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Whale City Bakery

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490 California Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5909
+1 831-423-9803
06:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 20:00
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Becker, Minnesota
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160 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Located right on Hwy 1, this was a great place for a lunch by the sea. We sat outside, but they really need umbrellas as the sun was intense. The food was good. Everyone on the patio had a dog and they bring water dishes to the table for the pups. The wait staff was friendly and quick.

Thank Eileen P
Aptos, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

The best bakery in Davenport, CA. If you bike, cycle or drive you have to make this your morning pit stop. It is in the Santa Cruz area so you know they have awesome fresh made granola,

Thank stevengraff
Santa Cruz, California
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369 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

We went midweek just before noon. It was packed. We chose to wait for an outside table. The service is good, but it is not a fast food place. They make everything from scratch and it shows. The portabello sandwich was fantastic. My brother, the carnivore said the hamburgers are phenominal. A third choice by my Mom was the Rueben.... More 

Thank JeriLG
Baltimore, Maryland
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106 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, my family came upon this gem of a cafe for lunch. The views were amazing! The lunch was equally fabulous! The food quality was top notch and the service was wonderful. I highly recommend stopping here along a drive!

Thank Bill M
Santa Cruz, CA
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

The food was very good, the service was pleasant and efficient, the portions were generous and the prices reasonable. How can you top that? WITH A LITTLE HEAT! I realize most of the charm of this place is that it has a virtually unencumbered view of the Pacific Ocean (across a very busy highway, but oh well.) It's probably wonderful... More 

Thank Rosiq
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

Great Road café to stop in between Santa Bárbara and San Francisco. The pies are delicious!!! Service was Nice, and you have an outside terrace were you can see the ocean.

Thank Gonçalo F
Oakland, California
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

we loved this little spot. We were staying at the Roadhouse, next door that has a cafe, but not half as much attractive items on its menu as this place. They make there own yummy pastries that we love to have on vacation and the staff is laid back and helpful when needed. They have organic coffee and they use... More 

2 Thank Ada B
Woodinville, Washington
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327 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

What a charming little place for a meal or dessert or just getting coffee! You can get a table outside on the deck and gaze at the ocean across the highway, or you can eat inside at one of the cozy tables. There's also seating at a long bar. The brussel sprout appetizer is really good! If you like brussel... More 

1 Thank Brin651
Santa Cruz, California
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

I had previously written a review for the Bakery. We went there today and it is still great. One thing I noticed is how well thought out the menu items are and how well they are executed. Today we had the brussel sprout appetizer with home made ranch dressing, a BLT, and chicken tenders. Both entrees came with salads comprised... More 

1 Thank ed o
Felton, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014 via mobile

Stopping for lunch with a friend, we enjoyed sitting outside between raindrops. They had a nice variety of food for vegetarians to meat eaters. I especially loved the pie and cheesecake selection. The staff was friendly and attentive. We both loved the real fresh lemonade, and were happy they let us sit on the patio with my friend's French bulldog.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 490 California Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5909
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-9803

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