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The Picnic Basket

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American, Sandwiches
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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: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

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  • 93
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  • 60
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  • 13
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  • 6
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  • 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
Breakfast SC style

Neat pastry selection. Baked items smelled delicious! Fruit turnover was good. The breakfast burrito was excellent! It had egg, feta, cabbage & pinto beans and salsa.... Santa Cruz style! Delicious. Fun place

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Neat pastry selection. Baked items smelled delicious! Fruit turnover was good. The breakfast burrito was excellent! It had egg, feta, cabbage & pinto beans and salsa.... Santa Cruz style! Delicious. Fun place

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I adore this place. Their breakfasts are unique and delicious- in particular their frittata panini is amazing! I like the atmosphere, the locally made organic ice cream, the local coffee, and the friendly staff.

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Dartmouth, MA
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

There is nothing fussy or fancy about this place, but we went because the hotel staff recommended it for lunch. Seating is limited, which can be an issue because it's a popular lunch destination. We loved our sandwiches, and the menu focus is on fresh and local and creative, so we're glad we took the recommendation from the hotel.

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NevaDA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is cute little sandwich shop, just across from Santa Cruz beach, with excellent food, and a nice atmosphere. Sit out side and people watch.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The eclectic real, fresh, and natural taste that is Santa Cruz! It's a must stop versus the fried food along the shoreline. Try the flavorful spiced nuts, the Perfectly balanced BLT or the beet sandwich. Delicious!

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Greenfield MA
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55 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We happened upon The Picnic Basket after we couldn't find the one recommended to us by someone else we'd met the day before. The other restaurant was just down the street (sorry, can't remember the name), but the entrance wasn't well marked so The Picnic Basket got our business instead! We had turnovers - one fruit, and one ham and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Really big, fresh and well prepared chicken and avocado sandwich. Nice view to the beach too. No wifi though, which is a shame

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Big Bear Lake, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Really friendly staff! Kinda slow service, but its a busy place and the food is prepared fresh. Delicious sandwiches.

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Senior Contributor
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29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The sandwich I ordered was made with fresh and delicious ingredients. I healthy option for lunch. The spot is located right across from the main beach and it's a gorgeous site. The carrots I had there were the most delicious and fresh carrots I ever had!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Sunday morning breakfast burrito $8.50. Someone mentioned how tasty this place was for a quick carry-out breakfast. It was full of locals the Sunday morning I went. If you find yourself in the hurried chaos of Santa Cruz with a pile of hungry folks, Stop and eat at the Picnic Basket. Next time I would have my burrito without the... More 

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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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?