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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Breakfast Burrito!

Went in and had a breakfast burrito. Bam! It was really good! I would have given them a five for the burrito but I wanted water and they just have a dispenser that was probably filled right from the tap with no ice. Don't like warm water with my food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Goleta, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The coffee was good, but service was a bit off--earnest and well intentioned, but not confident or efficient. It seemed like lots of really new people were being "trained". Maybe that's just temporary and will improve with time, so take that with a grain of salt. The coffee was fine. The Ice Cream is amazing---its from Penny Ice Creamery (though... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Went in and had a breakfast burrito. Bam! It was really good! I would have given them a five for the burrito but I wanted water and they just have a dispenser that was probably filled right from the tap with no ice. Don't like warm water with my food.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

when my husband and I were looking for a place to have breakfast we first passed over this place. The reviews were good but the website doesn't really tell that much of a story. We finally gave it a shot and I can't tell you how incredibly surprised and pleased we were we tried it. We had the frittata panini... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The food was very good. I had a breakfast burrito and my husband had the paninni. I opted for the plain version of the burrito, sans beans and cabbage. My husband and I could have shared one of these because both the burrito and sandwich were quite large. The meal was super expensive and it took forever for them to... More 

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Australia
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292 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Grabbed a coffee to takeaway and walk the pier. Made a flat white to order (not on the menu) If I had the time to eat I certainly would have, menu looked good & the staff were friendly.

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Fresno, California, United States
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Excellent food, had a breakfast panini which was delicious. Also had lunch the Picnic Basket Salad which was even better, all local products which I like. The service was fair, took awhile for food. We sat outside which was nice, prefer taking it to go and eat on my terrace since people had their dogs at my feet. Will return... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I didn't eat here but the food did look good. I did have a coffee and it was one of the best I have had in a while. They even made me a flat white coffee just like back in Australia.

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Penzance, England
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We found the prices high and time to wait for our order to be served was about 20 minutes. The restaurant smelled very strongly of grease and nothing seemed particularly clean. In other words it was grubby. The washroom was dire and really needed a thorough clean. Again the surroundings near the washroom were grubby. Birds landed on the outside... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I had some mac'n'cheese to go and they were really good. Really well cooked so that in melts in the mouth and good cheese. Was around 20 min to get them on a Saturday.

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Livermore, California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I really want to give 5 stars. But 20 minute wait ended up being a 55 minute wait for our 3 to go sandwiches plus they were out of Avocados at noon on a Sunday. We really enjoyed our 3 different sandwiches! They were gourmet! Roasted Sweet Potatoes Baguette 9.00 (Roasted sweet potato, Goat cheese, olive tapenade with dijon and... More 

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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, Sandwiches

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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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