Best Breakfast in Monterey

Come to Monterey for whale watching, kayaking or the famous aquarium, and stay for the relaxing weekend getaway you’ve been needing. Either way, there’s a lot to do in the area, and you’re going to need a hearty breakfast to start off your day of exploring. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a thick slab of French toast and maple syrup or go for a protein-packed omelette. Whatever your needs, Monterey has it.

Feature Photo: Courtesy of Old Monterey Café

Breakfast in Monterey, Old Monterey Cafe
Photo courtesy of Old Monterey Café

Right near the Old Fisherman’s Wharf is one of Monterey’s favorite spots that has been serving up breakfast since 1985. Their classic Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. More savory fans will find themselves in heaven with Old Monterey Café’s extensive omelette menu, with pre-made options like their Bay shrimp (with avocado or spinach) and the Portlander (bacon and sauteed mushrooms), alongside their selection of additions that let you customize your fluffy eggs to your heart’s content. 

Breakfast in Monterey, Wave Street
Photo courtesy of Wave Street

For those that like to sleep in on vacation, fear not, as Wave Street offers all day breakfast, so you can start your morning at whatever hour you prefer. There’s also wonderful outside seating, letting guests enjoy the pleasant Monterey weather near the shore. They have all your breakfast favorites like brioche French toast, blueberry pancakes, and chilaquiles, alongside a selection of dressed-up Benedicts, including Hawaiian with grilled pineapple and Canadian bacon or the Irish Benedict with slow-roasted corned beef and sprigs of fresh mint. 

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