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The Picnic Basket

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125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Close to the Beach!

Wow!! Great choices! Super huge Vegan Breakfast Burrito! So yummy!! Great Sandwichs. Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks. Ice Cream.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow!! Great choices! Super huge Vegan Breakfast Burrito! So yummy!! Great Sandwichs. Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks. Ice Cream.

Thank goodwillbabe
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Marvelous breakfast and lunch items hand prepared on site. Get there early in the warmer months to avoid a long wait. Eat in or take out.

Thank MaryfromCA
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in Santa Cruz for 5 days ate here for 4 days ...had their Market salad , Panini sanwich, coffee , icecream..everythig is made with love and served with love :) with a great Ocean view right on the beach !

Thank Karuna S
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the grilled cheese and soup. Small interior and awkward seating, but food was fresh and well prepared. $15 kinda high.

Thank Peter G
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The days of limited food choices at or near the beach are over. Finally a To-Go place where you can buy delicious, fresh food perfect for a picnic at the beach with the added benefit that the food is healthy, diverse, and creative. Something for everyone. From Italian sodas to excellent coffee, fabulous sandwiches to inventive salads, and yummies for... More 

Thank MsMouseCalifornia
Santa Cruz
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Not your typical beach food. Service slow, employees chit chatting with each other. Appears most food prep done elsewhere. Small place can't see ocean well with all the cars parked in front and pedestrians walking by. Food not really kid friendly and pricey.

Thank 677cathye
Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Love this spot! Great food! Great ice cream! And a great view! The only thing I've noticed that I don't love, is that it often takes a long time to wait in line to order, and also takes a long time to get your food.

Thank isoulshines
Chicago, Illinois
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

stop by for a quick lunch on route to monterey but ended up waiting almost 30min for a grilled cheese sandwich and a chicken salad sandwich?! Location is perfect, across the street from the beach,.luckily weather was perfect our sons played on the beach while waiting for their grilled cheese. It was busy but would not say overly busy, maybe... More 

Thank thetravelling4
Arlington, Virginia
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104 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Seems odd to rave over toast but it merited it. We came for a late breakfast and were disappointed that they were sold out of several things, so I just ordered toast. It was fresh bread perfectly toasted so chewy and crunchy at the same time. What seemed to be homemade jam was absolutely delicious. Our party also had the... More 

Thank vkbrennan
Silver Spring, Maryland
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567 reviews
370 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We stopped at the Picnic Basket for lunch after a morning walk down West Cliff Drive. It looks like a California hole in the wall, but the menu is MUCH more interesting than the norm, and the service is upbeat & friendly. While we monopolized the only major table indoors, the place filled up to the brim....obviously it's popular, and... More 

Thank dlosea

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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, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?