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Walnut Avenue Cafe

106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
+1 831-457-2307
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (24 reviews)
“home fries” (15 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (17 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This place is cute! It has a great variety of food and the people are so friendly! I came in 2 days before a triathlon and ate like a hog- it was so good! Great location too!! Good was fresh!!

Thank aztrimom
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Quick , tasty and efficient. Been coming for years - very popular... Food , price and atmosphere makes for a fine spot to grab some food while downtown.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I've been going to Walnut Ave weekly for 5+ years. It's by far the best brunch place in Santa Cruz. The lunch items are great too!

Thank Pete R
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Although the wait is usually quite long, it is well worth it. The food is great and the staff are very friendly and efficient. A varied breakfast menu and the scrambles are particularly good.

Thank sioux230
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Deliciious food, pleasant staff. Pretty noisy and. Long wait, but worth it. I'm anlover of Eggs Benefict and this was GOOD!

Thank Myrna C
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on our way out of Santa Cruz. I am not a huge fan of eggs but had the ham, green pepper and cheese scrambler. BEST EGGS EVER! Lots of flavor and loaded with each ingredient. The home fries were excellent as well! Highly...More

Thank Janet W
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We wanted a special lunch on our last day in Santa Cruz and picked Walnut Avenue Cafe because it seemed busy every time we passed it while doing a self guided walking tour of the beautifully restored historic homes near downtown. We were pleasantly surprised...More

Thank susieqRockville_MD
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Very busy restaurant, but the coffee cups were always filled! Delicious food! Park in the Trader's Joe parking lot for free for 2 hours and walk 2 to 3 blocks to the restaurant.

Thank Travelingpat2013
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

I really like this place. I've never had a bad experience or meal here. It can get busy at peak times. Popular on Sundays and Mothers Day. The huevos rancheros is very good.

Thank mikemurrow
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I'll start with my main issue -- the counter service is highly variable. There is no one server responsible for the counter, but it is shared by all the servers who also have their regular tables to look out for. This can leave you feeling...More

Thank MarcSantaCruz
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-457-2307
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