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The Picnic Basket

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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

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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 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
Yummy Sandwiches

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
karinharris13
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Big Bear Lake, California
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Big Bear Lake, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Sacramento, California, Usa
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196 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Located right next to the boardwalk. Been here several times. Walls are designed like a picnic basket. Fresh bakery sweet aromas that engage the nose. Small line that gets busy quick. Fairly fast was it and the orders to completed. Food options are freshly made with farm fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients ( Bread, proteins). Most recent trip I... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Nice selection of interesting sandwiches and salads. Vibrant lunch scene. Service was slow but we enjoyed the view and people watching.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

As the name suggests, get something to go! There is limited seating here but a fabulous beach across the way. The menu is full of fresh, organic choices. We enjoyed sandwiches and salads and ate on the beach. There is even peanut butter and jelly for the kids. Will definitely return!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We read about this place in the Lonely planet guidebook on California and decided to get some sandwiches for our drive south on Highway 1. It was a small line but it took more than 20 minutes to get our order. They were pricey, about $ 8.50 each, but they were with it. Fresh, generous and tasty!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The sandwiches were pretty good here. I got a grilled cheese with avocado which was tasty and my husband got a chicken, pesto kale, and from age blanc sandwich. Both were tasty. We also got a chocolate milkshake which was unbelievable. They use great ice cream. The inside was a little dirty and did not have air conditioning. The service... More 

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Oakland, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Nice cafe, okay coffee (Verve), but the trucks parking to unload to the various cafes and hotels along main drag compromised the outdoor seating. The indoor seating is cramped and not very comfortable. The food is delicious, but not worth the aggravation.

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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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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
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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