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The Picnic Basket

125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #14 of 329 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Aug 17, 2014
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88% Recommend
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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Grilled cheese was yummy. Beet sandwich was a drop of heaven. BLT will have you jumping for joy. "ALL" fresh yummy natural ice cream!!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were in a hurry and I am from the east. That being said I had a level of anxiety waiting for our food before our kayaking. I had a vanilla latte that I could not get enough of. I should have ordered a second. The breakfast burrito was not the same beans and eggs. It was spicy with a... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Great cure of ingredients and food but way too pricey and way too slow. Portions are also quite small

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Toronto, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place has great food. And is such a breath of fresh air from the rest of the strip. The service was awesome and they're icecream place is awesome too. Highly recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We came here for lunch after a friend's recommendation. The service was great - the blonde smiley man was super friendly! We ordered the picnic basket salad and Reuben sandwich. They were delicious. The only criticism was the long wait and it was quite pricey for a sandwich joint. But it's a great lunch spot anyway.

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Sacramento, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We hit the place for breakfast very limited menu but very good. Fresh coffee and pastries with some cooked items. Menu looked good for lunch and a LOT of people were getting it to take to the beach. Great location and more of a locals/tourist spot as opposed to straight up tourist.

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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Have these people ever heard of a FAN? Hotter than the gates of Hades inside and took forever to get our order in. Then, to top things off they forgot our granddaughter's mac & cheese which took yet another eternity to fix.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We came here for breakfast- I didn't think there were too many options, they forgot part of our order, and the portions weren't too big so we left hungry. The mocha I had was pretty good though.

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Bakersfield, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were riding our bikes around Santa Cruz when we came upon this great little restaurant. The sandwiches we had were very fresh and tasty. Loaded with fresh greens and the bread of very fresh too. They do take there time to make sure the sandwiches looked and taste very good. Very happy we found this place. I had the... More

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Fresno, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I stayed right above The Picnic Basket at the Beach Street Inn over the Holiday weekend. We had coffee here and breakfast once. The staff was not friendly at all and it was almost like a problem that we ordered anything. We were basically interrupting them from recapping the night before with their co-workers. The breakfast burrito was ok.... it... More

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