Does anything improve a vacation as much as an amazing brunch can? Between the sleeping in, the croque madames and the mimosas, it adds just the right amount of indulgence to any trip. Luckily, Monterey has plenty of spots to choose from. Here are the best brunch restaurants in Monterey.
Right here at Sanctuary Beach Resort, Salt Wood serves up seasonal, brunch favorites at its indoor/outdoor dining area, overlooking the rugged dunescape. Opt for Fresh-harvested oysters—available raw or grilled—indulgent monkey bread, duck hash, buttery shrimp and polenta, a decadent french brioche toast (with whipped ricotta), and salmon benedict.
Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette: Sanctuary Beach Resort, 3295 Dunes Drive, Marina; 831-883-5535
Specializing in Hawaiian coffee, acai bowls and veggie-and-deli filled paninis and fruit toast, Aloha Coffee & Cafe is the spot for healthy brunch in Monterey. The breakfast muffin panini (a panini made out of muffin bread with fruit fillings) and fruit-topped waffle are the spot’s most popular brunch options. The Acai Rainbow smoothie is the restaurant’s go-to drink.
Aloha Coffee & Cafe. 1098 Del Monte Ave; 831-884-5350
Located in the bright, colorful Cannery Row neighborhood of Monterey, Wave Street Cafe beckons brunchers with patio dining and all-day breakfast options. Housemade corned beef hash and eggs never fails with its slow-cooked beef and hollandaise topping. Bay shrimp benedict is one of many seafood options that take advantage of the nearby water.
Wave Street Cafe. 50 Wave St; 831-718-8171
The name alone should sell you on the comfort and quality that comes with dining at LouLou’s Griddle In The Middle. One of Monterey’s most beloved brunch locations, the diner specializes in classics like griddle cakes and omelets. There are five different French toast options (try the Nana Split with chocolate syrup) and unique choices like calamari steak with eggs.
LouLou’s Griddle. Municipal Wharf No. 2; 831-372-0568
Located right by Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, this small shop serves up sweet and savory French delights seven days a week. Start your day off with a savory favorite in the smoked salmon option, or treat yourself to a brunch treat with the Peach Melba with vanilla ice cream on top.
Crepes of Brittany. 211 Alvarado St; 831-649-1930
Nuernberger’s is Monterey’s premier Old World German sausage destination. Find a wide variety of bratwursts and unique brunch options at this local standout, which opens at 9am. We suggest getting right into it with a bratwurst sandwich topped by sauerkraut and potato salad.
Neurnberger’s German Sausages. 398 E Franklin St; 831-717-4168
Housed in a former factory, this cafe-style restaurant is a casual destination for brunch in Monterey County. Patio seating lets you enjoy your pancakes and omelettes in the refreshing Central Coast sun. It’s also a reliable destination for later-in-the-day American favorites like a hearty hamburger.
First Awakenings. 124 Ocean View Blvd. Pacific Grove; 831.372.1125
Rosine’s is a quintessential brunch and breakfast destination in Monterey. The large menu covers all of your American diner favorites, and the brunch menu has favorites like specialty benedicts and bloody marys. If you are brave enough for some brunch dessert, treat yourself to the German chocolate cake here.
Rosine’s Restaurant. 434 Alvarado St; 831.375.1400
Bay Cafe & Cantina is a waterfront brunch and burger restaurant located on Monterey’s Camino Aguajito. The crab and avocado benedict is a California favorite, and the breakfast menu has many hits with huevos rancheros, chilaquiles con asada, a and a breakfast burrito.
Bay Cafe & Cantina. 55 Camino Aguajito; 831.717.4054