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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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Apple Valley, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great breakfast menu in historic downtown. Big portions-we split an omelet and our appetites were completely satisfied. Friendly, informative, personable waiter. Can't wait to be heading back through to try something else on the menu!

Thank rc8murphy
Salinas, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere is nice, the service is good. The food sometimes is not that great. Sometimes the food is cold and poorly prepared.

Thank Rosemary M
Salinas, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The plates here are very large. Some things like the Cobb salad are available in half sizes. Unique food items. Is extremely busy always. Plan on waiting for a table. This is a local place and just down from the National Steinbeck Center. Street parking is scarce. Park garage available and can be validated by the restaurant.

Thank Sheryl P
Central California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Locals, stars and tourists eat here. We sat across from actress Marlee Maitlan enjoying her kids along with a scramble of some sort, just the other day. The star are the pancakes, IMHO. Always calorie/carb conscious, I save these treats for splurge (guests visiting) days. Pancakes are huge. SO what? If I'm going to be bad it to THE BONE.... More 

Thank TheTomatoQueen
Salinas, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to go there years ago, I don't know what happened. Recently, a friend wanted to meet there. My food was awful. I thought it was just a bad day, so I gave it another chance, still awful. How can one ruin a breakfast dish?. The second time, I took my niece and she had pancakes. She only took... More 

Thank vivian a
Salinas, California
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have never been to First Awakening when there as not a line waiting to b seated. The good news is that they bring out this huge container of coffee and a few chairs so the wait is not do bad. Everything that I have ordered at FA has been delicious but my personal favorite is wheat germ pancakes.

Thank smwnyl
Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the roasted turkey/avocado eggs benedict. It is always busy and sometimes a bit of a wait but they have coffee and water there for you. The staff is friendly, Though the food is delicious but it very often is not hot when it comes to the table. They do seasonal items based on local harvest/holidays. Kind of noisy... More 

Thank luvtravlin53
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86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The French toast is wonderful. The pancakes are huge and fluffy. The bacon has a hint of jalapeño to it. So many choices that are all very good!

Thank Vanessa L
Salinas, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

First Awakenings in Salinas CA serves a varied breakfast and lunch menu. The servings are generous and delicious. This restaurant has been in business for several years and has remained consistent with their tasty food and good service.

Thank budhall2016
Salinas, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

My favorite meal is their California Crepe, sometimes I go there just because I am craving one. My friend prefers their whole wheat pancakes. The service is good, be prepared to wait to be seated at breakfast time.

Thank pcj1055

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?