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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (25 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 4 days ago

On weekends this place is crowded, especially for breakfast. Many customers are locals, even though it is convenient to downtown. Servings are quite large. Very filling. Well prepared.

Thank RestlessFeet
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There are many reasons why this place is always so busy: good food, wide selection, generous portions, great service, and fair prices. What more could you ask for? Many good items on the menu, but the Cafe Cristo is my favorite.

Thank olive2eat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my faves for breakfast in all of Santa Cruz. The weekend wait is usually horrific but always worth it. Go during the week if you can. Great Beni’s and awesome Scrambles - this little gem is a hub of activity and one of...More

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

We had breakfast here and we love it.The wait was around 20 minutes on a Saturday morning ,not too bad.The french toast was really good.The place is clean,cute with a specific theme.

Thank EmiliaGlavan
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We very much enjoy this cafe, and this visit was no exception. We typically rate it as excellent, but this time it came down a notch because the breakfast food came to our table only luke warm. The heuvos Mexicanos need to be served hot...More

Thank Glenn M
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
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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