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La Monarca Bakery

Santa Monica
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1300 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5411
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Chatham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I ordered a birthday cake for my wife over the phone. I arranged to have it picked up a few hours later. When I arrived I was greeted by a warm friendly staff. The bakery itself was busy with customers sitting at tables and enjoying their drinks and food. The cake was delicious (vanilla and fruit). They even gave me... More 

Thank JaPep
Fort Montgomery, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2016

This bakery is geared towards white people. Any Hispanic person would probably be appalled. The breads and cakes all show up to the shop frozen, meats come in frozen bags, nothing is made in house. It's like a Starbucks for Latinos. Employees are all kind though and their prices are reasonable for per-fabricated food. Look for a REAL panaderia.

Thank Jamie R
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2015

We were new to LA and new to Mexican cooking at home, and having invited friends over for a dinner party, we realized we had no idea what makes for a good Mexican dessert. A bit of Google pointed us to La Monarca, and it was a revelation. First, the flan is the best we've had anywhere -- taste, texture,... More 

Thank delanor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

We were looking for a place for breakfast and we went to La Moncarca. What a great find! mexican place with delicius treats... We loved the jalapeño croissant and the chocolate crossants. Everything looks and tastes yummy! We would love to go back!

Thank cascarita
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

The bakery is quite quaint and has some seating for you to sit down and enjoy a lovely drink. You must get a slice of their cakes along with a cappuccino or tea! Also it is all homemade and it definitely shows through their wonderful pastries!

Thank Cara V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

I have nothing but great things to say. This is a small Mexican Bakery that doesn't attract a crowd by any stretch. I get the feeling it's a place known only to locals, which is why I hope this review will change that! We stumbled across this bakery in our search for breakfast the first morning we were in Hollywood.... More 

Thank MeganZurek
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2014

Had heard about this place and had the opportunity to visit. Stephanie was an angel and we enjoyed all of the items. Will return. They donate to a Mexican sanctuary for Monarch butterflies.

Thank Kay O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

I've noticed La Monarca before but never really bothered to walk in. I almost didn't this time as I was trying to find the Starbucks that Google said was nearby (I never made it to Starbucks, I think it's in the Vons across the street). I was in front of La Monarca and hesitated to go in because it was... More 

Thank Mario0007
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

La Monarca Bakery celebrates Mexico's baking tradition to its best. If you are in Santa Monica stop by in the morning get a mexican style hot chocolate and a "concha" dip it and sip it slowly it will confort you like a hug from your mother!!! If you a more hungry make time for Molletes... their's are delicious, a lovely... More 

Thank Teresa M
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

This place is really lovely. They have a large selection of delicious pastries that they make in-house. Their coffee was really good, but definitely made me feel a little cracked out. Too strong for me. There isn't too much seating, but there's some.

Thank sarahhass

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Mexican
Restaurant features
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1300 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5411
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-451-1114

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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