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The Picnic Basket

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125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here twice this week when visiting town and I had quite high hopes. I had the pulled pork sandwich and then the cheese & ham turn over. They where both good but I wouldn't have them again. Sorry to say I expected more. But I really like the spot and the sweetest people work there. So would go... More 

Thank Anna L
Laurel, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First day in Santa Cruz we had lunch here and everything was so fresh and so good! Day two came in the morning for coffee and pastries, both fabulous! If you want one of their jelly donuts you need to get in early! Same with turnovers! What a delight!

Thank Doug S
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a simple BLT sandwich plus drink which came to over $12 which I thought was expensive. There a load of seagulls on the terrace living on scraps from diners. Not impressed.

Thank Cairokid
Newport Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this place on Yelp. I needed to eat healthy as I was participating in the Ironman race. They have great salads. The Market Salad was my favorite. It contained red beats and roasted walnuts. Adding chicken makes it substantial. The little patio outside is great for people watching.

Thank Globewalker13
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love this great little place on the beach front by the wharf. Nice coffee and the breakfast burrito tastes superb. Had lunch here as well, a simple chicken salad but really tasty. Staff are warm and welcoming. You won't be disappointed and if there is a queue it's worth the short wait.

Thank Crusty1967
Swedesboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sandwiches we had were tasty and reasonably priced at about $8.50 each, especially considering this place is right across from the beach in Santa Cruz. Two bottles of water and two small bags of chips ran the bill up another $12.00, though. We did not see prices posted for the drinks and chips. Be patient. There aren't a lot... More 

Thank serenitywriter
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything here on the menu us very fresh! The Mac and Cheese was my grand daughters favorite! I enjoyed the Turkey, Avocado and Swiss sandwich . The only thing I didn't care for was no diet soda nor lower calorie chips. This property is located right under The Beach Street Inn and Suites and they also deliver to that property!

San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small bistro just across the street from Santa Cruz pier - awesome place to grab a 'norcal-style' sandwich, salad or ice-cream and one of the Picnic Basket's home-made drinks. Great for munching, people watching, and sunshine gathering.

Thank Keith M
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place for lunch. Nothing exotic, just good food, fresh ingredients, and tasty. We also like the ice cream, which comes from Penny Ice Creamery in town.

Thank Srinfo2014
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sometimes the food is great. Sometimes it's just a mess. Salads can be brilliant -- great ingredients and terrific dressing, or just a lot of lettuce and odd bits. Sandwiches are usually enormous. Service is friendly, but sometimes so, so slow that you swear never to come back. But I do...because sometimes it really is great. Because I love the... More 

Thank Kate320

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
  • 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?