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Walnut Avenue Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
+1 831-457-2307
07:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 16:00
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Don't want to damn this place with faint praise, we had a good and inexpensive lunch with good service, close to closing time with no complaints, very good on that front but don't quite get how this rates as highly as it does, everything was good but nothing outstanding. Good value for money for sure, straightforward and safe but no... More 

Thank JFRG
Tahoe Vista
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The restaurant is in the middle of town. There are small booths, a counter, and tables that can be put together for larger groups. The food is simply excellent. Omelets and benedicts are beautiful. Service was fast and friendly, though when we were there is was not at all crowded. Would not hesitate to return or recommend to friends.

Thank David P
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

My favourite breakfast so far state side! We've been on the road in Cali for over a week and I loved it here. The reviews certainly do it justice - great service and great choice for breakfast or brunch. My only criticism is I wanted to order more! I had the omelettes with a muffin and it was delish +... More 

Thank Laura S
New York
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Menus is not that extensive but there are varied choices so thereshould be something for almost every taste. Inside and outside tables and as restaurant is on a side street, it's a good choice for outdoor. Food was very tasty, service was very good. Didn't feel pressured to leave and turn over the table.

Thank IP-LF
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We had a late breakfast here, the food was great as well as the service. It's right in the middle of the downtown area, so very convenient to reach and you can roam around afterwards. Important note, they don't accept AMEX cards.

Thank Bar C
Bedford, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We were recommended to stop here by friends to stop here for breakfast, and what a breakfast it was !!! The place was packed, and the staff were friendly, and the food was faultless . If you want great food at great prices, go go go !!!

Thank Stufuk
Woodland, CA
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Stopped in for breakfast while dropping our kid off at UCSC. Lots of customers but it seemed like plenty of staff to ensure good service. Fresh grapefruit juice, which is hard to find. Oatmeal with walnuts, bananas, and raisins was tasty and huge! Eggs were poached perfectly. Plenty of seating, but if you're not petite then choose a table; the... More 

Thank Renee T
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This popular breakfast place has the feel of a diner with a more inventive menu. I had a fantastic plate of pancakes with berry sauce. Gets busy early on weekends. Small outdoor seating area with umbrellas. Service was fairly good. Great location in downtown Santa Cruz.

Thank Nina P
San Jose, California
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Very popular not only for its family style, friendly environment but also for serving up some of the best old classic breakfast dishes around. A great place for families, couples, business lunch or any excuse you can find to eat here. Spot on service. Will accommodate specific requests if the kitchen can handle it. Most recently I had the best... More 

Thank Lili B
Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Great for breakfast, good for lunch too. Always fresh tasty food, friendly service, and great outdoor dining on sunny days

Thank Len B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 16:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?