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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, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 83
    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 place to start the day

Good and plentiful food. It's nothing fancy; just food done well. The staff is PHENOMENALLY friendly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2013
CiscoInLA
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Los Angeles, California
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  • Families with children
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good and plentiful food. It's nothing fancy; just food done well. The staff is PHENOMENALLY friendly.

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Oviedo, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We were driving through the area during lunch time on a road trip and after seeing all of the positive reviews, had to stop in. We were not disappointed! Our waiter, Jarrod, was so friendly. He made the experience absolutely FANTASTIC. Such a nice guy. I got the portobello burger and couldn't believe how delicious it was. All of the... More 

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Salinas, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I went with family and had an exceptional time. The pancakes are amazing! Great costumer service as well. If you're going to go out to eat breakfast , Great Awakenings is the place to go.

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Fresno, Ca
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57 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I loved this place. It's in Quaint, Old Downtown Salinas. It had the most wonderful ambiance I've experienced in a long time. I had the "special", the Enchilada Omlette. It had ground beef & avocado in it, and was topped with an Enchilada sauce. I'd never had an omlette quite like it before! There was a pot of coffee outside... More 

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Salinas
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Love this place-always take out of town company for breakfast or brunch. Eggs Benedict is one of the best! Their omelets and crepes are amazing too. Great sides, great service and good prices. Come hungry or get a doggy bag-you get alot of food! Owners are very supportive of community and generous in helping schools and other local non-profits.

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Excellent food & service. My favorite is the wheat germ pancake.. Just 1 with a side of egg because it's BIG! Highly recommended.

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Salinas, California
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18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great Place ,Great Food, Friendly Staff,Best be Hungry when ordering Big Breakfast items, Convienent Location,Comfortable Atmosphere

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

We stopped for breakfast in salinas at this busy and and friendly eatery The eggs Benedict was outstanding. The service was excellent.

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Great food, great service, great prices. I don't know if he's still there, but a manager, Wally, would grab 8 shots of espresso from across the street before starting his day. So when I went into the same coffee shop, I asked for 4 shots. The person behind the counter said "1 half-Wally". Sheesh! Who the heck is Wally?!? Found... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

It's more than I like to spend, but the food and service are tops. If you're lookin' for a new place to try, you should try this place.

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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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