Cafe Monet
Cafe Monet

Cafe Monet

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafemonet.info/
  • Phone: 9733768555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Wes Sawi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Cafe Monet
Cafe Monet is a charming French restaurant which opened in 2005. Chef Wes Sawi, a native of Egypt, with cooking experience in France and at Les Rendez-Vous in Kenilworth.
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Cafe Monet reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (4)special occasion (4)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • johnr
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice menu selection you won't find elsewhere. Food was excellent.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So close
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    When one visits a french bistro as cute as Monet, one likely expects more from the food, mentally comparing it to many great meals in similar establishments. Nevertheless, on my second try at this spot, I was again disappointed with a less than worthy of a good French bistro meal. Not that it was bad, but just felt it should have even better. My latest visit was on a Sunday, and maybe the regular chef had the night off--who knows, but was hoping for more. With so many good restaurants competing for business, hard to tell when I'll be back, a shame because it is such a pleasant place. There is a very good jazz guitarist there Sunday nights, and he is worthy of a visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasure
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have visited Café Monet many times and always enjoy the atmosphere - a café with a sophisticated twist. The food never disappoints and features both small plates and regular. Save room for dessert - the Pot de Crème is memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite local spot
    Rbyso
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Cafe Monet always delivers a lovely combination of warm atmosphere, elegant Euro feel, delicious food, and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Monet OK
    cadluvsfood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The wait staff were friendly and helpful and the food was OK. An exception was the escargot appetizer which was excellent. In general the entrees and especially the desserts were quite overpriced even for upscale Millburn. We had a Groupon so the squeeze on the wallet wasn't so bad. Also, parking is an issue as it is all over Millburn.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded expectations. Excellent
    lynnie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Loved the small plates option. Shoert ribs superb! Beet salad good.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    Belle
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We waited almost 25 minutes for someone to take our order. The main dishes arrived at our table cold, and after waiting more than 15 minutes for our dessert we had to leave for a scheduled appointment. It never occurred to us it would take 1 hr 25 minutes for 2 courses of a pre fixe menu. We had to request the check and no one apologized for the fact that we were missing the 3rd course which we paid for. The busboy who was I charge of water was excellent. He replenished our glasses regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 242 reviews are from the Cafe Monet reviews archive.
  • This restaurant has been a
    Carol
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This restaurant has been a favorite for years But our most recent experience was disappointing Food & service were not what we have come to expect Has ownership changed?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food
    Lakeryan
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    when we got there we has plenty of time before the show, but the time went by quickly. I had duck pate and the off the menu duck cassoulet. my wife had the hangar steak. food and service was top notch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Restaurant. GREAT FOOD!
    Greatfood2enjoy
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at this gem of a restaurant. I had the best rack of lamb that I ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Quiet French Bistro
    Hawaiiguy
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Nice quiet spot in downtown Milburn. Parking can be a issue. Only one side of the restaurant was open, with about 5 tables, greeted immediately, and sat at an small table that had to be moved . Food traditional French! Very rich very good! I would recommend the beet salad, and the poached Salmon! Overall a nice experience!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre greeting. Service
    libralynnVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Mediocre greeting. Service with a bit of attitude. Uneven service among the tables as far as when food orders were being put in. (The last table to arrive was served first. The first table to arrive was the last one to get their check). Extremely long wait for food. Would not recommend this as a place to eat before going to the Papermill. Would have to say most of food was very good to excellent. The surprise at the end was that they take cash only - who knew! Was not told that ahead of time. Very unusual for a restaurant in Millburn not to take credit cards.
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  • As always, a great meal
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food was excellent as usual at this very friendly and romantic neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A cute place, fair food
    Mags
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The salads were very good. The quality of "deux" dishes were only fair. Duck confit was two overcooked duck legs, without any sauce, with a side of lettuce. Mussels in white wine were OK. Our main courses were inconsistent in quality. The duck breast was delicious, but the meat was over cooked again. Overall though it was the best of the dishes we had. Lamp chops were disappointing. Asked for rare, but got medium well. The server never came back to check. A cute place but with quality of food being inconsistent. The nice touches was a little delicious morsel of avocado mouse on toast served at the beginning, and truly fantastic bread. We will give this place another chance but insist more strongly on the correct interpretation of rare meat.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun staff but a bit overcooked
    emja
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Wonderful hostess with a great sense of humor. Charming, slightly bizarre waiter. Food was quite good but my duck was overcooked. Wanted medium rare and was closer to medium well. Really enjoyed the ambiance and people which made up for the overcooked duck. Delicious creme brulee, which is a favorite. Bring your own makes this a very well-priced spot. Just ask your duck to be cooked rare!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful special french bistro
    frenchieVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    We love this restaurant, the waiter is outstanding. The owner visits the patrons to ensure that everyone is pleased with the food. We have dined here many times and always look forward to our return. Attention to details in food preparation and presentation is obvious. Try the beet salad and skate. Save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, pleasant
    PerillaDiner
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Salad was crisp and well-balanced, skate was flavorful with delicious celery root, and lamb chops were coooked perfectly medium rare with a nice portion of a double and a triple chop. Service was very nice, and they bent over backwards when the server forgot to mention to my DC that the smoked trout was prepared with salmon instead that night - comping the replacement appetizer and bringing a complimentary dessert for me as I was finished with my entree earlier (we had asked for entrees with no delay as we had a movie showing to get to). That was really above and beyond. What a nice way to spend a cozy evening in a cafe when it was cold and icy outside!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    jaym
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great food for all around. From the fresh baked rolls, through the lobster bisque and ravioli appetizers, to the rack of land and sea-bass entrees, each course was delicious. Dessert was good but nothing special. The service was good considering a very busy New Year's Eve. A nice touch with the roaming guitarist.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was poor. Busy for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Service was poor. Busy for the holiday and only one sever who was snobby and very impersonal. Slow service
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with the Adams Family
    mmmm
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    15 minutes before the menu arrived and our wines were put on ice. Nearly two hours before our entrees arrived. One member of our party asked if the chef could prepare a vegetarian dinner, and we were to told "of course". While, overall, the food was good, the grilled vegetables were pretty abysmal. Maybe it was just a bad night. It was our first time going to Cafe Monet, but I do not think we will be going back.
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  • One of the best
    SuburbanFoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    This is, by far, one of the best restaurants in the Maplewood/Millburn/South Orange area. Better than many of my NYC favorites, and right around the corner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An excellent dinner
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    If only we lived closer...Three of us dined here on a cold evening. Everything we ordered was delicious. The menu, although not the largest, has the kind of food we like. Our entrees included a rack of lamb, skate, and coq au vin. Each dish was nicely presented, generous, and tasty. The server was knowledgeable and we felt very comfortable in the room. Prices are quite reasonable when you factor in that it is a BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu
    SBG900VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Cozy, friendly, well-prepared and presented food, knowledgeable wait staff. My husband's escargots were tasty (dipped my bread in) We both had the salmon papiiotte which left us a little hungry as iit is served with about two slim asparagus, some greens but no carbohydrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was I in millburn or montmartre?
    foodaholic
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Food was very fresh, well prepared, a small but well thought out menu. But then we couldn't resist the seasonal specials that were delicious. Trout Almondine. Beef bourgignon, server was more than helpful describing the dishes and was flawless at anticipating our needs. Great ambiance, felt like I was travelling thru France. Smaller restaurant offering a la minute dishes, great find and it was local to the playhouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Needs Improvement
    Susie
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    While the food was good, the waiter was unclear about the food preparation and ingredients. It's not a great place for breakfast or brunch, since the menu is limited. Much better for dinner.
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  • Okay Neighborhood Dinner
    Sarah205VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The food itself was pretty good, just not outstanding. The pate was only okay; the carmelized onions made the pate dish. Both of our entrees were good, not remarkable. We definitely enjoyed the perks of the BYOB. The downfall of the restaurant was the service. It took forever to get our app, and even longer to wait for our dinner. It's not that we were rushing off to a play or anything, it was just well beyond a relaxed casual eating pace.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a lovely QUIET meal,well
    hertzies
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We had a lovely QUIET meal,well served, and very tasty. the portions were perfect and the wait staff very attentive. This is not a large restaurant,but one that very welcoming and perfect for a romantic dinner. The biggest problem is lack of parking, We most definitely go back as they also were attentive to the fact that we were going to the theater.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Dash2dine
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    The meal was great and well worth the price for the tasting menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French ala Millburn
    sunflower7b
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This was my first experience with Open Table and with Cafe Monet. This quaint BYOB in downtown Millburn had a pleasant atmosphere, welcoming ambience and laid back approach to dining. I had the watercress salad special with ricotta and peaches, and the special braised short rib for my entree. My friends had the escargot appetizer which I had to taste...and it was worth the taste...delicious. For dessert, I highly recommend the apple tart with a macchiato - the sweetness of the tart balances well with the bitterness of the coffee. The prices were a bit higher than I anticipated, but the quality of the food and the overall dining experience would bring me back here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    NewJerseyFanVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    I have been here before and was disappointed this time. I ordered the chicken which tasted like reheated food from another day.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We (2 couples)enjoyed this
    cdine
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We (2 couples)enjoyed this attractive, low key spot. Well prepared food, BYO. We were (pleasantly) surprised at how quiet it was on a recent Saturday. Ordering is a little confusing since the sizes of small plates, half plates, and full plates is not clear. Some were more generous than others, but we liked trying different dishes. Salad with smoked trout was delicious and big enough to share. We shared a smaller sized duck entrée, which the kitchen split for us. Scallops were excellent. Maybe because business was slow, they did not have some of the more desirable desserts available, but all of the plates we tried were well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French charm
    kew321
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    An eclectic, yet thoughtful, interior design. The staff are charming and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a good price
    SOfoodreviewer
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Nice little restaurant with good food. We picked a slow night (Tuesday) and had a nice quiet meal. This was our third time there and would go back. BYOB.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have dined at Café Monet
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We have dined at Café Monet many times - the food is creative and of high quality. The menu allows a combination of small plates, which makes for an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food - slow service
    Joyce
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    I think the cook was not present on the day we went for lunch. The food was good but the portions were extremely small (and I am not a big eater) and the service was very, very slow.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch 2013
    tl77VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    My wife and I were new to the area and wanted to find a place to meet our friends with their children for the special Mother's Day brunch. We made a reservation and hoped for the best. Cafe Monet really has terrific food. The kids who ranged from 3 to 8 also had a good time with the meal. We will definitely be back for dinner another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The cafe is attractive but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    The cafe is attractive but the chairs were very uncomfortable and not sturdy. When my party arrived at 7:00 on a Friday the restaurant was fairly empty yet service was very slow. A bowl of bread (that we asked for several times) consisted of 6 croutons for the 5 of us. A second order of bread arrived after we were finished our meal. I expected more French bistro dishes. The food was adequate and I thought the portions were a llittle too small. We did not stay for dessert as we were all very uncomfortable sitting in the chairs.
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  • Wonderful atmosphere and an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Wonderful atmosphere and an amazing playlist. The pate is divine and the steak was too. BYO is a cost-saving feature.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No food after 90 minutes!
    Localcouple
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We had been to Café Monet several times before, and--though the service had previously been slow, even with few diners in the restaurant--the food was always superb. So I chose to go there for my birthday this year. Unfortunately, after 1 hour and 10 minutes, neither soup nor bread had arrived. Half the restaurant had emptied, and I managed to flag the waiter who insisted that food was simply not coming out of the kitchen and that a few other diners were in the same predicament. I mentioned that my blood sugar was getting low, and asked if we could at least get some soup right away. 15 minutes later, he returned to report that the kitchen had never received the order. Still no soup. We walked out and will never return.
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  • High prices, low service
    docA
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Decent food was ruined by very poor service. We waited 45 minutes for our appetizers, and then had to wait for extra plates, steak knives, salt, etc. Servers didn't check back on our needs except for the water boy. We had to go to the kitchen ourselves to request service. When clearing the table, the server dropped a knife on the lap of my guest, and said "oops I guess it's a bad night."
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic