Located in the Cerritos Plaza between Pier 76 and The Habit is Luna Grill. It was founded in 2004 with locations throughout Southern California and the Dallas metropolitan area in Texas. The cuisine is authentic Mediterranean with dishes like kabob plates and appetizers including hummus and falafel. Luna Grill is REAL (stands for Real, Epicurean, Agricultural, and Leadership) certified, meaning they work in conjunction with the US Healthful Food Council to promote healthier eating, sustainable sourcing, provide dining options to the public, and to make these options the norm. Luna Grill also uses only non-GMO project verified oils to prepare all of your meals from French fries to chicken kabobs. Salmon, lamb, and rice are non-GMO items as well.
They created the “Luxe Casual” concept which is a cross between fast casual and full service sit-down restaurant. When you enter, the interior has a Mediterranean, Moroccan feel to it from the decorative red chairs to the Moroccan decorative cut-out light shades. It also has a modern feel with the reclaimed wood paneled dividers and brick wall. You order at the counter and your food is brought to your table. The food presentation is as beautiful as if eating in a table service restaurant.
Appetizer Sampler Platter ($10) includes four rounds of falafel, four stuffed grape leaves (dolmas), Israeli couscous medley, hummus, and pita bread that serves 3 to 4 people. It is a great representation of Mediterranean items whether you’re a newbie to Mediterranean cuisine or an avid fan. The spicy hummus has just the right amount of kick without being overly spicy. The couscous medley is flavorful and refreshing. The dolmas have an authentic flavor with the tangy grapes leaves and the tender rice inside. The falafels seem a bit too starchy for my taste but are flavorful and have a nice crispy outside. Rating: 4.5/5
Lamb Tenderloin Kabob ($13.50) is tender pieces of marinated grass-fed lamb served with house salad, basmati rice, pita bread, cucumber-yogurt dip, and your choice of carrots or grilled tomato garnish. The lamb is tender and herbaceous with no detectable gaminess. The basmati rice is also very flavorful. The carrots are tender without being mushy. The salad is a nice addition but could use more dressing. Rating: 4.2/5
Cornish Hen on the Bone ($13.50) is marinated pieces of tender Cornish hen skewered, grilled to perfection, and served with house salad, basmati rice, pita bread, cucumber-yogurt dip, and your choice of carrots or grilled tomato garnish. It is a whole hen cut into wings, breasts, thighs, and drumsticks. The Cornish hen is quite tender and juicy. The flavor profile is similar to tandoori chicken with lemon notes and the chargrill gives it a rich smoky flavor. Rating: 4.5/5
Mini Baklava ($1.50) and Mini Chocolate Nut Roll ($1.50) are some small dessert choices to end your meal with. They are mini, 2-3 bites a piece. The baklava is not too sweet with a sticky texture and buttery flavor. Rating: 3.3/5 The nut roll is light and airy with a nutty chocolate flavor. Rating: 4/5
If you’re looking for beautifully-plated healthy food, make Luna Grill your next stop!
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars
Sustainable Practices: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
11261 183rd St
Cerritos, CA 90703
Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Parking: Free center parking lot