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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch

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  • 109
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 22
    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
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Great little local, organic place to grab a bit to eat there or to go. It was located right under my hotel. Went every morning for a coffee and yummy strawberry scone. Has outdoor or indoor, very casual seating overlooking the beach. Staff was very friendly. A must if in Santa Cruz.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Torrance, California
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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Great little local, organic place to grab a bit to eat there or to go. It was located right under my hotel. Went every morning for a coffee and yummy strawberry scone. Has outdoor or indoor, very casual seating overlooking the beach. Staff was very friendly. A must if in Santa Cruz.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Reasonably priced, fresh, wholesome and tasty food right on the beach, what more can you ask for i a place to eat.

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Cologne, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We arrived in Santa Cruz a little too early for the Boardwalk to be in full swing when we stumbled across the Picnic Basket. The service was awesome, with really friendly staff. The sandwiches were gorgeous and my eldest daughter loved the Mac and Cheese. For a snack, sandwich or coffee near the beach, this place was perfect.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I can recommend the BLA - bacon, lettuce, avocado sandwich. Crispy bacon, tonnes of avocado, fresh green lettuce and some lovely mustard-seed type spread. Seriously delicious. A wholesome alternative to the greasy fare on offer on the boardwalk.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I like going to this place. It is near the water (and the boarwalk) but what I like most about this place is their food ok and the decor. They have wonderful salad (I am gluten free) but their sandwich are awsome as per my boyfriend who is wheat and meat lover. Don't forget the bear or a Verve local... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Fresh, healthy-ish breakfast option but a limited menu. It's conveniently located if you're staying near the Boardwalk. We went based on other reviews but were a bit underwhelmed.

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CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Wonderful food! Great combinations and interesting ingredients. We've been several times and have enjoyed everything.

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Beecher, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Very friendly staff, which is very appreciable. Ordered coffee and a turnover to go. Coffee came out without the sleeves and had to ask for them. Turnovers were good but took a while. I would recommend coming here and sit outside while enjoying the view if you have time.

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Wallasey, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Excellent freshly made sandwiches and salads, good quality ingredients served by friendly staff. Busy at lunch time and through to early evening.

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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Food is so yummy! Organic treats! Great for eating there or to take to the beach.....yogurt and house made granola to almost die for!

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