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Old Monterey Cafe

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489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
+1 831-646-1021
6:45 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:45 am - 2:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We went to the Old Monterey Cafe twice on our visit to downtown Monterey. The first time I had an excellent eggs Benedict with avocado and a side of hash browns. The second time I had oatmeal and crunchy bacon. I like how the oatmeal came with a fruit salad, and had brown sugar and raisins on the side, so... More 

Thank greyselkie
Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We now understand why this gem of a restaurant gets such great reviews and has such a following! Enjoyed everything about our meal here. Our servers (they seem to work as a team) were attentive, professional- and offered creative recommendations (in my case, helping me to sample their incredible "Joe's Special" and tasty french toast). The quality of the food... More 

Thank Steve R
Monterey, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many taste treats and I do not have a favorite. All the food is delicious. They have been a favorite for MANY years.

Thank nixnansd
Seaside, California
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75 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are several good places to have breakfast in Monterey and Old Monterey Café is certainly one of the best. Everything is good as is the service. Portions are large however, there can be a wait time. Classic good food.

Thank Martin C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing fancy, but an outstanding place for a good, old-fashioned, diner-style American breakfast. I've been breakfasting here for many years now when I'm in town, and the quality has always been high. I've also tried a number of other well-regarded local breakfast places, and this is certainly a serious contender for best in town - at maybe half the price... More 

Thank Joe M
Winnebago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great breakfast venue. So good we returned the next day for more tasty food and friendly service. Value meets quality with reasonable prices.

Thank Kelly J
Vacaville, California, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always eat here when we visit, the portions are perfect, the service friendly and quick. It is a small busy restaurant but worth the wait.

Thank Mike A
Sun City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we come to Monterey we have to come here. Great service with a smile, good food, and very generous portions. My only complaint is my belly can't eat it all! Wish we had a place like this back home. If you come to Monterey give them a try.

Thank Sturdy2112
Turlock, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited this local restaurant for breakfast on New Year's Day. Best first decision of 2017! The Coffee is out of this world. My meal of an avocado and chorizo omelette was so scrupulous. My husband had a kick @$$ breakfast burrito. Best breakfast diner style in Monterey.

Thank bethanybridek
Monterey, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

I go here quite often and only get one thing, the pancake sandwich. Huge amount of food. cant beat it. gets crowded early. Really great to have lunch for breakfast.

Thank GregHarrod67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?