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Old Monterey Cafe

489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
+1 831-646-1021
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hash browns” (34 reviews)
“scrambler” (8 reviews)
Open Now
6:45 AM - 2:30 PMAll hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940-2722
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very disappointing. Both my husband and I paid for food we couldn’t even eat. Sorry but there are a lot better places.

Thank treasureqw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good spot for breakfast. The food was plentiful, good and at a fair price. The place is on the smaller side so you may have to line up at the door to get seated. It seems that parties of 2 get seated faster. Not...More

Thank jjones4180
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The claim in the title is written everywhere and with award certificates to prove it. And it’s true. Nice, calm and well designed ‘Old’ coffee shop. The menu is extensive and staff is very helpful. Definitely recommended.

Thank piancov
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good breakfast in an old downtown building. Lots of memorabilia on the walls including photos, comic book covers and other items I can recall from the 1950’s. The Eggs Benedict and pancakes were very good and the service was quick and friendly. This is...More

Thank CharlesFremont_CA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Old Monterey Cafe is conveniently located in downtown and offers a wide variety of breakfast options all day. Our meal was very good, but steer clear of the tap water as it was lukewarm and tasted like dishwater. The service was friendly and fast....More

Thank Farrah H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely breakfast place with an ideal location on Alvarado Street. Picture yourself eating a tasty breakfast with your loved one in a small cafe with open windows, listening to the city wake and breathing in the crisp Monterey morning air, and you’ve found yourself in...More

Thank swiede2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went for break here with my wife and we loved it. Very tasty food and big portions. Our waitress was extremely friendly. We will certainly go back!

Thank James M
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We were told by the family waiting in line ahead of us that this place is family owned and they have been going there for at least 10 years. When you find a place like this that has a line and locals enjoy - you...More

Thank CherBear123
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Our family of 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 10 & under) ate breakfast here while on vacation. The kids enjoyed pancakes, bacon, and oatmeal while we parents had banana pancakes and the Huevos Valdez omelet. The homemade salsa was delicious and we all cleaned...More

Thank lvrober
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

I can see why it is top rated restaurant in the area , solid breakfast and lunch menu, we had the omelette with sausages and artichoke , no cheese ( lactose intolerant), Plus beef hash... as you can see from pictures: solid food Average breakfast...More

Thank caroline_chan
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Dara M
18 September 2016|
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Response from Dick G | Reviewed this property |
Hello. We were just there last Friday morning and I don't recall Turkey bacon or sausage being on the menu. There were several items with Chicken sausage. I substituted Chicken sausage for a Pork sausage in an omelet.
24 June 2016|
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Response from lola-c2892 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately not. It's a one if a kind place though, much better than chain places such as Denny's, which I love but this is one better
17 May 2016|
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Response from JohnT641 | Reviewed this property |
They have a wide range of breakfast items- I would rate it highly on- Egg Benedict , pancakes especially strawberry, Waffles, plus all the standard egg dishes with outstanding hash browns. Don't worry that you could not see... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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 County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-646-1021
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