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First Awakenings

171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
+1 831-784-1125
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (17 reviews)
“pancakes” (49 reviews)
“potatoes” (18 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The food is really good and the atmosphere is rustic, but nice, especially if you can get by a window.

Thank B9290VQwilliamb
Reviewed 19 February 2018

It is not often you can just walk in for a meal at First Awakenings. There is usually a good crowd at almost any hour they are open. The service makes up for any wait you experienced and the food.,Oh my gosh it is wonderful....More

Thank George W
Reviewed 5 February 2018

We were seated but friendly smiling staff right away. The menu is vast including crepes! The service was friendly but a little spotty. It took our server a while to come back and get our order. When we asked for water, they said they would...More

Thank magicraider
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Fav. place to eat out 4 breakfast, menu has a great selection. It fills up fast, so get there early or deal w/a packed place! Very nice how they offer coffee to those waiting.

Thank Angela H
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

One of the best breakfasts in the area, but expect a wait on the weekends. Everyone loves the wheatgerm pancakes.

Thank Margaret F
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

First Awakenings, whether in Salinas or the Monterey location equates to a huge delicious breakfast to our family. We adore the daily specials they create. Many Hispanic spices and combination of flavors, including traditional Latino food faire are available. Ask for the spicy pepper sauce...More

Thank KimHall831Realtor
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Initially, the breakfast was very good, since then the food preparation seemed have gone down hill. The bacon was thin and over cooked.(broke into little pieces when bitten into. The eggs were not prepared the way I ordered (over easy) they came out over cooked....More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 7 December 2017

This is one of my favorite places to eat for breakfast/brunch. I always get the Joaquin Yahoo - it's delicious! (and definitely fills you up; I usually share with a friend) The pancakes are pricey, so I never order any, but I've tried them before...More

Thank cyrinay
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

This is the place to go in Salinas for breakfast. The pancakes are as big as a pie so be sure to only order one unless you are really hungry. There is always a line on the weekends so be prepared to wait a bit....More

Thank Evi_02
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

I thought the crowd gathered outside on Sunday morning was a special event? It wasn't as it was just those waiting for a table! I avoided the queue by taking a seat at the bar (as I was dining alone). This is a great omelette...More

Thank Albywon
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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