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Morning Thunder Cafe

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352 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico, CA 95926
+1 530-342-9717
07:00 - 14:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 14:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food, happy and friendly staff, small place and very busy so we had a bit of a wait but once seated we had quick friendly service, over all great experience.

Thank Samm A
Santa Rosa
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274 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading all the great reviews, we decided to give this place a try. We are always looking for great places in Chico. I have to admit, we were disappointed. First, there was a bit of a wait to get a table. Once inside, we were served coffee quickly, and our waiter was very friendly. The menu is pretty basic.... More 

Thank Wildwoodatheart
Folsom, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only have been there for breakfast, but each time has been a great experience. Food is always solid and service is good. Not a fan of having to get a key from inside to use the rest room. One for each gender. If your key is gone, it's frustrating waiting for the person to return, and God knows how many... More 

Thank imafilmcritic
Oakland, California
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

They have the basics such as hash browns, eggs, omelettes, hot cakes and all were great. My daughter was able to get fresh strawberries and whipped cream on her waffle, no syrupy sweet stuff here. I had a great cup of Dark Roasted coffee. I was in heaven with my pecan pumpkin pancakes. Only negative was they put butter on... More 

Thank Linda H
Penn Valley, California
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126 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Heading north to spend some time in Portland and Chico was perfect for a breakfast stop. Morning Thunder is a little off the highway, but well worth the slight detour. We arrived just before 8 AM and were fortunate to find a table for 2. Our waiter was quickly at the table with water, explained the menu and took our... More 

Thank WilsyPV
Pacifica, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Wow, found this place while visiting our daughter at CSU. Portions are large and prices are excellent. Ate here twice for breakfast and would definitely recommend it for everyone. Open for breakfast and lunch. Wife had the 1-2-3 combo both days and loved it, once with a huge waffle and once with a gigantic blueberry pancake. I had the Chicken... More 

Thank John R
Scotts Valley CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Great specials - we had the omelette special with lots of crispy hash browns. The cafe was packed for a Labor Day weekend Saturday morning ... (the nearby farmer's market was in full swing). Plenty of parking in front of the cafe. Although the place was packed, tables opened quickly and service was good considering how many people they had... More 

Thank JKD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Great food, generous portions, friendly service and lots of activity! This place is always crowded... and for a good reason. Their food is outstanding! Worth the wait and well worth the price, but don't plan on a quiet stop. Morning Thunder is booming with conversations and activity!

Thank Peggysue T
Yuba City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

You'll recognize Morning Thunder by its 'diner-like' chromed out facade. I have been here dozens of times; breakfasts & lunches are consistent, plentiful and offer interesting variety (including daily specials and health conscious options). Diner is clean, kitchen is honest; a greasy spoon without the grease! Happy staff too!

Thank Harry S
Chico, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I'm never disappointed when I pay a visit to Morning Thunder Cafe. The portions are amazing and the waitstaff is excellent. I have a Wheat Allergy and they have Gluten Free options. You can order sandwiches, burgers, and more and request the bread to be Gluten Free. Yay!

Thank Esther W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 352 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico, CA 95926
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Chico
  • Phone Number: +1 530-342-9717

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