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First Awakenings

171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
+1 831-784-1125
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“pancakes” (46 reviews)
“potatoes” (16 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of my favorite places to eat for breakfast/brunch. I always get the Joaquin Yahoo - it's delicious! (and definitely fills you up; I usually share with a friend) The pancakes are pricey, so I never order any, but I've tried them before...More

Thank cyrinay
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is the place to go in Salinas for breakfast. The pancakes are as big as a pie so be sure to only order one unless you are really hungry. There is always a line on the weekends so be prepared to wait a bit....More

Thank Evi_02
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thought the crowd gathered outside on Sunday morning was a special event? It wasn't as it was just those waiting for a table! I avoided the queue by taking a seat at the bar (as I was dining alone). This is a great omelette...More

Thank Albywon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great menu choices including some healthy and unique options. Atmosphere is bordering on historic. The food was good and the service was excellent. Went over Veteran's Day and the staff were dressed statistically, which was a respectful touch.

Thank iodoggie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here a handful of times. As long as I stick to a salad, I'm good. The sandwiches and potatoes tend to be greasy. BEWARE of the added gratuity on the bill. We only had 6 in our party and they added 18%.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we always enjoy having a weekend breakfast at first awakenings. never been disappointed in either the food or service. probably the best place in salinas for breakfast. shopping and other attractions right out the front door.

Thank 520janelleg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service, great atmosphere, and the food is plentiful and good. Perfect place to gather with family and friends.

Thank MadameBoule
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to have lunch here this past Saturday. We were seated quickly and beverage order was given (As soon as we sat down) We were served quickly and the server was very helpful. Food was served quickly and Hot. I had a Patty Melt...More

Thank tazdad35
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been a patron of First Awakenings for many years. I’ve had business gatherings as well as meals with friends and family. I can always count on the consistently great food and experienced servers. I can recommend First Awakenings without any reservation.

Thank Tiges1
Reviewed 29 October 2017

If you are looking for a great breakfast, lunch or brunch this is a great place to try. It is a family business with great food, large portions, gooooood coffee!! They are very friendly and welcoming. Get there early or be prepared to wait to...More

Thank laurie784
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-784-1125
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