Where to Eat in Monterey Park: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Major Galusha

Monterey Park is a city located in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California, United States, approximately seven miles (11 km) from the Downtown Los Angeles civic center. The city's motto is "Pride in the past, Faith in the future". Monterey Park is part of a cluster of cities (Alhambra, Arcadia, Temple City, Rosemead, San Marino, and San Gabriel in the west San Gabriel Valley) with a growing Asian American population. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 60,269. Monterey Park has recognized as "America's Best Places to Live 2017" ranked at #3 by Money magazine and three local news TV stations.
Things to do in Monterey Park

1. Fosselman's

1824 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801-1897 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible SGD 26 +1 626-282-6533
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Fosselman's

Reviewed By Richard H - Alhambra, California

I've been coming here for years and have never been disappointed! So many flavors, so little time, and the kids who wait on you are always polite and helpful! I like to think Huell Howser still haunts the place with his big smile and wonderful charisma!!!

2. Julienne

2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108-1639 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 626-441-2299
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Julienne

Reviewed By Hexy - Gloucester, Massachusetts

This cafe and gourmet shop is like something straight out of France. Absolutely beautiful inside, with unique gift items, pates, pastries, chocolates, cheeses and other delicacies. The cafe looks like a room in a French chateau. Unfortunately we arrived less than an hour before closing, so the cafe part was already closed. The two gentlemen at the counter were incredibly kind, encouraging us to sit at the outside tables and providing us with everything needed to enjoy pate, crackers and dessert. They even opened the pate for us and provided extra wrapping so we could take the leftover home. They truly went above and beyond! Everything was delicious, including the cafe au lait and cappuccino. This cafe is a treasure!

3. Newport Seafood Restaurant

518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776-1111 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 626-289-5998
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 125 reviews

Newport Seafood Restaurant

Reviewed By MsLATam - Carlsbad, California

My husband ordered the crab and kept repeating, “This is the best crab I have ever had.” That is saying a lot as we usually seek out Michelin rated restaurants when traveling. My fish fillet with basil was also very aromatic and delicious! Can’t wait to return! In the end, it was Memorable!

4. NBC Seafood

404 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754-3279 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Seafood, Asian Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner SGD 46 +1 626-282-2323
Excellent
36%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

NBC Seafood

Reviewed By loveDCA - Seattle, Washington

NBC has been around for a while in Monterey Park as a place for Chinese style seafood and dim sum. It used to be a dark and unfriendly place over 10 yrs ago and I was pleasantly surprised to see a remodeled and bright/open space with plenty of parking. Food is just as delicious - but this place is one of the pricier places in Monterey Park. The waiting system is also super efficient - they assign you a number that is shown on a tv screen when your table is ready

5. Half & Half Tea Express

141 N Atlantic Blvd, Ste 112, Monterey Park, CA 91754-1580 (Formerly Half & Half Tea House) Seating +1 626-872-0200
Excellent
23%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Half & Half Tea Express

Reviewed By Ann W - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Have never had boba before. Enjoyed the taste and the different choices. Very filling. You wait in line, pick the size and flavor - which there are many. People friendly - our kids took us there - might have been a bit overwhelming on our own. The tapioca balls in the drink were very unique.

6. Huge Tree Pastry

423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754-3267 Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese +1 626-458-8689
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Huge Tree Pastry

Reviewed By CanisLD - Los Angeles, California

Savory soy milk, plain hot soy milk, fresh hot Taiwanese fried dough, scallion pancake omelet, black sticky rice wrapped around fried dough, pork and pickles. The simple wonton noodles soup is sublime. The noodles were soft and chewy, and the soup was savory with flavors of Chinese celery and white pepper. Waits during lunch rush may be long, but worth the wait. The young woman at the register managed reservations, take outs, payments, tables, orders, and managed the restless customers with great charm, humor, aplomb, and salesmanship. Credit cards not accepted, cash only.

7. Mama Lu Dumpling House Mp

501 W Garvey Ave, Ste 101, Monterey Park, CA 91754-2757 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 626-282-2256
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 92 reviews

Mama Lu Dumpling House Mp

Reviewed By ldgaff - st. louis, missouri

pork dumplings were pretty good, fried rice very good, beef and tenderloin not so much. large quantity if food for very reasonable price. service was good. not a lot of decor but not a dump either. probably won.t return. too many better places to go

8. Ocean Star

145 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754-1581 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Seafood, Asian Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 323-888-2382
Excellent
33%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Ocean Star

Reviewed By HappyTraveler0109 - Pasadena, California

This is a huge, beautiful banquet facility on Atlantic Blvd., in Monterey Park. I really liked the dim sum and the prices were very reasonable. It is very noisy and hard to hear the conversation at your table. We arrived after the first wave of carts went through the dining room so we got what was left and it took a long time before more carts with our favorites appeared again from the kitchen. That being said, it is a good value.

9. Lunasia Dim Sum House

500 W Main St, Suite A, Alhambra, CA 91801-3379 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 626-308-3222
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Lunasia Dim Sum House

Reviewed By Tiffany A - Los Angeles, California

This place was bomb.com!
Sooo good just thinking about it makes me wanna eat here right now.
The problem with this place is everything looks, smells and ultimately tastes delicious lol.

Not expensive at all.
I recommend ordering the jumbo shrimp dumplings
I didnt really love the pork dumplings but they were good, I think i wasn't digging pork that day.
The scallop dumpling were good too but Id pass on them next time, unless we had more people, one piece was plenty for me.
With the chicken wonton soup, my friend and I were over the top, deep in a food coma.

Too good. Way too good.
Parking sucks lol

10. The Hat

2300 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754-6837 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 323-721-3656
Excellent
46%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

The Hat

Reviewed By bbeinstein - Quezon City, Philippines

I'm not a pastrami fan but the hubby is so we tried The Hat from a recommendation from a cousin who loves pastrami sandwiches. We might have over expected our experience as we were disappointed to only like the sandwich. There's a lot of meat but it's not very juicy and you still need to dip it in the au jus. We ordered the Pastrami Dip and Roast Beef with dip but only 1 small container came with our order which did not seem sufficient to make our meats moist enough. Maybe they already dipped the meats in the au jus like other shops do but it still wasn't juicy enough if they did so. The servings were quite big and we did not finish our orders, especially the Chili Fries which is really a lot. Best to bring a buddy to share your order.

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