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Pino's Italian Cafe

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211 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2411
831-649-1930
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 37
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  • 19
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  • 4
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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 Spot for Meeting Goers

My wife and I had the cup of Split Peal soup and the Albacore Tuna sandwich. She ordered white bread, I would have picked the roll. Soup was very good and we could have split a single sandwich

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
ColonelLarrySanJose
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San Jose
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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

we ordered the breakfast from the hotel right across of the restaurant. The food was ready quickly but nothing special at all. The cooking is subpar even for breakfast. Wont go back again

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Thank JohnT641
San Jose
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

My wife and I had the cup of Split Peal soup and the Albacore Tuna sandwich. She ordered white bread, I would have picked the roll. Soup was very good and we could have split a single sandwich

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Thank ColonelLarrySanJose
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Great place for breakfast and lunch. It also has tables outside and it's pretty nice to enjoy your meal on the plaza when it's sunny outside. Great service and good food! What else can you ask for?

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Thank alexandra v
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Went their for a breakfast and it was very good at a reasonable price. The surroundings are very nice and the people that work their are very friendly.

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Thank Tim P
Vallejo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We are in Monterey at the Portola Plaza at least once each year. And, we're always sure to have coffee and/or lunch at Pino's. The owner and staff are quite friendly. Be sure to say hello. The offerings are quite good. And well priced for the location. Enough so that there is frequently a line out the door. They have... More 

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Thank TomHAntioch_CA
Sanibel
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

There were about 12 ice cream flavors and the few we tried were good. Service was definitely without a smile. Lemonade as better than most similar establishments; decaf latte was good. No restrooms on site--have to walk across the plaza to the shabby hotel bathrooms. Outdoor seating would be pleasant in warm weather.

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Thank K8yorr
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We had breakfast here whilst staying at the Portola. Service was very quick and cheerful. The portion sizes were good and cooked breakfast and pastries tasted good. I felt we got value for money and even ordered food to take out for our trip.

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Thank Trudy O
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Thank kellybee7
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Kathryn G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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Thank Emma L

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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