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Old Monterey Cafe

489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
831-646-1021
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Ranked #24 of 259 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: American, Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
boston
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Nice portions, great food, good service. Place can use a bit of cleaning up (sticky tables) but other than that would return. Delish meal all the way around. An old fashioned coffee house. We liked it. Had a club sandwich, soup, corned beef hash and eggs benedict. Very good.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had a short wait (5-10 minutes), the place was packed. The menu has a huge variety. Our table had strawberry pancakes, banana pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, and a breakfast combo of hashbrowns, eggs and calamari. Everyone was happy with their food. My husbands only complaint was the coffee. He stated it had a funny taste, similar to the water.... More

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Eagan, Minnesota, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a delicious breakfast here - large portions, good quality food and great service! If you're a deprived Midwesterner who rarely gets fresh avocados, I highly recommend their Californian omelet - the avocados were fantastic! We would definitely return here if we pass through Monterey in the future!

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Found us a table within 20 seconds of being there, even though it was packed. Service quick and efficient, food was yummy and very large portions. The only downside, the coffee was not that great. Another tip: Offer free range eggs for your omelette and fresh juices.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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70 reviews 70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Walked in for a quick lunch and took the calamari sandwich. It tasted great, was cheap for such a big portion and the service was quick.

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Surprise, Arizona
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95 reviews 95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

While on vacation and staying on Cannery Row, we walked here for breakfast one morning. It is an excellent restaurant. I had their breakfast special with kielbasa and my wife had the chorizo wrap. The service and prices are also the same as the food--excellent. We will eat here again on our next visit to Monterey.

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A terrific find for breakfast! Fresh ingredients and rather large portions. Had a healthy bowl of fresh fruit and coffee. Others had 4 egg omelettes and pancakes which covered the whole dinner plate! So much better than the commercial chain restaurants. But I couldn't believe some of the quantities of food people were eating! Very reasonable prices. Friendly service and... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This little restaurant in downtown Monterey was a great find for breakfast. It opens early and has a wide variety of food. We had a Belgian waffle that was excellent. Their Papas Abuelo, with potatoes, peppers, onions, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and tomatoes, was spectacular. The home-made salsa topped it off nicely. The service was friendly.

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Powder Springs
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were on our motorcycle and asked a random stranger about a good breakfast restaurant in town. With no hesitation she pointed us here. With a small line it's a popular spot. It was well worth the small wait. Highly recommended!

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Spent the night in Monterey after driving the 1N from Santa Barbara. Woke up to a foggy Sunday morning, but found a bright spot at the Cafe. Stopped in on a recommendation of a local walking by, had read good things on TA about the place. Ordered a light breakfast as we stopped at Red's Donuts as we walked to... More

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