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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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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San Francisco
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Most of the food on the Santa Cruz Wharf and at the Boardwalk is kind of churned out crap for people who don't care. The Picnic Basket is not that! This is creative California Cuisine meets a quick lunch, and you do pay a bit more for it. The food is always fresh - on my last visit I had... More 

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Thank lovebikes
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Picnic Basket faces Main Beach just steps from the Beach Boardwalk. The menu isn't huge but every item is delicious. It is owned by the same folks as Penny Ice Creamery so you can also get amazing ice cream. I don't come here during the summer (good luck finding parking) but if you are already in the area go... More 

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Thank Y4CKsusang
Lawrence, Kansas
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623 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place put out some really good food. Their menu has good variety and the product has a fresh clean taste. Nice sandwiches and salads. Really enjoyed my lunch.

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Thank Robert S
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for breakfast and lunch near the boardwalk. Great salads, sandwiches and ice cream. Farm fresh food.

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Thank Nancy N
Brussels, Belgium
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All of the food was great and served 20 minutes before they had initially told us! The beer was great and location is perfect to watch people walk by.

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Thank Gogo1515
Allerød, Denmark
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They make some really, really great sandwiches at the Picnic Basket. Definitely worth a visit! If you sit outside, there is music across the street.

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Thank Jesper M
Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is so nice to have a healthy alternative for food down by the Boardwalk. The food is always excellent and fresh.

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Thank seacliff98
Grover Beach, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a cute spot near the boardwalk with unique, delicious food options! It was a little pricey so my friend and I shared the frittata sandwich. It was delicious!

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Thank Lindsey P
Petaluma, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Mushy breakfast burrito. Can't customize. But good quality ingredients.. Better than most other quick service stuff that's around there.

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Thank Radiant-in-Petaluma
Seattle, WA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

My niece ordered the grilled cheese sandwich. I have never really been a fan of plain grilled cheese sandwiches, but she was kind enough to offer a bite, so I couldn't refuse. OMG! It is a 4 cheese masterpiece - so much flavor, unlike any grilled cheese I have ever had. It was served with some sort of marinated onion... More 

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Thank CStewy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 4:00 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 - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831.427.9946

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?