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Walnut Avenue Cafe

106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
831-457-2307
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Ranked #10 of 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I had the special with eggs zucchini, pesto, mushrooms and cheese. Good variety for the menu, salads, sandwiches. Big portions.

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Oswego, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

When I lived in Santa Cruz I would go here all the time. Now that I'm just a visitor I tried it out and love the place all over again. Great multi-grain pancakes and omelets not to mention their other fare.

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Vacaville, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Me and the 4 kids really enjoyed our breakfast. Good food, great service and the price wasn't too bad either.

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Austin, Texas, USA
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59 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Great location downtown. Friendly staff right pace of service and great selection of tasty foods NOT a run of the milk cafe. Try it

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Salisbury, North Carolina, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The breakfast was so good my 11 yr old son wanted to eat there twice in our four day trip. The food was delicious, atmosphere was lovely, and the staff was very friendly. Seemed to be a popular place for breakfast but our wait was very short during the middle of the week.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Always crowded is a good sign that the food is good. During my UCSC days and when I visit the Cruz I go to walnut cafe for breakfast. The food is fresh and oh so good. Try anything you won't be disappointed.

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Santa Cruz, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The wait time to get a table can be long. If you have the time and you aren't starving, this is one of the best breakfast spots downtown.

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Manhattan Kansas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We stopped here for an early lunch on our way to Monterey. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun.My husband had Shrimp Benedict, and I had the California burger with a salad. Both were very tasty and served quickly by a helpful waitress. We arrived at 11:15 on a Thursday morning, and when we arrived the place was almost packed. By... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My mom and I stopped here for breakfast this morning before heading down the coast. The breakfast was honestly the best breakfast I have ever had. Sorry Mom but it's true. The service was stellar. The menu selections and food were fantastic. It's worth your time to stop, take time out of your schedule, and enjoy!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We stopped in for a late lunch. My wife had a scrumptious egg dish; Igot the shrimp caesar salad. Both were excellent, but the real hit was the atmossphere: bustling and yet relaxed; filled with happy conversation, but not overly loud, so that we felt encouraged to linger. A total success.

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