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211 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2411
831-649-1930
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Decent food, slightly over priced

This is a great place to grab a salad or sandwich. Nice selection of pastries and great coffee. Friendly staff. I've eaten here a few times and just because I have worked in food and beverage before, I have to share what I think will improve this establishment. I ordered and waited for the food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Ate breakfast here once while staying at the Portola Hotel. One female staff quite rude. Another male staff seemed ok. They didn't look too happy working there though. Food is so-so, nothing special. It's conveniently located beside the Portola Hotel. However, there are breakfast places in the wharf and on the street side of the hotel that may be more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is a great place to grab a salad or sandwich. Nice selection of pastries and great coffee. Friendly staff. I've eaten here a few times and just because I have worked in food and beverage before, I have to share what I think will improve this establishment. I ordered and waited for the food. No issue there. It was... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Great breakfast and as I'm not a coffee drinker, the chai was the best I'd had on our trip! Good value all round.

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We eat breakfast here every time we stay in Monterey. They have a wonderful breakfast at a reasonable price for Monterey. The have very fast service and the food is delicious! One of my favorites is the freshly squeezed juice. They are open for breakfast and lunch. One of these days I hope to get there for lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We stayed at the Portalino hotel next door (see separate review) and wanted breakfast before hitting the aquarium and this place fitted the bill. Great service from the waitress and tables outside to people-watch. My wife and daughter had the poached eggs and I had the sandwich with eggs, cheese and sausage. All freshly cooked and the coffee was to... More 

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Moorsel, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had lunch, sandwish and salad. It was served in no time, fresh and tasteful. Price is OK. One sees that these people care for their customers and their business.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Went here for a breakfast sandwich while staying right next door at the Portolino. It is a nice little Italian cafe. I ordered the breakfast sandwich and orange juice. The sandwich was very good. They make the eggs fresh unlike some places that microwave them and the size of the sandwich was nice about 8". I can't complain about it.... More 

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Prunedale, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Open at 6:30AM on Sunday for early risers like us. Good breakfast at reasonable price. We had the egg combo. Eggs cooked any way with bacon, sausage or ham.

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Muskegon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I recently spent five nights at the Portola and Pino's Italian Café is right across Alvarado (courtyard if you will) from the hotel. Not every morning but several mornings I stopped in for a bagel and morning tea to get my day started and they were very friendly, great place to hang out for a bit and so convenient.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This cafe is located within the shopping plaza associated with Portola Hotel. They offer nice salads and sandwiches at modest prices. There are outdoor tables so that you can enjoy the sun.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 211 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2411
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-649-1930

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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