Monarch @ Hotel Zaza

4.5
748 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Like everything at Hotel ZaZa, the dining room and nightlife space are designed to entice your every sense. Hotel Zaza dares you to lose yourself in the intoxicating aromas, layered flavors and unexpected touches of the “see and be scene” Monarch Restaurant & Lounge. So come, play, revel, and experience dining and entertainment in the Houston area that’s a world apart.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM

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Houston
30 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I had a chopped chicken salad, it was bland consisting of iceberg lettuce. Not tasty at all. My friend had onion soup which had no favor. The beef open face sandwich was good but not excellent. For the price of the dishes food needs some favor.

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s
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal very much. Service was prompt and cordial we started out with the guacamole and pimento cheese appetizer. It was a very large portion of the cheese and a good sized portion of guacamole. We couldn’t finish all of the cheese portion. My kiddos both had the cheeseburger and fries and they eat it all up. The were cooked to order and they both received them exactly the way they requested them. One likes well done and other prefers medium rare. I had the 8oz filet and subbed out the sides for the chili garlic broccoli. The steak was properly cooked and well seasoned and the broccoli was delicious. We didn’t have room for any desserts after the large portions of the meals.

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place so so much. Twice we have stayed at the hotel and enjoy multiple meals at the Monarch. Service is outstanding, atmosphere is lovely, and the food is amazing. I savor it all, and can’t wait to come back. Awesome experience.

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RW
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like the new menu.... management was visible and visited tables....I like that

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DK
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fabulous first anniversary dinner here! Attention to detail was outstanding. Salmon was perfectly cooked, & the 4-oz filet was great for me (not a huge portion). We ate here as we were spending the night at Hotel Za Za. But we will be returning just to dine here again!

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were staying at the hotel and went to the restaurant several times. I liked the patio which was pleasant and the tuna tacos were great. I didn't like the booth inside because it was so loud. We had made a reservation for 6, requesting the patio, arrived early and were told it was booked for a private party. But there didn't seem to be many people out there. We asked to move and finally did. Once outside, it was very pleasant. It just seemed a little hard to get the servers attention but it may have been the time we were there. I would always ask for the patio in the future.

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DG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the patio on a perfect spring day for Houston. Lunch was pricy but worth it.

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KA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner on the veranda for a night out out w/ my husband. Perfect spring setting and view in H-Town!

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DQ
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host gave us a friendly greeting and sat us in a beautiful spot outside. Just beautiful! We started with the delectable tuna tacos. That aioli on the tacos... heavenly! My husband ordered the fish special. He was so happy with it. He said everything on the plate was full of flavor. I had the fried chicken breast with potatoes and green beans. Also very good. Fried perfectly and juicy inside. I would love to have a spicy option though. I'd requested a side of the aioli to eat with my chicken but I guess the server forgot.
The drinks were also very good.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for lunch!! We really enjoyed the outdoor seating and kind staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marriage proposal celebration

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful. Very personable service and excellent kitchen.

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SG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monarch Bistro at Hotel ZaZa never fails to please: wonderful atmosphere, great food and drinks, and reasonable prices. Monarch is top-notch all the way!

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D
Chicago
264 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very popular spot which means the wait for service and food can be a tad long . Having said that, the staff is quite pleasant and the food delicious . I had a business breakfast and lunch here and would recommend the place .

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ST
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The ribeye was full of fat it was sent back - he got a fillet instead medium rare- came out medium well - never offered dessert Menu or coffee ? Have stayed at Zaza and eaten there before - it was our anniversary and could’ve picked any place in Houston to eat and we picked the Monach - Bad decision ! We ended up going to another restaurant to get coffee and a dessert -

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NM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, service and atmosphere was excellent. I was surprised to see a rehearsal dinner being served with the Television blaring the news at the end of the table. We will plan on returning.

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m
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating Valentines Day Weekend. Hotel Zsa Zsa and Monarch were beautifully decorated with hearts, balloons, art work and lighting in shades of red.
The wait staff in Monarch were very friendly and attentive
My husband ordered snapper on risotto and I had the buttermilk dipped chicken on cheddar mashed potatoes. Both dishes were delish! We attended a show in downtown, but came back to Monarch for drinks later. They had a DJ playing a great mix of current and 90’s tunes, and the bartenders were friendly and accommodating to switching up certain ingredients for drink orders (I requested Fresca in my cocktail in place of lime juice - no raised eyebrows- just a comment of “that sounds good!”)
Great experience at Monarch. We’ll be back soon!

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine Day

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C
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Restaurant is not too formal witch a causal bar area. The restaurant has a simple but ethically diverse menu. My wife and I really enjoyed our food. We split the spaghetti Bolognese and Chicken Picatta. It was really good. Pasta was excellent. The prices are actually really good which makes this restaurant a great value. The Wait staff was great, very friendly, quick and engaging. I would definitely come back.

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s
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will put this restaurant up against any upscale restaurant in Houston. New chef. Great menu. Great service.

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HB
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb lollipops, delicious!!! Tried the tropical salad, it was great! I asked for pine nuts to be added, made it taste even better.

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OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Anniversary

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The bread was fantastic, the burgers were great, the ambiance is upscale and fantastic. Expensive but Recommend for a nice, upscale lunch experience.

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SG
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Monarch for brunch or lunch! Beautiful view, great staff, delicious food!

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DC
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I frequent the restaurant often!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extremely good. Loved the ambiance although could use just a tad more light.

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HE
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and so convenient being in hotel. Best Brussels sprouts excellent. One had fried chicken and the other the ribeye and both well pleased. Would prefer televisions not be visible from resteraumt seating but couldn’t hear them Recommended to some friends in Houston already. Close to museums

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WL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here after seeing Trans Siberian Orchestra!!

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M
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I enjoyed my birthday dinner this evening with my sweetheart. Knowing that there were vegan options makes me happy so I was instantly down for it! I have been wanting to try the Impossible burger for a while and I thought it was great! I brought my own Chao cheese (non-dairy of course) and it was epic! The house butter has butter and olive oil on it, so I simply requested the wheat bread that they use for sandwiches; it was slightly toasted for me and I just asked for a side of olive oil, cracked some fresh pepper on top with a hint of salt, it was going down! The Monarch is perfect for an evening night out with someone special most definitely. I will be back, that's a fact!

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b
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the Main Street hotel Zaza is the nicest restaurant in our museum neighborhood.
we are v much enjoying the recently revised menu offerings.
Zack, our server, was helpful and courteous, and made the evening special.

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DC
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! It is the best...

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LA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Everything was just average for pre performance supper. I was not indpired

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time trying Monarch. Met out-of-town friends for lunch. We had a very nice server, but hard to communicate with the support wait staff who didn't speak much English. Unfortunately, a very loud table full of women made it difficult to chat with our friends, but overall the food, cocktails, and ambiance were very good.

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TF
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and food. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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CE
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was very slow. I realize a very large party had just left, but otherwise, there was hardly anyone else in the restaurant. It was a business lunch, and we were under a time constraint. I thought the lamb chops were supposed to come with a mint sauce or jelly, but all I got was some ersatz tsaziki sauce. The coffee was cold, the brownie was dry, and our waiter forgot to give me my doggie bag.

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just can’t remember the name of the waiter and I am sure he was great. I took my husband there for birthday dinner and our waiter made everything so perfect and he knew exactly what to recommend for it to be so. Thank you again! (Sorry I forgot his name)

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KF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor patio area and cocktails are amazing! Our service was outstanding each visit as well.

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f
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great menu, and great service! Recommended to all food officionados!

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TH
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service at the bar was exceptional and friendly. The food and drinks were top notch.

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t
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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