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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.
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!
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.
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.
Excellent steak and salmon dishes. Crab cakes were the best. Attentive service.
Quiet for conversation
Amazing brunch! Everything was delicious!
went to this place for brunch, great service will be sure to come back when family and friends are visiting.
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!!!
Love love loved the food and the ambience! Service was superior!
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.
Fabulous as usual! Ask for waiter Earnest he is the best! C*
My sweetie and I had brunch before heading to the spa for a message!! Super yummy!!
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!
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!
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.
The atmosphere is great. The food was really good. The service was outstanding.
Definitely I will come back to this place, never disappointed
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!!
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?
We came in for a birthday dinner and Martin treated us like kings. If you ever come here make sure to ask for Martin!