Country French and Italian Cuisine, hidden away in Parker Colorado!
Sometimes, you can easily miss the best restaurants if you blink. That’s certainly the case of Cafe Monet, located at 10471 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO 80134. It’s located in the strip mall that houses Chokecherry Liquors, Domino’s Pizza and Johnny’s Asian Bistro off of Parker Road and Plaza drive. Tucked into a corner you’ll find a really awesome country French and Italian spot.
I haven’t been here in many years but I was driving by and thought to myself, why not. I was not disappointed! Upon entering the unassuming exterior, it’s like you’ve entered a little part of France. Light piano music was playing and the atmosphere was very calm and welcoming. There’s a full bar area that was closed off for the lunch hour, so I waltzed into the dining area. Dozens of bottles of French wines border the dining booths, and I took a seat.
The server was extremely friendly and attentive, letting me know the specials of the day. A fresh, hot baguette was served immediately after. The lunch menu had all sorts of scrumptious sounding French and Italian dishes, including veal and fish selections. I would love to come back at a later date and enjoy some of the appetizers, but for today I just grabbed lunch. This place wants you to really relax and enjoy your meal at a European pace – although they do have a power lunch menu on their website. So, this is a great spot for a leisurely meal. All of the lunch items included soup du jour and a salad with your choice of dressing. Today’s soup was a cup of Lemon chicken – delicious!
I ended up choosing the sirloin steak, which was served with glazed carrots and rice. It was fantastic and I walked out with a bill under 12 dollars for a full three course meal (lunch prices). This is definitely more of a refined atmosphere – most of the diners while I were there were either meeting old friends, business acquaintances, or quietly reading and enjoying a glass of wine with their lunch. That said, I am not sure this would be the best place to dine with children – save it for a romantic date or a special occasion with your adult friends. As I mentioned above, this is a European dining experience so if you’re in a rush, chill out! I spent roughly an hour there enjoying my meal. A a hidden gem since 1996 – If you live in Parker Colorado you have to give it a try!
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