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Old Monterey Cafe

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489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
6:45 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:45 am - 2:30 pm
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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nothing fancy or pretentious. Decent cafe food, Reasonable prices. Down home atmosphere. Good service.

Thank fortysix2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for breakfast on a Saturday right after they opened. Our server was superb with recommendations, and a cheerful welcoming attitude! We had chocolate chip pancakes and a made to order omelette. Food was excellent!! Definitely worth a stop when in the area.

Thank TomballTXFamily
Sparks, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped off in Monterey for breakfast. This place was mentioned on tripadvisor.com. it's located in an older part of town. The food was great. Much better quality than what you'd get at say...a Denny's restaurant? They are only open for breakfast and lunch. Closing time is 2 p.m. Interesting old place.

Thank Douglas R
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered very traditional breakfast fare and were quite happy with our choices. The poached egg was perfection. Crisp bacon, good hash browns and grits. Biscuits were fluffy and not my style but still tasty. We especially liked the homemade salsa that was served

Thank TexasTrip_Queen
Dallas, TX
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were headed back to San Francisco and decided to get a late breakfast on a Saturday. Surprisingly we did not have to wait long as the places was packed and there was a line. The service was outstanding and all the food coming out of the kitchen looked awesome and generous portions! If you are looking for the perfect... More 

Thank smiletex
St. Louis
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for a late breakfast, absolutely delicious! I had the California omelette, so good! And the fresh salsa, SO good! The server even asked if we'd like to take some home. If we weren't traveling we totally would! Great friendly service and delicious food, so glad we found this spot!

Thank Kristina1227
Laguna Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must for breakfast...great food,service,friendly.... beware of x-tra large portions But delish. We will return

Thank Denise L
Davis, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a diner where most people, including ourselves, have breakfast. Indeed we had breakfast around lunch time and were very pleased with the service, the quality of the food, and value for money.

Thank Cali40rn1a
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small, warm inviting Cafe in downtown old Monterey. We got there around 0800 AM on a Thursday and the place was almost empty. By the time we left around 0900 AM there was hardly a seat left, go early. The food was terrific and the wait staff offered nice suggestions. Helpings are generous. I had a pancake... More 

Thank Dansgonefishing
Northbridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place had a line going out the door. The wait was short. The inside is a little cozy but not uncomfortable. I found it to be very warm inside. They take out the front window and have overhead fans. Patrons use it as the exit. Great menu that has something for everyone. The flow of cleaning tables, taking orders... More 

Thank optomdoc

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, 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 Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 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?