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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 2013
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
Nashua, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

all your basic breakfast items including some "healthy choices" like crepes with lots of fresh fruit and yogurt. Coffee is so-so, but the restaurant is very inexpensive. A little on the "rustic side", but clean and also waitstaff very nice.

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

lucked out with no wait. Sat outside on the patio next to the fire pit. Very friendly and accommodating waitress. I got the Turkey Dill crepegg, but turned into an omelet to be gluten free. added avocado, and she subbed the bread for fruit. it was perfect. boyfriend got the bacado omelet, enjoyed it as well. great portions, great food,... More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for a place with many classic breakfast options, First Awakenings is the place to go. My husband and I ate breakfast there on the final day of our stay in Monterey. While my husband's dish was better than mine (the veggies in my scramble were a little undercooked), everything was tasty. The portions were generous and... More

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Pacific Grove, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Been going here for over 20 years. Great food and reasonable prices for a tourist town. Also have a location in Salinas. Plan on a wait on the weekends but worth it.

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Roseville, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Everything on the menu looks fabulous...looking around at what other's have...and how they are diving in and cleaning their plates - amazing! Out came my BLTE sans the E(gg) and the BACON was amazing, country fried potatoes...wonderful! I can't wait to return on our next visit - this is the new "go to" place for me. The service was great,... More

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Monterey, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

One of my favorite places for breakfast, we go here quite often. Be prepared to wait on Sunday mornings to get in, however well worth the wait. Great Calamari and eggs. Never have had a bad meal here, and over the years I couldn't count how many times we have gone here. They also have restaurant in Salinas.

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Pacific Grove, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Such a variety of pancakes and other breakfast items, they keep you full from breakfast to mid-afternoon! My favorite is Blue Germ pancake, and I have learned to ask for a half portion; otherwise I had to take half of it home for another meal later. You can eat inside or outdoors, but the weather is often too chilly for... More

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San Jose, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This place is great. Incredible portions, great variety, and very friendly service. And the location is outstanding - walking distance to the Aquarium! And if there is a wait -- no problem, the restaurant is in the same location as the outlet stores so you can easily keep yourself occupied while you wait for a table. On top of all... More

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Sacramento, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Everytime we are in the Monterey area, First Awakenings us our breakfast stop. For over 20 years this restaurant has delivered a quality experience. Great place for a meal... my personal favorite is breakfast. The pancakes are wonderful and the eggs are grand. The wait staff are very knowledgeable and very courteous. Outside seating with the brisk ocean air makes... More

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San Diego, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

After having heard about this place for years, my wife and I had to go have breakfast here. She gives it 5 stars, I give it 4 stars. I had the french toast that was a little too gooey in the middle for me. My wife liked it that way. The bacon was hot and crispy and the OJ was... More

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