Montebello Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Montebello

April 14, 2018 Russell Mellin

Montebello (Spanish for beautiful mountain) is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, located in the southwestern area of the San Gabriel Valley on 8.4 sq mi (22 km) 8 mi (13 km) east of downtown Los Angeles. It is considered part of the Gateway Cities, and is a member of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. In the early 20th century, Montebello was a well-known source for oil reserves. At the 2010 census, the population was 62,500. The estimated population as of July 1, 2013 was 63,495.
Things to do in Montebello

1. Dal Rae

9023 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660-3897 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 105 +1 562-949-2444
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Dal Rae

Reviewed By Raffi B - Los Angeles, California

First of all, I called to make to make a reservation. The gentleman who answered advised me to just arrive... "we'll take care of you"
So we did....what a mistake!
They sat us in a patio room separate from the dark main dining room where the carpeting is so old, worn out and dirty that you wouldn't catch a roach crawling ! So called over rated "pepper steak" arrived cold. My guests fish was overcooked..crumbling. Very pricey and bland. Really good food is getting harder & harder to find in the U.S.
I would rate this place a big fat "F" to any regular bistro in Paris.
Never again...
It's a shame that the majority of the people in this country have no clue to what fine dining is.

2. 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

3. Arry's Super Burgers

1015 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640-4638 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 323-726-1550
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Arry's Super Burgers

Reviewed By Rachel Y

It's a take out joint w/booths in the dining area. Burgers are good, one order of fries will feed an army but they're very greasy and not that tasty. The hard part of this establishment is taking the staff who are rude, grumpy, and always act like they're better than you or like they'd rather be somewhere else. Can't stand to deal with people like that. So, I'll leave it...

4. Porto's

8233 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241-4842 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 562-862-8888
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

Porto's

Reviewed By Angel M

A bakery like similar to this is yet to be created. I actually don't think is possible to even come close.

The guaba and cheese is my favorite, some of my co-workers love the potato balls, chorizo and eggs breakfast sandwich is delicious, plantine balls= rellenitos are also a must.

5. Polly's Pies

Beverly Blvd, Montebello, CA Breakfast +1 323-722-6324
Excellent
30%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Polly's Pies

Reviewed By pipilo2015 - Sonoma County, California

We went twice during our two-day stay. This is one of those unique dinertype food restaurants, unpretentious with surprisingly good food and choices for every member of the family. The soups are homemade. The coffee is personally brewed for the restaurant. The service is exceptionally well-informed. The pies are amazing, and again all privately baked with tender crust and fresh fillings.

I had a macademia crust chicken one day, extremely tasty with a moist meat. My green pea soup was the best I have ever had, thick and rich. Others had similar responses. The pies are not sickeningly sweet to disguise mediocrity. My lemon meringue was again like home made. This place is an institution for good reasons. And the prices make it a steal!

6. Coco's Bakery

2501 Via Campo, Montebello, CA 90640-1806 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 323-728-4690
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Coco's Bakery

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, Australia

My notes remind me that Coco's was "Really Good Food, Quick & Good Price" It was a real Family Restaurant with lots of groups , really busy but the staff kept it all ticking over. There was a group waiting the whole time we were there which speaks highly for the result I think . The actual pies were great and a very wholesome experience and couldn't believe how cheap. A good food find in LA at a Good price !!

7. Ford's Filling Station

Delta Terminal 5 at LAX, Terminal 5, Gate 55A Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Bar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 310-215-5147
Excellent
26%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
11%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 78 reviews

Ford's Filling Station

Reviewed By Beyondthebull - Norfolk, Virginia

We ate at Ford’s on 4 occasions. All of the food was excellent. The waffles and pancakes were superb. I had the best tasting bacon and best tasting sausage that I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The bacon was probably the best I’ve had anywhere.

Service was consistently excellent.

Ford’s Filling Station has earned my vote for a Food Emmy

8. Olive Garden

1866 Montebello Town Ctr, Montebello, CA 90640-2166 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 323-721-1320
Excellent
26%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Olive Garden

Reviewed By Michelle S - St. Albans, United Kingdom

Do not be tempted to order an appetiser here as the meal starts with unlimited soup or salad plus garlic breadsticks (small rolls). I had chicken with garlic mash which was lovely, others ordered pasta dishes but those with cream sauces were a bit too heavy. The kid's menu is good value but my son's broccoli tasted a little musty like it had been stored in water in a plastic bag but otherwise everything else was tasty.

9. Salvatore Italian Restaurant

125 N 6th St, Montebello, CA 90640-5257 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 323-727-2803
Excellent
49%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Salvatore Italian Restaurant

Family owned and operated since 1975 Benvenuti (Welcome)! The year was 1975 when proud owners of a little pizzeria & restaurant opened their doors to the public in the city of Montebello. Salvatore De Lorenzo and his wife Angela brought with them from Calabria, Italy, many family recipes passed from grandparents to parents with the taste and influence of good, honest Italian cooking made from the freshest ingredients along with a passion to cook. Growing up, there was always Nonna, Mamma, or Zia cooking in the kitchen filling the air with the aromas of fresh sauce and baked bread. The memories remain strong and alive today at Salvatore's Restaurant, one of the oldest family-owned Italian restaurants, where we continue the same family tradition in serving fresh quality Italian food to the next generation of customers. Come in and enjoy a sumptuous meal and southern Italian hospitality as you dine in the ambiance of that old world Italian charm while listening to live entertainment in the background. There is a saying in Italian, "chi mangia bene, vive bene." He who eats well, lives well. We believe this is the way dining should be experienced and we invite you to dine at Salvatore's. We look forward to seeing you again. Joseph and Anthony, brothers

Reviewed By CN M - Los Angeles, California

We have been eating at Salvatore for many years, eating here at least once a month. There's only been a few times that the food was satisfactory (not great but okay) but service was excellent. Or, food was over the top, and service was slow....MoreCN M, we know you know we can do better! We look forward to seeing you soon! ;)

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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