They will not seat you until
They will not seat you until your entire party arrives, but the drinks are great and the service is fantastic.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very pleasant surprise...
Simply outstanding. Pretty small but nicely appointed bar/restaurant. The staff was friendly and outgoing. Our party's appetizers included the pate de foie gras with brioche and jam and the buffalo wings (these are not your typical wing) were truly unique. The attention to detail was outstanding. Our entrees were split between their Diner Burger, again very lovingly prepared and delicious, and the Chicken Confit which was superb. Fell off the bone, loaded with flavor, and just the right crispiness to the skin. The suggested wine pairings were excellent and well reasoned. A dining patio was visible through the back wall. I was definitely impressed and look forward to many happy returns.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, Servers, Great!
Food was awesome. Outside garden was great. Servers knowledgable and gave great recommendations. But is the atmosphere meant to be romantic restaurant, sports bar, or night clib?
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food, great service
Recently had dinner here and the food was absolutely amazing. Everything our table ordered was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The chefs here are very talented! They have a great outdoor patio that's beautiful when the weather is nice. I highly recommend everyone eat at this restaurant - I will certainly be back.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
fun scene with "high end" bar food
Loved the relaxed feel of the Monarch and was surprised by how good the food was. The pretzels with beer cheese and wings were a hit with our table, but the entrees matched any "fine dining' atmosphere in Chicago. Will go back, especially on nice day (when the Hawks aren't in the playoffs) to try outdoor seating. Service was great.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Place for a Celebration
The Monarch was great at accommodating my group. They ever gave us free champagne to celebrate my graduation! How thoughtful!!!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place
I can't say enough good things about the Monarch. The food is incredible, the bar is cozy and the wine is fabulous. But what keeps me coming back is the service. We are treated so well every time we come in - and always feel so welcome and taken care of. We really enjoy our dining experience every single time. We have become regulars, but at a place as good as the Monarch with such a range of food and dishes, you should be asking yourself why your not a regular too.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The owner was our waiter,
The owner was our waiter, and bent over backwards to make sure we enjoyed the place. Great drink recs, apps were stellar. I'd definitely come back.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food and service.
Very good food and service. I would say unexpectedly good food based on the unassuming facade and little bit off the beaten path in Bucktown.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I went here to celebrate my birthday. None of us had really heard of monarch but after a yelp search and the great reviews I had read I decided we should check it out. We were all very pleased with our experience. They greeted us with a round of champagne to celebrate and the great service continued from there. Our waitress was very knowledgeable on the food and helped us pick some great stuff. Notable apps were the crab cake dip. The mussels were delish and the truffle mayo that came with the fries was amazing! I had the pork blade steak (so incredible I'm still thinking about it) another entree that was really enjoyed was the trout. Finally for dessert they offer treats you would find on an ice cream truck :)
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'd go back in a heartbeat
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Monarch. Owner Colin Burke and staff made our evening a real treat and we felt both gastronomically and intellectually satisfied. As a table of three, we decided to share smaller and larger plates and that allowed us to each sample across a wide variety of Monarch's fare. Our dinner included salad, flank steak, mussels, lovely trout and even imported snails, and each was more delightful and beautifully prepared than the last. The small wine list is well chosen and delicious. Colin also spent time educating and entertaining us, and speaking knowledgeably and insightfully on the needs and challenges of business owners and how midwestern cities can rise up and get to the top of their game again.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved everything about my experience at Monarch!!! My girlfriends and I had a wonderful dining experience! I will definitely be going back!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding service & amazing food
The owner personally served us and took great care explaining the food and beverages. It was clear he was very passionate about the menu... And everything was well prepared and tasted great! And the champagne provided since it was our first visit was a nice and memorable touch!!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has a small menu, but what it makes up for in lack of options, you get slapped in the taste buds with creativity. Every single main dish I would order, no questions asked. Flavors were awesome, service was spot on, and it was just a great, fun time!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Monarch made my night
My boyfriend and I went to the bonarch on a friday night for dinner, our reservations were at 7:00 to beat the Friday night crowd which was great because the place started to get really busy after that. We were greeted by the owner who was just wonderful. Friendly, enthusiastic, and well prepared to go over his menu with us. He gave great recommendatons. He made it all sound so good that we ordered way too much for the two of us but my garbage disposal of a boyfriend didn't mind. We had the baked potatoe soup, snails burgandy, and the blue crab for starters which were all simple and delicious. I had the pork shoulder and he had the chicken and I couldn't stop stealing the polenta from his dish, SO good. Great atmosphere, must try!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dining at the kitchen table for two, we got a great experience for two hours of food and drink that was excellently prepared and served. From the creative loaded baked potato soup to the tagliatelle and trout dishes, it was clear Michael and James have had successful history in the fine dining world. The owner Colin served a slate of perfect pairings and so hospitable for a wonderful evening. Truly one of our favorite dining experiences in Chicago to date.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best birthday ever
I had a wonderful time at the Monarch with all of my friends for my birthday dinner and the staff, even the owner, all wished me a happy birthday. The kitchen closed towards the end of the night so one of the waiters went and bought me ice cream and candles to celebrate with! The food was absolutely amazing, something for everyone!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM