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Morning Thunder Cafe

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352 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico, CA 95926-3952
+1 530-342-9717
06:30 - 14:00
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Sat - Sun 07:00 - 14:00
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San Jose, California
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Went here with a friend for breakfast, and the food was really delicious. The service was friendly and fast.

Thank Brandon T
Magalia, CA
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I've only been to Morning Thunder for breakfast, but it's the only place I go for breakfast in Chico. Yes, you will probably have to wait for a table. Last time I was there it was about ten minutes. I always order ham, eggs sunny side up, hash browns, and sourdough toast for breakfast or almost always, no matter where... More 

Thank Larry G
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is primarily a breakfast place, but also serves very good lunches. The coffee is great, the breakfast menu is varied and reasonably priced, as is the lunch menu. The food is very good, nothing fancy but very tasty. It's a little off the beaten path, but not too hard to get to and well worth the short drive from... More 

Thank William B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 December 2016 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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298 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

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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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 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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195 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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300 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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 95926-3952
  • 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?