Whether you’re planning to hike a state park, hit the beach, or shop at local boutiques, kick off your day in Monterey with a delicious meal! From coastal hideaways to quaint downtown gems, our early-morning restaurants, bakeries, and cafes will satisfy your taste buds and set the stage for memorable exploration in our exciting region.

Carmel Bakery (Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Of all the breakfast places in Carmel, the Carmel Bakery is the most well-known. Established in 1899, it holds the title of “oldest bakery in California”. It offers delicious food and plenty of history lessons while you dine. Today, the bakery is known for its homemade soft pretzels, tasty breakfast burritos, and, reportedly, the best coffee in town. Whether you have time for a full breakfast meal or just a casual bite, this spot is well worth the visit. 

Esteban at Casa Munras_Updated Patio

Estéban Restaurant (Monterey)

Estéban Restaurant in Monterey invites you to savor the freshest weekend brunch offerings every Saturday and Sunday. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Ben Hillan, the farm-to-table menu boasts a mix of savory and sweet entrees, seasonal sides, and celebratory drinks. Nestled beside the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, guests can choose from cozy indoor seating or the newly renovated outdoor patio. Noteworthy dishes include homemade cinnamon rolls, french toast, and bocadillos de gamba, alongside cage-free egg specialties like their breakfast burrito and customizable omelets. Enhance your brunch experience with classic beverages and signature cocktails, including bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marias.

Other Brother Beer (Seaside)

Other Brother Beer in Seaside offers a weekend brunch service courtesy of their "griddle queen.”  Their offerings include breakfast sandwiches, chicken and waffles, cinnamon toast, quiche, and the notable buttermilk breakfast sandwich. It’s an ideal spot for gathering with friends and family, complemented by boozy drink specials like micheladas and mimosas to kickstart your day.

Paris Bakery Cafe (Monterey and Seaside)

This pastry-forward cafe is one of the most beloved breakfast places in the county and boasts two locations–Monterey and Seaside. Stop in for a light breakfast, like a croissant and an espresso, or grab a quiche to go on your way to tour local wineries. If you miss breakfast, you can also pop in for a delicious lunchtime sandwich.

Stationæry (Carmel-by-the-Sea) 

Stationæry, nestled in San Carlos Square in the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, stands out as a neighborhood restaurant adored by both locals and tourists. This cozy establishment serves up brunch and dinner, complemented by specialty coffee and a selection of natural wines. With a commitment to comfort elegantly combined with sophisticated flavors, Stationery emphasizes the use of locally sourced ingredients from the farms and ranches of Monterey and Santa Cruz County, ensuring a menu rich in fresh, seasonal offerings. Don’t miss the chance to savor their Shakshuka or indulge in the savory delight of their potato pancake.

The Butter House seaside restaurant

The Butter House (Seaside) 

The Butter House in Seaside offers a culinary blend of American classics with Filipino and Pacific Islander influences. Its menu showcases specialties like loco moco and a range of creative comfort foods with a unique twist, from pork belly and eggs to fried chicken sandwiches with avocado and butter-fried rice with Spam. The cafe's modern and welcoming ambiance invites diners to experience a distinctive twist on traditional favorites.

First Awakenings (Monterey and Salinas)

If you’re looking for breakfast places in Salinas, look no further than this eatery, situated in a charming historical corner building. The fare ranges from Mexican-inspired dishes like Huevos Rancheros and the Viva Carnitas Scramble to crepe-style egg dishes and pancakes. After your meal, you can walk around the quaint downtown area and enjoy the local sights. 

Loulou's Griddle in the Middle (Monterey)

One of the most popular Monterey brunch spots is Loulou’s, located right on the water and once featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. We suggest their famous Hubcap Griddle Cakes, which may just be the biggest pancakes you’ve ever seen. If you’re a seafood lover, the Squiddle & Eggs is a must–that is if calamari is your thing! Loulou’s is also known for its boisterous, singing staff and family-friendly atmosphere, making this brunch spot more than just a meal but a full-on experience. 

Red House Cafe (Pacific Grove)

Located in the heart of Pacific Grove and known for its cozy atmosphere, the Red House Cafe is a breakfast hub that offers a mix of classic morning fare and signature in-house dishes. From fluffy pancakes to eggs benedict, chorizo and eggs, and Nutella paninis, Red House Cafe cooks up no-frills American breakfast fare for all taste buds.

Our top-rated breakfast and brunch places will fuel your local adventures and give you a taste of local cuisine. But these aren't the only spots where you can enjoy a great morning meal. Monterey County is home to a range of bed and breakfasts and resorts that provide delicious AM eats.