 reviews)
“ice cream” (33 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 16:00All hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place justifies its exorbitant prices by claiming its ingredients are "farm sources". Good for you! A BLT still shouldn't cost $10! The space is tiny and the service is absolutely awful. When we finally got to the front of the line, there was no...More

Thank Zachary H
Reviewed 2 days ago

During our 2 day visit, we ended up here 2 times. On first time, our local friends took us here for some yummy local ice scream and the second time we came here for breakfast. Not the cheapest place but the service was pleasant and...More

Thank JiiBird
Reviewed 3 days ago

I kid you not! Went back three times for the grilled cheese and pickled carrots. What a gem! Run - don't walk - to this wonderful restaurant!

Thank RomanGoblets
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We ordered a bacon & egg breakfast burrito & they told us we would have to add the bacon....ok. Then they asked if we wanted avocado we said sure....30 minutes & $28 later we get the most flavorless burrito we've ever had! It had coleslaw...More

Thank Steev_0
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food and great location, but pricey for the slow service. They definitely need to staff up. This place is open for breakfast, but they did not even have all their stools for outdoor seating until almost 10 am. They need more people so that...More

Thank Rowena N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very small place but many seating available indoor and outdoor. They have delicious sandwiches and salads. It is great to sit outside and watch the ocean while eating (if the weather is good)

Thank Bulent N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a sandwich and whatnot shop that utilizes local ingredients. That fact didn't make it any more delicious or worth the exorbitant price.

Thank germy1969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The luncheon experience was a bit underwhelming. We faced the Santa Cruz (if you looked over the buildings in front of us) the beach restrooms. But that really doesn’t have anything to do with the meal. We stopped by for lunch. It was quite busy...More

Thank mightytraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With fresh local produce and other ingredients, the food here is far above your average take-out spot. Foodies will appreciate the freshly baked bread, pastrami fresh from the local Salchichero, salad with kumquats, avacados, and almonds. Not to mention fresh artisanal ice cream!

Thank Kekerica
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I do not recommend this place for grab-and-go breakfast, as the selection of eligible items is very limited and the service is inexplicably slow. It was as if the staff was overwhelmed by the order of four lattes ahead of me. Which is unusual for...More

Thank JoeFizzle
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Patty W
19 April 2017|
Response from Buenavistasc | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure of their hours but they definitely are open later during the summer months. I would suggest giving them a call or checking their website. 😃
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, 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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