Luminarias
Luminarias

Luminarias

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.luminariasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3232684177x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon - Fri: 11am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Mon - Sat: 4pm - 10pm
    Sun: 4pm - 9:30pm
    Brunch: Sat: 11am - 2:30pm
    Sun: 9am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Armando Martinez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Luminarias is proud to partner with SRC Event Group, one of southern California’s leading event production companies. SRC Event Group specializes in custom catering menus, detailed coordination and innovative design services for off-site corporate and social events. Please contact events@srcmail.com for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We feature elegant banquet and meeting facilities that can accommodate from 25 to 700 guests. Our Professional Catering Staff will be happy to assist you with all your event planning needs. Our menus and packages have been carefully chosen to offer you the widest selection and have been competitively priced for ultimate flexibility in event planning.
  • Private Party Contact: Debbie Dominguez 3232684177x
  • Special Events: Feel on top of the world in beautiful San Gabriel Valley. Just off of Interstate 10, Luminarias hacienda shines brightly on the hillside of Monterey Park with striking views, a tropical atmosphere, glamorous event spaces, unrivaled service, traditional Mexican dining and all-inclusive planning.

    Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or planning a business event, we welcome you to Luminarias. Our experienced special events team is dedicated to making your next corporate event, wedding reception, quinceñera, social gathering or private party unforgettable.

    Please contact luminariascatering@srcmail.com to book your event. We look forward to sharing in your celebration!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corporate Center Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Luminarias offers complimentary valet parking as well as self-parking.
A word from Luminarias
Whether you’re stopping in for Brunch on Sunday to enjoy our authentic Mexican cuisine and handmade tortillas (just like abuelita used to make them); taking a break on a warm summer day for an antojito like the Coktel de Camaron or Baja Ceviche Clasico; indulging in a refreshing Coronita on the patio; coming together with friends and family over rustic meals like Birria and Chile Relleno; bringing your special someone to enjoy the stunning sunset views and soft glow of the lanterns – we welcome you to eat, drink and celebrate with Luminarias. Feel like you’re in the center of beautiful and bustling Mexico City with all the familiar sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Luminarias.

