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Trailside Cafe

) #98 of 211 Restaurants in Monterey €€ - €€€ American, Cafe
550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
+1 831-649-8600
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
24 Oct 2016
“fantastic service”
15 Feb 2017
“A Hidden Gem!”
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American, Cafe
€€ - €€€
550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This spot is along the walking/bike trail that runs from Fisherman's Wharf to the very tip of where Monterey Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. It's scenic, overlooks the Bay, and has some of the best breakfast selections near Cannery Row. It's always our "go to"...More

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Tired kids, long day in the car, hungry parents - not the best setting for a dinner. The waiter at Trailside made the kids laugh and got us great food fast - we ended up having a nice evening after all :)

Thank moosemum
Reviewed 6 November 2015

Sad to see it go. Wonderful breakfast and lunch. It's been reincarnated in Carmel Valley wine country on Del Fino Place. Definitely worth the 15 minute drive. The new place has a beer garden, patio seating. Dog friendly. Same owner. Lots of craft beers and...More

2  Thank T T
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Fantastic and varied breakfasts, great coffees (with free re-fills) and excellent views over the sea.

Thank Kinedi
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Sadly, the location on Cannery Row has closed and you can only get to the one in Carmel Valley. It's about 20 minutes difference. Couldn't really beat the Cannery Row location, though, overlooking the water, SO close to the aquarium...great for families. I've visited both...More

3  Thank protectnessie
Reviewed 25 July 2015

Awesome! Fresh! Reasonably priced! Loved the outdoor eating area! Great coffee! Will be back on my next visit to Monterey!

1  Thank MavisJarvis
Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

Good option for a slightly more cost effective gorgeous breakfast e.g. When staying at the Monterey Plaza hotel. Nite - cash only, but there is an ATM.

Thank Hermes_NL
Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

I used to love this place but it has really changed. Service very VERY VERY slow. I stood at the counter for 8 minutes with nobody in line ahead of me. Finally the guy who had walked past the counter at least twenty-times turned and...More

Thank Rodney N
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

We were biking the bike trail and bypassed the crowds at Cannery Row and found the Trailside Cafe. Just at the north end of Cannery Row, this restaurant has a nice covered outside dining area and a handful of indoor tables. They advertise that the...More

Thank ZumaDawg
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Not only was food beautifully presented, the quality was fresh and very very good. A friend ordered pancakes and one person commented that one pancake could be worn as a hat if they couldn't eat the entire order! they were that big!

Thank Lorraine B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-649-8600
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