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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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Las Vegas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth the short wait for a table. Great service and food was all fresh and good portion size. Went with family, and staff were very friendly to our daughter. She loved it! Parking not easy nearby. Don't take a chance as the parking enforcement people were patrolling all the time. Overall, a good find.

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Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is not very large, and it was quite stuffy where we were originally seated, but a table near the front window opened up and they graciously re-seated us - much better! The food was good; service was ok. I was a little turned off by the things they charge extra for ($1 for English muffin instead of toast?... More 

Thank Paul M
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Do not miss this place if you are in Monterey! Authentic american breakfast place - you’ll find all the classics on the menu! Big portions and good prices. It can get quite busy in the morning, so be ready to wait for a table. Great service and delicious food.

Thank Andreea_Cl
Orlando, Florida
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a big breakfast eater, then this is the place. My meal, a "scramble," was enough for two. Worth a visit.

Thank Marc K
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The reviews did not disappoint. We got there early on Sunday morning and it wasn't long before the tiny little restaurant was completely packed. When I tell you it's a very small place I mean just a few tables, guessing I would say maybe 15 tables so it doesn't take long to fill those. There were 3 of us, my... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So so tasty! Friendly staff! Great pit stop for breakfast during our stay in Monterey. So glad we went here based on recommendations!

Thank Vikki M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, food and value. Very friendly and beautiful neighborhood not far from the beach. Try the Huevos burrito

Thank Michael W
Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every time we visit Monterey we eat breakfast here and we have always been happy. The place is small but the food is very good and worth the wait--usually not a long wait. The staff is quick and friendly. We will continue to eat here every time we visit.

Thank Roberto C
Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the ham and eggs with grits as the side. There was a LOT of ham. The service was quick and efficient.

Thank NorCalBob
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the food. To the service. To The interior. It's a perfect place to have a authentic all American breakfast. I was here with my family of 3 children and we all ordered different dishes so that we could take a taste of everything. And oh my goodness how good it was! Just one warning. The plates are huge! So... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cafe, Mexican, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, 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 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?