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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 98
    Excellent
  • 62
    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
GREAT BREAKFAST!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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English first
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 487 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 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 196 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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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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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?