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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)
“banana pancakes” (10 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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I waited for a half hour to take seats with my husband. It seemed very busy,so servers didn’t even look at us until I called him several times. I barely ordered food with patience. Food was excellent. But the waitress who was in charge of...More

Thank gina1004
Reviewed 9 November 2017

What a reasonably priced and excellent food and service establishment. We went here twice during our visit. The omelettes are just super as are the pancakes. The portions are huge. The service is ultra attentive.

1  Thank Portcruiser
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Delicious breakfast great service by Danny!! Local favorite, been coming to this restaurant for 10 years, always consistent!

1  Thank jimbeam010
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We went on Saturday morning for breakfast and it lived up to all the reviews we had read. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table but we didn't mind at all since we were just visiting and window-shopped during that time. The...More

Thank Rachelld66
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We went twice for breakfast during our short stay in Monterey. Breakfasts were huge and well priced with plenty of coffee. Orange juice was also very good. Service was friendly and efficient.

Thank amcintosh12
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely cafe, with gorgeous well priced food!!! Waitress was lovely. Wonderful breakfast. Crowded at weekends.

1  Thank KatherineSurgeoner
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We erred in coming after 2:30pm on Monday (they close early on Mondays). Came the next day for supper. They open again at 5:00pm. Had two great meals. service was fast. It gets crowded fast as it is popular.

Thank imapastor1
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Questions & Answers
Dara M
17 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.
23 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
16 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
Kids, Local cuisine, 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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