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Old Monterey Cafe

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American, Mexican
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489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
831-646-1021
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 101
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    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
Breakfast of Champions

I was driving from Palo Alto Big Sur and decided to stop for breakfast and the Old Monterey Cafe was billed as the "Best Breakfast in Monterey" so I thought I would check it out. I wasn't disappointed at all other than in my own ability to finish the pancakes. I had eggs, bacon and pancakes and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mark H
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was driving from Palo Alto Big Sur and decided to stop for breakfast and the Old Monterey Cafe was billed as the "Best Breakfast in Monterey" so I thought I would check it out. I wasn't disappointed at all other than in my own ability to finish the pancakes. I had eggs, bacon and pancakes and they were all... More 

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Thank Mark H
british columbia
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140 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had the oatmeal, which came with various toppings and was a big serving. Very good coffee Wait staff are very pleasant and cheery. The place was very busy even in the off season.

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Thank ikelmay
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for breakfast on a one night driving trip through Monterey. Breakfast was amazing. Lovely little restaurant on the Main Street. Would definitely come here again if ever I visit Monterey again, which I would love to do.

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Thank lola-c2892
Gilroy, California
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We come to this restaurant every month. I order a Monte Cristo sandwich. It is by far the best Monte Cristo I can find in recent years, anywhere. My husband usually orders Eggs Benedict which are 5 stars as far as he's concerned. Everything looks amazing. Great place for kids! My only complaint the service is not consistent > sometimes... More 

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Thank Joy583
Elkridge, Maryland
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The location is small, but came recommended by our hotel. Breakfast was very good. The staff was attentive, and the atmosphere is very casual. Prices are great too! A good way to start your day in Monterey!

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Thank Stephanie H
Fresno, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Stopped by for breakfast on last day visiting Monterey. Nice little place, no bells and whistles, just delicious food, large portions, fast and very friendly service!

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Thank Natalie M
California
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117 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Old Monterey Cafe has been a well visited restaurant in Monterey for quite some time. both by locals and visitors. We ate early on a weekday, and the service was great. The servings are very generous. If you like pancakes, give theirs a try. If going on the weekend, allow time, as the line usually goes out the door. Between... More 

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Thank threedandj
San Francisco, California
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

As we were waiting for our table, I was able to admire and read all the accolades given to this small restaurant. After being served my order, I can see why this place was rated best in Monterey year over year. We shared a large fluffy pancake, smothered it with whipped butter and hot syrup. Yum! I ordered the Salmon... More 

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Thank Linddie
Penzance, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Thanks to the great staff of this lovely little cafe. On our first morning in Monterey we were jet lagged and starving and saw this place across the street and marched straight in. To be honest the food, while perfectly nice, was almost irrelevant such was the warmth of the welcome, the nice vibe, good service and excellent value. Giant... More 

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Thank Hannah J
Santa Rosa, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Seated promptly, outstanding wait staff. Food was horrible, have had better eats at a truck stop. Asked wait staff what they would recommend, none of our choices were good picks per the wait staff. Very disappointed, awards given at Tripadvisor is why we choose this destination, will not return.

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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: American, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?