Monica's Livermore

4.4
72 reviews
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$30 and under
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Set in the historic building of one of Livermore's original winery's, Monica’s Livermore is dedicated to creating handcrafted breakfast and lunch American "comfort” food and baked goods taking into account the season and availability as well as natural, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.

Monica is a farm-to-table devotee that celebrates the efforts of the growers, ranchers, brewers and winemakers who are our neighbors, purveyors and friends. We source our products from purveyors who share our vision and passion and create ingredients that we believe to be the best available.

Call us to hear more about our live music and featured small plates!
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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The outside is very loud and difficult to hear. The inside was very Smokey from the kitchen. The food was great especially the desserts.

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Although we had a reservation, we had to stand and wait a good while as walk ins were seated first because the iPad for check ins was dead. Our server was polite but our luck for timely service didn't improve during our visit. While were still waiting to receive our check, different staff kept coming by our table but sadly only to take chairs or condiments even though there were other empty tables. We were never even offered a refill. The food was good though!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Monica’s! The food is great and the ambiance is wonderful. Monica is always there and talks to all the patrons and even waits on them. She’s passionate about the restaurant which is really cool to see

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JV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very clean & cute seating area. This was our second time there and service so slow both visits (breakfast & lunch hour). Took 30 min to get a macha tea while rest of table got their coffee in approx 15 min from order time at table. Food good value & taste. My opinion is if service was better the line for tables wouldn't be such a wait.

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NC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our first visit to Monica’s for breakfast!
Service was attentive and accommodated our special dietary needs! Food was delicious!

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food here is delicious! This is now my second time and it was as good as I remembered. It’s a bit noisy inside. I had to lean forward and speak at a higher volume to have a conversation with my husband. The patio may be a little better but it was cold and I didn’t want to be out there.

The service is great. I had questions and our waiter was able to answe them easily and provide recommendations. Also paying is really quick and easy as they do it electronically tableside!

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a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food what more could you want

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I just think 25 minutes is a little long to wait for your order otherwise it was just OK nothing great

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a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to socialize, amazing food, great new place for livermore

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BH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Finally got into Monica's for breakfast but by making a reservation on the patio. They had the patio covered which was nice for comfort but acoustically terrible. Hard to hear a conversation. Our waiter was slightly rude which I don't care for. My food came out late out of the three meals and was wrong and undercooked. They somehow were able to quickly remake my meal which was fine but the food is sub-par. Flavor was flat and lacked seasoning. I tried my friend's french toast and that was the only decent meal out of the three. I would rather eat elsewhere. I was super disappointed.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Third try and we will officially never go back. Nearly two hours for food and 30 mins before our drink order was even taken. When food finally arrived, it was freezing cold and the hash-browns were uncooked. The staff is nice and the ambiance is great, but they clearly cannot handle service for a crowd (it was not even crowded...). It was the same our first two visits, but we figured those were growing pains for a new business. Nope, it's just as awful nearly a year later. It's too bad, though; the owner seems sweet and the food could be good if it were served warm. Head over to The Brick Cafe instead.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Placed was packed, highly recommend reservations. Service and good was awesome. Many different choices. Only issue was an order in the outside seating area. Thinking it was from under the “man hole cover”.

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a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place awesome food and drinks and great place to hang out with friends

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant with good real food. Everything is delicious. Highly recommend

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London
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic mocha and delicious and huge Cobb salad!

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TM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and food. The crab Benedict and crab sandwich are outstanding. Best restaurant in Livermore!

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DV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was the second time I have been here. We were seated right away and our waiter greeted up within a few minutes. He was attentive, but not overbearing. We ordered the honey lavender latte, which is amazing. I love the hint of lavender and honey. My best friend ordered the Cali omelette with egg whites and I ordered the Classic Bennie with country potatoes. My friend's omelette came out delicious. The stuffed the omelette. As for my dish, they over cooked the poached eggs so they were more like hard boiled eggs. I did not complain or make the waiter aware because it still tasted good and it wasn't a big deal to me. We also ordered some pastries to go, and so far they have not disappointed. I would definitely come here again and recommend this place. I would recommend making a reservation just so that you don't have to wait too long for a table, if you have to wait at all.

