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First Awakenings

125 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3046
831-372-1125
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
San Francisco bay area, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Despite unable to take reservations (maybe just for the busy summer season), the 12 of us were seated at two adjacent tables inside (outside would have been perfect on this rare summer warm morning). The panakes (plate sized) got rave reviews, the corn beef hash and eggs also great, and the omelets were gobbled up! Not so great were the... More

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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We stopped in for breakfast on our last morning in California, and what a wonderful treat. We had been told First Awakenings was a place we should not miss for breakfast by a Big Sur park employee, and he was right on the money. It was delicious, and the portions were generous. We enjoyed dining outside drinking coffee and soaking... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My wife and I had not been there for 15 years. It just like the first time, we visited. Good food, good price, nice place. love the outdoor patio.

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Chico, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a definite must for breakfast when you are in the Monterey area. There is outdoor seating around a firepit, which is a cool touch. The portions are huge and delicious. I had a California crepe (avacado, mushrooms, ham) with roasted potatoes. Somehow, I managed to eat the whole thing, it was so delicious. Would definitely go here again.... More

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Escondido, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Found this place because it was the only thing open at 7 AM! What a great find though. Food was great, good sized portions, healthy. We only ate breakfast there, but went back twice. Staff was really nice. Great coffee.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I will admit .. this restaurant was first on my list of restaurants to go to during my stay in Monterey, CA during the 4th of July weekend. I knew I would be arriving late afternoon, so my first restaurant to go to was planned to be the next morning at First Awakenings. I loved it! Up till that morning,... More

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Golden, Colorado
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112 reviews 112 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went here for breakfast on a weekday. Nice place to get pancakes or eggs just south of Monterey / Cannery row. An easy walk to the Aquarium if you go before it opens up. The restaurant is inside an old cannery building that has been turned into stores. Staff is helpful and they have plenty of seating inside or outside.... More

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A large group of us (16) met there for breakfast. While they don't take reservations, we did give them a head's up, because there were so many of us. While we had a wait, it really wasn't bad, considering the number of us. They accommodated all of our tastes. Every one of enjoyed our selection, and the casual comfort of... More

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Modesto, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

First Awakenings is a great place to start the day! Their breakfast is "to die for". Great food and beverages. The portions are more than generous and can satisfy anyone's appetite. The outdoor fire pit is great to sit around on a chilly morning and enjoy their food. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Prices are reasonable.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We took our out of town guests here for breakfast. We all were very happy with our meals, especially the blueberry pancakes. Always so good. Service was prompt, friendly. They always have enough people to take care of everyone. Too many restaurants these days just don't respect there guests. Thanks.

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