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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

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Visitor rating
  • 263
    Excellent
  • 107
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 8
    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
Best in town!

Best breakfast around! Large servings in a quaint garden setting with a fire pit. Ambiance and food are beyond compare! I look forward to breakfast here every time I travel to the Monterey area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
jaydeenv
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Modesto, CA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Modesto, CA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Best breakfast around! Large servings in a quaint garden setting with a fire pit. Ambiance and food are beyond compare! I look forward to breakfast here every time I travel to the Monterey area.

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Hillsborough, California
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Recently there over the weekend from a recommendation given to us by local we met. Was there on a Sunday around 10am, so it may have been extra busy. Was told the wait was about 40min so we put our name on the list, for first available (tables either outside or inside) went outside for a nice stroll along the... More 

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Monterey, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

As a frequent visitor I can attest to the consistent quality of both the food and the service. French toast, scrambles, eggs benedict, it doesn't matter what you get. It's all amazing! Even when busy the staff doesn't seem overwhelmed. Viva Carnita Scramble is a personal favorite!

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Moraga, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This was a great spot for a family breakfast. It's located on the Monterey Aquarium side of a mall that is housed in an old warehouse. There was only a 5 minute wait. We had the options of eating outside, inside, or first available. We all ordered some sort of egg dish, and they were wonderful, but the waffles and... More 

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Ilminster, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We visited early for breakfast so can't comment on the rest of the day. But we extremely pleased with the service, the excellent food with huge helpings and the fact that we got there earlier meant we beat the rush. This place is very popular and the food explains why! Highly recommended for an excellent American breakfast experience. Thank you.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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111 reviews 111 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were heading to the aquarium, so this was very convenient for us. We sat on the charming patio and enjoyed a delicious breakfast. I had the calamari steak and eggs with breakfast potatoes, my husband had the Acapulco Express omelet and our daughter had the cinnamon French toast. It was all really good. Service was fine.

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited Monterey for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary. I found this restaurant on Yelp. It had a 4 star review, so I figured it was worth a try. The only perk, in my opinion, is that it was within walking distance of our hotel (0.6 miles), but we had a hard time finding it, and... More 

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Monterey, California
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I do think the place is a bit over rated. There are much better breakfast spots out there. It's not a bad meal but it wasn't anything I would return for. There was a wait on a Sunday morning but as a party of two we got in quickly. There were flies everywhere, we watched them swarm in front of... More 

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California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This was our second visit to First Awakenings. The food is amazing, and the special sauce that comes with the crepes? No idea what it is, but its delicious. The service is a little slow, but nothing outrageous. I enjoyed sitting outside, although the birds can be a little annoying. We will go back.

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San Jose, Ca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were hoping it wouldn't be right in the tourist area. We were disappointed in the restaurant after reading the reviews as the service was very poor. The breakfast was average. It wasn't worth the wait.... We had to wait for water, and then for the server to take our order and again quite awhile before the food came. This... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?