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First Awakenings

171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
+1 831-784-1125
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (14 reviews)
“pancakes” (46 reviews)
“potatoes” (15 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 14:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

Whenever I come to town, I like this place for breakfast. I love the food and the service has ALWAYS been good to great. I wish we had one back home just like it. I guess that makes the visit all the more special.

Thank Barbara F
Reviewed 18 October 2016

There is always a wait to be seated, but well worth it. They do offer coffee while you wait, and the atmosphere is nice as it is outside in front of the restaurant you wait. Once seated, the menu has a good choice of breakfast...More

Thank tazdad35
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to stop here halfway between San Francisco and Paso Robles. We are (late in the day) breakfast people and the menu looked like it would suite us. There are so many breakfast options it was hard to choose. (There are also lots of...More

Thank booptraveler
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I have been eating here for years and they serve the only omelets I like. Plenty of food and choices. Whenever I want breakfast, this is always my first choice. PG location is equally good.

Thank kkblaha
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Don't hesitate to try First Awakenings. While best known for Breakfast you can also get a good lunch there as well. They do close at 2 so be mindful of that. Nice variety of dishes especially the Breakfast choices and the servers are good. In...More

Thank Trycia E
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The food was good enough, but nothing special. I was disappointed after the strong online reviews. The service was good.

Thank travelingdoctorMGB
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite breakfast place in town. When ever I have a guest out of town or co-workers want to eat breakfast after work, we come here. I almost always have their breakfast special.

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Have eaten at First Awakenings for almost 20 years and it is still as good as the first time. You can't say that about too many restaurants these days!

Thank wwcarol1943
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Had lunch here on our way to Big Sur. Friendly service. Very reasonably priced. Sandwiches were excellent. They were served with a marinated salad of small-diced celery, cucumber, zucchini, and tomato which was delicious and potatoes, either hash brown or diced. Breakfast menu looked good...More

Thank sjc43
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I LOVE the Wheatberry Pancakes here, so delicious.. I get these everytime I visit First Awakenings. The service is always friendly and welcoming as well. There is a very cool, and calming atmosphere here, which is refreshing. The prices are a little much, but the...More

Thank alyssaa_25
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
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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