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The Picnic Basket

125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“sandwich” (53 reviews)
“ice cream” (37 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Not a huge place but nice, friendly basic comfort. Good selection of sandwiches and salads. Freshly made & delicious

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place overlooking the beach, friendly staff, tasty ice cream, good avocado toast and nice beer on tap. It certainly fits what you might expect from a beach town. Too bad it's across the road but the upside is it's not sandy.

Thank orshwartz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came in at 1:30 for lunch. The person taking our order was unable to make the order and payment system work properly. She was clearly miserable in her job. I ordered a salad and it took well over 30 minutes to get it done........More

Thank kajsmt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled upon this place looking for a healthy alternative to the Boardwalk kiosks... great food, beach views and the staff was very friendly and accommodating.

Thank Traveler9796
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great breakfast place right across from the boardwalk. We ordered the avocado toast in the breakfast burrito. Both were very good. This is a simple restaurant with walk up ordering and quick service. Prices are reasonable and the food was great I...More

Thank Wendy L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for a sandwich whilst visiting Santa Cruz for the afternoon. We sat outside, where there were about 4 tables. We visited midweek, around 2, so wasn’t at all busy. Didn’t have to wait too long, and the food was delicious. I had the...More

Thank LondonKate2
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Large, healthy delicious plates of salad plus yummy ice cream. This is a sweet spot to look over the boardwalk and bay. The service was favtastic too. The searing just is a little tight but worth the wait.

Thank Susannah G
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Huge fresh market salad. Delectable chicken salad sandwich. We were very please with that quality of our meals for lunch. We recommend this place for lunch!

Thank Catcollins
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped by mid afternoon on a Saturday. We waited in line for 20 minutes to place our order and decided to take out as there isn't much table space. After placing our order we waited another 30 minutes or so. Our order consisted of...More

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

I stopped here to pickup some breakfast to go on. Monday morning at 8 am. The place wasn't busy, and I was able to order immediately. Staff was very friendly. The place has very limited seating inside, but plenty of seats outside. I ordered a...More

Thank cohoman
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Patty W
19 April 2017|
Response from Buenavistasc | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure of their hours but they definitely are open later during the summer months. I would suggest giving them a call or checking their website. 😃
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
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: +1 831-427-9946
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