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

What 807 People Are Saying
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G
Denver
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tasty food, lovely ambiance!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I really loved the food and the view. We had enjoyed the moment.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Sadly the Monarch fell short in many ways. The service was lacking and so was the food. For the extremely pricy bill we were highly disappointed for a special birthday dinner at one of our previously favorite spots.

WG
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son’s birthday with friends. Outside seating worked well. Great service... food was superb!

PW
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, great service, and a great view from the patio. We love the Monarch and the Hotel ZaZa!

S
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

HB
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in spite of the weather!!

J
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall2food5service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great market fish with fabulous vegetables

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burger and excellent crispy fries!!!!

TB
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great market fish

OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

G
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

DW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RW
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Tuna

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WK
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent market fish special with great sides

CN
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food4service4ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always good!!!

LB
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

VR
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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