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Trailside Cafe

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550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
+1 831-649-8600
08:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 16:00
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Fremont, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This spot is along the walking/bike trail that runs from Fisherman's Wharf to the very tip of where Monterey Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. It's scenic, overlooks the Bay, and has some of the best breakfast selections near Cannery Row. It's always our "go to" breakfast spot. We've never been there for lunch, but I'd bet that it is very... More 

Thank Steve D
Lund, Sweden
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Tired kids, long day in the car, hungry parents - not the best setting for a dinner. The waiter at Trailside made the kids laugh and got us great food fast - we ended up having a nice evening after all :)

Thank moosemum
Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2015

Sad to see it go. Wonderful breakfast and lunch. It's been reincarnated in Carmel Valley wine country on Del Fino Place. Definitely worth the 15 minute drive. The new place has a beer garden, patio seating. Dog friendly. Same owner. Lots of craft beers and local yummy wines. Try the eggs benedict.

2 Thank T T
Durham, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Fantastic and varied breakfasts, great coffees (with free re-fills) and excellent views over the sea.

Thank Kinedi
Newport Beach, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Sadly, the location on Cannery Row has closed and you can only get to the one in Carmel Valley. It's about 20 minutes difference. Couldn't really beat the Cannery Row location, though, overlooking the water, SO close to the aquarium...great for families. I've visited both locations frequently and service was better at Monterey, but the food is excellent at both... More 

3 Thank protectnessie
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2015

Awesome! Fresh! Reasonably priced! Loved the outdoor eating area! Great coffee! Will be back on my next visit to Monterey!

1 Thank MavisJarvis
The Hague, The Netherlands
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1,440 reviews
582 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 715 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

Good option for a slightly more cost effective gorgeous breakfast e.g. When staying at the Monterey Plaza hotel. Nite - cash only, but there is an ATM.

Thank Hermes_NL
San Jose, California
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

I used to love this place but it has really changed. Service very VERY VERY slow. I stood at the counter for 8 minutes with nobody in line ahead of me. Finally the guy who had walked past the counter at least twenty-times turned and said, "Order?" It's still unthinkable that In 2015 they still won't accept cards. They enjoy... More 

Thank Rodney N
Los Angeles, California
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914 reviews
673 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

We were biking the bike trail and bypassed the crowds at Cannery Row and found the Trailside Cafe. Just at the north end of Cannery Row, this restaurant has a nice covered outside dining area and a handful of indoor tables. They advertise that the food is cooked to order and to be patient. Two sandwiches, which were very good,... More 

Thank ZumaDawg
Deptford, New Jersey
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Not only was food beautifully presented, the quality was fresh and very very good. A friend ordered pancakes and one person commented that one pancake could be worn as a hat if they couldn't eat the entire order! they were that big!

Thank Lorraine B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1478
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-649-8600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?