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Luminarias Restaurant & Special Events, Monterey Park, CA

Luminarias Restaurant & Special Events

4.4
4.4
688 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Luminarias Restaurant & Special Events is NOW OPEN for Dinner & Weekend Brunch! A reimagined Luminarias, with a modernized take on the beloved neighborhood restaurant following a multimillion-dollar interior and exterior remodel. The open-concept dining room features large swings in lieu of dining chairs and 25-foot floor-to-ceiling windows - seamlessly blending into an expansive deck for al fresco dining and sweeping views of the San Gabriel Valley. With an all-new menu comprised of New American dishes with a Latin influence.

Destined to be a lively social space for the community, Luminarias' vast bar will serve specialty and classic craft cocktails, along with premium spirits, local wines & beers. Luminarias is hosting Special Events! From weddings to quinceaneras to corporate parties, please contact our Event Specialists to start planning your events through our website.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 65 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (323) 268-4177

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Debbie Dominguez: (323) 268-4363

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey Park

  • Cross street

    Corporate Center Drive

  • Parking details

    Luminarias offers complimentary valet parking as well as self-parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Brunch it Up at Luminarias!

    Multiple dates available
    Weekends are for Brunch! Our brand-new evolved à la carte Brunch menu offers New American dishes with Latin influence. Enjoy the option of $24 Bottomless Mimosas with flavors like Dragon Fruit Watermelon, Pineapple Jalapeño, and Lavender Charcoal Lemonade and new "Brunchy" menu items like Fried Chicken and Waffles and a variety of "Benny" dishes topped with crab cakes, flat iron steak or hanger steak. This is NOT a brunch buffet.
  • Valentine's Day Celebration!

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Love is in the air at Luminarias! Enjoy our A la Carte menu with specials including a Surf & Turf special for $75 and a complimentary glass of champagne. *We require a credit card to secure this reservation, although you will not be charged the price per guest until after dining experience at the restaurant. We don't accept reservations for a specific area/table.

Offers

  • Cheers to Happy Hour!

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - Fri - 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Celebrate the newly reimagined Luminarias' with lively happy Hour every Wednesday - Friday from 4:00PM to 6:30PM. With innovative specialty handcrafted cocktails starting at $6 like Cute-Cumbre and Rum Away with Me available for $6 and half off select food items such as Beef Birria Empanadas, Grilled Oysters and a selection of Grilled Skewers, Luminarias is the perfect happy hour destination for guests.

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What 688 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Good for business meals

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Good for groups

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Lively

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    American

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  1. L

    Ladiesnight

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment I walked in and saw the view I felt this was going to be a great night. We were there to celebrate my friends 50th birthday. Their happy hour menu is amazing. The Oopsie Daisy cocktail was refreshing and at $6 was such an amazing bargain. We ordered the oysters which were on point, nice and cold with a minionet that accompanied it well. Next we tried their chicken, steak, mushroom and shrimp skewers which were very tasty and seasoned perfectly. All in all the ambience, service, food and drinks were perfect. We will definitely be back! Thank you Luminarias
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Waiter was attentive and patient. Food was excellent! We also got a complimentary dish that we enjoyed. This is our second time here since 2018. We noticed the changes and so far, the view is magnificent. My son wanted to sit outside and his wish was granted! Coming back again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good , the drinks were amazing. Atmosphere was great and relaxing
  4. MC

    MariaC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and ambience was great. Service was great, we did request water that they forgot but overall everything was great.
  5. M

    Mars

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant looks beautiful, however the menu is limited we miss the buffet. My friends drink was watered down, the mashed potatoes were not hot and there was an Ant on my Charcuterie board ☹️ Just needs some improvement.
  6. J

    Jasy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The Menu is nothing of what it used to be. The food is overpriced for the quality. I miss the old Luminarias it was exceptional.
  7. Y

    Yolandie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views from the deck top the food was amazing as was the service and managerial staff. Great place for date night can't wait for the summer nights to join them again
  8. DF

    DeeFern

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Crabcake Benedict was the best! The cgocolate cake and keylime pie were great. Tge one in a melon drink is my new go to.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The place is beautiful, nice view and our waiter was wonderful the only downfall was that we made reservations and all our party was there and we got sat down about 1 hour after our reservation time but will come again soon
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I came here for my anniversary and it
  11. AC

    AndreaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Service was a little slow but our waiter was nice. The prices seem to be steep for the quality of food and drinks they service but the ambiance is enjoyable. I do miss the old menu of Mexican food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Took my server almost 30 minutes just to take our order. We weren’t even offered drinks first. They completely overlooked us until we realized people who were sat after us had their drinks already. Not sure if it was a communication issue or why we were forgot about. I had to stop the host myself and tell them we hadn’t been served yet which he was very apologetic about. Food was good and prices were fair. Wish my first time experience would have been better. I live right down the block but because of this experience not sure if I would go back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Went for their new weekend brunch service, and sat on their beautiful outdoor patio. Unfortunately nobody waited on us for over 1/2 an hour even though there was wait staff attending to other tables and I finally had to flag somebody down. Service was fine after that but that initial lag was inexcusable, especially since it was not busy at all when we sat down. The food and drinks were delicious - my husband had the smash burger, I had the salmon BLT, and we split the French toast. I had what turned out to be a very mediocre Bloody Mary but my husband’s espresso martini was very good.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good! Kinda wanted to keep it a secret. Stop waisting time and go to Luminarias ! The staff is amazing! The ambiance is nice! The drinks are very good and each comes with their unique presentation ! And the food. Oh my ! The food is spectacular. From appetizers to entrees, all the way to desert. Luminarias will make your top lists !
  15. KC

    KatiaC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    We never got some of our food items, the waiter was young & overwhelmed! The place was not busy when we got there but kitchen was slow. However, I will give this place another try bc the manager apologized & made amends.
  16. SC

    SoCal

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Our server was fantastic! The manager needs to train the hostess. She was clueless to customer service. Food was okay.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Luminarias and won’t be the last. We came in for Sunday brunch to celebrate a new baby and new engagement with our party of 6, and there wasn’t a better place to do it. We started off the day waiting for friend and the hostess were so sweet. They had us wait by the fireplace, and on a 50-degree day in LA, it was perfect. Michael S. was our server and exceeded expectations. We had bottomless mimosas and tried all the variations. We had a vegetarian, a non pork eater and they had something for everyone. I had the Hanger Benedict and my goodness, please have that the next time you go in. Also as a bonus, the manager came by to say hi and to our surprise it’s our friend Ignacio from Castaway. His energy was a big reason we are regulars at castaway! We had the best time! Can’t wait to come back!
  18. ME

    oMEo

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Posted this on Yelp. Took the fam there for brunch (restaurant offers bottomless mimosas). Rain was pouring, and still, great view! Had the Double Patty Smash Burger ... couldn't finish this tasty burger seasoned just right and seared to perfection. The duck fat fries were amazing: crispy yet tender and very flavorful. The rest of my party had the Salmon BLT (ate it all; tasty), Fried Chicken and Waffles (loved it; massive serving), and the Crab Cake Benedict (sizable portion; flavorful). We also ordered 2 starter items: Beer Birria Empanadas and the Guacamole. The guac was chunky and delicious and was served-up with crispy chicharrones. (Our server, "Lee H," offered to refill them; nice touch.) The empanadas were hot, flaky, and absolutely divine. Presentation of food was great, as was the ambiance. Service was superb (thank you Lee) and and the price surprisingly reasonable for the level of service, quality of ingredients, and the great location. Negatives? If I dig hard enough, maybe add more non-alcoholic drinks and upgrade the lemonade. Ok, so not really negatives...LOL. Luminarias ... we'll be back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was good but server seemed rushed and didn’t take the time to listen to what the customer needed. Also, I specifically told host that I wanted to be seated inside and he directed me to a table outside instead. Ii had to show him that there were at least 4 empty tables inside before he finally seated us inside.
  20. JO

    JackieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere. Had a great time with friends. Food was good and service was pleasant.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Late Christmas exchange with out friends. Place was beautiful and food was amazing hands down. The only issue we have as unfortunately one of our friends kept getting her food undercooked, and took awhile to pay. Overall experience was great would have been a 5/5
  22. g

    grape54

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food5service5ambience2
    The good: Winnie the waitress was amazing and turned our night around with her pleasant attitude. The food was delicious! The drinks were strong. Had steak cooked as ordered and oysters were super fresh. The free corn bread had a great flavor and was different (not sweet, more tangy) The bad: don't show up early for your reservation we waited and were seated after walk-in folks. The beauty of the old restaurant is GONE. They did not make good use of the space at all. And for a two top who wants to sit on a swing together? The other person moves to eat you move too!? Imagine the awkward first dates happening there?! Most of the restaurants seating is outside (cold night sucked) even the inside is outside. No booths all hard cold wooden table seating. The killer brunch they USED to have is gone. Same menu as day or night with 3 or so items you can get everywhere now... The over played chicken and waffles and french toast. TL/DR good wait service, quality ingredients. "Restaurant Group" That bought the place gutted the charm and menu.
  23. Y

    Yvette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager Daniel and our waitress Susana were excellent. They were very helpful in providing suggestions on the menu and very knowledgeable. They made our experience very pleasant. Great customer service. We will be back.
  24. PS

    PalomaS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luminarias has always been a Monterey Park staple. So happy they are open again. I grew up having Friday night dinners and Sunday brunch with my parents so it’s very nostalgic for me. The new decor is beautiful. The food was beyond delicious and the service was better than excellent! The value during happy hour is well welcomed. Best happy hour EVER!!! Can’t wait to go back!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was top notch. I didn’t expect that but the food was awesome too!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Went for NYE and it was a great time but our server missed the mark. We had to call other servers to get someone’s attention because she was MIA.
  27. MR

