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The Picnic Basket

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125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
07:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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Orangevale, California
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank BeachLeila
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Bokuli
Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank 375russyg
Marion, Indiana
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82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank DanaJ0
San Francisco Bay Area
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Buenavistasc
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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.

Thank frank t
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4 reviews
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 

Thank Anna L
Laurel, Montana
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

Thank Doug S
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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369 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We had a simple BLT sandwich plus drink which came to over $12 which I thought was expensive. There a load of seagulls on the terrace living on scraps from diners. Not impressed.

Thank Cairokid
Newport Beach, California
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135 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I found this place on Yelp. I needed to eat healthy as I was participating in the Ironman race. They have great salads. The Market Salad was my favorite. It contained red beats and roasted walnuts. Adding chicken makes it substantial. The little patio outside is great for people watching.

Thank Globewalker13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
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?