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Old Monterey Cafe

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489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
+1 831-646-1021
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hash browns” (36 reviews)
“banana pancakes” (11 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
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Reviewed yesterday

I had the calamari sandwich and it was very good. A large portion of calamari steak on nice bread with coleslaw. The coleslaw needed a little flavor so I added some ranch dressing to it. My wife had a turkey sandwich that she described as...More

Thank mgsinger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for our last breakfast on holiday with my family! We absolutely loved it. Although we had to wait around ten minutes or so, it was worth it. The setting and the cafe itself is very nice and welcoming. The pancakes and the portion...More

Thank jake w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the fantastic reviews on this place, I decided to try my luck at dining here for breakfast. I ordered the banana pancakes (2) and just about finished them off, they were so filling and perfectly prepared with bananas inside. The queue is very...More

Thank Natalie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely cafe. We went on a Sunday morning. There was a long queue out the door. We decided to wait it out. The food was delicious so we felt the wait was worth it. We were there around 10 or 11 am...More

Thank daveymusic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a favorite with locals so naturally tourists flock here as well. The line was out the door and along the street but we decided to wait it out hoping for an extraordinary breakfast. The place is nusy, small and cramped but the...More

Thank Adnora
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For Italian tourists like us, it was a nice experience. It worths the wait. Pancakes with strawberries, omelet with sausages and orange juices were great. The staff is very kind. You can meet residents and not only tourists. That’s the proof of the authenticity of...More

Thank DiegoBen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed breakfast here on a Sunday morning and just beat the rush. Get here by 8:30 am, otherwise you may need to wait for a table. Ou food came fast and with large portions. I had the Denver pride omlette with hashbrowns. We probably...More

Thank Scuba-Duner
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like this place but didn’t love it. There was one waitress taking care of the entire restaurant. The food was fine but didn’t win me over. I would go back but would also look into other options.

Thank mikeytoms
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great range of options--both sweet and savoury. All excellent and all generous. Come before 9 to avoid the line snaking out of the door.

Thank MichaelCambridge53
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

As a local I’ve tried all the breakfast spots, and I keep coming back to Old Monterey cafe for their friendly service, consistently good food and good value. It’s my favorite place on the peninsula!

Thank AdGalMonterey
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Dara M
September 17, 2016|
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Response from Richard G | Reviewed this property |
Hello. We were just there last Friday morning and I don't recall Turkey bacon or sausage being on the menu. There were several items with Chicken sausage. I substituted Chicken sausage for a Pork sausage in an omelet.
June 23, 2016|
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Response from lola-c2892 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately not. It's a one if a kind place though, much better than chain places such as Denny's, which I love but this is one better
May 16, 2016|
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Response from JohnT641 | Reviewed this property |
They have a wide range of breakfast items- I would rate it highly on- Egg Benedict , pancakes especially strawberry, Waffles, plus all the standard egg dishes with outstanding hash browns. Don't worry that you could not see... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
6:45 AM - 2:30 PM
6:45 AM - 2:30 PM
6:45 AM - 2:30 PM
6:45 AM - 2:30 PM
6:45 AM - 2:30 PM
6:45 AM - 2:30 PM
6:45 AM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-646-1021
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