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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.
Millburn, NJ 07041
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
$31 to $50
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Cafe Monet Ratings and Reviews
The appetizers were great, the bread was stale so they had it toasted to a crunch status and labeled it "French Bread". The entrees were just terrible. I had the seafood bouillabaisse. The base was either over buttered or creamed and had no flavor except heavy. The seafood was like rubber. My friends duck breast was so salty she left it all. We told the waiter who basically didnt do anything about it. To make matters worse, the restaurant seemed to not have its air conditioning working and we would ask and the waiter would say" oh do you want me to crank it up a bit". It was broken, I went to the ladies room and it was a steam bath. I actually worried about the food safety.
This was a charming and delicious dining experience. The menu is diverse and flavorful and the portions just perfect, particularly on a hot summer's night. Because the menu is divided into three courses with the option of getting the third course (the Entree) in half portions, the diner is able to sample many delicious plates. The staff is friendly and very attentive. I'm going back next week!
Great restaurant. The food is fabulous. The service has improved since last time we went there for dinner. They had an awesome 3 course set menu for Bastille Day that was $24.95 per person. There was a choice of two appetizers, three entrees and two desserts. Better yet, the place is BYOB and there are no corkage fees. I definitely recommend this place if you are foodie.
A disappointment. Food was OK, wine was not on the menu but complimentary and a very poor quality. Not at all what I expected from the website. Good for a shoppers lunch but I would not return for a special occasion. Service on the other hand was good, very discrete and accommodating for a quiet lunch time.
we had to ask more than once for bread, and when the one croissant, CUT IN HALF, was brought to the table, the waitress DROPPED one half in her rush to present. NEVER was another half brought, or mentioned. that was WEIRD. the waiter was nice, explained everything, and was considerate, but the owner kept interrupting to tell him to 'stand there', 'do this', do that. it made us nervous.
We have eaten here several times and the food is consistently good. We especially like the smaller-size entrees (which are actually quite a good size), because it allows us to try 3 courses without eating (or spending) too much. The service continues to be a bit irregular in its attentiveness but this is not a major issue.
Small local French restaurant in quaint downtown Millburn. BYOB. Creative and delicious food with friendly service staff. Nice, quiet, artsy atmosphere decorate with paintings from local artists. I loved the beets & strawberries with goat cheese and balsamic drizzle appetizer as well as the goat cheese Napoleon appetizer. Black berry glazed duck was delicious. Dessert was standard fare - chocolate tort and ice cream - all very good. All in all, a delightful dining experience. We will definitely be returning and bringing friends next time.
Recently had a birthday lunch with friends. Eager to test out a new spot, we highly anticipated Cafe Monet. While the ambience was great, and the food delicious, the service was really off, to the point of awkwardness. And there was no one else there, dining outside or inside, for lunch on a beautiful spring day. Perhaps if the service were improved, more diners would frequent this fun spot with a yummy menu and such tasty food. I would give it a second chance, but if the service is not substantialy better next time, that will be my last.
All four members of our party agreed that the food was excellent and beautifully presented. My duck confit was perfect - not greasy, as often happens - and accompanied by a perfect small strudel; my lamb sausage with fresh fava beans (very spicy) was also delicious. Others raved about a lamb tajine special and a duck breast. Salads and desserts were also wonderful.
The restaurant does have two problems. The noise level prohibits meaningful conversation even at their very small tables. The second problem is the room temperature - even on a lovely May evening. The front of the restaurant remains too warm and uncomfortable while the back, near a wall-mounted a/c is frigid when it is blasting.
Food was wonderful.. However, when we arrived the restaurant was rather hot and stuffy, until we asked they did not turn on a/c. The service seemed inexperienced and spotty. We asked for a few minutes to look over choices to order, then the waiter did not return for a long time. There were long lulls between courses when we thought they forgot us. Overall, good food, spotty service. May try it again...
We were a pre-dinner party of four, and the experience was a good one. The staff was friendly and helpful, the food was top quality, and the presentation was outstanding.
We will definitely return. We had a window table that was quiet and lent itself to conversation.
Our first time here, with many items to choose from - either full plate or appetizer size allows one to do their own tasting. A little noisy with large crowds in a small room, but not unbearable. Waitstaff was very cordial and attentive without being fussy. Be back again for sure.
