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Monarch Restaurant

4.2
4.2
393 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern

MONARCH Restaurant has two dining concepts under one roof. The larger portion of the space is designated to the Southern inspired casual dining and bar experience anchored by dishes found in New Orleans that more closely reflect the culinary heritage of the two-time James Beard Nominated Executive Chef, Josh Galliano, a native of Louisiana. MONARCH also features an upscale dining experience in a newly transformed eighty seat intimate dining room. The menu offers both “Southern Inspired” items including Gumbo, Corn Fried Oyster Salad, Praline Bacon, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp & Grits and a Creole Spiced Flat Iron Steak, while also offering ingredient-driven, “Modern American Cuisine”. This new concept serves casual foodies and music enthusiasts alike.

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2012

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    kEEP IN MIND THIS WAS THE FINAL DAY THAT THE MONARCH WOULD BE SERVING FOOD. The bar area was noisy, chaoric, with people wanting to make "the scene"-- judging by their dress & attitude it had to be "making the scene". Probably never set foot in there prior. Anyhow, we felt the Kitchen had to be stressing about the final night plus their own personal loss of this job in a couple of hours. The fried chicken I ordered came literally 5 minutes after I ordered it-- tells me that it was mass produced. 2 Club sodas with twist ordered & it was apparent that it was really tap water or club soda without any carbonation fizz left in tank. Our waiter corrected. Sad to see Monarch close

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2012

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    expected much better food. oysters were mediocre, pork belly tested like over-fried bacon, size of the crudo was negligible.

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    ters

    St. Louis

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I hope Josh and Aaron find success at a new establishment.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience! Daniel was a stellar waitor and we couldn't have had a better time. We're so sad that it has closed...we caught it on the night before it closed, and can say that it will remain one of our favorite dining experiences. Were visiting St. Louis from Chicago and made sure to drive the 15 minutes outside of the city to catch this place just in time.

  5. H

    Hotpepper

    St. Louis

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2012

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Great food, fabulous chef, sad to see it closing.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2012

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Overall, I rate Monarch Restaurant at a 3. I loved the ambiance but the food was just Ok. The plates were quite small. I guess I was expecting more. It would be a great place for date night if you were going for appetizers and drinks (not if you're starving). The restaurant was nice but our waitress needs a few customer service tips. Not only was she sarcastic but she assumsed I was giving her a larger tip than planned. She never asked me if I wanted change. She just ran off with an extra $12 of MY money - - how inconsiderate and unprofessional. When I brought up my change, she acted as if she had an attitude. Not to mention, it was obvious she was drinking on the job. On our way out, I noticed her finishing a glass of wine.

  7. SW

    SteveW

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    It's a shame we discovered this great restaurant a week before they were closing their doors.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2012

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    With such a limited menu, you would believe that the food will be five-star this is not the case.

  9. C

    Churls

    St. Louis

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Both fish menu items were interesting and delicious. Server was pleasant and efficient. Atmosphere in the dining room is spectacular. I absolutely adore the ceiling sculpture.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We went to Monarch to celebrate our 6th year wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed with their service and food. Monarch's menu is different from other higher-end restaurants as they try to mix casual dining into a tasteful experience. My husband ordered the fish while I had their shrimp gumbo. Both dishes were delicious and they even gave us a complimentary champagne to toast our special day! It was quite sad to hear they closed the location the next day. Hope they find a good establishment and reopen soon!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The food was awesome and the ambiance was fantastic.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2012

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    The food at Monarch was refreshingly different and the service at the bar was excellent. Service at the table, however, was less attentive. Our table seemed to be better off, but many patrons around us were unhappy and felt neglected. We even got out food before a table that had beeen there since before we sat down. The decor and atmosphere at Monarch is very friendly and inviting. Perhaps there should not be a table so close to the door, though... my legs were freezing by the end of the meal.

  13. B

    Baby7668

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2012

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    They apprently changed there menu and now you can have the same menu at all 3 places in the resterant & items on menu are all under $20 + they have specials which is a little more but it's a great place. we are wanting to go just to do the bar thing. TV's so you can still watch sports but the bar area is large, Nice but still a place you can enjoy friends and talk to eachother easily.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2012

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    The food was pretty horrible. I had the vegetarian entree and it has absolutely no taste at all. My husband had the fried catfish, and he thought it was overcooked and greasy. The service was excellent though, and it has a nice ambiance which was the only redeeming quality.

  15. d

    dalel

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2012

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    My husband's blackened grouper was bland. I was disappointed in the flavor of my scallops. They weren't worth the price. My sweet potato soup had leeks in it (I think). Something was very chewy and I had to discreetly spit it out. The waiter read the specials from paper, and didn't open the wine we had brought to let it breathe. He just didn't seem attentive. Also didn't remember who got what when the food was brought out.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great, the only thing my wife and I noticed was the music. We understand matching the ambiance with the theme but it seemed a bit redundant.

