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Old Monterey Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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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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Iowa City, Iowa
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For our last meal before leaving our vacation in Monterey, hotel staff recommended local favorite, Old Monterey Cafe. It was immediately clear that it was a well-loved spot, with worn cafe charm that made for a homey, small-town feel. Besides good wait staff, the food was exceptionally good. We both enjoyed omelettes that were prepared with fresh ingredients with a... More 

Thank CocoHawk
Stuttgart, Germany
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious Breakfast and absolutely friendly waiters. The Café offers the atmosphere of an Café and add the taste and service of an full-restaurant. Fantastic choice of warm plates, with in-time service. Menu also suitable for vegetarians. We had deliciuos eggs and hashbrowns. It was our pleasure to dine at the Old Monterey Café :).

Thank Hagen K
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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223 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there is no better place to start that day than here at the Old Monterey Cafe. The place is small so it can get crowded, but the movement is fast, you will not have to wait too long for a table. Of course, tables tend to be small and close... More 

Thank Manuelq57
Calgary, Canada
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205 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything was perfect from setting, service and of course food! Our waitress was extra nice and portions were enormous. I had the Huevos Rancheros for the first time in my life and wasn't disappointed! It was SO big. Hashbrowns were perfect, tortillas as well, black beans etc. My hubby had the Belgian waffles and it was crazy good as well.... More 

Thank Badiha
Carnelian Bay, Ca
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247 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service here was good beginning to end. I had a belgian waffle which was satisfying. Husband had a biscuit and country potatoes, which he liked. The "real breakfasts" looked really good, but we were not up for omelets, etc. on that morning.

Thank roamingnoni
Bari, Italy
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

We stayed in Monterey for one night only during our car trip from LA to San Francisco and we decided to have breakfast here following good Tripadvisor reviews. It was Sunday morning, and the place was very crowdy. There were people in queue inside the Cafe, but waiting time has not been so long. The place is not so big,... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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369 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

My friend and I were in Monterey for business and started getting hungry when we spotted this little cafe and decided to stop and have some breakfast. It was a small and somewhat cozy place, but the food was nothing to write home about. I had the Castroville Scrambler and didn't care for it. The menu said that it came... More 

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Monterey, California
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Small place on Alvarado Street with quick, friendly service and ample portions of breakfast favorites.

Thank highperf
Indianapolis, Indiana
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We had high expectations because of Trip Advisor but they definitely were not met. Our server was great but our food was only ok at best. For example, my omelet had the ingredients on top rather than mixed in with the eggs and my husband's burrito barely had any egg in it. We were very disappointed. I usually rate places... More 

Thank Janet R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Oh my goodness was the food great! Waffles, French toast, calamari, cheese burger, omelettes, French fries etc were all wonderful. The guy who filled the drinks was so sweet and the waitress was awesome! Definitely will visit again when in the area.

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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?