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El Mono

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Peruvian, Latin
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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All reviews lomo saltado ceviche beef french fries peruvian seafood stew signature drink pasta sweet potato service was great tasty food great meal lunch specials portions maracuya dishes flavor
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met a friend here for lunch and loved the food! It’s a counter ordering style restaurant but don’t let that deter you. We had two lunch specials plus ordered a couple of starters and everything was delicious. Way more food than we could eat, but...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank lindawF9569DD
Reviewed 10 December 2018

I never thought I would order Rice and Beans in a restaurant until I found it on the menu. They were amazing!!! As a vegan, I loved this option, tired of french fries at restaurants with no vegan options. I fell in love with Peruvian...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Servando L
Reviewed 18 October 2018

The food was authentic Peruvian and very tasty. The service was plus minus with a long delay between appetizers and main courses. The kids were very tired and it was hard to keep them engaged.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Graciela A
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Good food a bit spicy, large portions, excellent service, reasonable price, all adding to great. Beef was a mite overdone. Better reserve as it gets crowded.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank RamSRam
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

They were slow when we got there. This meant the amazing staff could take more time explaining the dishes and ingredients in them. You could sense the pride, passion, and experience in the robust depth of flavor and meticulous presentation.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank tazzfromca
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This was my first time at El Mono and we really liked their Montado (white rice over beef Picadillo). Their drinks were tasty too, and we were happy it was Happy Hour, since they were at half-price. Their ceviche was tasty, though a little spicy...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank LauranTony
Reviewed 12 August 2018

We are Peruvian so you can’t fool us. Food was amazing! Servers were very kind, not pushy, just right. Food came soon and tasted perfect, especially the Ají de Gallina. Since space is limited, do yourself a favor and make a reservation.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Tim P
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

You can taste the family recipe in their entrees! The Lomo Saltado, a staple of Peruvian restaurants, was absolutely superb. And the servings! Oh my, you can’t go wrong here. Everything is good. Definitely a jewel of a restaurant in El Cerrito!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank TotooIto
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Delicious food, friendly service, sat us close to closing, no problem. Peruvian seafood, sauces wonderful! Something different!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Sararm14
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Not being familiar with Peruvian cuisine, I have no idea if the food here is authentic or not. All I know is we were very pleased with our meal. We got the roasted chicken and Arroz Tapado. Both dishes were flavorful and nicely presented. They...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank bsfog
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Response from Graciela A | Reviewed this property |
Prices are quite reasonable...Nit sure about wine. Probably yes. gsa
12 June 2016|
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Response from Hanna B | Reviewed this property |
No full bar.
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