Please contact the restaurant for reservations over 20 guests. We will do our best to accommodate your reservation
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Luminarias reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (11)good for groups (9)scenic view (9)great for brunch (7)romantic (6)great for lunch (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • AvidFoodie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Have been to Luminarias on various occasions.. brunch, birthdays, Thanksgivings and have really had a wonderful time, however, this last Sunday was an exception... We celebrated our Mother's 91st birthday and we were not pleased with our table. Our table was in a corner next to the wall in the last dining area in a very tight space - she was in a wheelchair so it made it kind of tough for people in our table to keep getting up and out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I have been here many times and the exemplary staff, good Sunday buffet and accommodates late groups makes this a regular sunday spot for me.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was outstanding ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Went to Luminaries to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. The food was amazing but the service at the station can be improved. Overall wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • granny
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We have been to Luminarias many times over the years and never had poor experience except for this time. Service was slow for a Tuesday evening and there were not many guest there for service to be slow. Food was not hot when served and portions were smaller than I remember. I do beleive that the servers tried their best but they were working the entire resturant and it appeared that there were only 2 of them, and we were a group of 14. I have never ordered off the menu and always went for the buffet which may be reserved for brunch. lunch or large groups only (in banquet rooms). I believe this made the difference this evening. Despite this, we will likely go back for the buffet brunches for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • purplebaker
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Seven of us met for brunch. There were 5 seniors over 70 including one in a wheelchair. They were all able to maneuver around the various food stations. We all enjoyed the food and the Mariachi band. Will come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    HiEveryone
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Everything was great ; a little bit more expensive than I remember
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had a good time. good first date...
    Alexander
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time there. Alot going on but our waitress never forgot us. The food was good. Nice place for a first date.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience at Luminarias dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It has a fantastic ambiance & we enjoyed our dinner experience. The server was very courteous & very suggesting about our meal & beverages.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I will never ever go again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    View, service and food were great.. After dinner we decided to walk over to the bar for a drink before we left. 20 minute latter we were asked to leave because we did not pay for a cover charge. Keep in mind I have just Spent $$$ on dinner.. I have never ever been into a restaurant where they charge you to go to the bar.. And the way the guy treated us I give this place fail.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    WE ARRIVED AT 6:45 & GOT SEATED AT 7:10 PM FOR 7:00 PM RESEVARTIONS. I GOT UP & SPOKE TO A PERSON THAT APPEARED TO LOOK LIKE A MANAGER; SHE APPOLOGIZED & SAT US IMMEDIATELY.THIS SAME MANAGER CAME TO OUR TABLE & TOOK OUR ORDER STARTING WITH A SALAD FOR MY WIFE & A SOUP FOR MYSELF ALSO AN APPETIZER WHICH WAS SPICY CALAMARI. ABOUT A MINUTE LATER THIS SAME MANAGER CAME OVER TO OUR TABLE AND INTRODUCED THE SERVER TO US. WE SPOKE TO THE SERVER FOR A COUPLE OF SECONDS THEN SHE SAID I'LL BE BACK WITH YOUR SALAD & SOUP, AT THAT POINT I TOLD MY WIFE" I BET THAT THEY FORGOT ABOUT OUR CALAMARI" SURE ENOUGH THEY DID. THE SERVER WAS NICE & OFFERED THE CALAMARI ON THE HOUSE, BUT BY THEN WE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVED OUR ENTREE AND DECLINED THE CALAMARI.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    it was a long time since I've been to this restaurant but it was nice! a bit to loud. the food was good and service was good too. I would go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loyalty club reward point
    khn939
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I ASKED THE WAITER OR WAITRESS FOR THE SRC REWARD POINT TO BE PUT ON MY LOYALTY CARD. HOWEVER, LATER I DID NOT FIND THE LOYALTY CLUB REWARD POINT PUT ON MY CARD TWICE, EVEN THOUGH THE WAITER OR WAITRESS SAID THEY PUT THE POINT ON MY CARD AT THE TIME OF OUR DINING. (THEY LIED ABOUT IT EVERY TIME I VISITED THE RESTAURANT.) IT WAS RIDICULOUS AND OUTRAGEOUS TO TELL A LIE TO THE LOYAL CUSTOMER. ON JULY 06, 2014 ( SUNDAY), I SPENT $100.00 FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGES SERVED BY THE WAITER, BUT THE LOYALTY CLUB REWARD POINT WAS NOT PUT ON MY CARD (ONE POINT FOR ONE DOLLAR SPENT). - THE WAITER SAID HE PUT THE REWARD POINT ON MY CARD AT THE TIME I VISITED THE RESTAURANT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 20 reviews are from the Luminarias reviews archive.
  • Very unprofessional. Service
    Goodeats1
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Very unprofessional. Service was terrible. Overbooked. Too many people. Food was not worth the price we paid. Not recommended for special occasions like Mother's Day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a beautiful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    This is a beautiful place and very enjoyable for small groups. For some reason the service there cant handle anything over 5ppl. I think it is very unproffessional for a luxury restaurant to have their guests serving their own refills while our waiter sits there in a booth in the back of the restaurant most of the night and still slaps on a 18% gratuity on our bill. When it came to cutting the cake the server also charged $1.25 per slice. Another thing, eventhough u are already dinning there you,have to pay the cover charge ($10) in order to be able to join their live entertainment & dancing, which guests i think should have access included with their visit. Food was delicious but i will never host my birthday dinner there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two Thumbs Up and a Snap!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    This is the second year in a row that I celebrated my birthday at Luminarias (since it's recommendation to me on last year). I celebrated 2012 with a different set of Girlfriends, who by the way, are requesting that we return there SOON! I love Luminarias and will be returning there in the very near future (April 2012), when my BFF comes to town from Northern California.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I chose Luminarias for our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    I chose Luminarias for our job's Christmas Lunch and it was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience... Our waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Great experience... Our waiter was Oliver Davilla, he was very attentive and his service was great... I would recommend Luminarias to all my friends/relatives...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Was there on fater's day, had THE BEST AND LARGEST buffet, stroking musicians, varied menu, huge bar, have been goin there over 25 years! Great outdoor dining area would recommend for evening dinner, or late nite drink.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had to try this place that
