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First Street Cafe

440 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3208
+1 707-745-1400
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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440 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3208
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've frequented the First Street for decades. The wait staff has always been friendly and inviting. There is still a waitress I've seen for years! However, the food has gone downhill. The special of the day that my husband ordered had scallops that weren't fresh...More

Thank LovelyLMP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an unpretentious, well-situated, cafe that serves super lunch, and also puts on musical events, with local performers.

Thank EMT64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food quality and portions are always great here. Have been coming for years and their signature Belgian Waffle is right up there with the best! The crab and melted cheese sandwich is also a consistent winner here. Service with a smile can always be expected.

Thank Mike1631
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Mike, Thank you for taking the time to write about the cafe. And more importantly, thank you for being a loyal guest for all these years. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Mark Krull First St. Cafe

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a delicious salad here, it was supposed to be the smaller size but it was the equivalent of a main sized portion in the UK. Nice friendly staff and cosy surroundings.

Thank Thumbelina2
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Thumbelina2 Thanks for the great review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to our cafe. We wish you safe travels. Cheers! Mark Krull First St. Cafe

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch as we traveled to Napa...very busy with locals...service helpful, friendly, and prompt...open faced crab and artichoke sandwich-yum;

Thank Calif_wino
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Calif_Wino Thanks for the kind words. Sounds like you get us and what we do. We're grateful for that. We hope you next trip to Napa, you drop by and say 'hi.' Cheers! Mark Krull First St. Cafe

Reviewed 7 May 2017

We came here unexpected on a busy Friday morning; however, they were very accommodating for 8 of us. The service was quick, the food was great, and the servers were very nice.More

Thank Theresa T
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Hi Theresa, Thank you very much for taking the time to write about our cafe. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again on your next visit to Benicia. Best Wishes, Mark Krull First...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

I've always loved First Street Cafe! One time, when I was a little disappointed in my meal, the owner responded so graciously and quickly, he made everything right again. He also took my suggestions into consideration. The customer service is always helpful and friendly, and...More

Thank CashieNess
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Hi Steacy, Thank you for the great review of the cafe. I'm so glad you recognized our efforts to listen to our guests and more importantly learn how we can better serve them as a result. Thank you for appreciating what we do and how...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We live 40 minutes away and love coming here for breakfast or lunch. Traditional eggs and bacon or a healthier fruit and granola and muffins. The cafe is cozy and cute with wainscoting and natural wood.More

Thank Janet B
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Hi Janet, Thanks for driving 40 minutes to enjoy the cafe. We are so lucky to have such wonderful guests who support & understand us. We hope to have the privilege of serving you again the next time you are in town. Cheers! Mark Krull...More

Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

I've probably reviewed this restaurant before. My husband and I love to eat here because the food is great, it's low-key, it's quiet, and they have wonderful desserts (most are made on-site). Tonight I asked them to prepare sautéed veggies with steak. They did. The...More

Thank durangodawgs
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

HI DurangoDawgs Thank you for write this review of our cafe. I'll look into your comments about the flank steak being a little chewy to insure we're making it according to our recipe. We love that you love our desserts. As you know they are...More

Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Had an enjoyable visit here. There weren't as many options on the menu that appealed to me but there were a couple and that's enough. I got a soup and salad combo and it was really good. Staff was great.More

Thank Newtraveler83
mrk17, Owner at First Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Hi NewTraveler83 Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our cafe. I'm curious what other options were you hoping to see that we didn't offer. We're always looking for ways to better serve our guests and your idea would surely help...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 29
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3208
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Benicia
  • Phone Number: +1 707-745-1400
  • E-mail
Thanks for looking at our listing. We are open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between times. Looking for somewhere to have a leisurely lunch, we can help you. Need to get back to work quickly, we will accommodate you too. Coming to Benicia to see the sights? Come by for a meal during your visit. We have a great beer & wine list, menus that have a little something for everyone with food that is flavorful (not bland) and prepared fresh. Our servers will demonstrate that they care about creating a great experience for you, during your visit. We have an upstairs room that features live music on Friday, Saturday night & Sunday afternoon (Jazz). Have a group to feed? We are also a full service caterer providing food, beverage and service for groups from 4 to 350 or more. Our upstairs room is large enough for 50 for a catered event and intimate enough for 10. Call or email Mark (the owner) today for more information or to just ask a question. We have won many awards including the best dessert in Solano County & Best restaurant in Solano County.
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