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The Picnic Basket

125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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7:00 AM - 4:00 PMAll hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
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1 - 10 of 337 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

it's food is delicious, the service is fast (you order, they bring it to you),there is outdoor seating and the menu is unique, filled with fresh salads and sandwiches/wraps. They also have great breakfasts!

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The place was not the cleanest. Tables were dirty, bathrooms and counter were a mess. The menu's don't explain what is supposed to be on your food. My son ordered the market salad (I think he asked for chicken on it). His girlfriend ordered the...More

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 6 September 2017

really fun very casual cafe just off the beach. great for those grilled fresh sandwiches and salads.

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I remember when I first went to The Picnic Basket a few years ago, I fell in love with their cute little space and really good (and unique) food options. So, we typically go here when we are in Santa Cruz. This past visit was...More

2  Thank Susan T
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This place is always busy with locals and tourists because it's fast, convenient and good food. I get an egg frittata every time after a long run, which is very satisfying and feeling, and my boyfriend gets a breakfast burrito Fresh and tasty, salads, soups...More

Thank L0ve2travle
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The Picnic Basket has yummy sandwiches and salads, they're are more adult flavors with pickles and lots of herbs and seasonings but they have a few good kid staples like the hotdog as well. These are the same people that have Penny Ice Creamery so...More

Thank Jolie W
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I’ve been aware of The Picnic Basket restaurant for some time since I frequent Penny Ice Creamery which is owned by the same people. The main reason I haven’t been to The Picnic Basket before is because it is across from the Santa Cruz main...More

Thank ConstantTravelers
Reviewed 27 July 2017

A great little lunch spot with a view of the beach. It was crowded, but they seemed pretty efficient at getting orders out. Staff was friendly and they offered a menu that showed creativity and different twists. I had the egg salad sandwich that had...More

Thank hamiltontravler
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We came for breakfast as it's just below the Beach Street Inn where we were staying so very convenient. The staff all seem very young and uninterested. I asked for the egg salad sandwich to come without lettuce for my 8 year old. Oh it's...More

1  Thank Kate W
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

We rode our bikes here from the AirBNB house we are staying at; they have outside seating so it was VERY convenient. Breakfast burrito was great! Totally different thanks to their fresh cabbage blend. The salsa that comes with it is great too; not very...More

Thank Megan H
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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