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Monarch @ Hotel Zaza

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672 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am;
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm.
Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Bar: Sunday - Thursday: 10am - 12am, Friday & Saturday: 10am - 2am
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Phone number
(713) 527-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jonathan Wickes
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Private party facilities
For upscale Houston events, chic social dinners and just about any occasion that calls for the ZaZa standard of good taste, our Houston event venues are the ultimate platforms for dazzling affairs. Treat guests to the rich flavors of Monarch, our prestigious onsite restaurant for private dining in Houston your guests will certainly remember. Please call 713.639.4539 to start your planning today!
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Private party contact
Monarch Manager: (713) 639-4539
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Catering
For more information on catering please contact 713.639.4500
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Cross street
Main St and Ewing St
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Parking details
Complimentary
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Public transit
Museum District stop on Houston Metrorail.
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Entertainment
SIP & SPIN WITH MONARCH EACH FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Sip cocktails while Houston's top local DJ spins house favorites in Monarch Restaurant & Lounge each Friday & Saturday night from 10pm-2am. For inquiries regarding bottle service and the weekly DJ lineup, please call 713.527.1800.
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Special events & promotions
This luxury hotel has also created some of Houston’s most wonderfully unexpected settings for weddings, social events and meetings of all sizes and sorts. From the statement-making Phantom Ballroom, to the truly limitless possibilities available on the Imagination Level, Zaza's highly trained, extremely flexible, challenge-loving staff of experts is ready to transform just about any of their many spaces to meet your own special desires. For more information regarding special events at Hotel ZaZa please contact our Sales & Catering department at 713.639.4500
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 672 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Mother-daughter luncheon

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I dine at Monarch several times a year as well as Dragonfly at ZAZA Dallas. I am never disappointed. ZAZA management knows how to properly run a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Had a delicious Christmas brunch, the quail starter was very tender and tasty as was the turkey entree. The pecan rum tart was to die for. Great experience made all the better by our wonderful waiter Ernest. Top marks Monarch!

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We booked for an early dinner on Christmas Eve. Everything was wonderful, very attentive staff -- but if you eat inside you will see TV screens on over the bar. Nobody was at the bar and in my opinion, they took away from the ambience. Nonetheless I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Impeccable food, service, and atmosphere. Very few restaurants will provide you with a "WOW" experience like the Monarch is able to provide. It is a restaurant run by experienced chefs and a staff that is trained to provide the highest quality service.

Every dish and drink is amazing and unique, the presentation is superb, and the food selections offer a variety of tastes and options. While you will find the restaurant located in a hotel, local Houstonians are ever present and have already spotted this place as unique and a place for fine dining. If you are looking for outstanding cuisine, meals that appeal to all palates, and service that always meets or exceeds customer expectations, put this restaurant on your list for your next dining experience or special occasion.

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4.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent steak and salmon dishes. Crab cakes were the best. Attentive service.
Quiet for conversation

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing brunch! Everything was delicious!

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

went to this place for brunch, great service will be sure to come back when family and friends are visiting.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Monarch on Saturday evening.

The restaurant area we found nicely organized and pleasant. We had some mixed appetizers to start with, including a tasty crab puff amuse-bouche courtesy of the chef.

The lamb lollipops were awesome - the right mix of juiciness and flavor. We could've eaten those 3 times over. The tuna tacos I have mixed feelings about. The wonton wrapper was dark brown and very oily (too quickly fried or too high a temp? Not sure...) while the tuna filling was soft, moist and perfectly spiced. I left the shells and ate the filling. The fish cake was fresh, soft and delicious.

For the main course, I had the scallops and my husband had the mahi-mahi (the special of the day). I found the seafood to be very fresh. The scallops were perfectly cooked, as was the fish. The chef clearly knows and appreciates his seafood.

The ambiance was kind of quiet for a Saturday which we certainly didn't mind and was refreshing actually! The restaurant kind of joins on to the bar but if the music is kept low, it works fine. They also have an outdoor option if you prefer your dinner al fresco.

The menu is a little eclectic, which I like, although my one criticism would be the dishes - apps and main courses - all seemed to be a little heavy on the oil, but that might just be my opinion. The fried items had a lot of oil dripping off the breading and the other items were glistening and had visible oil drops on the plate. I'm not sure we had anything which wasn't quite oily.

I ordered the apple and brie cheese hand pie for dessert out of curiosity and wow - this was the best part of the meal! We couldn't finish it (just too much food in all!) but seriously, if you like apple with cheese (just a little touch of brie) then order this dessert. It's so good!! I'm not crazy about brie unless it's melted but it was so subtle in the dessert I loved it., Seriously, order this!!!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Love love loved the food and the ambience! Service was superior!

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1.0Dined on November 23, 2017

My son and I were there for Thanksgiving meal. I wish I could say the food was amazing but it was not. The Menu was all Al Carte. The waiter did not seem familiar with the Thanksgiving Menu. The food was salty and taste like liquid smoke was used. Not a glass of wine for less than $16. I found the food below average . Total bill for 2 $240. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Fabulous as usual! Ask for waiter Earnest he is the best! C*

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

My sweetie and I had brunch before heading to the spa for a message!! Super yummy!!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Nice ambience, specially the patio with the views. Excellent and friendly service. We were greeted for our anniversary! Will definitely celebrate it here next year!

