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First Awakenings

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$$ - $$$
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171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Salinas, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is always a wait to be seated, but well worth it. They do offer coffee while you wait, and the atmosphere is nice as it is outside in front of the restaurant you wait. Once seated, the menu has a good choice of breakfast or lunch items. Food is fresh and hot when served. Food here is great! Service... More 

Thank tazdad35
Scottsdale, Arizona
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295 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to stop here halfway between San Francisco and Paso Robles. We are (late in the day) breakfast people and the menu looked like it would suite us. There are so many breakfast options it was hard to choose. (There are also lots of salads and sandwiches for those who prefer lunch.) I had a veggie skillet with eggs... More 

Thank booptraveler
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

I have been eating here for years and they serve the only omelets I like. Plenty of food and choices. Whenever I want breakfast, this is always my first choice. PG location is equally good.

Thank kkblaha
Salinas, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Don't hesitate to try First Awakenings. While best known for Breakfast you can also get a good lunch there as well. They do close at 2 so be mindful of that. Nice variety of dishes especially the Breakfast choices and the servers are good. In a nice location close to the theater and many shops. Would have given it a... More 

Thank Trycia E
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The food was good enough, but nothing special. I was disappointed after the strong online reviews. The service was good.

Thank travelingdoctorMGB
Seaside, California, United States
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite breakfast place in town. When ever I have a guest out of town or co-workers want to eat breakfast after work, we come here. I almost always have their breakfast special.

Thank Daniel G
Salinas, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Have eaten at First Awakenings for almost 20 years and it is still as good as the first time. You can't say that about too many restaurants these days!

Thank wwcarol1943
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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264 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here on our way to Big Sur. Friendly service. Very reasonably priced. Sandwiches were excellent. They were served with a marinated salad of small-diced celery, cucumber, zucchini, and tomato which was delicious and potatoes, either hash brown or diced. Breakfast menu looked good too.

Thank sjc43
Salinas, California
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

I LOVE the Wheatberry Pancakes here, so delicious.. I get these everytime I visit First Awakenings. The service is always friendly and welcoming as well. There is a very cool, and calming atmosphere here, which is refreshing. The prices are a little much, but the food makes up for it.

Thank alyssaa_25
Larbert, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

My husband and I visited Salinas whilst on vacation in Monterey. We found First Awakenings for lunch and were very impressed. I had the best salad ever! It was fruity chicken salad with six different types of fresh fruit and chicken mayo with raisins and water chestnuts. What a combo! Fantastic. My husband was equally impressed with his chicken and... More 

Thank mads433

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: 831-784-1125

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?