We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Old Monterey Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Mexican, American
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
831-646-1021
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for Old Monterey Cafe and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 180 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Popular place for great breakfast

This is a very popular breakfast restaurant which is relatively small so we had to wait 10-15 minutes for a table for four. The staff was very kind and made sure to prepare tables for waiting customers as quickly as possible without rushing dining customers. Our teenage girls had pancakes and we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Yesba
,
Copenhagen, Denmark
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
Add Photo Write a Review

180 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Whiteley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We decided to have breakfast here after reading all the reviews on Trip Advisor. We weren't left disappointed and the queues permanently out of the door waiting for tables indicates this. Breakfast was amazing and very good value with unlimited refills on our coffee. Waiting staff were very attentive and helpful. I would recommend this as a great breakfast/brunch stop... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Monterey, California
Level Contributor
99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

These guys clearly are in it for the tourist focus. Want a change, that costs money, want decent service, wait your turn and wait some more. $14 for an omelet? The food is OK, but not the best locals choice

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spennymoor, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great breakfast cafe. Had to wait for a table but well worth the wait. My French toast was gorgeous - I would go as far as to say "the best I've ever had". Kids had pancakes which were enormous. Cafe was very busy so we had to wait on our breakfast tea but would definitely recommend visiting this place if... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Molalla, Oregon
Level Contributor
47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This little breakfast/lunch spot downtown must not be missed! With a broad menu, excellent service, and mouth watering food, you will never be bored no matter how many times you go. The prices are very affordable and the portions plentiful. Unique combinations of flavors or just down home cooking. Something for everyone here!

Was this review helpful? Yes
USA
Level Contributor
57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Loved their breakfast you can't go wrong by visiting this awsome place. Their menu is rich with all the omelette and a la cart items. Pancakes,are one you don't want to miss.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I picked this place based on the tripadvisor reviews. My standards were set high because of all the great reviews I read. It was decent, but not amazing. We ate there on a Wednesday morning at about 7:00. The food was average, service was average, atmosphere is nothing special.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Copenhagen, Denmark
Level Contributor
54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a very popular breakfast restaurant which is relatively small so we had to wait 10-15 minutes for a table for four. The staff was very kind and made sure to prepare tables for waiting customers as quickly as possible without rushing dining customers. Our teenage girls had pancakes and we had breakfast burritos and there was more than... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethesda, Maryland
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We went on a Wednesday morning and the restaurant was completely full. We believe that the overcrowding led to somewhat subpar service-- it took a while to be seated, to get beverages, and to actually speak to our waiter. That said, the staff was clearly working hard and this was likely due to the high popularity of the restaurant. Joe's... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

As other reviews will tell you, this place a busy and you often have to wait...but it's worth it. We had breakfast here, a vast menu, huge portions, all of it home made and fresh; great OJ, nice coffee and hash to die for. Everyone of the five of us ate something different, and everyone raved about it. Go on,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I had heard there were wait times for this place and those people weren't kidding. I arrived a little after ten on a Tuesday morning and this place was still packed. I felt a little invisible as I stood awkwardly by the door waiting for a table for one. I was seated and was offered coffee pretty much right away.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Old Monterey Cafe also viewed

Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
 
Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
 

Been to Old Monterey Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-646-1021

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Old Monterey Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?