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Review of The Picnic Basket

The Picnic Basket
Ranked #15 of 406 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the Picnic Basket for lunch, after having read the reviews. We waited at the counter for 15 minutes to order, despite the fact that there was only one other person ahead of us in line when we got there. We waited another 20 minutes for the five people in the kitchen to make our three sandwiches and a salad. The Reuben I had was mainly carrots and spinach, with a tiny bit of some kind of mystery meat, no sauerkraut and no Russian dressing. In short, it bore no resemblance whatsoever to a Reuben. The salad was bland. My son't BLT was the best of the bunch, rated "not very good but not terrible." Maybe this place used to be good, or maybe breakfast is better than lunch, but I find it hard to believe.

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Thank Carol R
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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Great little place to grab breakfast on a foggy Santa Cruz morning. Their coffee is delicious. Try adding bacon and asking for hot sauce to the breakfast sandwich to kick it up a bit!

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is located right across the road from the beach. We watched the volleyball players while we ate. They have a good breakfast burrito and a frittata panini. The staff were friendly.

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Reviewed 29 August 2018

We went with our dog to walk in Santa Cruz while this city is not the most dog friendly city there is this restaurant was good to us and our 4 legged friend,

This place is more suitable for a nice breakfast and light food or an ice-cream rather than a big meal, we went for a light meal we ordered one salad which was very good and flavorful, and one sandwich which was with roasted beet, and almonds, both of the dishes were very good and not so pricey, additionally we ordered two milkshakes, my significant other is vegan and we ordered one milkshake on almond milk with sorbet which was great as well,

if you are planing on a walk on the wharf and/or in the broad walk and you don't want to eat some of the fatty food in the broad walk I would recommend stopping here for a meal :)

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Reviewed 29 August 2018

The basket is well located on the main beach road across from the Boardwalk and Wharf. It has a very hippie vibe with interesting sandwich selections and is popular with the locals. It can be difficult to nab a seat -- they also provide food to go. Limited drink selection, but accommodating servers. Would definitely recommend as a less-touristy option to the fried food on the boardwalk and the seafood on the wharf.

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Thank Marian R
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