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Walnut Avenue Cafe

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106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
+1 831-457-2307
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07:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 16:00
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Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been going out weekly for breakfast in town for years and have come to the conclusion that Walnut is the best. Best menu, best food quality and best service. There are plenty of good options for breakfast in Santa Cruz - at least a half dozen others I'd pick without hesitation - but Walnut is the best all around.... More 

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Thank Ldjaffe54
SANTA CRUZ
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a reason that Walnut Avenue Café has a large lunch following and it is because it is the best lunch in town (or maybe county). But don't be scared by it's popularity, we have always been able to be seated very quickly. Just review the scrumptious lunch items on the menu and be ready to go. Service is... More 

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Thank Charles S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walnut Avenue Cafe is always busy, especially on weekend mornings and brunch. With good reason. The food here is delicious, hot, and served with a smile. The Eggs Benedict (sub regular bacon for Canadian...Trust me) are sublime with a perfect (yes) Hollandaise. The only knock I have is that they don't serve hash browns. Brunch ahoy!

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Thank Joseph S
Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Erick, the head waiter is excellent and makes the meal enjoyable.....His staff and the rest of the crew do an outstanding job

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Thank robert6367
Courtenay, Canada
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for breakfast after our hotel experience didn't work out. Drove down town and happened upon the Walnut Ave cafe. We were greeted promptly and given our choice as to tables. The breakfast was good and the service great.It appeared busy with locals coming and going and I would recommend.

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Thank George B
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is always packed every morning no matter what day of the week it might be. Be certain to get there early on the weekends as the line will almost always be out the door. The food is fresh, and the portions are generous and can easily be shared. Their french toast is fantastic and my favorite is the... More 

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Thank Kathryn O
Fremont, California
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235 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Based on reviews we decided to have breakfast at Walnut Avenue Cafe and we had a very good meal. Expect crowds on the weekend and a wait if you don't arrive early. The menu is more than ample. We had an omelet and huevos rancheros. Both were nicely prepared with fresh ingredients. Don't expect NM heat in your dishes. For... More 

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Thank Glenn M
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not impressed- stay away. Party of 5 waited 30 minutes to get in (that's ok) but then waited 15 minutes for the server and another 45 minutes before our food came. The table next to us had two different groups come and go (parties of 6 and 5) while we still sat there waiting. When the food came, it was... More 

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Thank Andrea L
Santa Cruz, California
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great breakfast place in downtown Santa Cruz. Love their scrambles. Good home fries, nice servers. Often crowded but worth the wait.

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Thank Sara R
san fran bay area
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Had brunch here. One of the best brunches I've had in Santa Cruz county. Servers were also very attentive. Will absolutely be going again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 16:00
Monday
07:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 15:00
Thursday
07:00 - 15:00
Friday
07:00 - 15:00
Saturday
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-457-2307

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