Del Monte Cafe


American (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch

Price Range : $11-30 ($$)

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    Yelp rating
    4 stars


Adress: 1901 Santa Barbara St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone: (805) 541-1901

Work Hours

Mon 6:30 am-8:30 pm
Tue 6:30 am-8:30 pm
Wed 6:30 am-8:30 pm
Thu 6:30 am-8:30 pm
Fri 6:30 am-8:30 pm
Sat 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Sun 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Business info

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    Takes Reservations
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    Accepts Credit Cards
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    Good For
    Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
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    Street, Private Lot
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    Bike Parking
  • accessibility
    Good for Kids
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    Good for Groups
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    Noise Level
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    Beer & Wine Only
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    Good For Happy Hour
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    Outdoor Seating
  • wifi
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    Has TV
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    Dogs Allowed
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    Waiter Service
  • fastfood


  • Sandi H.

    star star star star star_border 26 January 2021

    This is a super-historic property located in the Historic Railroad District, and the interior decor does it justice--with archival photos on the walls and really cute retro booths to sit in and a counter in the back.

    Friendly, welcoming, accommodating. Kept my Diet Coke refilled which is a MUST for me.

    FOOD - 3 STARS
    I ran in for a quick lunch, so I kept my order simple with a BLT and fries and a Diet Coke.

    The fries were brown and looked overcooked... but were mushy. Not my thing. Maybe a green salad next time.

    I asked for my BLT on sourdough. What came out was more like white bread (probably just a mass-produced version of sourdough but not, like, real sourdough) and although it had been apparently toasted, it was still white--no browned toasty spots. The bread was crunchy but more like stale crunchy, as though it had been toasted too long on a low setting instead of just firing it up quick. In future, I would change my bread selection and ask them to make it dark.

    I heard another table look at their sandwich and ask if it had been toasted and poke at it. The waitress offered to re-toast it but the patron declined (and I didn't bother saying anything because I don't think toasting it again in the same manner would've fixed it).

    The bacon was OK but nothing special. Not very crispy and lukewarm. The L and the T on the BLT were fresh, as was the avocado that I asked to add.

    I would definitely go back, especially for the atmosphere and when I've got more time, but maybe for breakfast/brunch to try their eggy dishes.

  • Jace C.

    star star star star star_border 17 January 2021

    I was driving through SLO in the morning and was looking for a breakfast/brunch place and this came up. It's very close to downtown. I have to say I was not disappointed.

    It's a small cafe locked in a time capsule. Loved the historical atmosphere. The food came out timely and delicious. I ordered the country fried steak. This place knows how to do breakfast foods right!

  • Christina S.

    star star star star star_border 12 January 2021

    Small cafe (be prepared to wait for a table), very nice outdoor seating area. Staff was friendly and food was great.

    I'd recommend to others and will be back myself.

  • Mary Lou S.

    star star star star star_border 7 January 2021

    Loved this little place! We stumbled upon this gem of a breakfast spot after we were unable to get parking then outdoor seating downtown. And I'm sure glad we wound up here. There was a patio with umbrellas on the parking lot side. It was doggie friendly. Yay, we didn't have to leave our little schnauzer in the car. The girl who waited on us was super nice. Very friendly. She was telling us about the event she was going to attend in Avila that evening. Anyway, our breakfast experience...I ordered the ham and egg scramble.  It's the best scramble I've ever tasted! Great job, DMC! The hubby had a short stack and couldn't finish those two pancakes. He had coffee to drink and thought it was bitter. I had OJ and it was very tasty...fresh tasting and sweet. When in SLO I would definitely have this same breakfast again.

  • Jasmine M.

    star star_border star_border star_border star_border 1 January 2021

    There were ants in my water , and food was half cooked . Waitress was extremely rude , didn't attend us the way she attended other guests . Definitely won't be coming here again

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