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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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Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Good food options compared to most of the unhealthy food options in the area. Yummy food not junk food, and good to eat if you're headed to the beach or the boardwalk.

Thank mel l
San Francisco, California
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for breakfast- was hoping there would be a bigger selection of breakfast food though. Basic pastries and sandwiches, nothing bigger than a breakfast burrito (no egg dishes, no griddle fare, etc). By 9:30am they were already out of oatmeal. Long line but was able to find seating outside. Would consider more for lunch than breakfast if I were... More 

Thank daisylind
The Hague, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great for breakfast or picnic lunches on the road.... not the fastest service and not a huge amount of seating inside but lovely to watch life go by and quality of food was great!

Thank MrsTiggywinkle66
Santa Cruz, California
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282 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a sandwich here on a busy Saturday morning. The lines were very long and there was no place to sit once you got your food. We had to wait in line to sit down. The sandwich was okay, but nothing special and the prices were a bit on the high side. This is a cute little spot, but... More 

Thank Brin651
Vevey, Switzerland
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136 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a sandwich place not far from the pier on the sea front. We stopped for sandwiches which I am not going to describe at length... It would be boring... It is only a sandwich place after all. Just a few words on my BLT: very yummy, food toasted bread, crispy bacon, plenty of salad, good tomatoes and some... More 

Thank Frenchfrog39
San Francisco
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank lovebikes
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank Y4CKsusang
Lawrence, Kansas
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715 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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.

Thank Robert S
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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

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 July 16, 2016 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.

Thank Gogo1515

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Local cuisine
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?