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Old Monterey Cafe

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489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
+1 831-646-1021
06:45 - 14:30
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Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're looking for atmosphere, this isn't your place, if you're looking for a fantastic breakfast, then look no further! Delicious selection of eggs, omelets, pancakes and much more. Everything made fresh. Obviously a popular place with a line of people waiting out the door to get in. You won't be disappointed!

Thank Ruth C
Monterey, California
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have had breakfast here a number of times and always have had fast, friendly service with delicious, classic American breakfast foods.

Thank ntebo
Guildford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't be put off if there's a queue. You'll only wait 5 minutes and it will be worth it. Service is excellent and quick. Good size portions cooked to order. Open for breakfast and lunch. Super.

Thank calculus50
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hot oatmeal with fruit, and coffee in copious quantities this was a great find for breakfast and is clearly the 'go to place' for breakfast in Monterey judging by the queue out of the door for a long time on Sunday morning. Great service, all the staff are really friendly and very efficient. Highly recommended and we will be taking... More 

Thank forgetmenot49
Marin County, CA
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great team working here makes for a great breakfast. They aim to please and succeed. It's nothing fancy, but the service is charming and the food is the best breakfast we had on our Monterey vacation. They went overboard on the hot cocoa with extra whipped cream and sprinkles -- yum! The waffle was served hot and quite good as... More 

Thank Marinmale
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked here from our hotel and it was worth the trip. We had an awesome breakfast. The wait staff was very attentive keeping our coffee cups full.

Thank Diane M
Portland, OR
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357 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the top of Alvarado, the main business street above the Wharf, Old Monterey Cafe has a nice menu of standard and Mexican-style breakfast offerings. Prices are very reasonable, service is spot-on, and the food is good. There is apparently parking behind because I saw locals coming in through a rear entrance. A really nice, down-home kind of local restaurant... More 

Thank GeorgePortland_OR
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We originaly intended to go to another wharf restaraunt but it was closed on Tues. We had an outstanding brekfast at the 'Old Monterey'. We split an omlet and had more food than we could eat. Lots of fresh avacado, mushrooms and ham. They accomodated all of our requests. Alphalfa sprounts were not listed on the menu but they provided... More 

Thank Mike S
Tyler, Texas
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107 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great breakfast location. Sits in downtown with parking along the street. Friendly staff. Huevos Rancheros were fantastic, complete with homemade tortillas. Guacamole was delicious.

Thank Jim P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Old Monterey Cafe twice on our visit to downtown Monterey. The first time I had an excellent eggs Benedict with avocado and a side of hash browns. The second time I had oatmeal and crunchy bacon. I like how the oatmeal came with a fruit salad, and had brown sugar and raisins on the side, so... More 

Thank greyselkie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-646-1021

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