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KR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about Monica's! The best Eggs Benedict I've ever had and pastries to die for.

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KR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! I’ve been here for breakfast and lunch - and just to pop in to buy the amazing sweets. Looking forward to trying their dinner.

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m
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There was no Hostess and huge crowd at the door with no one covering the hostess position. Had reservations but still waited almost 15 minutes for someone to greet us and show us to a table. Many people walked out after waiting for restaurant staff to acknowledge them at the door. This restaurant has no where for people to wait prior to being seated which makes for a tight squeeze, especially for the table closet to the door. Sigh....

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Submitted a reservation for outdoor seating and they said they couldn’t accommodate us. Then why have it as an option when making reservations? There were tables available too.

Service a bit slow but food good.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for lunch and had a great grass fed beef burger. More expensive than fast food, but way way better.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was awesome. Food was ok, cookies were exceptional! Will be back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was well prepared and presented. I had the California Benedict and my friend had an omelet. Service was friendly, but slow. The noise level was so loud that we left so we could talk. We sat outside.

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E
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love bringing friends and family to Monica’s. I especially love that I can make reservations for breakfast! Great idea! One thing I’ve noticed is that many of the servers haven’t learned to stop and say hello when we first sit down so we know they know we’re there. We had to wait awhile on Friday and I finally had to ask a person cleaning a table if we had a server yet.

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BA
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second time at Monica's and everything went well and the food was delicious. The only improvement needed is in the espresso arena; my latte had no resemblance to espresso even after it was remade. Work on espresso drinks and everything here will be perfect. Thank you for opening Monica's

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DT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is GREAT just the best addition to the great food available in the Livermore Downtown. We got reservations which worked perfectly for a busy restaurant like this. Happy !

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LL
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! We will be back. Glad we had a reservation because the place was busy.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Giana was a fabulous server!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took our family out for breakfast it was nice. Enjoying Monica’s

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CE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was grossed out when they served us coffee in mugs that were dirty, still had lipstick on the rims on both mugs🤮 and the jars they served water in also had traces of lipstick, I did not drink the water , they changed our mugs, I had to do a good wipe down around the rim, my trust was broken after that lipstick not on one mug but 2 mugs, GROSS! The food?, I think monica’s Being new is too hyped up, never again.

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Still had to wait 30 minutes for table. We ordered coffee while waiting and it was slow service. Their table tickets print out at register they had to keep asking people waiting to move so they could get them. Why would you put the printer there. Poorly planned. Hash browns were barely Luke warm, toast cold. No butter served with waffles

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h
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

great looking place with a promising menu but food was on the tasteless side

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GA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and beautifully plated. Large portions. The waiters were inviting, funny and engaging. The outside patio was spacious, they have heat lamps for those cooler days ahead. Will definitely be coming back to try the Churro waffles and chocolate!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gianna (Fiona) is THE BEST server ever!

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NF
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I will stick to breakfast and brunch, and avoid dinner. My reservation was for outdoor seating and I was told I had to sit inside. There were plenty of open outdoor tables. Qhen I made my reservation the pop-up window only allowed me to select outdoor seating so I can't understand why I was told I I didn't when I arrived. The salmon e tree was pretty good, but my med-rate prime rib was medium cooked and did not taste fresh. Service was okay, not great. Cute Mr DJ jamming on his electric guitar.

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LF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cheryl was an excellent server. An asset to the team. O

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KW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I tried Monica's for a second time. We had great service. We tried the crab sandwiches. While a little pricey, we enjoyed the tasty sandwiches. I will definitely be back. Great addition to Livermore.

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JF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monica’s has food that everyone will love! My husband and I had reservations for brunch and we were not disappointed. I had the French toast, my husband had the carnivore omelette, and we both absolutely loved our food! The portions are large, but the food is not heavy, so it’s not too difficult to clean your plate. If you don’t make a reservation, be prepared to wait for awhile, this place is always packed. This is now my favorite restaurant in Livermore!

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BB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great recent addition to Livermore for brunch. Have visited 2 times in a month. Way too much food, especially if you get the breakfast combo, which comes with 4 of the hugest pancakes ever on the side. great coffee, large servings. Definitely make a reservation.

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