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and were pleasantly surprised to find several gluten free entrees on the menu! Even delicious gluten free bread. It was a treat. Our server was very professional, yet friendly. We will return!

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

This is such a lovely venue, but the service is not good. Restaurant virtually empty and yet we never received drink or water refills, took forever to get check, and wait staff was aimlessly wandering around doing nothing. Food is good and if service would improve it would be a great choice.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

The atmosphere is great. The food was really good. The service was outstanding.
Definitely I will come back to this place, never disappointed

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Planned husbands dinner date here, made the best choice ever! The food choices were great, the service was amazing, and the drinks were superb! Definitely going back for more getaway times!!

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2.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Very odd mishmash of decor. Exceedingly dark, but that could be because we were seated in a far back corner next to the patio door. (Women dining alone are treated differently? I never believed that until now.) So dark we had to use the flashlight apps on our phones to read the menu.

Wine list was the usual same old stuff, and more than usually marked up. My dining companion had only one choice on the menu (she’s vegan) and it was so thoroughly dark, she was unaware that the root vegetables in her dish still had stems attached until she bit into one. (I’m always a bit leery of a place that doesn’t want you to see the food.) The food was good, but nothing special for the price.

Valet parking was confusing and momentarily disconcerting... they had us enter at one location, then when we left, there was nobody at that door and the driveway was blocked off. We had to go around to a different side of the hotel.

Not the great night we had been expecting, and we are really pretty easy to please. We have each managed restaurants across all levels and cuisines, so generally cut some slack because stuff. The wait staff and host staff were friendly and professional, though. (Again with the odd mix of styles, the wait staff uniforms were completely out of sync with the restaurant. And what’s with the mirrored lower walls in otherwise black (!) restrooms? Is this whole thing the project of a trophy wife?)

We have no photos to add, because none of them came out. Did I mention it was very dark?

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

We came in for a birthday dinner and Martin treated us like kings. If you ever come here make sure to ask for Martin!

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Best Lamb Lollipops!

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Unfortunately hot coffee was spilt on my husband & I, waiter apologized, however, did not do as much as he could to check we had everything we needed, including g, making sure we hadn’t been scolded!
Stain on my husband’s short needed to be treated.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The breakfast was very well done. All the food was perfectly prepared. Service was excellent. The hotel was very swanky. We ate up on the patio. Did not have to deal with the humidity.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Romantic setting on the porch for dinner. The portions are generous and expertly prepared. Had the lamb lollipops which were great -medium. The caprese salad was very good. The scallops for dinner was a hit. The special fish was well done. Loved the butternut squash soup too.

Did not have dessert but the chocolate cake looked good.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

friendly setting, our waiter was amazing..Richard.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Great experience per usual! Food was great, service was great ! See you soon Monarch!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Once again, service was amazing and impeccable. Tiki loved every moment. Both the restaurant and the hotel has been recommended to our friends, however, we would much rather keep this gem to ourselves.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Service by Richard and Josue were outstanding! We went there for Houston Restaurant Week but will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Pleasant relaxing experience.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

On the pricey side but very good and we enjoyed it for brunch

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Beautiful patio for a delicious brunch with a friendly staff that took great care of us! The sweet potato and house made breakfast sausage hash was incredible and so favorful. I'll definitely be ordering that again!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

We came here for dinner and it was very good. The staff was very courteous. When it came to the food, oh wow! It was a great meal. Plenty of flavor, everything was cooked to order. We had a lot of fun here and would come back.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2017

2 dollar signs needs to be raised to 3. Service was good.
Very expensive for what it was...food average at best. Best thing we had was the complimentary amuse bouche. Least expensive wine buy the glass $11 no bottle under $50. We usually trust open table reviews but this one let us down.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Earnest and Richard were great both nights we ate there. Food was outstanding

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2017

Wedding anniversary and it was great

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Service great and yummy brunch with a complimentary mimosa-
Perfect for our Sunday girls brunch and the church bells ringing at noon was charming

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel ZaZa for his 60th birthday. Even though we live in the Houston area, we checked-in late afternoon and lounged by the awesome pool area for a few hours. We had 7:00 PM dinner reservations at the Monarch. We do not usually eat at hotel restaurants, but like to try different local locations. We decided to try the Monarch and are so glad we did. We did not feel we were in a hotel. It was decorated very classy, the food was wonderful and the staff was very attentive. They have a very nice enclosed patio and also a great bar. We ended up eating breakfast back in the Monarch the next morning with equally delicious food. I am ready to go back!!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2017

We came for breakfast on the morning after our 5th wedding anniversary. The service was great and the food was amazing. I highly recommend it and we will without a doubt be returning!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Great place! Surprised at the food quality given this is a hotel restaurant. We were extremely pleased, especially with Richard's excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Instead of the dining room, we stayed in the lounge for our dinner. We had a great relaxed experience. The food was great. Cheese plate a bit pricey for what you received (very little cheese). But, overall we really enjoyed our visit.

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