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550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
831-649-8600
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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 13
    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
best place for breakfast

Sadly, the location on Cannery Row has closed and you can only get to the one in Carmel Valley. It's about 20 minutes difference. Couldn't really beat the Cannery Row location, though, overlooking the water, SO close to the aquarium...great for families. I've visited both locations frequently and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Newport Beach, California
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Fantastic and varied breakfasts, great coffees (with free re-fills) and excellent views over the sea.

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Newport Beach, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Sadly, the location on Cannery Row has closed and you can only get to the one in Carmel Valley. It's about 20 minutes difference. Couldn't really beat the Cannery Row location, though, overlooking the water, SO close to the aquarium...great for families. I've visited both locations frequently and service was better at Monterey, but the food is excellent at both... More 

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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Awesome! Fresh! Reasonably priced! Loved the outdoor eating area! Great coffee! Will be back on my next visit to Monterey!

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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780 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good option for a slightly more cost effective gorgeous breakfast e.g. When staying at the Monterey Plaza hotel. Nite - cash only, but there is an ATM.

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San Jose, California
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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I used to love this place but it has really changed. Service very VERY VERY slow. I stood at the counter for 8 minutes with nobody in line ahead of me. Finally the guy who had walked past the counter at least twenty-times turned and said, "Order?" It's still unthinkable that In 2015 they still won't accept cards. They enjoy... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were biking the bike trail and bypassed the crowds at Cannery Row and found the Trailside Cafe. Just at the north end of Cannery Row, this restaurant has a nice covered outside dining area and a handful of indoor tables. They advertise that the food is cooked to order and to be patient. Two sandwiches, which were very good,... More 

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Deptford, New Jersey
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Not only was food beautifully presented, the quality was fresh and very very good. A friend ordered pancakes and one person commented that one pancake could be worn as a hat if they couldn't eat the entire order! they were that big!

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McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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129 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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 27 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?