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First Awakenings

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171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
831-784-1125
Today
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Food

Every time I come To First Awakenings the food is excellent. The staff is very courteous and friendly. I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. It is one of the best places to eat in Old Town Salinas. If you are visiting, this is a place you should consider eating at if you enjoy great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Tammy W
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Salinas, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Salinas, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Every time I come To First Awakenings the food is excellent. The staff is very courteous and friendly. I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. It is one of the best places to eat in Old Town Salinas. If you are visiting, this is a place you should consider eating at if you enjoy great food. Beware,... More 

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Chowchilla, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

arrived for breakfast at downtown old Salinas, big restaurant, seated by server and provide delicious hot coffee. after served coffee I ordered the raspberry French toast. it is the best!! I ordered a side of biscuit and gravy, purely delicious!! large servings. im going back!! the folks were extremely friendly and curtious.

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Sacramento, California
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had to go to see and experience the John Steinbeck museum while we were in the Monterey area. Ann suggested that we visit the museum and we got there around lunch time. We did a partial tour and about 12:30 I suggested that we might find some lunch in the area. One of the ladies at the desk recommended... More 

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SALINAS
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a nice place to go for breakfast or lunch. It is always busy, so plan ahead. The food is fabulous and the service is great.too. A breakfast here will keep you going all day long!

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Salinas, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been eating breakfast here for 20 plus years. I have never been disappointed. Everything is good!

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Salinas, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Service and food is always great. Will get crowded on weekend, especially after Church! Get there early!

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California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We were heading out of Monterrey and wanted to get near the highway before we stopped to eat. Saw this place on Yelp and wow it was great. I had a skillet with veggies, cheese, salsa and lots of great onions. I asked for corn tortillas and they came out piping hot. Wonderful! My boyfriend had the chicken sausage and... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

First Awaknenings has pretty good, but it is constanty oacked and thbe food is Mediocre, at best. Grweat food for Senior Citizens and small children-very balnd.

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California Central Coast
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It's great when there is a local alternative to "fast food" breakfasts served at chain restaurants. First Awakenings is just such a place. Try their stack of wonderful, homemade pancakes or an excellent omelet. The service is always good, the food tasty, and the prices very reasonable. They furnish coffee when there's a short wait. The food is worth any... More 

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Salinas, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

First Awakenings has such a varied menu and the servings are quite large. The food has always been excellent and the service staff is very attentive. Best breakfast in Monterey

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: 831-784-1125

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 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 - 2:00 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?