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First Street Cafe

440 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3208
+1 707-745-1400
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (10 reviews)
“scones” (22 reviews)
“club sandwich” (18 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
440 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3208
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Reviewed May 24, 2016

Our annual outing to Benicia. 3 of us had lunch there on the recommendation of a local. The menu seemed to have a great selections, and other customers plates looked great. The service or lack or it killed the outings atmosphere. Took a while to...More

Thank SFBzoo
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2016

Dear SFBzoo, I'm sorry for your recent experience at our cafe. There are no good excuses for what you went through & I'm not going to insult you by trying to make one. We didn't do a good job for you and your guests and...More

Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Went to First Street Cafe for corn beef and cabbage, there was a good number of other patrons enjoying the same dish! The dish was good and the service was good, given the crowd!

1  Thank Homerun_Traveler
Reviewed April 29, 2016

On Sundays I frequent this historic building/ restaurant for it's famous crab and artichoke sandwiches for brunch....and return late afternoon: to enjoy local musicians perform.....while eating homemade desserts and sipping wine

1  Thank 481elly
Reviewed April 25, 2016

One of the better choices for bfast/brunch in town, although generally a bit on the crowded side.... when its warmer the sidewalk seating provides a find people watching vantage point (yes there are almost as many dogs as people walking first street) Good sausages and...More

1  Thank pdrdirector
Reviewed April 25, 2016

A small ad quaint restaurant. There are sidewalk tables also available. Great service and great food.

1  Thank Diane G
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Made a reservation on a Saturday night in February for a couples dinner. Food was decent but was not many choices for Celiacs. Had a salad which is usually a safe bet most places. The server was polite but not that helpful, the tables are...More

1  Thank laenie
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2016

Hi Laenie, Thank you for writing about our cafe. I'm sorry we weren't able to accommodate your Celiac needs as much as you'd have liked. It's a good reminder to us to work on adding more items that are Celiac friendly. We do have gluten...More

Reviewed April 20, 2016

Our breakfast was great! Homemade hash, deliciously seasoned potatoes, homemade scones, partisan breads. The list goes on. And on other tables I noticed piled-high sandwiches that were looking very good too. There just isn't anything but positives for this place. Eat inside or out, the...More

1  Thank Steve H
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2016

HI SH Thank you for taking the time to write about our cafe. We are very grateful to your for your glowing comments. We hope you are already a part of our rewards/birthday program, but if not, please be sure to sign during your next...More

Reviewed April 19, 2016

We were very happy with the food and the service was excellent! We will certainly be back on our next visit.

Thank njnerdan
Reviewed April 17, 2016

The reviews for this place were pretty accurate. Food is pretty good and the service was outstanding, at least the waitress we had. I had the club sandwich, it was big and pretty good but it didn't come with chips or a pickle or fries,...More

Thank khub79
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2016

Hi khub79, Thank you for writing about our cafe. You make a good point about the chips/fries/pickles. I think for us the pickle could be the best option because we don't have a fryer. If you like going out to breakfast, you might consider visiting...More

Reviewed March 23, 2016

We eat here as often as possible. Absolutely love this place. Favorites are the tuna on olive bread (fresh Acme bread everyday) and all the breakfasts. If you feel decadent the crab dip is out of this world and has been written up nationally.More

Thank Lynne A
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2016

Hi Lynne, Thank you for your ongoing support. Our tuna is one of my and my wife's favorites too. She likes it on herb slab with pepperjack cheese, if you want to switch it up sometime. We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers!...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $29
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3208
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Benicia
  • Phone Number: +1 707-745-1400
  • E-mail
Thanks for looking at our listing. We are open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between times. Looking for somewhere to have a leisurely lunch, we can help you. Need to get back to work quickly, we will accommodate you too. Coming to Benicia to see the sights? Come by for a meal during your visit. We have a great beer & wine list, menus that have a little something for everyone with food that is flavorful (not bland) and prepared fresh. Our servers will demonstrate that they care about creating a great experience for you, during your visit. We have an upstairs room that features live music on Friday, Saturday night & Sunday afternoon (Jazz). Have a group to feed? We are also a full service caterer providing food, beverage and service for groups from 4 to 350 or more. Our upstairs room is large enough for 50 for a catered event and intimate enough for 10. Call or email Mark (the owner) today for more information or to just ask a question. We have won many awards including the best dessert in Solano County & Best restaurant in Solano County.
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