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Walnut Avenue Cafe

106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
+1 831-457-2307
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (20 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (17 reviews)
“home fries” (13 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 10 April 2017

All the menu items are excellent. A santa cruz tradition since the 1970s. Good portions decent prices. It has some outdoor seating. Very popular, get there before 8:30am or else you wait 20-30 minutes. when it is busy it can be very loud inside. That's...More

Thank Erik H
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Very nice restaurant in a great town. The food is good, the wait can be long at times, the prices are OK, and the service is good.

Thank JBoise67
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Looked on Trip advisory quickly as we drove into Santa Cruz for lunch. The reviews didn't disappoint. Crowded but we were seated right away. I got a veggie melt with fresh portobello mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomatoes with melted cheese on a fracases bun. My husband...More

Thank clw492013
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

I've been going out weekly for breakfast in town for years and have come to the conclusion that Walnut is the best. Best menu, best food quality and best service. There are plenty of good options for breakfast in Santa Cruz - at least a...More

Thank Ldjaffe54
Reviewed 14 March 2017

There is a reason that Walnut Avenue Café has a large lunch following and it is because it is the best lunch in town (or maybe county). But don't be scared by it's popularity, we have always been able to be seated very quickly. Just...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Walnut Avenue Cafe is always busy, especially on weekend mornings and brunch. With good reason. The food here is delicious, hot, and served with a smile. The Eggs Benedict (sub regular bacon for Canadian...Trust me) are sublime with a perfect (yes) Hollandaise. The only knock...More

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Erick, the head waiter is excellent and makes the meal enjoyable.....His staff and the rest of the crew do an outstanding job

Thank robert6367
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We were looking for breakfast after our hotel experience didn't work out. Drove down town and happened upon the Walnut Ave cafe. We were greeted promptly and given our choice as to tables. The breakfast was good and the service great.It appeared busy with locals...More

Thank George B
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This place is always packed every morning no matter what day of the week it might be. Be certain to get there early on the weekends as the line will almost always be out the door. The food is fresh, and the portions are generous...More

Thank Kathryn O
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Based on reviews we decided to have breakfast at Walnut Avenue Cafe and we had a very good meal. Expect crowds on the weekend and a wait if you don't arrive early. The menu is more than ample. We had an omelet and huevos rancheros....More

Thank Glenn M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 16:00
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
  • E-mail