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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: Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 84
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    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
Great Breakfast

The food here was excellent as was the service. I ate the eggs Benedict and my husband had a skillet breakfast. Both were great. The restaurant is beautiful inside with lots of wood and some stained glass panels. The prices were reasonable and they left both a coffee carafe and a pitcher of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
lyriccat
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The food here was excellent as was the service. I ate the eggs Benedict and my husband had a skillet breakfast. Both were great. The restaurant is beautiful inside with lots of wood and some stained glass panels. The prices were reasonable and they left both a coffee carafe and a pitcher of water at the table for easy refills.

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Monterey, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The service is fast and friendly and the food is delicious. This place is known for their pancakes, but the skillets are flavorful and comforting. Definitely highly recommended and popular too judging from the lines during peak breakfast/brunch periods like on weekends. Still, the wait is usually less than 20 minutes.

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Napa, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Everything was adequate, but oo expensive for the quality. I had a half Cobb Salad. It looked fresh, but had no flavor--well, the bacon and the blue cheese tasted like themselves. The spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, turkey, and egg had no flavor. I use very little dressing, actually just balsamic vinegar and lemon wedges, so I can taste my salads. These... More 

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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Generous portions and when ordering the pancake, order one since it takes up the whole plate. Food is excellent although a bit on the pricey side. Average price for breakfast around $10 and coffee $2.88.

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Sebastopol, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to go too other local restaurant on downtown for breakfast and we arrived there and was closed. So we decided to go to this one and we were quite impressed with food , quality and quantities. The service was friendly and fast!

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54 reviews 54 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We had a large party and waited 45 minutes for a table. The food was really tasty. Served fresh and hot as it came up. No complaints or problems about any food. The service was good too. Texas toast French bread was really good!

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Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I was staying at the best western and I needed to have breakfast at 11 am.. after driving for a while. I asked the girl at the front desk where could i go for pancakes and she recomended first awakenings.. first it sounded to me like a funeral home hahaha.... but i decided to check it out .. woaw amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Love eating here for breakfast my favorites are the Calamari steak breakfast or the Chicken fried steak absolutely the best and don't forget to get a pancake, its huge and delicious!!

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Salinas, California, Usa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great place to get a meal with the family.I would highly recommend it if you're in the area.The only down side it is that there is always a wait for a table.It speaks to the popularity of the restaurant and food.they do try to have chairs outside for you to sit on while you wait and they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I LOVE First Awakenings!! The staff is always smiling and friendly. They have a great menu and the coffee is great. I have eaten here many times and always recommend them to friends and family.

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?