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First Awakenings

171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
+1 831-784-1125
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“pancakes” (46 reviews)
“potatoes” (16 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The plates here are very large. Some things like the Cobb salad are available in half sizes. Unique food items. Is extremely busy always. Plan on waiting for a table. This is a local place and just down from the National Steinbeck Center. Street parking...More

Thank Sheryl P
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Locals, stars and tourists eat here. We sat across from actress Marlee Maitlan enjoying her kids along with a scramble of some sort, just the other day. The star are the pancakes, IMHO. Always calorie/carb conscious, I save these treats for splurge (guests visiting) days....More

Thank TheTomatoQueen
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I used to go there years ago, I don't know what happened. Recently, a friend wanted to meet there. My food was awful. I thought it was just a bad day, so I gave it another chance, still awful. How can one ruin a breakfast...More

Thank vivian a
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I have never been to First Awakening when there as not a line waiting to b seated. The good news is that they bring out this huge container of coffee and a few chairs so the wait is not do bad. Everything that I have...More

Thank smwnyl
Reviewed 23 January 2017

I love the roasted turkey/avocado eggs benedict. It is always busy and sometimes a bit of a wait but they have coffee and water there for you. The staff is friendly, Though the food is delicious but it very often is not hot when it...More

Thank luvtravlin53
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The French toast is wonderful. The pancakes are huge and fluffy. The bacon has a hint of jalapeño to it. So many choices that are all very good!

Thank VanessaL974
Reviewed 19 January 2017

First Awakenings in Salinas CA serves a varied breakfast and lunch menu. The servings are generous and delicious. This restaurant has been in business for several years and has remained consistent with their tasty food and good service.

Thank budhall2016
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My favorite meal is their California Crepe, sometimes I go there just because I am craving one. My friend prefers their whole wheat pancakes. The service is good, be prepared to wait to be seated at breakfast time.

Thank pcj1055
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Grea place to have brunch and have a nice conversation. This place has great prices and an even better portion.

Thank Maribel C
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Very nice selection of items and very well prepared. Seating is nice so one is not cramped and little pressure to turn the table unless you view the front door and the folks standing a waiting for their turn in having a generous breakfast!

Thank Dennis JR D
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Nearby Attractions
National Steinbeck Center
320 reviews
.15 km away
The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
72 reviews
.37 km away
Salinas Valley Art Gallery
6 reviews
.08 km away
Maya Cinemas
42 reviews
.09 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids
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: +1 831-784-1125
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