One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling upon a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of European fare at Monet’s in Exeter.
Monet’s French chef tempts taste buds with a sumptuous French and Italian menu, inviting romance-dazed couples and chirpy families alike to unique dining in the cozy bistro. A complex blend of divergent taste sensations unites in an appetizer of caramelized shallots and lavender brie, drizzled with honey and served with warm baguette ($9.75). Crêpes and paninis ($13.95 each) emulsify ingredients to create breadbasket-warming creations such as the Cordon Bleu, with swiss cheese, black-forest ham, and chicken topped with béarnaise sauce. Ciabatta-based pizzas garnish nontraditional base dough with delectable toppings such as smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella, and spicy lamb ($12.95–$21.95).
Like the Belgian consulate inconveniently built in Fenway Park’s center field, Monet's acts a cozy enclave of Europe on American soil. Its French chef works diligently to mirror that inimitable vibe with dish after dish of grilled salmon with portobello ravioli, croque monsieur sandwiches, sweet and savory crepes, and ciabatta pizzas topped with tapenade, pestos, capers, and roasted garlic. Sidewalk seating adds a drizzle of fresh air to desserts of creme brulée and French apple tart, but Monet’s interior keeps the atmosphere intimate with tin ceilings, chocolate-colored wooden tables, soft candlelight, and an extensive list of wines.
120 S E St.
Exeter, California 93221Get Directions