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First Awakenings

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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, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 336
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  • 143
    Very good
  • 43
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  • 9
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  • 2
    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
Very Cool

Located in an old cannery, this restaurant is very interesting. The food was very good, and the service was excellent. There is outside seating available with warmers for chilly mornings. A bit expensive, but pretty much in line with other restaurants in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Christy M
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Located in an old cannery, this restaurant is very interesting. The food was very good, and the service was excellent. There is outside seating available with warmers for chilly mornings. A bit expensive, but pretty much in line with other restaurants in the area.

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Thank Christy M
Napa, California
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219 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 336 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We chose here for our first breakfast in the Monterey area, based on TripAdvisor reviews. I must say we were a bit disappointed. The food was on the cold side. It was also a bit bland. Just not much flavor going on! Service was good...they tried to be attentive. And in fairness, we did not complain about the quality (don't... More 

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Thank LQGuy
Columbia, Missouri
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571 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went here for breakfast while visiting the aquarium. Amazing pancakes, great bacon an eggs. I can't think of anything wrong with this place. Wish there was something like this where I live.

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Thank John S
Glenview
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice and friendly atmosphere for a morning breakfast. Tried the large cornmeal based pancakes along with a pot of coffee both of which hit the spot after morning bike ride. Outdoor seating was pleasant with fire pit.

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Thank Iceman14
Brentwood, California, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were among the first diners for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Service was prompt. The pancakes really are as big as a dinner plate! A regular order is 3, but you can get just one. I liked the blueberry one I got. My husband order the raspberry coconut, and didn't like his as well. We also split an omelette... More 

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Thank Marsha B
california
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go here at least once a year and enjoy the service and food. It was very rainy when we went a few weeks ago but we were able to sit inside . Menu is pretty diner- ish!

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Thank lindycalifornia
Brentwood, California
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had some incredible pancakes at Holly's Lighthouse Cafe (the apple walnut were amazing) so decided to check out the cakes here. First, the coffee here is much better that Lighthouse. Back to First. The service was excellent. We arrived right after opening @ 7am. Coffee (in a carafe, thank you) was promptly served, as was water (the water is left... More 

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Thank allezmike
Modesto, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an awesome brunch. Very hearty portions for the price. Food was delicious, we had the bacado and the works (must try the salsa). We are definitely coming back.

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Thank mdok418
Oakland, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here on a friend's recommendation and was not disappointed. The pancake (singular) was as big as your face and they leave the coffee pot at your table. For half asleep parents this place is awesome. We went on a Friday morning at 8ish and had no wait. The service was great and the food was good. The biscuits... More 

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Thank dodilous
California
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I love pancakes but I love eating on the healthier side too. Their wheat germ pancakes were perfect. I got the bluegerm and ordered just ONE and it was almost too much. Complete dinner size plate. Also enjoyed the price. Being in Monterey area it is easy to spend money on food, the kid plates were less than $5 and... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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