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First Awakenings

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171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
+1 831-784-1125
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07:00 - 14:00
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

It's THE go-to place for breakfast or lunch! But be prepared for a little wait outside, it's worth it.

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Thank reviewer2180
Salinas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Great food, great service, wonderful staff.....they make you feel so welcome and will prepare your meal to your requests.

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Thank granniealice
Ardmore Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

They have great service and great tasting food ! The place it's self is cool. We try and eat there at least once or twice a month. We love it

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Thank Cynthiacagle57
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

First Awakenings has been serving great breakfast and lunch in Salinas and Pacific Grove for many years. It is a popular place to eat, so plan on standing in line to wait. They usually have coffee for those that are waiting. The food and service is worth the wait.

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Thank Kyle K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Decent breakfast menu. Food tastes good service is friendly. The only problem is parking can be a pain during breakfast or lunch times.

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Thank FADuenas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Why would anybody wait to eat this food? Greasiest hashbrowns imaginable. They give you quantity but not quality. If you try to eat organic and clean food… Avoid this place.

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Thank TimmySi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

Saw the other reviews and was down to see my parents so I took then here for breakfast. What a great menu selection. From cold cereal to frittata's, from biscuits and gravy to huevos rancheros. Great service the staff is always bustling and the food is fresh, hot and delicious. I recommend being prepared to wait for a table it... More 

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Thank Douglas1701
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

We were recommended to this place for breakfast. When we were driving by my husband and I thought we were not going to find a place to sit and eat and that we would be waiting. When we walked in we asked if there was anything at the counter and there was and we got right in and had a... More 

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Thank Kirsten W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

Every time I go I try something new and I'm never disappointed. Make sure to visit this place when ever your in Salinas. From pancakes to omelette it's all great food

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Thank nojoketip
Salinas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

ALL the locals eat here and on weekends there is a wait - but it's worth it. The food is great and the service excellent. It's a good value and the crepes really rock. One of my favorites is the Pope John - a Polish sausage with eggs any style and country potatoes or hash browns. They also make a... More 

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Thank Salinas411

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 14:00
Monday
07:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 14:00
Thursday
07:00 - 14:00
Friday
07:00 - 14:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?