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Old Monterey Cafe

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

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  • 71
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  • 65
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 5
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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
Great Dive in Monterey!

Right on Alvarado Street, this little gem is a GREAT stop for breakfast, lunch, or just a cup of coffee. Try the stuffed avocado. Amazing!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We went here for a late bfast on the advice of the business owner of Wild Plum, which serves organic and local foods, but who was closed that day. This place deservedly has very high marks. This is your typical old fashioned dinner type place which serves bfast all day. At almost noon, people were waiting to be seated on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Right on Alvarado Street, this little gem is a GREAT stop for breakfast, lunch, or just a cup of coffee. Try the stuffed avocado. Amazing!!

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Delicious breakfast, generous portions, great service! We always sneak in a visit here when we are in Monterey. Go early to beat the crowds!

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Waldorf, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I love breakfast, although it is a simple and easy meal to do. This place did not disappoint! There are no frills here, just a nice small place to have a great breakfast at a very reasonable price. It is worth a try!

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Madison, WI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The food was delicious and the portions were enormous. I had an omelet with spinach, mushrooms, onions, and ground beef and I barely finished it even though I was STARVING. Oh, and I substituted fruit for the included hash browns. I expected a small fruit cup, and instead probably got two cups-worth of melon. I also tried others' pancakes (fluffy... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Wife had cinnamon swirl Texas toast French toast with bacon. Fantastic service, good food. If you have a physical disability, be advised that it is tight quarters. We would return in a heartbeat.

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Sacramento, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a favorite of locals as well as tourists who hear about it. Every time we have been there we have had to wait at least 20 minutes or longer as the restaurant is small and cramped. First the good stuff. The food is good qualified by we have only eaten there for breakfast. Next the not so good... More 

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Washington D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We only ate here for breakfast. Delicious! Portions were so big we had enough left over for the next day. I had the blueberry pancakes and they actually had real blueberries! My husband had the corned beef hash, really good!!!

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Pittsburg, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We have been eating here for years allway packed & great food. Food was disappointing this trip, if I go back and its near empty like this visit i wont eat there.

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San Jose, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My wife's brother brought us here and it was a treat. Long and narrow, the decore is colorful and local. The wait staff was friendly, attentive and efficient. Regulars they greated by name. The portions were large and seemed to please everyone. Big menu so feel free to experiment with your choices. Enjoy

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Address: 489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
Phone Number: 831-646-1021
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Average Prices: USD $10
Cuisine: Mexican, American

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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: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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