Cafe Monte
Cafe Monte

Cafe Monte

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cafemonte.net/
  • Phone: (704) 552-1116
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast and Lunch: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 3:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Justin Mendenhall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sandwiches, Salades, Quiche, Hot Entrees, Breakfast Pastries and Fruit, Great Coffee, Cheese and Charcuterie, Desserts, Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
  • Private Party Facilities: Opening Soon a Private room for 30 guests, separate area, bar and Audio Visual.
  • Private Party Contact: Monte Smith 704-965-2788

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Allen Tate Building at Phillips Place
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of Parking any time of day.
A word from Cafe Monte
Cafe Monte brings French fare to Charlotte. Classic favorites served all day include quiches and crepes, eggs, waffles, french toast, along with Freshly baked artisan breads, pain du croissants. In the evening enjoy Bistro service and classics like duck confit and trout amandine. This French Bakery and Bistro has a delectable dish for everyone.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Cafe Monte reviews from OpenTable diners
217 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (128)great for brunch (116)fit for foodies (111)great for lunch (103)special occasion (81)romantic (62)good for groups (47)notable wine list (44)great for outdoor dining (42)hot spot (34)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Food is outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The Bad: Made reservations for 07:30pm but didn't get seated until 08:15pm The Good: Everything else! The food was remarkable, the service and timing of the courses was spot on. We never waited or wanted for anything. Can be a little pricey but worth it for a fantastic dining experience. This is our second time there and would definitely go back again. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Onvacation
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    After a long wait for a table, we had a good meal with a good bottle of chardonay. I had the crepes with chicken and wild mushroom sauce. For desert we had beignets. Both were excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely each and every time!!
    JJ500
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My friend and I love Cafe Monte. It is one of our favorite places to dine. Each dish we have tried has been delightful! The beef short rib dish is our favorite!! Live music on Friday paired with a lobster special is a great way to start the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable Neighborhood French
    jpc1040VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Always friendly and welcoming neighborhood French brasserie. Food is good and dependable if not imaginative. Has some energy on weekend nights.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BandP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was excellent and a great spot for brunch on Sunday. We were not rushed to leave and enjoyed a leisurely time with our friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    bgw52VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We enjoyed our breakfast immensely. Cooked to our satisfaction. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum0
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Cafe Monte is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. The food and service is always exceptional. I took my 13 year old (foodie) granddaughter for dinner and her favorite dish is the lobster and crab crepes. Se shared several dishes and our thoughtful waitress divided our portions carefully and with love! We had a delightful dinner. We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service a bit slow, food okay.
    John
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our first visit. The service was a bit slow; however, they were very busy. It appeared they intended to give us a window seat but someone else took it. We were sat in a corner. The food was okay but not what we expected in a French restaurant. I will give them another try and I would recommend them based on their uniqueness.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    CLTSKIERVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Wonderful ambience and great service - food was fantastic! Wonderful 'Paris' café!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • brunch at Cafe Monte
    diningoutVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Always fun and busy at Sunday brunch. Advise reservations. French bistro feel. Nice menu selection. Attentive waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WDC Review
    William
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Vibrant Friday night atmosphere with great food & service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice
    Skip
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Always a reliable choice. We've been there several times and have sampled several different items on the menu. The crepes always seem to a good choice. Had good comments on the salmon. Beef Bourguignon is very tasty. Basil Penne Pasta is pretty heavy. Their version of a Mojito is absolutely terrible, drink something else or go to Brio for the best Mojito in town. Wine list is pretty good. Average prices. The ambiance is excellent for Charlotte, as close to French bistro as we can get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress had a bad night
    JimCassidy
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Simply put it was a gong show from the start. Without getting into details the entire evening fell apart from the initial order to dinner's end. I spoke to the sever and we seemed to reach an agreement of what went wrong and why it did. If I am ever in the area again I will give it another chance. It appears to have the potential of a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2todine
    2todine
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Food and service is always consistent. Great place for lunch or brunch. Ask about their rewards program and save 10%.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food selection
    rodandterriVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    First time here and I'm happy to report that everything was tasty. Parking was easy. Was seated right away. Server was on point. Had three different entrees and each one was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    bgw52VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Outstanding meal, wine and service. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Last minute decision to go to Cafe Monte and so glad we did. The service was great. Thanks Javier. For the hummus to the smoked salmon to the shortribs- yumm. Top it off with carrot cake better than grandmoms. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stache & Cook
    StacheVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our second visit and it was very good. Went for Friday lobster night. Food was excellent but the lobsters were tiny and missing the knuckle meat. We would rather pay more for a larger lobster. Otherwise, food, service ambiance were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favored Place to Dine
    iStylebyjodi
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent service and the food is consistently exquisite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mini vacation!
    DrSueVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Dining at Monte's is like a mini vacation to a lovely neighborhood bistro in France. Well worth the visit. The mussels are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a Bad Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is the fourth or fifth time I have dined at Cafe Monte and I must seriously say I have never had a bad meal here. Everything was impeccable. The attention to detail is wonderful. You can not go wrong
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Monte's is always great
    diningoutVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We enjoyed lunch there. Friendly and helpful wait staff. Food is very good. Atmosphere is lively. A French bistro in Charlotte
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a quality meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great meal and great service!.........................................................
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ms
    shoebedo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went here for the first time, mostly to hear the amazing pianist Ethan Uslan. We were impressed immediately by the warm greeting and friendly service. Then came an artichoke appetizer, spinach and arugula salad, crepes -- one lobster and crab, one chicken and mushroom -- and everything was superb. The portions were generous enough that we look two meals home (where they were just as good). We definitely will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch find!
    loveitalianVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The coffee was delicious, the omelette was we chose had Brie cheese along with bacon and veggies...it was really good. The crepes we selected were equally tasty. The banana flambé was especially amazing! Even potato cake garnish that accompanied the omelette was really good. An all around nice Saturday morning experience! Seems like a popular place to meet a group for a weekend brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always delicious!
    ting
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    first rate - fantastic food - excellent service! this is a regular dining spot for us and we love to try different things from the menu each time - always always delicious! love Cafe' Monte!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    Birthday
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Three people celebrating one friend's birthday....great place for special occasions....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Brunch
    Foodlover622
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was delicious! Was totally having one of those moments where I was savoring every bite. I can't wait to go back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast
    kensVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Really enjoyed breakfast. Food was excellent. 2 of us had omelettes and 1 had a crab cake Benedict. Service also excellent. Kept the coffee flowing. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good foo, great service
    CltbillVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My swordfish was prepared perfectly - tender and moist. My spouse enjoyed her flounder and thought it was an interesting preparation. Lisa W was an excellent server - very knowledgeable and candid with a good grasp of the menu. Not afraid to offer advice. Nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Breakfast
    ChristineVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Delicious breakfast entrees, really good coffee and excellent customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have had better...
    Winendine8VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    So when you order soup and salad first, it USUALLY comes first! We got everything at one time! Then our server attempted to take our appetizer away, even tho we were not done with it, bc he said we needed room on our table. Well if our soup and salad came FIRST like we asked then our hot food wouldn't have been sitting getting cold while we finished them.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joey
    joey
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    One of our go-to places in Charlotte. Food is consistently very good. Only downside is the noise level.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food as always
    RonWVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been to Monte's numerous times and have never been disappointed in the food or service. It has become our 'go to' dining stop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little bit of France
    Bodil
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always love dining here! The food is truly French. The pastries are outstanding too!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab cake wasn't fresh
    Unhappycustomer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This time I ordered the crab cake sandwich and it wasn't fresh and has some shell in the sandwich. Disappointed about the service this time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service - Above and Beyond
    LDQuinnVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have dined frequently at Cafe Monte and, as always, the experience was wonderful. We had taken a relative there to celebrate her move to Charlotte and her new job. So, as one could imagine, the conversation took precedence over all else.So, we took a longer time than normal over cocktails, ordering, etc., etc., etc. Rachel took care of us in a supremely excellent manner - patient, understanding and very gracious. The waitstaff at Cafe Monte is generally above average. Rachel took the service component to a new level. Thank you, Rachel, for a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Unhappycustomer
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This place I discovered a year ago and it becomes one of my favorite restaurant in Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic duck
    Will
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Monte and his crew did an outstanding job. The service was excellent, and the duck was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decadent! Lovely!
    sassyaboutfood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Enjoyed brunch with three other ladies this week. Two had birthdays and they made it very special for them. The cocktails and coffee are wonderful! The food is decadent and plentiful. You will not leave hungry! The staff really do a great job of providing a pleasant not arrogant feel while pulling out all the "French" stops! Will go again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.