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First Awakenings

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171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
831-784-1125
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 111
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  • 60
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Good eats!

ALL the locals eat here and on weekends there is a wait - but it's worth it. The food is great and the service excellent. It's a good value and the crepes really rock. One of my favorites is the Pope John - a Polish sausage with eggs any style and country potatoes or hash browns. They also make... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Salinas411
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Salinas, California
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Salinas, California
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

ALL the locals eat here and on weekends there is a wait - but it's worth it. The food is great and the service excellent. It's a good value and the crepes really rock. One of my favorites is the Pope John - a Polish sausage with eggs any style and country potatoes or hash browns. They also make a... More 

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California
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Weekends are very busy. Usually 30 to 40 min. wait from 9 to 11, but well worth it. Great host and hostess. Bussers clean tables fast to minimize the wait as good as they can. Very friendly servers that are always close by. The food has always been great. Your basic breakfast fare with a First Awakening twist.

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Thank scotosan
Oxnard, California
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located on the corner of Gabilan and Main St., this restaurant serves breakfast in huge amounts...with equally huge taste. The pancakes are to die for! Try All That Razz. Interesting names like Pope John and Joaquin Yahoo for egg dishes keep you reading the menu rather then ordering. They have crepes also. For lunch there is the Chicken Little, Al... More 

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Thank jtdanza
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food very good. Value fair. Nice location. But it was pretty cold, wife wore her parka during breakfast. I was cold also. Did they have the heat on?

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Thank echo7tango
Monterey, California
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138 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best restaurant for a homemade and hearty breakfast with a friendly hometown atmosphere. The locals know the secret and this place is it. Don't just take my word for it though, the pictures speak for themselves!

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Thank Peanut4Life
San Jose, California
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Ordered the Acapulco Omelet which was very good as well as the hash or country potatoes. The avocado in the omelet was fresh and my husband had the Chicken Fried steak which was good but not great. Definitely a place I would come back and eat again.

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Thank 1whoscraps
Windsor, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Food and service are Top Notch...loved the omelletes and the friendly attentive service. I enjoy breakfast when they first open...quiet and more attentive service from the staff.

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Thank John Z
Salinas, California, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

First Awakenings has the best pancakes you can find anywhere. However if your a coffee person you may want yo bring your own.

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Thank ProduceChic
Lafayette, Ca
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161 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

We ordered two things pumpkin pancakes and special which was omlet with ground beef and black olives and avacado---both excellant. This is a popular reaturant for breakfast and is big. we walked in and no trouble. The coffee was great. I highly recommend for breakfast

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Thank Lesley H
Salinas, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

one of 2 best breakfast venues in Salinas! Yum! Blueberry Pancakes and Eggs Benedict are my favorites. Coffee is great here too.

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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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