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Merengue Bakery and Cafe

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110 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016-2804
626-358-5650
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7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuban Bakery in D/T Monrovia

I was in a Thanksgiving bind as we were running late to my brother's. Since he was hosting & making dinner, I wanted to provide dessert but didn't get a chance to pick-up something in my neighborhood. I did a quick Yelp search in his area & browsed through the reviews & photos, I settled on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Kimberly L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I was in a Thanksgiving bind as we were running late to my brother's. Since he was hosting & making dinner, I wanted to provide dessert but didn't get a chance to pick-up something in my neighborhood. I did a quick Yelp search in his area & browsed through the reviews & photos, I settled on Merengue Bakery & Cafe,... More 

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Thank Kimberly L
Monrovia, California
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175 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Merengue disappeared a few months ago, and has yet to resurface in Monrovia! We sure do miss your terrific Cuban pastries - especially the guava, and your knock out coffee! Great for big groups, especially after a bike ride!

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Thank Nancy O
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This bakery and restaurant has amazing Cuban pastries. For a family get together, I ordered a tray of Refugees (cream cheese & guava filled pastries) and guava filled pastries. Delicious. The beef empanadas and the potato balls (mashed potato stuffed with cheese and beef) are very good, too.

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2 Thank Lorraine T
Pasadena, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a great little find in downtown Monrovia suitable for family, friends, or solo. It would be a fun, very casual date place. They have some amazing pastries and also do an incredible job on their custom cakes. We had a fabulous "Cuban style" cobb salad and enjoyed some empanadas which were very tasty. We tried a couple of... More 

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Thank PasadenaTess
Death Valley National Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I stumbled upon this restaurant when I had to go to old downtown Monrovia for business, and what a great find for Cuban food! I didn't have time for a sit-down meal, but happily, the bakery had finger foods available. I had the potato balls stuffed with cheese and beef. The light crust was a perfect complement to the mashed... More 

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Thank Dada_Angie2013
Monrovia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had the Healthy Scrambles and the ice mocha coffee on Mother Day's. Good Service even though the place had alot of people. They have a good meun. Breakfast, lunch and alot of Bakery items. Which I will come back for. Price wasn't bad. Lots of TV"s and are Healthy Scrambles had squash, banannas strips , egg white in a... More 

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Thank Iva S
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Just enjoyed a chicken empanada and cheese ball for dinner followed by a Carmel cake. Everything was amazing, I even brought something home for later. The prices were reasonable and it was very friendly place. The staff was very helpful.

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Thank Cmac2385
Rosemead, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

First off, let me say that this review is about the pastries (too hooked on those to try anything else, as yet). Their coconut strudel is to die for . . . Not too sweet, and a nice CHUNK of real coconut inside (nuke 'em for 15 seconds for a burst of pure coconut happiness). The beef empanadas are good,... More 

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Pasadena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Since I've only visited here twice, I'll keep the review simple: Chocolate Ganache cake slice...........HEAVENLY, sweet, creamy, chocolate-y, rich, good enough to share....but I didn't :-D Lemon Tart.....Lemon tart very pretty ....and truly 'tart'...thank you bakery chef! If you like your lemon pie/tart's with a tang that bites (in just the right lovingly way) ...mmmm....order one for me too.

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1 Thank Markmom18
Monrovia, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Didn't feel like driving to Portos and opted for Merengue since it's almost in my back yard. I can't believe I'm saying this but the ham croqueta, papa rellena and pastelito de carne were equally as good as Portos and maybe, just maybe even better. Oh and the tres leche cake was just as good. There I said it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 110 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016-2804
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monrovia
  • Phone Number: 626-358-5650

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 12
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Delicatessen, Cuban
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?