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Trailside Cafe

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550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Sad to see it go. Wonderful breakfast and lunch. It's been reincarnated in Carmel Valley wine country on Del Fino Place. Definitely worth the 15 minute drive. The new place has a beer garden, patio seating. Dog friendly. Same owner. Lots of craft beers and local yummy wines. Try the eggs benedict.

2 Thank T T
County Durham, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Fantastic and varied breakfasts, great coffees (with free re-fills) and excellent views over the sea.

Thank Kinedi
Newport Beach, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Sadly, the location on Cannery Row has closed and you can only get to the one in Carmel Valley. It's about 20 minutes difference. Couldn't really beat the Cannery Row location, though, overlooking the water, SO close to the aquarium...great for families. I've visited both locations frequently and service was better at Monterey, but the food is excellent at both... More 

3 Thank protectnessie
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Awesome! Fresh! Reasonably priced! Loved the outdoor eating area! Great coffee! Will be back on my next visit to Monterey!

1 Thank MavisJarvis
The Hague, The Netherlands
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1,118 reviews
474 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 583 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Good option for a slightly more cost effective gorgeous breakfast e.g. When staying at the Monterey Plaza hotel. Nite - cash only, but there is an ATM.

Thank Hermes_NL
San Jose, California
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32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

I used to love this place but it has really changed. Service very VERY VERY slow. I stood at the counter for 8 minutes with nobody in line ahead of me. Finally the guy who had walked past the counter at least twenty-times turned and said, "Order?" It's still unthinkable that In 2015 they still won't accept cards. They enjoy... More 

Thank Rodney N
Los Angeles, California
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811 reviews
611 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

We were biking the bike trail and bypassed the crowds at Cannery Row and found the Trailside Cafe. Just at the north end of Cannery Row, this restaurant has a nice covered outside dining area and a handful of indoor tables. They advertise that the food is cooked to order and to be patient. Two sandwiches, which were very good,... More 

Thank ZumaDawg
Deptford, New Jersey
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Not only was food beautifully presented, the quality was fresh and very very good. A friend ordered pancakes and one person commented that one pancake could be worn as a hat if they couldn't eat the entire order! they were that big!

Thank Lorraine B
McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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163 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is a cute place to eat especially if it is a nice day. Sit outside. I liked the French donuts (forgot the name) with their homemade blueberry jelly! Yummy. The coffee is great too. My husband wasn't happy with his bacon being overlooked and his potatoes not being crispy enough. He also didn't like having to pay for parking!

Thank Diane C
Kentfield, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Great location right along the trail and it was nice to sit outside and see the bay. The food was a good price and good quality.

Thank geladeee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-649-8600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?