I have eaten at this restaurant several times always making a reservation on opentable without any problem. This time when we arrived all the tables for four were taken, many with parties of 2. We ended up seating at a rather small table that was more suited for 2 than 4. When we asked the waiter he explained that they got a rush of people and the person seating them was new. Food was good seating was cramped at best
My date and I had a wonderful experience at Cafe Monet. The food is incredibly good and the two of us were there on a slow night so we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. The restaurant is BYOB so don't forget a nice bottle of wine. The desserts are excellent and the Monet Tea is highly recommended.
This restaurant always delivers a great dining experience. The ability to choose items from among the three courses is a great idea and offers an opportunity to fit the menu to your tastes and appetite. Whatever you pick include the duck confit which is outstanding. The BYO feature is a great money saver too. It is a great place to go pre theater being only blocks from the Papermill Playhouse.
Very solid French meal here. Service was a bit slow, but were a party of four on a busy Saturday night at peak time, so a little forgiveness is in order, especially for a small neighborhood restaurant. Several menu items were not available or were substituted, but that speaks to the freshness of the ingredients in my opinion. I will definitely be back. Give it a try.
We had an early reservation on a Saturday night. Upon arriving, we were seated at a comfortable table, but as the room began to fill up, the noise level became so great we could no longer hold a meaningful conversation. We found ourselves literally shouting and was horse at the end of the evening. It was also very hot and uncomfortable. There are too many tables crammed in for the space and I felt claustrophobic. The waitress was not particularly attentive while the kitchen appeared to have trouble getting the food out in a timely manner. We were there for 2 1/2 hours - much longer than we would have liked. We did enjoy our meal although the "warm" chocolate torte was really a cold chocolate torte.
I took my wife & daughter here for valentines day for an early dinner at 5pm & we were treated poorly by the maitre'd. First we were seated at a table next to the window, then we were told to move because the table could accomodate 6 instead of 3, we were moved to a table right next to the door where everytime the door would open we would feel cold, I asked the maitre'd to move us & he hesitantly did & muddled under his breadth that he didn't want to ruin our day & we weren't understanding. THERE WAS ONE Other COUPLE there at 5pm. He could've sat us anywhere we wanted w/out his attitude. We got a menu then it was taken back because that was not the one for valentines day, they made one with higher prices handwritten. Don't go here!
This review is somewhat disjointed, bear with me. Food was great. Wait staff wasn't all that attentive. Not sure if all new staff were put on the floor that night or what, but the experience wasn't as smooth as it could have been. Dining room is tight, but not too bad. As for the service, I expected more given the reviews of other diners. This place is in DT Short Hills and no doubt has lots of diners that are use to good service as well as a great atmosphere and fantastic food. Monet missed on the service end in my opinion. It was Valentine's Day weekend and they did have a fresh cut rose for each table. Nice touch. Looks like they support local artists. They have many paintings adorning their walls, all of which appear to be for sale.
The wait staff was very good. The selection of food was creative but not anything unique. We had a reservation and ran a little late and the maitre'de was kind enough to accomodate us although I had to be a bit pushy to make it happen. Overall, nice experience but considering the owner was running around obviously making the wait staff uncomfortable it was not an experience I would look to recommend to others for the price.
Dining at Cafe Monet could not have been better! From the moment we were escorted to our table to the moment that we left, everything was wonderful. The food was A+ and we particularly enjoyed the idea of the tapas type menu where one could select a smaller portion of anything on the menu. Hats off to this wonderful little restaurant. These people really care about the customer, and make dining at Cafe Monet a very pleasant experience! On an additional note, they also were very accomodating about my dietary restrictions (Celiac Disease---no wheat or gluten) and went out of their way to advise me as to what I could order.
Our party of eight with reservations at 8:00 on a Sat. had to wait 1/2 hour to be seated and then get ignored for another 20 minutes (not enough glasses or bread plates were set so we shared our BYOB wine and the cheese plate they gave us which was laden with butter but little bread.) Our appetizers took another eon to arrive. By that time we were begging for food.
The appetizers were finally delivered minus one order so more waiting.
The food is well prepared and delicious, and there are lots of portion size options to choose from. The staff is really nice, but we could have used some more communication and better front of the house attention. Beware: It is very noisy. That kind of restaurant din that makes you have to yell to be heard.
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