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Walnut Avenue Cafe

106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
+1 831-457-2307
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (22 reviews)
“home fries” (15 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (16 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 December 8, 2017

great food fast service nice people reasonable prices and hey it's a local thing as welll it has curture

Thank Will S
Reviewed December 6, 2017

Santa Cruz is my hometown and although I do not live there anymore, I know when I visit I'll always stop in at the Walnut Ave Cafe. What I love about this place is the atmosphere, always hopping and never dull. The food is wonderful...More

Thank Carter T
Reviewed November 13, 2017 via mobile

This is the first breakfast place I have dined where I was not offered a refill on my coffee mug. I saw the table next to me get refills so I know they do offer them but it was never offered to me. I really...More

Thank Outdoorpartner
Reviewed November 12, 2017

Get there early on the weekends if you don't want to wait. Breakfasts are excellent with and made with the freshest ingredients. Service is perfect.

Thank Stevej95060
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

We went a place by the Boardwalk, but they didnt open until 9 a.m, so we came here. EXCELLENT service and great food...so glad we came here.

Thank Phil S
Reviewed November 2, 2017

I had breakfast here one day and the food was great. Neat atmosphere, a good family place. Our waitress was great, ver6 friendly and the service was fast. Fresh salsa is awesome. I’d recommend this place for any meal. Definitely would go back again.

Thank karlar15
Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

We dined here with friends on a Sunday morning along with hundreds of others who waited for a table in a good-natured manner. The food was great as usual and was worth the wait. The service was prompt and efficient as well. We really liked...More

Thank Mamjensen
Reviewed October 18, 2017

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 October 16, 2017 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 October 15, 2017 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
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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, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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