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Trailside Cafe

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

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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 11
    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
Quick lunch and good prices

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Sudbury9122
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Arlington, Virginia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The breakfast was amazing but the service was slow. But definitely worth it if you are looking for a leisurely breakfast.

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Vernon, B.C.
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290 reviews 290 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I went here with my wife and one of my sons. We had an excellent lunch/breakfast. I had the breakfast burrito which was incredibly fresh, tasty and filling. Plus it was reasonably priced. My son had a sandwich and my wife had the Denver omelette. All were throughly enjoyed. We also loved the location (close to Cannery Row) and the... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We stopped here for brunch during on our way out of Monterey and had a great experience. We called the morning of our visit and they were kind enough to hold us a table with a beautiful view. I had the Eggs Benedict and loved it. We also ordered a side of beignets - so, so good. FYI, it's pretty... More 

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Felton, California
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Located rite on the Recreational Trail, so a good spot to stop when walking or biking the trail. Very good lunch choices. Good service. Nice outdoor seating with some overhead heaters. Great for people watching. No cards accepted so you need to have cash. ATM on site, though.

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Kamloops, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We sat outside with our pup so that always earns a cafe extra points with us. The food was good too. We both had eggs Benny with crab (yum), and rather than potatoes I had fruit. Not too happy they charge $1.50 extra for a bit of fruit, especially when Americas garden is next door. The coffee was hot and... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Ordered the egg white dish and received a repulsive watery mix that was inedible. It looked like they mixed a can of stewed tomatoes with some egg whites. They did offer to replace it with regular eggs which were okay but not what I wanted. They do make good breakfast potatoes and you can sit outside with your dog, so... More 

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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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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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, Café
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?