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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
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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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  • 82
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  • 44
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
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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 place for breakfast

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
RodneyChin
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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133 reviews 133 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Salinas, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?