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550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
831-649-8600
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Ranked #54 of 262 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Napa, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

just down the street from our hotel was a quiet cafe with ocean view patio seating. The coffee was excellent and refills offered freely. Breakfast included fresh baked scones and well made traditional breakfast items. We will return!

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Concord, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Good cafe close to the water off cannery row. Food and drinks are good. The heated outdoor patio is what makes this place special. To be able to sit outside comfortably on a winters day is unbeatable.

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Monterey, California
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The beignet are why you come - with jam they are fantastic. The omelets are good and interesting too so I'd recommend those as well.

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Orangevale, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Simple business model, decent prices, good quality food and service, and... with a bay view! Inside or outside dining, just walk-in, order at the counter and take your number to the table of your choosing. Like Arnold said: I'll be back!

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Merrimac, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

So glad we checked this place out. Great breakfast menu, excellent food and coffee, and view of the bay from the patio. Patio was simply charming! Would absolutely go back.

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Essex, UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great breakfast - so good we went back twice! Lots of choice and portions are huge. Very friendly service.

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Fresno, California, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had breakfast twice here Labor Day Weekend. The food is excellent however there was one waitress who was very rude. My mother in law tried to save a table (which is against the rules) However, she could of handled it differently. Instead of reacting with class and respect, she stated "You don't need to eat here". There were other... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Stopped here for breakfast before the aquarium. Very close location. You order at the counter before sitting down. Had the french toast - best french toast of my life! Hubby had the eggs benny. Caution if ordering this. "Canadian Bacon" is not ham deli slices (it's peameal bacon) and hollandaise sauce is not supposed to be spicy. He was very... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Trailside Cafe aptly gets its name from its location along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. The cafe has a great patio that sits right alongside the trail and offers fairly diverse menu offerings. The beignets and coffee were highlights. One word of caution: it's a cash-only establishment, which is rare to find these days and frankly a stingy and... More 

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Hitchcock, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had lunch here, the soup and 1/2 sandwich combo was a very generous portion. Tomato basil soup was awesome and my turkey sandwich was tasty - bread was toasted. The iced tea even had a great flavor. We opted to sit inside which was very quaint. Just be warned this is a cash only establishment and I will say... More 

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Additional Information about Trailside Cafe

Address: 550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
Phone Number: 831-649-8600
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Café

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