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Trailside Cafe

550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
831-649-8600
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Ranked #21 of 259 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went here for breakfast after reading the reviews. We weren't impressed. I waited for a very long time for my coffee and had to ask multiple times. Would have been better to order a plain coffee and serve myself (which my husband said was very good). I ordered the tofu scramble, which I know is odd, but I usually... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

arrived late morning with 8 others (no reservation) and they were immediately welcoming and accommodating. Fantastic omelets, waffles, breakfast cake, etc., great coffee (not Starbucks, for a change, which I don't like). Very reasonable prices, but be aware, they only take cash, but there is an ATM right inside the restaurant.

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Tustin, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Passed this cafe while walking down the trail and decided to return for breakfast the following day - so glad we did! Husband had the full breakfast and I had really good oatmeal with berries and a perfect cup of tea which is so often hard to find ! Very reasonably priced and knew to take cash only thanks to... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This place may be a little hard to find, tucked downstairs, but once inside they have a beautiful view of the bay and they are right on the walking/bike path along Cannery Row. The food and coffee are great and the service is fast and courteous. They only take cash, so come prepared - or you can use an ATM... More

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5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

First restaurant we visited here but won't be back. Had a waitress that should not be one. Food was ok but a bit greasy. Location is beautiful. Also the only take cash but do not tell you when you place your order.

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New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We were staying at the Monterey Spa and Hotel and ate here for two delicious breakfast. The food was excellence along with the coffee and the staff was so attentive. Some in our party of four had the oatmeal twice as it was excellent!

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Set back from the busy area of Cannery Row by a block or two, the restaurant offers a very nice setting with some quiet. We had been directed to the restaurant by a local and luckily she had mentioned that they didn't take credit cards. But they don't take debit either. Cash Only so be prepared. (They do have an... More

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Monterey, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This has a wonderful view of the Monterey Bay, good seating outside right next the the Recreation Trail. Can ride your bike or walk right to it. Food is excellent, have eaten many time at restaurant. Atmosphere is fun and on a warm day with a glass of wine, definitely feels like being on vacation.

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Santa Cruz, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is really a cool little place. The food is superb and you can tell a lot of care goes into making it. I love the ambiance inside and the great little patio outside with a wonderful ocean view. They only take cash and there is an ATM machine inside the restaurant. You order at the counter, find a table... More

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Livermore, California
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We went there for breakfast. It's a small place but has great food and friendly staff. We stayed on Cannery Row and it was just a short walk of a few blocks. Everything was very fresh and made to order. Great food and I will definitely go back.

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