  17. L

    Love2dine

    St. Louis

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2012

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    We went for the special menu for Valentine's Day. Josh Galliano is unsurpassed at fine dining, although I don't think that's the focus of Monarch anymore. I had the tasting menu. Each dish had flavor combinations that were simply amazing. I'm not sophisticated enough to describe them, but my taste buds knew. The only restaurant I've been to that compares is Per Se in New York. We loved each dish. If you really love special and creative food, this chef can do it, but he can also do catfish and hush puppies if that's more to your taste. The only problem was service that was attentive but not necessarily paying attention. The waiter got a few things wrong but quickly made amends.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Excellent food. Appetizers, bread, drinks and entrees. All delicious! Atmosphere was very nice. Tables on one wall of the main dining room are a little too close together but that's my only complaint. Otherwise a fantastic experience that I would recommend.

  19. JF

    JamesF

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was fantastic and the food absolutely outstanding. It was our first time there and the waiter was extremely helpful explaining the menu and with suggestions when asked. The water and wine glasses were kept full at all times. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food which was served at the right temperature and with outstanding presentation. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. We will be back.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our experience at Monarch! It was a great special occasion dinner and the food was interestingly fabulous. We especially loved the desserts (you must try the s'mores and the bread pudding). It was a bit pricey but definitely worth the splurge!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Loved the food. Could use more moderately priced wines.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was excellent. Very helpful with our wine choice. Food was very good.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2012

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    If you're a fan of Food Network's series Chopped, you'll be a fan of Monarch. The Chef likes to take traditional entrees and prepare them in a unique manner. My date remarked the bouillabaisse was very good; however, featured ingredients change nightly (if one is to believe the server). I had the Pork Chop entree; thought it was bland. The service was slow. Parking is a challenge. To end on a positive note, the ambiance was great.

  24. C

    Christine

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fantastic experience at Monarch. I let the hosetess know it was a special occasion, and we were met with 2 glasses of champagne upon our arrival - that was a great start to a wonderful evening. The service was outstanding. We will definitely be visiting Monarch again.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2012

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We went because of the article in St. Louis Mag about the fried chicken. My dinner partners ordered the fried chicken and thought it was overcooked. I ordered the chicken and dumplings. The chicken was very good, the dumplings were terrible. And the fried chicken was 1/2 chicken for $20. My chicken was a large chicken breast for $24. The pecan pie was delicious.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    My date and I had our usual great experience. The Cauliflower soup and Foie gras appetizers were outstanding as were the grilled scallops. I had the blackened Sheepshead, an unuuals fosh for St Louis and it was superb, fresh and lightly seasoned to let the mild, firm whitefish shine. The okra was perectly done but I would have preferred more "zing" in the black eyed peas.

  27. NB

    NickB

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was good. The restaurant was empty, but it was a Tuesday night. The praline bacon was amazing!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Our appetizers, the charcuterie plate and the praline bacon, were fantastic but both my wife's and my entree were mediocre. I had the catfish and although it had good flavor it was a bit greasy and heavy. My wife got the flat iron steak but again described it as mediocre. I will go back soley based on the appetizers though as they were just that great.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Good job. After reading several bad reviews I had my reservations. Those low reviews were probably written by other restaurants. I had a great time. The food fantastic. The service unbelievable. If I can I will be back. The prices are a bit high but worth it. I am saving my dollars for a re3turn engagement.

  30. KB

    KeithB

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really nice dinner... one of the few times when every single dish was a success. We went on a Travelzoo coupon, but will definitely go back.

  31. MD

    MichaelD

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Monarch is a winner, great food, wine, and service.

  32. MD

    MichaelD

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Monarch is a winner, great food, wine, and service.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice size portions. We enjoyed every course. Look forward to returning.

  34. M

    Mike

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    One of our favorite restuarants, good food and service. Only negative would be that it's a little over priced.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best pork chop I've ever eaten.

  36. a

    anon

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Went on a Tuesday evening, and as such, the dining room was not very crowded. Service was attentive, without being overly cloying. The noise level was moderate. The menu had some interesting options. Food was quite good, amongst the best Ive had in st. louis of late. The waiter recommended the pork chop, which was in fact inspiring. The fried chicken was good. The pecan pie, which was described as "famous" was a bit dry and uninspiring. Will definitely return to try some of the menu items I did not get to sample yet.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2011

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    I don't want to be rude so we'll just leave it at that regarding the food. Wait staff was friendly. I'm glad we had the opportunity to use this coupon otherwise I would have been extremely unhappy paying full price for this experience. The waiter definitely needs to brush up on his knowledge with the wines.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2011

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    I chose the Gunbo Dog appetizer.a large sandwich with potato chips and enough to satisfy anyone for a full lunch. I had ordered dinner prior to receiving the appetizer so I was afraid to eat all of the appetizer for fear I would have no room for my entre.I ordered the blackened fish for the entre which was served with black eye peas. The peas were under cooked and the fish was a mahi mahi was quite heavy and poorly seasoned. I could not eat it and sent it back. The others in my party had varying degrees of satisfaction. My husband was quite satisfied with his order of pork chops. We were given a complimentary order of soup, one of the members of our party was very impressed with the soup - the others felt is was so-so.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The service was exceptional, the food was very good. My only wish is that the diners around us would have given any thought at all to others when conversing so loudly. A dreamed-of romantic evening was impossible with all the noise around us.

  40. BR

    BRUCES

    St. Louis

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    like the casual style of the memory but the restaurant has a great classic elegant feel. Service is always top notch!

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