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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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 98
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 9
    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
Breakfast near Carmel, CA

Outstanding breakfast, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Eggs scrambled softly, bacon not crisp, exactly as ordered, and waiter very engaging and attentive. Carmel was impossible to visit during our two day stay out of town (elegant car showing & race), thus giving us to eat at Salinas... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
David B
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Carlsbad, California, United States
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  • Families with children
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Carlsbad, California, United States
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Outstanding breakfast, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Eggs scrambled softly, bacon not crisp, exactly as ordered, and waiter very engaging and attentive. Carmel was impossible to visit during our two day stay out of town (elegant car showing & race), thus giving us to eat at Salinas restaurants. Anyone heading for Carmel or Monterey will be very, very pleased to stop... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Good service, good food and they leave the coffee pot on the table so you don't have to wait to warm up the your coffee.

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Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The food has been delicious each time we’ve been here. Pancakes, omelettes, breakfast burrito, Day Starter Skillet - no matter what our order, it’s gonna be yummy! Served by some of the friendliest crew too.

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Ferndale, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Passing thru Salinas Ca.and once again Trip Advisor scored! Huge selection for breakfast and lunch ! The side salad was so good my guy ate it all and for someone whos not big on veggies, he was a happy camper. They even gave us the recipe ! Highly recommend and on top of it all the John Steinbeck museum is... More 

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Monterey Bay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

It's a good place to eat breakfast or lunch. It's average. It's convenient. Movie theater and shopping on the same street.

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Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

One of my favorite places in Old Town for breakfast and lunch. Service is excellent and friendly. Food selection is inviting and varied - I especially like their eggs with Calamari steak...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Loved the ambiance of this place! Super close to highway! Incredible service by Christian thank you! Will come back! Good was incredible, great variations and delicious combinations!

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Salinas, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Like its Monterey location, First Awakenings in Salinas is the best in town. Except for the overly loud busker playing guitar & singing directly outside their door, I had a good Sat brunch.

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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We were a group of 5 and we had made luncheon reservations, knowing that this cafe is extremely popular. It was crowded but cheerful and we were seated immediately with menus and an attentive waiter on hand to answer all our questions and take our order. Food choices were varied and every person in our group was happy with her... More 

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Central Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

What a terrific place for breakfast !! My husband and I stopped here on our way to Santa Cruz on a very busy Sunday morning, no reservation. The line was out the door as it was "Rodeo" weekend and the horse parade was scheduled to start within the hour. We opted to have breakfast at the counter and got served... 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?