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The Picnic Basket

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125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
+1 831-427-9946
07:00 - 16:00
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San Jose, California
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was sitting n the Boardwalk and my daughter brought me a simple delicious FRESH large green salad with excellent dressing. An outstanding lentil soup. For herself, a kale -white bean soup. We were very happy with our lunches. The soups were vegan.

Thank 40Sug
Soquel, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Locally sourced fresh ingredients and generous portions in a convenient location across from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Thank limcandr
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited twice while staying at the Beach Street Inn (which is right upstairs). At breakfast the place was completely swamped. There was a half marathon in town that morning so it was probably more crowded than usual, but they were completely in the weeds. They had no change for the register, ran out of coffee and seemed to have... More 

Thank Shelly S
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small, dry, overpriced sandwiches. Close to the beach, but behind the street, so you get partial oven view from the terrace.

Thank Johannes W
Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wonderful farm to table local food and the coffee is outstanding. Perfect to grab takeout and enjoy eating looking at the ocean across the street

Thank treetopmama
Guildford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a quick sandwich at lunch. Nice seating outside. Portions were quite small which was a bit of a welcome break. Good food!

Thank adiposey
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the Picnic Basket after having found it online. I ordered the chicken pesto, my husband got the Reuben, and my daughters got the turkey and cheese sandwich and Mac and cheese. Everyone loved their food but the clear winner was the Reuben. Holy cow. I should have gotten that. I had a lot of "I never would... More 

Thank Kerry A
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Soups were great -- flavorful and wholesome. The Rueben sandwich was huge, messy and fabulous. Very fun and friendly place.

Thank lindav86
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The breakfast burrito was a little expensive ( $9.00), alacarte, but very tasty and fresh, I was fortunate to be the only person there, because it took almost 10 minutes for them to make it. If they had been busier, I wonder how long I would have had to wait.

1 Thank dancinwillow
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Delicious sandwiches. We have had lunch here a couple of times & we are always happy with our sandwiches

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?