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“The perfect neighborhood French cafe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Massilia

Cafe Massilia
110 East Lemon Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016
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Ranked #7 of 119 Restaurants in Monrovia
Price range: $4 - $23
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Cross street: Myrtle Ave.
Description: Quality food coupled with great service is exactly what you will find at Cafe Massilia. Created in the mold of a bistro that can be found all over France, Cafe Massilia is neither too formal nor too uptight - it is a friendly and relaxed environment where customers can enjoy a great dining experience and taste authentic, traditional French cuisine. With an old world charm and welcoming decor, Cafe Massilia offers Breakfast served until 11:30am during the week and until 4 p.m. on the weekends, and champagne or mimosas are endless at these times. In addition to dining in, Cafe Massilia features boxed lunch meals, catering, pick-up and delivery for a variety of occasions.
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“The perfect neighborhood French cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I stopped in for dinner 12/26 and felt truly welcomed by the owner. I had the pate for a starter, and some excellent mussels. My impression is that the café is run to be an inexpensive French café for locals; it is not true fine dining, but just very good food at a fair price. I wish I had a restaurant like this in my town.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Upland, California
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“Great French RESTURANT .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Such a great dinner place. Service, food, atmosphere perfect.
We were met at the front door by the owner who is French.
Beer and wine are the only drinks served there.
We were not rushed with our meal, It was like being in France!
At the end of our meal the owner Gave us a glass of Delightful champagne.
What a treat this was.
Definitely returning to this restaurant.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pennsylvania
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Transplanted French Bistro Falls Short”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This small restaurant is run by a charming Frenchman, but the food was just average, because of the quality of the ingredients and the preparation. Even though we don't expect large portions in a French restaurant, they were skimpy. There was not good French bread. It did not seem like good value for what we spent on the meal. Monrovia is a rather small town and there were not many options, but Pasadena is a short drive and offers many more choices.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Very Cute Little French Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This place is adorable, which is why I gave it four stars. Food rates about 3.5, but the service and cute factor make it a four-star experience. We had a nice bottle of wine to start. And all the appetizers are the same price, as are all of the entrees and all of the desserts. Or you can get one of each for a fixed price. And the owner/server is wonderful; he is helpful and accommodating. The price is more than fair, the little outside area is great, and you just can't do any better in this town. Try it!!

Visited July 2013
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“What a French Bistro Should Be”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

An excellent choice in the San Gabriel Valley. Our recent New Years Dinner included
Shrimp, Mussel, Clam Chowder followed by Petral Sole and desert. My wife had a delicious
calamari appetizer, trout and pear/ice cream desert. My wife had the every day available prix fixe dinner ($24). I had the New Years Eve Prixe Fixe at $35. Adequate wine list fairly priced. The owner is from France and two, young new cooks recently arrived from France. Net, they understand what a true French bistro should be--Moderate prices, high quality food prepared simply and well. You will love the experience.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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