Monarch @ Hotel Zaza

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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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Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great table location on the patio, good service, great food.

HB
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! My husband's steak was huge! Maybe because we were sitting too close to bar area, it was a little loud. My husband couldn't hear what l was saying.

GS
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Loved the vegetarian Superfoods bowl with the impossible burger patty. I will be back just for this.

TL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great job start to finish. Wait time, service, quality of food. Helpful, accommodating wait staff ready to help. I will be back.

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent service and food no matter what time or what day I visit

RK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was pretty average but the service was fantastic. Can’t blame the service for the food and can’t give the food credit that the service group earned, so 3/5 stars.

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous hamburgers...fresh tasting meat cooked to requested temp and SUPER fries!!!

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience in spite of the weather!!

J
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lamb chops weren't as good as I remember them. I felt they were lacking the seasoning. We ordered them medium but next time need to order them medium well as I didn't like the chewiness of the meat. The crab cakes were delicious. More crab than bread crumbs. Perfectly cooked perfectly seasoned

The key lime pie was a special treat. Perfect in taste, consistency and flavor!!

Beautiful atmosphere always 💕

Def a revisit soon

KC
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We had made a reservation and we were sat in the bar that was very loud. Our waitress seemed to forget about us when we didn’t order alcohol. It took so long to order and to get our bill that I don’t believe I will go back.

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great market fish with fabulous vegetables

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burger and excellent crispy fries!!!!

TB
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

I had high expectations to be having dinner in such a nice 4 star hotel but unfortunately it was disappointing. Our experience started when we asked the waiter for a gin cocktail. We explained we liked cucumber or basil. Of course he said and recommended something from the cocktail list that sounded good. A few minutes later he returned with two Whisky cocktails. I asked him to come back and explained the problem. He quickly recommended another and I asked to read the description which turned out to be vodka based. I eventually ordered a G&T. Now for the menus....this was 8pm and we were sitting with lunch menu's and I asked for the dinner menu. He exchanged them for almost identical menu's. One said dinner and one said lunch. There was no mention of the HRW menu so I assumed they were not participating. We ordered two appetizers and one entree which were good, basic but good.
Our bill was $150 for a basic meal and inadequate service which we paid and left. We reached the valet parking who wanted $15 for parking. I commented that it seemed high when we just eat in the restaurant for 90 minutes. She reluctantly suggested we ask the restaurant to validate our parking.
Again, another example of poor service from the restaurant staff. Why were we not told this when we checked in or by the waiter. Why were we not offered the HRW menu. Why does the waiters not know the 8 or so cocktails on their list. It may be a 4 star Hotel, but it is a 2 star restaurant. I will not be going back when Houston has so many amazing restaurants with well trained eager staff.

r
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I’ve had in a long time. Looking forward to going back. The table next to us was obnoxious and loud for such a nice place. Not much you can do about that. I highly recommend this place

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great market fish

OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While it was quite crazy busy and little warm in the restaurant, the food was outstanding. There were 4 in our party and we all loved our food! The service was wonderful!

C
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great desserts. Great portions. Attentive waiter. Beautiful. Will validate valet. Sleek classy clean.

G
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The Hotel and Restaurant both have a great ambiance! Service was nice, but disappointed in the food. Super bland. Overall...3 out of 5.

AB
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our waitress forgot drinks, we had to ask fir bread and had to ask someone else for the check. She disappeared for long periods of time.
Food was great and place is nice.

MJ
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service is excellent, our waiter took very good care of us. The food was uneven, certain dishes worked well while others were not very good at all. The desserts in particular were mediocre. The ambiance is nice, the terrace looked pretty. All in all, we were glad to have tried it but I’m not sure we’d go back.

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

DW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal with friends and the service and lighting was great. I will make a point of going back

VM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to stay at the hotel, and we always eat there at the Monarch. The service is top notch, everyone that walks by wants to make sure you are happy and need nothing. The food is always great, love to try something new each time we go. It is not loud like a lot of places that you can not carry on a conversation with your friends! The atmosphere is great. I really enjoy sitting outside in the garden area. Always enjoyable!

