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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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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2017

First Awakenings is one of the best breakfast restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of eating at. The wait is kind of excruciating because it's always long and what's waiting at the end is so good!

Thank megant635
Salinas, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We ordered 'Caps', with perfectly prepared poached eggs, magnificent mushrooms, fresh fruit, and powerfully pleasing potatoes. We drank ice water with lemon. We left completely satisfied. I've enjoyed many meals here. When friends visit, we often start their 'tour' with a terrific meal, accompanied by friendly service, at First Awakenings!

Thank jac87arda
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is an excelent place to have breakfast,. Very , very good food. Plent of things to choose from on menu.It is located in old town Salinas with plenty of close by parking. Its in a well kept area and close to a theater just incase you want a dinner and a show.

Thank Rick M
The Netherlands
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Salinas main street is totally like the 50's. So is first awakenings. Good food, nice atmosphere, service with a smile.

Thank cwiistrm
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Great pancake.... no way I could eat more than one. I've been here multiple times and the staff has been consistently excellent. ..

Thank Laura Grace B
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5 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We're from out of town and went on a Sunday morning before the church crowd. Make sure to call for a reservation! The waitstaff were all very nice and professional! And the food was fabulous!! As we were leaving, there was a huge line out the door!

Thank Dan T
South Lake Tahoe, CA
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130 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Terrific breakfast in this great corner restaurant. Husband had the huevos rancheros, which he thought were delicious,  though he missed having the chorizo that is commonly in the dish. He thought the coffee was good as well. I had the spicy sausage scram special. Had to take half of it home!! Well flavored, fresh, hearty servings. Will always go here... More 

Thank Uphilldeb
Palo Alto, California
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115 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

What a treat to have brunch in this beautiful historic building in downtown Salinas! We were in town to visit the nearby Steinbeck Center and just chanced on First Awakenings as we walked from our car to the Center. It was crowded at 11:00 AM but we waited only about 10 minutes for a table. Counter seating was immediately available.... More 

Thank motile
Apple Valley, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2017 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
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
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?