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First Awakenings

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171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
+1 831-784-1125
07:00 - 14:00
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Laguna Niguel, California, United States
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

I come to Salinas to visit family regularly and always plan my return flight so that I can have breakfast at First Awakenings. The menu has something for everyone and everything is delicious. I tried many items but always come back to the eggs benedict. Love that you can order a single!! Blueberry pancakes are wonderful also. Don't miss this... More 

Thank KimT3063
Colfax,ND, United States
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

We heard of this fantastic place for breakfast as we were traveling the Pacific Coast area and had to try it out since we were staying at a motel in Salinas anyway. WOW!! Yes, this IS a destination for breakfast. We were greeted very warmly at the door as we walked in. Our waitress, Anita, was so very friendly and... More 

Thank Lynn M
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We had a very pleasant breakfast meeting and all of the entrees were excellent and the service was very good...

Thank Jacqueline S
Salinas, California
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

They have the best blueberry pancakes ever! The portion is huge and the flavor is incredible! It's served with blueberry compote you don't need syrup. I also love the potatoes and sandwiches. I've tried other items on the menu and everything I've tried I've enjoyed.

Thank MsM1421
1 review
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Always good food, service and prices! First awakenings never disappoints, frittatas are fantastic!!!

Thank Red R
Ukiah, California
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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Monday morning, it was not busy, service was fast and friendly. The food was well prepared. Perfectly fine breakfast in a unique and interesting building in old town Salinas.

Thank Jim W
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This place has consistency yummy food and wonderful service. It can get packed for weekend breakfast so a good tip is to sit at the "bar". Also huge portions so sometimes you can split an order esp. If you get the potatoes vs. Hash browns. Amazing one made pancake creative flavors each day to try. Eggs always cooked to order.

Thank Ginger P
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143 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

First time trying this place even though I live in the area. I wish I had started eating here sooner! I came on a Saturday morning and people were waiting outside. I expected a wait but was seated right away. As other reviews have said, the service is very friendly and professional. The menu has omelette and pancake options, Mexican... More 

Thank Hydrolagus
Los Angeles
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Our server remembered us from a YEAR ago. We were only there once. Not sure what that says about my children, but she was awesome. I wish I could remember her name, but alas, no. Breakfast was big and delish. It is worth it to get off our lazy, vacationing bums and get here before it closes at 2pm.

Thank shopgirlLosAngeles
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Absolutely love this place! Found it the first day we were here and ate breakfast everyday! Very fresh and tasty pancakes! Light menu as well as traditional breakfast foods!

Thank SSWC

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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
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?