    FunNight
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    I had to try this place that my mother used to rave about when she came here all the time back in the late 1970s. This place has been around for years. It was my first time and although it was very accomodating for large groups, the food was only so so. They had very many options but I have been to better buffets. I guess the old adage is true - you get what you pay for. The one notable experience was the mariachis who came around the table to sing (for a tip of course). Otherwise, the taco stations was nominally impressive but if you like run of the mill Mexican food then I can see how you'd love it. Overall, it was a great place to spend time with friends/family for a special occasion but I wouldn't make it a regular hangout.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not So Good This Time
    Wickedwitch2
    Dined on 9/19/2010
    Last dinner visit was a disappointment. Waiter didn't understand the words "pepper grinder" or that I wanted ground pepper on my salad. He actually had problems with English, and I speak quite clearly. Service was slow, even though the restaurant was not busy. The lunch buffet still pleases me, and most dinner items are better than average (especially for a chain restaurant), but this particular visit didn't measure up to past ones.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for mother's day brunch,
    Mad715
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    Went for mother's day brunch, the reservation area and process was disorganized. Their buffet had little to no food at the time that we were seated. Overall it was not a satisfying experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I found the food & the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/24/2010
    I found the food & the restaurant to be great. I went with a group of my friends to celebrate a birthday. We loved the food & we had a great view. I felt that a little more attention to the birthday girl would have been nice. I had to remind our waiter & asked if anything could be done. But, overall, I enjoyed my meal & would return again with my husband. Two additional concerns. Our server, not the waiter, was too friendly with his proximity to my chest area as he refilled my water & served my food. When my plate was served, I moved as far away as possible to avoid any "accidental" brushing to my chest area.Despite the fact that I moved away, the server placed my plate over the edge of the side of the table. To ensure that the plate did
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had Mother's day brunch. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2010
    Had Mother's day brunch. Food is okay but the place was pack
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was there for Easter Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2010
    Was there for Easter Brunch with friends. Had a lot of different variety of food. Just make sure you make reservations before coming. Since I did, the wait was not bad at all considering it being a busy day. I always love going to Brunch at this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went here for Mother's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    We went here for Mother's Day so it was noisy and crowded, otherwise the restaurant has a beautiful view and great selection for brunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Selection! Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2008
    Great Selection! Great Service! We walked in and were seated immediately. The waiter walked up immediately and offered us first timers a tour. Take him up on the offer the food is located in different areas of the restaurant but it offered us the opportunity to check out other parts of the brightly decorated restaurant. It was a champagne brunch and they were generous with the refills. We were meeting our son's fiance for the first time and I could tell she was impressed and had a good time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had been to Luminarias before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/4/2008
    I had been to Luminarias before and enjoyed celebrating birthdays. When I made the reservation on OpenTable.com, I wrote that it was my mom's 82 birthday. A day before going, a gentleman called to confirm and mentioned the birthday. So, I thought a small treat would be brought to the table without my having to step away and ask that it be done, as I have done in the past. Yup, you guessed it. No mention, nothing. The gentleman who called should have told me when he confirmed the reservation that I would STILL have to remind someone. Brunch is a very busy time, and the waiter staff could use more manpower, so just deliver a cake slice with a candle and be done with it. Why ask, confirm, then do nothing? Left hand meet right hand!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It would be great if outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/25/2008
    It would be great if outside tables were bigger. Overall I had a great time and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have visited Luminiarias
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    I have visited Luminiarias on several occasions. My first experience was for my birthday and I really enjoyed it, the food was plentyful with a wide variety of cuisines. On my second visit, I recommended it for another special occasion and this was a very pleasurable experience again. Now another special occasion was for my daughter's 31st birthday, I was very excited to come back to Luminarias to celebrate. This time the food choice was very slim to none, no omelet bar, no potatoes, no sushi bar, no pasta bar, no salsa and guacamole. The price was $17.95 per person for a selection of maybe 15 items and desert. Very Very disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great selection of food with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2008
    Great selection of food with pasta & omelette stations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Seafood Paella was a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    The Seafood Paella was a bit disappointing; The rice lacked seasoning and the fish was a bit dry. On the other hand, the Shrimp was nicely marinated with garlic, butter and wine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My reservations were for 2pm.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2008
    My reservations were for 2pm. They started putting the buffett away at 2:30.....no mention of this when I confirmed my reservations....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate