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The Picnic Basket

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American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831.427.9946
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 68
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best food in the neighborhood...

... by a mile. In a strip dominated by tourist traps, this organic, hipster coffee and sandwich joint seems out of place. Like the fantastic Verve coffee, all the food is fresh and locally sourced.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Bill M
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

... by a mile. In a strip dominated by tourist traps, this organic, hipster coffee and sandwich joint seems out of place. Like the fantastic Verve coffee, all the food is fresh and locally sourced.

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Not your average deli sandwiches / menu! It's waaaaaaay better!! The chicken pesto sandwich is amazing and - although I didn't have a salad, I wish I had! They looked sooo good :). We loved the AB&J too (Almond Butter & Jam sandwich). There were a lot of choices for varied tastes - from basic turkey & avocado to pesto... More 

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Manchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Stopped for lunch on our way down to Carmel from San Francisco. Having read reviews on TA I was expecting something different - bigger maybe. The Picnic Basket is a small cafe specialising in sandwiches and lunch items with a small, cramped outside seating area and smaller space inside. The menu is not extensive but offers a good choice. Queues... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had an outstanding lunch while stopping off on our coastal road trip. Really great sandwiches. Fantastic service. Thank you!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

But... its $6 for a small sandwich and a slice of pickled carrot. Wish it came with frys or something! But I have to day th ice cream there is pretty amazing! Try the Strawberry Pink Peppercorn!!!

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

After reading reviews here, I expected great things - and was somewhat disappointed. Maybe my expectations had been raised too high?? My family tried here for lunch - as we just wanted a quick bite. I had mac & cheese, which was tasty, 2 of the party had a hot dog - again, fine. Grilled cheese sandwich was grand. The... More 

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Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The Morning Cake ... that's all I'll say. But I have to say more so I'll say that my daughter had oatmeal, which looked good and coffee was also good. But Morning Cake, that's all I say.

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Roseville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This little place was right below our Hotel and I assume maybe owned by the same people as we could place our order by dialing direct from our in room phone, like room service. In fact, though we did use it, they would have brought our order to our room. My wife had the beet sandwich which she raved abiout,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Casual dine in or take out. The lattes are creamy and are nauturally a double. The breakfast burrito is also amazing with cabbage, which I've never had in a burrito before. Not a lot of seating, but does have a street view of the ocean.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Nice little cafe by the boardwalk and beach. You can sit inside or outside. The food is good , organic not too expensive. They have fruit and yogurt parfaits and granola etc. Nice salads, muffins and a selection of thier well known ice cream from The Penny Ice Cream in town ( unique flavors ) Only downside for me is... More 

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Additional Information about The Picnic Basket

Address: 125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: 831.427.9946
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831.427.9946

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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