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550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
831-649-8600
Today
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cute cafe on the trail

This is a cute place to eat especially if it is a nice day. Sit outside. I liked the French donuts (forgot the name) with their homemade blueberry jelly! Yummy. The coffee is great too. My husband wasn't happy with his bacon being overlooked and his potatoes not being crispy enough. He also didn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
Diane C
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McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is a cute place to eat especially if it is a nice day. Sit outside. I liked the French donuts (forgot the name) with their homemade blueberry jelly! Yummy. The coffee is great too. My husband wasn't happy with his bacon being overlooked and his potatoes not being crispy enough. He also didn't like having to pay for parking!

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Kentfield, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Great location right along the trail and it was nice to sit outside and see the bay. The food was a good price and good quality.

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Burlington, Vermont
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We were looking for a fresh lunch, one with a salad, a choice of fresh items such as pesto, vegetarian items, quaint atmosphere, etc. We got a local to suggest this place and it was spot on. We ended up with an artichoke and a vegetarian sandwich on fresh bread. warm seating arrangements with a view of the bay, topped... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We came here for Sunday brunch because it had outdoor seating and was walking distance from our hotel. It took almost 45 minutes to receive our food - beignets, omelet, eggs with sausage and toast. It should never take 45 minutes to make a breakfast meal! Not to mention, the food came out in increments. This didn't just happen at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

me and my son are here one morning while staying in Monterey. Denver omelette was fluffy and delicious. the buttermilk pancakes melted in your mouth. nice view of the bay while we dined outside.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

If I were rating this on our breakfast food alone, I would give it 4 stars. However, the experience as a whole was odd and that made it a bit less enjoyable. There are tables where you have a few people wandering like wait staff, but you actually order at a counter. The café is cash only, which is a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went here twice for breakfast. Lovely eggs benedict and pancakes with berries. Endless coffee. Loved the coconut coffee! Good service although you can only pay cash and order at the counter.

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Towamencin Township
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Cage free eggs, if it matters to you. Very earth concious and very good. Waffles with fresh whipped cream, strawberries. Applewood smoked bacon. Order at counter, grab a cup of local roasted coffee, claim a table and they bring it to you. Organic=$$ Not diner fare

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Considering that we were right next to a major tourist trap area, this little cafe was unexpected. Food was fresh (loved the fish tacos) and the beer/wine selection was varied. So glad that we stumbled into this little oasis.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

While waiting for our motel room to be ready, we headed to the Trailside as recommended by the motel staff. Not too full, so the food came pretty quickly after we ordered at the counter. We had lunch combos--1/2 tuna sandwiches, very good tomato basil soup, and a decent green salad. Outside seating with a bay view was a plus--it... 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, Cafe

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-649-8600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Cafe
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?