10 Wonderful and Delicious Breakfast Spots in Monterey

We can all agree that breakfast just hits differently compared to your other meals throughout the day. Breakfast helps get your day started with a bang, and when you’re on vacation, it’s a great way to get energized and prepared for all the fun ahead. Monterey is filled with excellent places that will keep you full and satisfied all morning long. Here are most delicious places for your breakfast in Monterey.

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Breakfast in Monterey CA

Where to Get the Best Breakfast in Monterey

These restaurants offer delicious breakfast options, and some come with amazing views as well and convenient locations. Here are some of our must stop places to start your morning right.

Loulou’s Griddle In The Middle 

  • Address: Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA

Sitting right off Fisherman’s Wharf is Loulou’s Griddle In The Middle, oneof the best breakfast spots in Monterey Ca. This stunning kitchen has an open concept, so visitors can watch the chefs work their magic in the kitchen if they please. Many of their dishes are a combination of seafood and breakfast options. Try out their crab cake and egg platter or the Reef Rider Omelet if you’re hungry.

This restaurant might be a little busy, though, since it was featured on the show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” on Food Network, so head out a little earlier if you’re on a schedule.

Crepes of Brittany 

  • Address: 211 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA

Crepes of Brittany is a smaller Monterey breakfast shop serving sweet and savory French crepes. Their savory options include one locals favorite, a smoked salmon. Or you can indulge your sweet tooth with the Peach Melba crepe that is topped with vanilla ice cream.

If you’re in a rush or rather enjoy your crepes on the beach, you can get your order to go as well and enjoy them elsewhere. Crepes of Brittany is located right by the wharf, so you’re not going out of your way too far to enjoy a French delight.

Wave Street Café

  • Address: 550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 

Cannery Row is the home to the Wave Street Café, which offers a large outdoor patio and all-day breakfast option. Their corned beef hash is homemade, and you can pair it with eggs topped with hollandaise sauce. Locals love the bay shrimp Benedict, which is one of their numerous seafood options on the menu.

The café has a European bistro feel, but their American breakfast and lunch options are killer and will beg you to come back before leaving to go home.

The C Restaurant and Bar

  • Address: 750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA

Located inside the InterContinental Clement Monterey Hotel is the C Restaurant. Guest are greeted with a panoramic view of the ocean while they enjoy their breakfast here. Breakfast is served seven days a week from 7 am to 11 am, and 11:30 am on weekends.

Their menu is on the smaller side, but it makes it easier to choose from their delicious options, like the Castroville omelette filled with grilled artichoke hearts and shrimp, or for those with a sweet tooth, their buttermilk pancakes with seasonal berries, cream, and maple syrup.

First Awakenings

  • Address: 300 David Ave, Monterey, CA

This casual café is another good breakfast places in Monterey. This spot was originally a factory that now serves delicious morning meals. Local’s love heading here for brunch, where they enjoy omelettes and pancakes on a lovely outdoor patio.

If you’re looking for big portions, look no further since their pancakes are the size of their plates, and they load you up on potatoes that pair perfectly with your egg Benedict. While this restaurant isn’t in the heart of Monterey, it is still the perfect spot to hit for a delicious breakfast.

Aloha Coffee and Café Club 

  • Address: 1098 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA

If you’re looking for some Hawaiian grub or maybe a healthier option, stop into Aloha Coffee and Café Club. Located on the outskirts of Monterey, this café serves acai bowls, fruit toast, and veggie-filled panini. Their most popular options include a breakfast muffin panini or a fruit-topped waffle.

For those looking to be on the go, you can grab a delicious smoothie for a quick breakfast, and locals recommend the acai rainbow smoothie. Besides a delicious breakfast to keep you full, they also serve Hawaiian style coffee for something a little different.

Old Monterey Café

  • Address: 489 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA

Anything with the name old and café promises to be THE breakfast spot. This family-owned café has been a staple in Monterey for nearly 35 years and has been voted one of the best breakfast spots in Monterey County. Early risers will love that the café opens at 6:45 am, and their menu is simple but perfect, including made to order eggs, rolled oats, and a variety of tasty egg Benedict options.

The café is located along Alvarado Street, so it is perfect for anyone staying near the Wharf or Cannery Row since it can be within walking distance from many hotels nearby.

Bay Café and Cantina 

  • Address: 55 Camino Aguajito, Monterey, CA 

Bay Café and Cantina is another breakfast spot in Monterey that you need to try. This waterfront café that offers outdoor seating and a killer seafood menu. Their options include a crab and avocado benedict, but they also like to include some Mexican flare like huevos rancheros, chilaquiles con Asada, or a breakfast burrito.

For fans of a more classic breakfast that doesn’t contain egg Benedict, they offer a scrumptious looking French toast.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar

  • Address: 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 

Head over to Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar if you’re looking for a breakfast date spot or a good brunch location. This elegant restaurant carefully sources its seafood and offers a beautiful view while you eat. Their outdoor patio is stunning and even offers fire pits to keep you warm when that coastal breeze blows in.

Serving the best breakfast in Monterey, their menu includes lighter options like avocado toast and house-made granola parfait, or you can let loose on their Dungeness Crab benedict or Belgium waffle. Breakfast is served from 7 am to 11:30 am daily, and this restaurant is located inside the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa.

Grabbing a good breakfast will make you start the day the right way. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and these options scattered throughout Monterey are all great to settle down and get something hearty and good to eat. The best part is that some of these Monterey restaurants allow you to grab on the go to enjoy a meal while walking the beach or heading out to the aquarium.

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