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The Picnic Basket

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125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
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07:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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Page, Arizona
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There were not a lot of options open in the off season in Santa Cruz. We were so happy to bump into this place. The sandwiches were excellent and the prices were decent.

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Thank CarrLotMama
Rancho Murieta
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173 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We are staying at the hotel right above the The Picnic Basket so it's perfect for us. We stayed here last year and had a positive experience so going back was an easy choice. My wife called in our breakfast order this morning and ten minutes later I was there picking it up. We both had the frittata sandwich with... More 

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1 Thank OldNorCalGuy
Orangevale, California
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a good spot to grab a bite & sit outside & people watch. We had breakfast & they got both our orders wrong, so that was a little unpleasant. I had the breakfast burrito, which was delicious. My daughter had the Goldilocks, which she didn't care for. She was wanting straight oatmeal, and this is not. The coffee... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

One can order the "Chicken on blue cheese" baguette and wait for it on the patio outside, looking across the street, out over the ocean and the boardwalk. The salad plates are big and delicious, but the sandwiches are mediocre. I wish service was better and they included a drink, even small paper cups of water.

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1 Thank Bokuli
Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We went to the picnic basket for breakfast, sadly were too late for some of the really popular items which sell out quick. But still, the breakfast choice was good. Really friendly staff.

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1 Thank 375russyg
Marion, Indiana
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82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Ate breakfast here. Had the ham & cheese turnover--buttery goodness! The coffee is scalding hot & fresh. Good place to grab a quick bite for breakfast or lunch. Maybe a bit pricey, but the ingredients are high quality.

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1 Thank DanaJ0
San Francisco Bay Area
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We were going to go get the breakfast special at Ideal but they were closed. Good thing because I had the best breakfast frittata sandwich ever (I added bacon). The hubby loved his breakfast burrito and their baked goods are the bomb. We have been here often for lunch/dinner but never breakfast. So glad it worked out this way. New... More 

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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I recently tried Picnic Basket at POPUP. While they seem to be more organized than the beach street location, the food is just as disappointing. It seems like it will be a really good meal, everything seems right, but ultimately it is disappointing.

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Thank frank t
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I went here twice this week when visiting town and I had quite high hopes. I had the pulled pork sandwich and then the cheese & ham turn over. They where both good but I wouldn't have them again. Sorry to say I expected more. But I really like the spot and the sweetest people work there. So would go... More 

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Laurel, Montana
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

First day in Santa Cruz we had lunch here and everything was so fresh and so good! Day two came in the morning for coffee and pastries, both fabulous! If you want one of their jelly donuts you need to get in early! Same with turnovers! What a delight!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 16:00
Monday
07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 16:00
Thursday
07:00 - 16:00
Friday
07:00 - 16:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?