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First Awakenings

171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
+1 831-784-1125
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (12 reviews)
“pancakes” (44 reviews)
“potatoes” (14 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
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Reviews (265)
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I have been going to both locations for many years. They both consistently serve one of the best breakfasts on the peninsula! The staff is friendly and many have been there for many years.

Thank Jason J
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I have been here a few times and enjoyed it each time. Menu has a good selection of items to choose from.

Thank LuigiCalifornia
Reviewed 23 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
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank jac87arda
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank Rick M
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
Reviewed 7 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
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...More

Thank Dan T
Reviewed 3 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...More

Thank Uphilldeb
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank motile
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Nearby Attractions
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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