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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%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (44 reviews)
“ice cream” (37 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 16:00All hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5412
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1 - 10 of 341 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

I like this company's other shops (Assembly restaurant and Penny Ice Cream) but in my visits here, the food is sometimes good, sometimes fair, sometimes very little choice. Check it out but have a backup.

Thank Clover88Live
Reviewed 1 week ago

great food and location. Just takes a while if super busy day in summer. call in if you get chance.love the snacks

Thank crumbles1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had intended to try more from here if i returned but ended up just having a breakfast burrito with extra bacon each morning. Gorgeous. Great place to sit and watch the world go buy.

Thank ColinandJane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We (3) ordered salads with 2 ice teas and one glass of red wine. the only choices of wine were Zinfandel or Grenache. Who does'n offer Cabernet or Merlot? They weren't very busy at 1:30 pm but the wine took 15 minutes as the server...More

Thank Bruce P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it's food is delicious, the service is fast (you order, they bring it to you),there is outdoor seating and the menu is unique, filled with fresh salads and sandwiches/wraps. They also have great breakfasts!

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 12 September 2017

The place was not the cleanest. Tables were dirty, bathrooms and counter were a mess. The menu's don't explain what is supposed to be on your food. My son ordered the market salad (I think he asked for chicken on it). His girlfriend ordered the...More

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 5 September 2017

really fun very casual cafe just off the beach. great for those grilled fresh sandwiches and salads.

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 14 August 2017

I remember when I first went to The Picnic Basket a few years ago, I fell in love with their cute little space and really good (and unique) food options. So, we typically go here when we are in Santa Cruz. This past visit was...More

2  Thank Susan T
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This place is always busy with locals and tourists because it's fast, convenient and good food. I get an egg frittata every time after a long run, which is very satisfying and feeling, and my boyfriend gets a breakfast burrito Fresh and tasty, salads, soups...More

Thank L0ve2travle
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The Picnic Basket has yummy sandwiches and salads, they're are more adult flavors with pickles and lots of herbs and seasonings but they have a few good kid staples like the hotdog as well. These are the same people that have Penny Ice Creamery so...More

Thank Jolie W
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Patty W
18 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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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