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really appreciated the manager coming by the table to talk to us about our day

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Tuna

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WK
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We discovered the ZaZa Hotel in the Museum District a few weeks ago and enjoyed a couple drinks and appetizers at the bar. We had a great experience and now it was time to explore their dining menu:
The Gulf Coast Crabcake was a pretty good size and well seasoned.
The Pan-Seared Sea Scallops were a great combination of flavors, but couldn’t impress comparing international cuisine in Portugal and Mexico City.
The Grilled Salmon Filet with the shaved cauliflower and golden raisins and pine nuts: This was the best salmon entree I had, ever! Well done! No, actually medium done! Maybe that made all the difference!

However, the service lacked the attention and passion we expected in a beautiful ambiance like the Monarch @ Hotel ZaZa to round up our dining experience memorable in a positive way:
It started with pouring ice water in a tall glass: I stopped the busser and asked the server for water without ice or if they have any mineral water available. When he suggested Topo Chico I ordered it with a glass please, but no ice. During that conversation the busser came around the table, grabbed my empty glass I pushed away to avoid pouring water in it. I told him that I do not want water with ice. He poured it anyway, responding to me like they ALWAYS pour water, no matter what.
Which really concerns me considering other restaurants only serve water if ordered to reduce consumption and considering water preservation.
My Aperitif was served WITH ICE and my Topo Chico was never served. The server suggested to bring me a new drink without ice but that did not happen either. Needless to say that I tried to save my aperitif by fishing the ice out with my fork.
We rounded up with a Port Wine. I savored the last bit to really finish with a good note. One moment I did not pay attention, the busser grabbed our glasses, one empty and one NOT YET FINISHED. I must admit: He was fast and did what he was told to do: If he only would have asked if he could take it...

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent market fish special with great sides

CN
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the Artisanal Meat and Cheese board which was wonderful. The Salmon Filet was probably the best i've ever tasted and it was sitting on a bed of shaved cauliflower, golden raisins, and pine nuts, in a lemon vinaigrette... OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD.!! We ended the night with the Cheesecake and it was possibly the creamiest, most decadent cheesecake ever! I'm a food snob, but THIS was an amazing experience all around!!!

HA
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Portion size was generous so go hungry or share. I will definitely be back

s
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service were very good. However, it was so hot in the restaurant, it was uncomfortable. The waiter told us they were working on the air, but it never cooled down, so very uncomfortable.

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always good!!!

LB
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just good food. Ate here twice while in Hotel great lobster roll and fabulous appetizers.

VR
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered something that came with a side dish with pine nuts. I told the server I was allergic to pine nuts and he happily changed the side dish. Unfortunately, when my order came up pine nuts were sprinkled ALL OVER the substitute side dish. Hmmm. Either the chef or food runner did this —or server didn’t make it clear about the allergy. The order was remade fairly quickly which I appreciated and my wine was comped. After all that the food was delicious and the salmon was cooked PERFECTLY.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice lunch on the patio. Although it was a warm day, the outside dining was pleasant. The food was delicious!

KB
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to eat, gather with friends and family! Very well appointed!

NM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plesent staff with a really friendly vibe . The decor was cool it was very different. The drinks were perfect and plentiful great paring to wonderful food, had a little of everything from salads to entrees!

s
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Was very disappointed with lunch at Monarch. Waited a very long time for our food and service was slow and disinterested. Dirty appetizer plates were left on our table for the entire meal. Food was okay. Two people got fried chicken and said it was good. Two of us got the impossible burger and it was not very good. Had high expectations for the restaurant because it was in Hotel Zaza, but missed the mark completely. Would not go again.

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!!

JB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monarch was a lovely location for a pre-show dinner and short walk to the Miller Outdoor Theater concert. I would choose it again and recommend it to friends. Service was prompt, professional and friendly.

LA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A few years ago we read good things about the Caesar's salad, we ordered it and really found many inconsistencies with it. Although you could tell the dressing was made on-premise, the square-cut lettuce tasted just like the ones that come in a bag. The leaves lacked moisture and the edges weren't freshly cut which took a lot away from the overall dish. The rest of the food was what I consider average even a tad below average considering and depending of who you compare it too. The Bloody Mary at the bar was made with a horrible commercial mix that was ghastly to say the least. They need to strive in making their restaurant be above your typical hotel chain restaurant. Service was surprisingly good given the fact that the servers looked and talked as if they were about to go night clubbing. Overall it was ok but not something to write home about which is something they should aspire to. The hotel Sorella in Houston's West side for example has an excellent restaurant inside of it. One of the Monarch's managers should go there to see how it's really done.