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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/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
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  • 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
Most recent review
Breakfast and Lunch in the Downtown

This is where I go for breakfast when I'm in Monterey. Great food and not expensive. Go early as it fills up quickly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
Montereycowboy
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Visalia, CA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Visalia, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is where I go for breakfast when I'm in Monterey. Great food and not expensive. Go early as it fills up quickly.

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Gilroy, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Within walking distance of the convention center, this place deserves your effort to walk over and enjoy one of the best breakfasts on the peninsula. Quaint, cozy, family-run and incredible food make this a staple for breakfast fare whenever we are in town, enjoy!

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Atascadero, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A nice little place on Alvarado St., downtown Monterey. The food was OK, served quickly and hot; the wait-service was good. The cost of breakfast was about normal - close to $30 for two, without tip. I believe that an average restaurant should be "good," and the scale should go up from there. For me, Old Monterey Cafe was just... More 

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Thetford, Vermont
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Went here for breakfast with some friends on our way out of town and it was packed on a Sunday morning. Another friend of ours who has lived in Monterey his whole life said it was the best breakfast spot in town, so we didn't mind having to wait 20 minutes to get a table. Our waitress was this older... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

If you want a homemade breakfast feel with lots of choice, then this is the spot for you. From omlettes to waffles, French toast and scramblers, the possibilities all look yummy. You can choose from hash brown or grits on most meals and a variety of drinks and coffees. The atmosphere is comfortable and the service was attentive and friendly.

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Chincoteague, VA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Nice cozy place for a great breakfast. Very good coffee and large portions. I had a platter with pancakes, eggs and bacon. I opted for the small platter and could not finish it. The best part was our waitress Delmy, who also gave us help with information about the area.

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Sanger
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for breakfast, good food, fast service and good selection of menu choices. It was really busy but their service was still very good.

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Burlingame, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

we love this place for breakfast. in the last 3 years, we've only eaten at one other location for breakfast, the breakfast club in seaside. we prefer the Old Monterey Cafe because it's not huge, and we don't feel like we're being herded in and out. when we come here, the staff is great, they have ALWAYS gotten our order... More 

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Kent
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120 reviews 120 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Nice characterful cafe which serves great breakfasts, friendly staff and great decor - lots of pictures and celeb photos! Really enjoyed.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The Old Monterey Café is a great place for a hearty breakfast at a reasonable price. We were there fairly early on a weekday in October, so we had no difficulty getting a table right away. I would guess that during the summer or on a weekend, your experience might be quite different.

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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 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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