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Old Monterey Cafe

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489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
+1 831-646-1021
06:45 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 06:45 - 14:30
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Bari, Italy
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank Capacchione2
Santa Cruz, California
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368 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank geldgartenblum
Pelham, New Hampshire
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171 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The breakfast was pretty good but not the best I've ever eaten. The service was great, our coffee and water were always topped off. I'm not a huge fan of onions in my hash browns, which they had.

Thank Carolyn B
Bristol, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Read about this cafe on TripAdvisor so decided to give it a go and was not disappointed. In fact, we liked it so much we went back the next day! First day I had buttermilk pancakes and they were delicious smothered in maple syrup accompanied by eggs and crispy bacon. Husband had a very impressive looking omelette which he pronounced... More 

Thank stormforce7
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service, food was exactly what we were looking for. Great breakfast food, good menu variety

Thank Samantha B
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49 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just went to the Old Monterey Cafe for breakfast, based on its #1 rating on TripAdvisor. What a huge disappointment! First, let me say that they were obviously having a bad day: short-staffed,by all appearances, and busy for so early. But that said, I don't see how this ordinary, run-of-the-mill diner could possibly rate more than a "3" on... More 

Thank Greg H
Martinez, California
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went to this busy, local breakfast place and loved it. Been here years ago but had not had a chance to come back. We were not disappointed. My husband usually has eggbeaters which can become boring since people usually give him just scrambled but they offered a version of Eggs Benedict that he ate every drop of plus hash browns.... More 

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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
06:45 - 14:30
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?