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Walnut Avenue Cafe

106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
831-457-2307
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Ranked #19 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
bay area, california
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100 reviews 100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We were walking downtown Santa Cruz one morning and passed by this place mid-morning. It was packed. A couple hours later passed back by (around lunch) and it was still full. Decided to stop in for lunch. Great service, great food! Everything was delicious! The soup, sandwiches, and the breakfasts that were coming out looked awesome. If you're in the... More

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Antioch, Ca.
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were in Santa Cruz this past weekend with the family and chose to eat at Walnut Ave Cafe for lunch on Sunday. Santa Cruz is such a neat place and there are tons of restaurants to choose from. Many of them are breakfast/brunch/lunch spots and close by 4:00 pm at the latest. They all serve much the same type... More

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Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Driving around Santa Cruz, I clicked on my map to search for a breakfast place. This one popped up with lots of good reviews, so we decided to check it out. The place was packed yet there was no waiting for a table. I had the scramble from the daily special. It contained artichokes, spinach and feta. With home fries... More

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

One of the 'go to' breakfast places in Santa Cruz. Depending on timing, usually a short wait. Food is good, and ambiance is typical busy breakfast place.

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Pennsylvania
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172 reviews 172 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We stopped here for a family breakfast. Everything was good from the scrambles to the Benedicts. Friendly service and casual atmosphere. A fine place to stop for breakfast. Nothing super special, but nothing bad.

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Hurricane, Utah
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our family stopped by for breakfast. Eggs Benedict recommended by waitress was below par; muffin soft/mushy, not toasted near enough. Hollandaise sauce lacked rich, flavorful texture/taste one would expect--quite bland and pedestrian at best. The hot chocolate was quite bitter. If you want a crowded, feed em lots, mass produced experience, then this is for you.

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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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