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Trailside Cafe

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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 54
    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
Most recent review
One of our favorite spots for lunch.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
simon s
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Felton, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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179 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Felton, California
Top Contributor
487 reviews 487 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Monterey, California
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The beignet are why you come - with jam they are fantastic. The omelets are good and interesting too so I'd recommend those as well.

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Orangevale, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Simple business model, decent prices, good quality food and service, and... with a bay view! Inside or outside dining, just walk-in, order at the counter and take your number to the table of your choosing. Like Arnold said: I'll be back!

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Merrimac, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

So glad we checked this place out. Great breakfast menu, excellent food and coffee, and view of the bay from the patio. Patio was simply charming! Would absolutely go back.

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Essex, UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great breakfast - so good we went back twice! Lots of choice and portions are huge. Very friendly service.

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Fresno, California, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had breakfast twice here Labor Day Weekend. The food is excellent however there was one waitress who was very rude. My mother in law tried to save a table (which is against the rules) However, she could of handled it differently. Instead of reacting with class and respect, she stated "You don't need to eat here". There were other... 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, 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?