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“Better than average food in Santa Cruz.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Walnut Avenue Cafe

Walnut Avenue Cafe
106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
831-457-2307
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Ranked #5 of 294 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Aptos, California, United States
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Better than average food in Santa Cruz.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Santa Cruz is known for exotic and often just plain weird foods and restaurants. Walnut Avenue Cafe serves good food without getting inedibly strange, but still combining interesting flavors.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Walnut Creek, California
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70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good breakfast at a popular Santa Cruz spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Locals seem to flock to this breakfast-lunch place in downtown Santa Cruz -- it's always busy, while two-three other similar cafes within a block have half the crowd. Good, solid comfort food, not great. My wife had basic bacon and eggs with a banana nut muffin; good, although I think she really liked the muffin. I had huevos rancheros con carnitas, generally nicely done Mexican pulled pork with eggs, black beans, grilled peppers --- tasty, but not a wow, pork a little dry; dish also needed dressing up with a lot of Tabasco (I suppose to accommodate a variety of tastes the chef needs to keep the lid on a bit, but the consequence is that it was good, not great). Pleasant server, a little harried. It's a worthwhile place but won't knock your socks off.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Elk Grove CA
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great for Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I read about this restaurant on trip advisor and based on the reviews we decided to try it. The food was amazing - great selection for breakfast - fast and friendly service - definate must when you visit Santa Cruz !!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Cruz
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great as Usual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We were in downtown Santa Cruz and decided to see if there was a wait. Voila, no wait (unusual) but lucky for us. The weather was perfect and the outside seating worked perfectly for us. People with great dogs were outside and it was perfect. We decided to split a scramble which had fresh veggies and cheese and we added turkey. It was cooked perfectly. We asked for crispy potatoes and those were just right without being overcooked. And the special muffin of the day, apple cinnamon, was very tasty! All in all the perfect breakfast in Santa Cruz, just off the downtown mall so active but quiet enough.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Great food at a reasonable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Walnut Avenue Cafe serves great food! I love the eggs benedict for breakfast and the southwestern chicken sandwich for lunch. The portions are usually large, prices are fair and the service seems reasonably quick. On weekends it gets really busy, but if you don't mind sitting at the counter, there are usually seats available.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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