First Awakenings

Our Restaurant

In 1993, we decided to open First Awakenings with a focus on making the restaurant family-friendly and a great place to eat fresh, quality food.

Everyday we strive to make your visit an enjoyable experience that gets you started for a great day. We are happy to have you join us!

Our Mission

We are committed to cooking old-fashioned, All-American home cooking. Our mission focuses on three things:

Use fresh, quality ingredients
Treat customers like family
Hire kind & happy staff

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Steak and Eggs


California Dream Eater Series Recognition
2017 Chase Ramsey & Visit California

Certificate of Excellence
2018 TripAdvisor

Best Place for Breakfast
2006 – 2016 Best of Monterey County

Common Questions

Where can I find parking?
There is ample onsite parking at our Monterey location. If you visit our Salinas location, there is free parking along Main Street.

Do you offer your menu to-go?
You can order our food online here and pickup within normal business hours.

Can I bring my dog?
Of course! Your dog is welcome to sit on our outdoor patio (Monterey location only). We also bring out drinking bowls upon request.

Are gift certificates available?
You can buy a First Awakenings gift certificate when visiting either of our locations.

Do you make special requests?
Yes! We also offer kid’s menus.