Monarch @ Hotel Zaza

4.5
732 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

What 732 People Are Saying
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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine Day

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C
Houston
16 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
39 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
55 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 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I frequent the restaurant often!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 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 29, 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 22, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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 17, 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
1 review
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 6, 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 26, 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 15, 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 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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CC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Really obnoxiously loud. Had to sit on the patio because we couldn't speak to each other across a table inside. We even tried turning the table sideways so we could hear each other, and that didn't work! While everything was great on the patio except the temperature (semi-heated, probably mid to high sixties), by the time we'd moved, our romantic anniversary evening was pretty much destroyed. Loud drunks apparently took over the restaurant, and then everyone else had to scream to compete.

Everyone did what they could to rescue the evening, but what they SHOULD have done was to tell the loud drunks to keep it down! Apparently they have no control over their own restaurant. A little acoustic treatment would go a long way, and having the fortitude to keep obnoxious patrons under control would go even farther.

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WT
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always loved this location. Had my bridal shower there, 20 years ago!!!!!

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HB
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salad was delicious as were the lamb lollypops! Fresh made bread!!

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T
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

There were a lot of flies which made our lunch less appealing to eat.

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TN
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was for a birthday and no one recognized it!! Very disappointed

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, will be back again.

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PP
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been to Monarch in a while. Food was good but not great. Menu was much more limited than past visits, as was the wine list. Service was great. Too many better restaurant choices in Houston, so doubt we will return.

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

not overally impressed with the food - while some aspects of the food were wonderful, it seems the chef had a thing for nutmeg or cloves .. it was in the french onion soup completely distorting the taste as well as on the green beans (I think) on the chicken dish

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N
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I have eaten at the Monarch many times before but last Saturday may have been the last. My reserved tables were not ready, the service was beyond slow, and the food was mediocre at best. The child’s grilled cheese sandwich was the last entree to arrive. Our reservation was at 5:45–we were attending a concert—but our food did not arrive until 6:55!!! For four adults and three children—who ordered burgers and grilled cheese—the bill was over $250. If the service and food had been better, there would have been no complaints about the price. This used to be a favorite spot to go; not so much now. The Caesar salad tasted like oil, the lobster roll was just okay, the pasta was just okay, and as I said—the grilled cheese arrived after everyone else had their food. Unacceptable.

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It took close to an hour to get our food despite letting out server know at the beginning of our meal that we had tickets to a concert and thus were on a time line. Several tables seated after us received their food and paid before we even had our entrees (we didn't order appetizers or dessert). At one point a member of our party went to find a manager and complain because we didn't have our food and our waiter had not come by with any updates.

Additionally, the temperature vacillated from freezing to sweltering. I'm not sure what the problem was but they need to fine tune their AC system.

Sadly, I don't see myself eating at the Monarch anytime soon.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great dinner for my grandmothers birthday. They were very accommodating. Food was good.

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j
Houston
121 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Biggest problem was the noise level. Hard to hear what someone across the table was saying.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The service and the food was good, not excellent, but good. They seemed a little short staffed on the night we ate there. The atmosphere on the patio is really good. It's a great place to eat if you're staying at the hotel and you just don't want to venture out.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Monarch for our 1 year wedding anniversary, and they ensured that it was a special night! Amazing food and great service, as well :)

Thank you, Monarch!

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PC
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quite lunch. Interesting vegan burger. Great French fries.

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K
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Meal with exceptional service. Bravo!

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