About 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.

309 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 376-8555

Website:
http://www.cafemonet.info/

Executive Chef:
Wes Sawi

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Cafe Monet Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.1

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4.1

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4.1

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had an early dinner before a play at Paper Mill and were the only customers for the first 30 minutes. Food was quite good and service as expected given the circumstances.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a 5 pm reservation, called to confirm the night before and when we got there the place was dark and the door open. We went into the kitchen and only the chef was there...he was so friendly and went above and beyond to assist us by seating us and taking our order as he called the waiter to see if he was on his way, 25 minutes past 5. All in all the food was wonderful however no one even mentioned what happened or even acknowledged what occurred. When the Manager walked in he was oblivious to the tables there and didn't even offer a hello. This was a 50th birthday dinner for a guest visiting from India as we took him to the theater. Sad the this opportunity was missed......

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Dining in Millburn offers many choices but our favorite is Cafe Monet. If true French food is what you are looking for this is the place for you. I started with the Escargo Au Gratin which was delicious. For the entree I had the skate which is a staple on their menu and never disappoints. We were dashing off to the Paper Mill Playhouse so didn't have time to endulge in the yummy desserts - maybe next time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have dined here several times. Our most recent dinner was somewhat disappointing.
The kitchen was slow even though they were only half full and the special entree, shrimp and scallops on a skewer was served with the shells on the shrimp - difficult to eat. We hope to go back and have a better experience

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

This my third or fourth visit to Cafe Monet but the last two or three were a few years ago. I don't know why I had not been back since. You can be sure the next visit will be sooner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Cafe Monet has wonderful food and very pleasant ambiance but the service was a little slow (but not painfully slow).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, pleasant service and delicious food make this inexpensive price fixe restaurant a winner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great dinner. All around good cuisine and excellent setting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful food, friendly staff, charming setting.

Always something interesting on the menu -- an original take on classic French bistro.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great food & wonderful atmosphere! Friendly service!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Hidden gem in Millburn. Close to the Paper Mill Playhouse. French dining in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Every dish from the appetizer to dessert was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had a very good meal and an enjoyable evening. The beet salad was really good as well as the special for the night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Lovely ambience. Tasty food. Gracious service. Had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

This was a first visit for a pre-theater dinner. The atmosphere was French and very attractive.
We had a pea soup with mint which was delicious and, as a main course, stuffed chicken breast with spinach and and sun dried tomatoes which was outstanding. For desert, we had fresh strawberries with assorted other berries covered by a lovely custard. As this was a quiet evening, we were served by one of the owners, whose informative conversation, added to the
pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I've been to Cafe Monet for a few times. Every time they provided good food, great services, and a relaxing atmosphere. Wonderful place to dine in. Will come back again for sure.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

BDay, and we just love this place

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The food and atmosphere were very good. My issue mostly comes down to the service. The waitress was a bit unhelpful with attitude. They had run out of at least 3 of things we ordered- and she kind of didn't care. We asked for a decanter and she looked at us like we had 3 heads then provided us the only one she said they had which was very dirty. They say no substitutions on the menu which is ridiculous in this day and age with all of the allergies people have and then they had run out of so many ingredients so they did substitutions on their own (ie, my white bean puree came as canned chick peas with no forewarning). I thought we should at least get a coffee or dessert on the house but it didn't occur to our server to accommodate us in any way. Good thing we had good meals despite it all and really enjoyed the company of our friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Always wonderful and special. A valentine must. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We loved our Valentine's Day dinner at Cafe Monet. The tasting menu gave us a chance to try some new dishes and the dessert course was amazing. The atmosphere was delightfully cozy and romantic, and we enjoyed the classical guitarist. A most memorable evening!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We had a Saturday evening "date" night and had a fabulous dinner. We both had the specials of the night, chicken cordon bleu, which was the best I've ever tasted. The service was excellent, with our water glasses mysteriously kept full. The ambience was romantic and lively with a guitar player strumming quietly for background music. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

We had a nice dinner at the restaurant. The experience was good for kids and adults. Also, they were very nice to cook some of the brunch menu for our kids. We enjoyed the night.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Nice little French bistro. Atmosphere, food and service all very good. We have been here several times and find it to be consistently good.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Nice night out. Food and service excellent. Food cooked perfectly

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Cute hidden spot - serve very attentive. The music made it extra special

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Overall the food we had was delicious but I wasn't really wowed about it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

In for Christmas Eve dinner. Pri Fixe. 3 course. We had the soup. Spectacular. My wife had the duck, I had the cordon bleu, which was the best I've ever had. Duck reported to be quite respectable. Finished with the tarte Tatin and Yule log, yummy. Really enjoyed on this special day/evening.

Service was a bit slow. But we survived.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Nice atmosphere, a bit cold. Turn up the heat! Great food and well prepared with a good selection.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2016

This is a wonderful little local spot and the owner ( who works as a waiter) is a very personable lady.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Cafe Monet consistently provides a local oasis for great dining. The guitarist adds another level of enjoyment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We love Monet! This restaurant is so French with its casual charm and good food. Service was good

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Very nice experience. We ordered two different fish dishes. Only complaint was the cod was dried out (may have sat under a heat lamp). The service was great and we really enjoyed ourselves. I'd definitely recommend this lovely little restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

This is my second visit here. Our dishes were very good, especially the decedent dessert. My chief complaint with this place is the service is spotty. It is BYOB. The serve took our bottle of wine to keep chilled, but we had to keep asking for get our glasses refilled. They did a nice job of getting the other patrons in and out for the theater, but I guess we were just not in a hurry...a bit overlooked. Otherwise, pate was wonderful. Dessert was choco-licious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2016

The food and presentation were superb, but the service was slower than usual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Great food, with a true to France feel. The quality of food is fantastic and a great surprise.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Charming, European-feel little restaurant in the heart of Millburn. The prix fix is a tasty bargain. We enjoyed every course. The service was attentive without being pesky. This is our second trip to the restaurant in as many weeks. My only critique would be that many surfaces (walls, chairs, moldings, etc.) appear to be in need of a fresh coat of paint. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Three of four of us were very disappointed; we ordered fish (2 salmon, 1 red snapper special) that was very dry and extremely overcooked. The restaurant was not crowded, so there was no reason for the ruined food. The restaurant, rather than giving us a discount (since we were pre-theatre and had no time for them to redo our dinners), gave us gift certificates for a future visit. The restaurant was very overpriced for the food we had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Terrible service. Food was good enough but the service was beyond slow

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2016

It was a very nice meal
No fireworks--but very good
I did think the cost of the prix-fixe was a bit high (ive been spoiled by other places)
I'd certainly and recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We'd been to Café Monet before (twice). It didn't disappoint those two times and it didn't disappoint this time. Tracy and Wes are wonderful hosts and servers, the food is delicious, and the ambience is special. And my wife and I enjoyed inspecting the art work by Barbara Dawson that is currently being displayed on the walls.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2016

not inexpensive but food was excellent. we were there for a special occasion and were treated royally . It is a BYOB and we had the Prix Fixe dinner. We will return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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