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“Okay not great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Trailside Cafe

Trailside Cafe
550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
831-649-8600
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Ranked #54 of 261 Restaurants in Monterey
Cuisines: American, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Okay not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We went here on the recommendation at our hotel, but weren't too impressed. For one thing, they only take cash and that's a problem for us when we travel. We ordered hot breakfasts but the food was not hot, and it got colder fast because it sits by the cold Pacific (not their fault of course but it it had been hotter to start with....). We had three more mornings at the hotel but never came back.

Visited June 2014
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Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Take your chances”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Reasonably good food in a lovely location spoiled by inattentive and outwardly hostile staff. Apparently others feel the same way -- some days it's good and other days not so much. We unfortunately were that on a not so much day.

Visited May 2014
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Laguna Beach, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A Real Coffee House!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My morning java is important to me and I like the local stuff so I tried them all and Trailside was by FAR the best. Try the home made beignets! Yummmmm

Visited May 2014
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Pacific Grove
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fresh food outside overlooking the ocean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wonderful service, good coffee, fresh food. I asked for a gluten free alternative to the tuna salad sandwich. I was served a tuna salad patty, fresh tomato, surrounded by a large and fresh lettuce leaf. Delicious!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sandy, Utah
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“Good food in a nice location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stumbled on this small cafe but it was a gem. It was Sunday on Memorial Day and supposedly their busiest day of the year. The service lacked a little for refilling water and iced tea but other than that it was very good food. I had crab benedict and it was prepared perfectly and was tasty. Best part though was three types of coffee offered at their coffee bar and music on a great patio that was dog friendly. Best experience eating in Monterey!

Visited May 2014
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