The Morning Dove Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 40 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility, Muffins + 10 more

25 Soledad Dr, Monterey, CA 93940 Directions

(831) 275-0755
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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 days ago

    Totally dedicated bakery! First time ever being in one. Will come back!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 week ago

    I was apprehensive to go here after reading several reviews about the owner's behavior, however when we went the person at the counter was friendly and polite (I don't know if he was the owner or someone else). We really liked that you can order a customized sandwich. I got mine on the sliced bread which they toasted and my husband got his on the roll. After trying both we agreed that the sliced bread was better, the roll had good flavor but was too thick for our preference. We were so full from the sandwiches that we didn't have room for dessert, but they looked delicious!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 weeks ago

    Completely gf bakery. You can order sandwiches but the roll I had it on was tiny and was pricey-$8. It was good though. Got a brownie which was very good and they had a good selection of treats.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 weeks ago

    Came here for breakfast 2 mornings in a row because the food was so good!! Even my husband who is not gluten free enjoyed it! Cinnamon roll was amazing and the bread on my sandwich didn’t fall apart! A must try if you’re in the area.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Is the owner and sole employee hostile, rude, sarcastic and/or standoffish? Yup. Is this the only GF bakery in Monterey? Yup - so I went here 3 days in a row (got all 4 of the above attitudes) when in town for a wedding. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? Breakfast wraps, pb cookie and cinnamon roll were all great. Guy working doesn’t know what lactose is FYI.

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    1 month ago

    I was shocked at the owners attitude. He seemed disgruntled and indifferent to our patronage. After dropping a knife and using it to cut our bread for our sandwiches we questioned him. He immediately became defensive and sarcastic. Don’t expect anyone other than him spoiling your apatite because he is the only person who works there. I assume that the food is gluten free but you will have a bad reaction to his temper before anything else.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Amazing bakery! We got gluten free breakfast wraps (literally never had one in my life), and muffins and sandwiches to go. A must stop if you’re just passing through to grab something for the road.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 months ago

    I am from ohio and was searching for a good gf treat. the frosted cinnamon roll exceeded my expectations! big selection of yummies. I will be back!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 months ago

    Dedicated gluten free facility. The best cinnamon rolls I’ve had in a long time!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    Dedicated GF facility! Awesome breakfast wrap and sandwich, some of the baked goods were tastier than others. Would recommend!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    The BEST cinnamon rolls. Great sandwiches. Yummy breakfast burrito. So happy to have a safe option in Monterey. We already have gone twice today. Very nice service!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    Love, Love , Love them. From sandwiches to pastries- it’s all good.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    100% gluten free, you can’t go wrong. Delicious breakfast sandwiches & bakery goods.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    Best gluten free sandwich I’ve ever had. Really great quiche and a variety of baked goods which are all gluten free. 10/10!!!!!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    Excellent food! The owner is amazing! Everything in the store is gluten free and the selection is amazing!

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    Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    We stopped by here after a very disappointing late lunch, I needed something safe and satisfying before the drive home. I got a small (1.5" square) lemon bar for $4, and we each took home mini pies ($6/ea). The lemon bar was ok, there were solid chunks of what I think was lemon peel in it – but the flavor was overall good. The pies had great fillings, but the crust was awful – even for GF. It had no salt or sugar, it was like biting into chalky rubber. We'll still be back sometime to try the cookies and cupcakes... but if you're in Monterey and in a pinch for something GF and sweet... get a marshmallow dream bar at Starbucks instead.

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    Stopped by for breakfast. Tried cinnamon roll, breakfast burrito and a muffin. Cinnamon roll was good, tortilla a bit dry, muffin a bit dense as expected in gluten free food, but I appreciate to find safe food while traveling.

