You can’t have a great vacation without great breakfast. Luckily, Monterey is well stocked with a litany of reputable and family-friendly options for early-morning delights. From hip cafes to down-home diners, these are some of the best breakfast restaurants in Monterey.
Loulou’s Griddle In The Middle is one of the most beloved family-friendly restaurants in Monterey. Located right on the water at the famous Municipal Wharf, it’s a can’t-fail destination for local seafood, American fare, and delicious breakfast dishes. Try the crab cake and eggs, or one of the restaurant’s famous griddle cakes with syrup.
Loulou’s Griddle In The Middle. Municipal Wharf No. 2
Caffe Trieste claims to have opened the first coffee house on the West Coast in 1956, and that storied tradition of early-morning goodness carries through today. Head here for an exceptional espresso bar, live music, and some of the best breakfast treats in Monterey. Have a seafood omelette or a hearty pancake special on your next trip.
Caffe Trieste. 409 Alvarado St.
Rosine’s has been one of the most acclaimed family restaurants in Monterey since it opened in 1980. A reputable destination for American fare, breakfast and baked goods, it’s a can’t-fail spot to start your day here. The turkey-avocado-and-mushroom benedict is a favorite among regulars, as well as the calamari n’ eggs.
Rosine’s Restaurant. 434 Alvarado St.
Wave Street Cafe is one of those classic local cafes that somehow seems to make everything under the sun, and make it well. Stop in and sample from a long list of benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, and farm-fresh omelettes and scrambles.
Wave Street Cafe. 550 Wave St.
The Old Monterey Cafe is a family-owned breakfast joint in Monterey’s historic downtown neighborhood. With a classic diner feel, this is a great spot to order big pancakes, waffles, and omelettes.
Old Monterey Cafe. 489 Alvarado St