Walnut Cafe Santa Cruz - Walnut Avenue Cafe Santa Cruz
106 Walnut Avenue,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
|Prices||Breakfast $5-10; lunch $8-$10|
|Dining Style||Casual Dining|
|Parking||Free, Garage / Street, Nearby|
|Payment Accepted||Cash, MasterCard, Visa|
|Meals||Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch|
|Santa Cruz Take Out||Yes|
Walnut Cafe Santa Cruz - Summary:
Since 1994 the Walnut Avenue Cafe has been a local favorite for Breakfast, Lunch and Weekend Brunch. We feature great food in a relaxed, casual environment in Downtown Santa Cruz. We hope you will join us soon.
Walnut Cafe Santa Cruz - Reviews:
Positive Walnut Cafe Santa Cruz Review:
Even though I lived in SC for a very long time somehow not til this last holiday weekend did I make it to Walnut Avenue Cafe...yum! Some of my gf's have always said it's a good spot, we went and I enjoyed my turkey, avocado and cheese scramble, everything I saw looked good...the salsa is yum! The homefries and english muffin with my meal were yummy too, my plate was clean when I left! Will def come back on my weekend visits to SC :)
Our waitress was a bit odd but didn't bother us, food was good, worth the 30 min wait we had...
-Jennifer P., San Francisco, CA
Negative Walnut Cafe Santa Cruz Review:
Warning: Tables topped with almost every American condiment in the book is often a sign of un inventive salads, sandwiches and omelets.
I must be spoiled with all the brunch / lunch cafes in Los Angeles. Or maybe I've turned snobby since moving to the LA, but alas, I am a Bay Area girl at heart and gotta put my foot down and stand for something: Walnut Ave Cafe is worse than A-OK. And this wasn't just a one time ringer - I've been to this joint multiple occasions.
The omelets are equivalent to Denny's, but with better potatoes at least. On my recent trip I had the spinach salad which ended up being spinach with about 2 orange segments, a few sprinklings of pre diced hard boiled egg and blue cheese, 3 walnuts, and a quarter of a sliced avocado. Wow, someone was feeling generous! We also had the ahi tuna sandwich on a french roll which was just a piece of seared ahi in between a mediocre roll with a piece of lettuce and slice of tomato. Yawn. No fancy mayo or anything! My mom got the blue burger which she devoured, but she was so hungry she'd aten the free jam on the table while waiting so she wouldn't cared either way. This place is lacking in heart and soul which I would expect a little more of in downtown Santa Cruz.
-Anna A., Los Angeles, CA
Average Walnut Cafe Santa Cruz Review:
3 stars means A-OK and that is what Walnut Ave. Cafe is. The coffee is good and the staff is good. I used to battle the crowds almost every weekend for breakfast here and it was good but it seems to have gone downhill. The chilaquiles are the best thing there. They used to be served in a nice ceramic dish which was a nice presentation and kept the food hot throughout the meal. Now it is served on a plate like the rest of the scrambles, etc. and seems to get cold fairly quickly. I would definitely avoid it at lunch time. The salads are very lack-luster and the sandwiches greasy.
-MHK L., Santa Cruz, CA
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