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    Not celiac
    1 rating
    5 months ago

    The treats were good, but as another reviewer noted, the owner was extremely rude to me and to my daughter. When my daughter dripped something on her shoe, he said, “stop dripping on my floor, what, were you raised in a barn?” We laughed that one off, but it got worse from there. I’m local and was so hopeful that this place would be great, and I really want to support small business owners, but this guy needs to work on his social skills.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    100% gluten free dedicated facility. Owner was super nice. Had the quiche (crustless) and cinnamon roll, both delicious.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    Had a company visit with celiac and were so hopeful. We had several young children with our group. There was one extremely rude man running the establishment by himself. The grandmother in the group asked what else came on the sandwich as she was ordering and he said with undeniable disdain, “can’t you read the menu?!” Then proceeded to tell us we couldn’t be in there with the children!!! We were astonished as well as other customers. I will not be going back or recommending it.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    Nice for my son to pick anything out of the case. The pot pie was good and the chocolate cupcake was awesome.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    Friendly staff, amazing cinnamon roll, and good coffee. I got a a ham and cheese sandwich to go that, in all fairness, I knew wouldn't be great when I saw the bread in the case. Crumbly, with a very GF-y odd flavor. The meat was low quality. I walked here from downtown and enjoyed the walk uphill on the way there. The sidewalk on Pacific goes away at some point, I don't think the area has many walkers. But I'm happy to support a fully GF bakery anywhere I go!

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    Not celiac
    2 rating Celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    While it’s delightful to find a dedicated GF facility in tiny Monterey, this left a lot to be desired. The portions were tiny and prices high—$5 for one piece of avocado toast. The white bread was rather salty. There was one guy working there who I’ll generously describe as surly. He was pretty unpleasant verging on rude. It took almost 15 minutes to get our order, with no other customers present. The cinnamon roll was rather tasty. A woman came in and asked about soy-free, and left when he said it would be very hard to avoid—which made me sad. Poor quality ingredients and GF don’t have to go hand in hand. GF bakeries can be so much better than this.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    Awesome new place we loved the cinnamon rolls , quiche , lemon bar and vanilla cupcakes. It’s really cute place with great food

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    100% gluten free, understands celiac. We had deli sandwiches on GF toast and cookies.Very grateful to find this place after a failed attempt at another restaurant in downtown Monterey!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    Everything is gluten free. Many vegan and dairy free options. Our son who doesn’t eat gluten free had a lunch sandwich on gluten free bread that he liked. The lemon bars are to die for. At $4 for a tiny bar we savored each bite.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    Great breakfast burrito and cinnamon rolls! avoid the mini pies...the crust was like rubber. maybe it was a day old? and the carrot cake was hard and crumbly. inedible. definitely not fresh. make sure it's fresh and you're probably good.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    I can’t say enough good things about this place! I came here while on a business trip and loved it so much I had to come back. The owner is knowledgeable and friendly and the place is 100% gluten free! Highly recommend the chicken pot pie, PB cookies and well... EVERYTHING else!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    Delicious breakfast fare, and lunch deli sandwiches. lots of sweet goodies, we had breakfast, and then had sandwiches made to take for our hike in Pinnacles. also grabbed a cinnamon roll with frosting and pecans... so good and so nice to not worry, and just order!! Go getcha some!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    100 percent gluten free facility. Owner is awesome, doesn’t have celiac himself but understands the struggle of a celiac and how important it is to eat at facilities that are 100 percent gluten free. Soooo many options to choose from. Will be back every single Monterey visit!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    The food is delicious and the owner is so friendly and conscious of what it takes to have a 100% gluten free facility! It’s hard to find a place that understands the measures that need to be taken for celiacs, but this place made it easy! Highly recommend!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    Love this place. They have sandwiches, breakfast, brownies, pies, muffins and cinnamon rolls!!!! I had breakfast wrap and a turkey sandwich to go. So good I went back a couple hours later and got 2 more sandwiches. SO SO glad this bakery/deli exists. It made my visit complete and full. Go! It's delicious! I'm from out of town and this place is crushin it.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    9 months ago

    Delicious and fresh. What a find! Owner is very personable and really takes care with all kinds of GF and vegan bakes and breads.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    10 months ago

    All gluten free bakery. Only completely gluten free bakery Monterey county. Clean, bright lots of selection! Thankful I found it. Loading up on gluten-free goodies for a whale watching trip my seven-year-old was just diagnosed with celiac's.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Cookies
  • Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility
  • Dessert
  • Muffins
  • Pies

Categories

  • Bakery
  • Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Plant Based
  • Vegan Friendly
Monday
7 am - 6 pm
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
7 am - 6 pm
Thursday
7 am - 6 pm
Friday
7 am - 6 pm
Saturday
8 am - 6 pm
Sunday
8 am - 6 pm
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