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125 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3046
831-372-1125
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 255
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Local's favorite!

Really great food, good prices and popular local spot. There is always a wait on week-ends but it moves along fairly quickly. Large portions, good variety and healthy options. I highly recommend this restaurant and have been returning for years because it is consistently great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Sondra P
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Pacific Grove, California, Usa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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393 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Pacific Grove, California, Usa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Really great food, good prices and popular local spot. There is always a wait on week-ends but it moves along fairly quickly. Large portions, good variety and healthy options. I highly recommend this restaurant and have been returning for years because it is consistently great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Best pancakes in town. Very creative use of whole grains and fresh fruit. I go there at least once a month and am never disappointed.

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Pacific Grove, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We have been going to this place for years. Our whole family loves to have breakfast here. The food is good and the prices are good. Only problem is that the one in PG gets filled up early on the weekends-- so go before 9AM if you don't want to wait.

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

Be prepared to wait in line if you are not an early riser. However it's worth the wait. The Pope John is my favorite. Inexpensive yet very good food. Only a short walk to the Monterey Aquarium.

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Baton Rouge
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

On a recent trip to California, my husband and I happened upon this wonderful breakfast spot. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever! Excellent food, excellent service, nice atmosphere and reasonable prices. The hash brown potatoes were sublime! It was a great start to a day of traveling. If we are ever in the area again, we definitely will stop in at First... More 

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Midpines, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Our very favorite place to eat! We always go here. Best food, LOTS of food, good food. Service great. We just love this place

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Gautier, MS
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Excellent breakfast! It would be an understatement to say they had very large pancakes and omelettes. Very reasonable prices. Go early or you will be waiting in line.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great place for breakfast / brunch / lunch. Pancakes are definitely worth tasting, but don't be tempted to order too many as they are HUGE. Located just around the corner from the Aquarium, it's an easy and seemingly popular destination.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The location of this restaurant is lovely - right near the sea front (not that you can see it from where you sit though). The food is lovely, with a great selection for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My daughter and I stopped in Monterey for breakfast on our way down the Pacific Coast Highway. We were seated right away but I noticed as we sat there that it got a lot busier. The good was very good, pancakes are enormous. I had the Greek Fetish omelet and oatmeal with fresh berries. My daughter had scrambled eggs, pancake... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3046
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-372-1125

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?