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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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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 12
    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
california cusine

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Rick L
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Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

If I were rating this on our breakfast food alone, I would give it 4 stars. However, the experience as a whole was odd and that made it a bit less enjoyable. There are tables where you have a few people wandering like wait staff, but you actually order at a counter. The café is cash only, which is a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went here twice for breakfast. Lovely eggs benedict and pancakes with berries. Endless coffee. Loved the coconut coffee! Good service although you can only pay cash and order at the counter.

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Towamencin Township
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155 reviews 155 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Cage free eggs, if it matters to you. Very earth concious and very good. Waffles with fresh whipped cream, strawberries. Applewood smoked bacon. Order at counter, grab a cup of local roasted coffee, claim a table and they bring it to you. Organic=$$ Not diner fare

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 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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59 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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180 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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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, Coffee Shop
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?