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The Picnic Basket

125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“sandwich” (51 reviews)
“ice cream” (35 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.All hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
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Reviewed yesterday

Just a short walk from the beach with a bit of outside seating we were happily surprised at the Picnic Basket. Good sized meatloaf sandwich was served warm and with a bit of spicy flavor, toasted good bread and lots of fresh spinach. Nice server...More

Thank Lms63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in with the family for breakfast and pleasantly surprised with the quality and price! Avocado on toast was a winner, and the toast with jam was simple and delicious. Drip coffee pretty good as well! Thanks.

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 9 January 2018

stumbled into this place and was pleasantly surprised at how good the sandwiches were. The multi-grain bread that came with my sandwich was so light and delicious and the vegetables were incredibly fresh. I noticed they had a chalkboard listing the local growers they use,...More

Thank Bubuflu
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

We were just passing through and were hungry. The gal at the register very friendly and helpful. I ordered a BLA sandwich my husband a Reuben. Very good and fresh. They served what I thought was a lone carrot stick with the sandwiches, but it...More

Thank marmac_10
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Went for a late lunch/bite and found this place close to the beach. The sandwich I ordered was delicious! The view is fab and the staff was friendly.

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 12 November 2017

I like this company's other shops (Assembly restaurant and Penny Ice Cream) but in my visits here, the food is sometimes good, sometimes fair, sometimes very little choice. Check it out but have a backup.

Thank Clover88Live
Reviewed 9 November 2017

great food and location. Just takes a while if super busy day in summer. call in if you get chance.love the snacks

Thank crumbles1234
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

I had intended to try more from here if i returned but ended up just having a breakfast burrito with extra bacon each morning. Gorgeous. Great place to sit and watch the world go buy.

Thank ColinandJane
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We (3) ordered salads with 2 ice teas and one glass of red wine. the only choices of wine were Zinfandel or Grenache. Who does'n offer Cabernet or Merlot? They weren't very busy at 1:30 pm but the wine took 15 minutes as the server...More

1  Thank Bruce P
Reviewed 15 October 2017

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
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Patty W
18 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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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