    MichaelR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined on January 31, 2002. We were promptly seated at our reservation time in a quiet area of the restaurant with great views of the San Gabriel Valley. The service was great, and the food and drinks met all of our expectations.
  28. LD

    LuvDiningOut

    Los Angeles

    386 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    386 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Luminarias on New Year's Eve for the first time since its recent renovation. It has been handsomely updated with sleek and stylish decor. The views remain stunning and the new menu offers a wide selection of dishes, some Latin, but many American favorites, and all the dishes were perfectly prepared and presented. Service from our server, Jose, was exceptionally friendly, gracious and capable. All staff made us feel most welcome and appreciated. It was a first class experience in every way.
  29. R

    Rayray

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Beautiful patio view and good Happy Hour drinks, for dinner, our fav. was the crispy whole snapper !
  30. RT

    RobertT

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An excellent restaurant for celebrations such as holidays and birthdays.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time and we had a great time! Service, food was delicious generous portions. Knowledgeable server. Thank you Christy for your recommendations. We’ll be back .
  32. GB

    GeorgeB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Entrance was splendid, picture perfect. Lobby with the fireplace was very inviting and a pleasant place to wait to be seated. We sat on the outside deck with a nice view of the lights. Appetizer were varied and select entrees were nicely portioned and delicious. A real dining treat!
  33. H

    Howard

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    slow service - not attentive, servers did not meet requests nor did they seem to have time to assist us in anything.
  34. TJ

    TJVega

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious food! The beef empanadas, the duck fat fries, the prime hanger steamer, along with Dave’s margarita! Andrew was a good server too!
  35. JV

    JosephV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the experience. The service was oustandong, the staff was welcoming, and your restrooms were clean. Well done!!!
  36. FS

    FrancesS

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had not been to Luminarias in many years. It has a very different feel now. It is still an outstanding place to go. God bless all the staff who worked on Christmas night. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. The manager, who was busy making sure everything was running smoothly ,helped out to light heaters, serve water and drinks, and bring bread to the table - certainly not his usual job, but he eagerly pitched in to make sure that everyone was taken care of, including both patrons & his staff. Happy holidays!
  37. EE

    EliseE

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Since they just reopened they need to figure out the qwerks. Apps took awhile to come out. Then ordered dinner and that took along time. They served my son his was off the kids menu and that came out first and he had to eat it before it got cold but was finished before our entrees came out. Ordered coffee and it was cold then took a very long time for hot coffee to come out. I will go back but I would wait awhile
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Skip this place. What was written in other reviews about the service is true. Sitting there with empty water glasses and no drinks for over 30 mins. 1 hr to get any starters to table. Went for Xmas bunch at $58/person. Reservations made 24 hrs beforehand. The dessert that they were bringing other tables looked amazing. Gingerbread man and a cute set up. We got some leftover items with 3 desserts missing. After the kids waited over 2 hours for it to come to the table. Super disappointing. Might make sense if we didn’t have reservations but that’s ridiculous. Did like the Benedicts. Would order that again. The French toast was a good bite but sweeter than dessert. Meat was good. Fries were great. This place might be worth coming here for a cocktail, but that’s it. Had to ask multiple times for a cocktail menu as they were pushing their mimosas. Food was fine, but they tried bringing us wrong plates twice (probably why food takes so long if we had accepted it) and meals weren’t brought at the same time, so it was either eat while your food was hot or wait and sit awkwardly. The $25 for kids included a drink and we were charged. If anything was great, I would have not been annoyed. I appreciate that they are there on Xmas in the first place but pretty disappointing overall.
  39. E

    Enzee

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    This was our first time at Luminarias after hearing wonderful reviews for years. The view was beautiful, the server and staff were kind, but overall the service slow. Granted, this was their first time offering weekend brunch, but it still felt like they were a bit unprepared. We will definitely try them again as the food was delicious.
  40. D

    Doto

    Los Angeles

    128 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    We arrived a few minutes early, but were not seated for quite some time after our reservation time. We had requested outside, but there were no umbrellas set up, so it was quite hot in the sun where we were seated. Therefore we requested to be seated at another table, which was only open inside, but had to wait for table to be cleared. It took quite a while for waiter to come and then even longer before he took our order. However, once we finally started to receive the pre-fixed menu items, other than our main course selection, the items were very good. Since we were seated so late, and were near the end of their brunch, some items were no longer included. However, most of the food was very good, and there was a large amount of food included in the overall five course meal. Overall good experience. Service was not the best, but probably difficult to get personnel to work on Christmas day.

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Luminarias Restaurant & Special Events is rated 4.4 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.

Luminarias Restaurant & Special Events does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 65 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Luminarias Restaurant & Special Events

3500 W. Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corporate Center Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey Park

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Luminarias offers complimentary valet parking as well as self-parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (323) 268-4177

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Debbie Dominguez: (323) 268-4363

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