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The Picnic Basket

125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831.427.9946
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Ranked #14 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The food is incredible. No one can make a sandwich like this restaurant. The soups, salads and bakery are wonderful. Great for lunch. Service is friendly but slow. Seating can be difficult at times. Still worth the wait. A must go.

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Picnic Basket is considered one of the better eateries in Santa Cruz: it offers fresh, local fare at high prices (e.g., a breakfast burrito consisting of potatoes, cabbage, jack cheese and a flour tortilla costs $9). Too bad the service and setting aren't on par with the food and prices. On a relatively quiet Tuesday morning, I waited 25... More 

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Lakeport, California, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I found this eatery while doing a search for fish less restaurants. Since my allergy to seafood is so high, I was excited to find a place that seemed to have decent pricing and was totally fish free. This is a deli style eatery, not a restaurant, it is very small and always crowded, the inside was a bit grubby.... More 

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Holiday, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

loved the organic salad and soup - get meat if you like- nice views but their doing road construction- noisy outside eating

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Holiday, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Organic tasty meals, not all vegetarian. Great views of volleyball games by the pier and boardwalk's best

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Longmont, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The staff were super friendly, and all of the food is made fresh to order. The ingredients are something I would buy at home for my family - great quality - the breakfast burritos are AMAZING! This was my go-to for coffee in the morning. I am a starbucks lover, and this coffee did it for me. THANK YOU!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The location, the freshness of the food, personable employees, sit down seating, both indoors and outdoors, friendly atmosphere.

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Rockville, MD
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193 reviews 193 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My husband and I had lunch here while visiting Santa Cruz for the day. The menu has sandwiches and salads using locally sourced ingredients, and there is also a coffee bar and artisanal ice cream. Prices are quite reasonable for the food, but some of the coffee bar drinks and all of the ice cream prices are high. My husband... More 

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Northern California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We had a quick snack here one morning of our stay. The food was delicious and it was very close to the wharf. Parking was easy (but we were there early) The staff was friendly and the food was delish. They lightly pickled the carrot they used as garnish and it was delightful.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We found the place by chance and just loved the food. The location is great and the staff very friendly and helpful.

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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

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