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About Monarch

Sophisticated steak house with the air of a London Gentleman's Club. Whether you are searching for a romantic dinner, a new experience, or simply looking for the finer things in life, you'll find it at The Monarch. World-class cocktails, classic aperitifs, exquisite prime steaks, table side caesar salad, caviar service and an extensive wine selection.

411 S. Monarch St.
Aspen, CO 81611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
7 days a week: 5:30pm - Close

Cross Street:
Durant St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 925-2838

Website:
http://www.monarchaspen.com/

Executive Chef:
Barry Dobesh

Private Party Facilities:
Wine Cave and Roof Top Terrace available for private events.

Private Party Contact:
Samantha: (970) 925-5160

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Monarch Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Cozy (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Fit for Foodies (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Authentic (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent as always!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Nice ambiance. Warm and inviting.
Lydia was a great server. Taylor, sommelier, was helpful and knowledgeable.
Will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This was our first trip to Aspen and we dined at Monarch because it was was so highly recommended by our friend. We were not disappointed. In fact, our dinner at Monarch was one of the highlights of our 5 day visit. On a Sunday night, after the weekend crowd had disappeared, the beautiful and classic dining room felt quiet and cozy (after we asked the wait staff to turn down the loud music). My bison filet was the best I've ever tasted, and my husband and friend raved about their beef filets. From the appetizers to desserts and Cappuccino, we were all completely satisfied. The wine list is superb, as well as the service. When in Aspen again, our first choice for dinner will be Monarch.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Everything about the restaurant is top notch! Food, service and decor scream excellence! Enjoy!

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food and wine were excellent. Overall, the restaurants were expensive in aspen but we really enjoyed the food here. The Sommelier was very good and never pushy on any certain brands. He listened to our favorites and we came up with a great wine for our dinner. My wife was exceptionally happy with the pavlova. It was a perfect dessert after a heavy meal. Would go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Loved brexi too

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Sadly this is my 2nd unfavorable review for them. When it was Brexi we would eat there weekly. The food was amazing! ! Then they changed to a steak house where everything is alacarte. We rarely eat red meat but Decided to give it another try, to see if the food was any better a year later. It was just awful! Caesar salad had so much vinegar in the dressing we couldn't really eat it. The dressing was actually brown. They used to have an amazing Caesar. The Dover sole was bland, tasteless and just not good!! Sorry but it was a waste of time and money. Too many great restaurants in Aspen to go back.
And I did try their steak since that is their specialty but it was just mediocre . Waste of time. Get a new chef

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Everything was perfection with regards to food, hostess, menu, ambiance. Service needs some training in warmth.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Food was mixed. Steak and ceasar were surprising lowpoints. Service was only fair. Considerably less appealing than 316 down the street (which may even have same ownership). I prefer most other Aspen options first.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The service was excellent, the atmosphere was romantic and inviting, and the food exceeded my expectations.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The evening started with a wonderful bowl of carrot, coconut, ginger soup that was fantastic. This was only surpassed by one of the best steaks we have ever been served. My wife had a bone in filet and I had the bone in strip. This is one restaurant we will come back to and won't forget.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

We had a good time. the service very attentive an kind, Good quality food very well prepared, tasty.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Every bite was excellent. Service was excellent. The tableside Caesar salad was excellent and lived up to its reviews.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Caesar salad is always overdressed but delicious otherwise. Steak always amazing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Love the muscles!
I compare all muscles I have ever eaten to those prepared at Monarch...absolutely the best!
Great bar with inventive drink menu.
And the table side Cesar salad is a treat.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was excellent. We would recommend the restaurant to our friends.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I am expected it to be a good meal. It was exceptional.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Wonderful meal with excellent service! The bison filet is scrumptious and the Cesar salads are a must!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Service was excellent, food was great! Loved the ambience. Great vibe. Quality of food was outstanding.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Enjoyed a great dinner at The Monarch. Exceptional food, outstanding service. A must visit steakhouse in Aspen, Colorado.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Fantastic seafood and excellent steaks. Definitely one of the good places in Aspen.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great service and atmosphere, but steak not up to par for a steak house ... steak was dry and overdone and tasteless but staff made it up by comping the drinks

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Great food and very nice place! My steak was excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The ambiance, food and service was amazing! We will definitely be coming back on our next trip.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great food, service, atmosphere! A must in aspen!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Food was excellent, service was a little slow, but manager made up for it.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 22, 2016

We had high hopes. It's a cozy room. Our table-side prepared Caesar salad was over-dressed, my sister's bison filet was luke-warm, and she never received the drink she ordered at the end of the night. Service was friendly and good, but the food did not live up to the price.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The most fantastic food and staff in all of Aspen. This place is a must.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Dinner was fine. We had ribeye for two and sauteed mushrooms. The service was fine. We liked the atmosphere. Wish we could have taken advantage of the wine selection, but we had a headache. We skipped dessert. Prices were high, but Aspen is an expensive area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2016

I booked a time early in the evening, which was fantastic. We were able to enjoy our excellent dinner with fantastic service without feeling rushed or crowded.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on August 17, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the service and most of all the food. Excellent location, beautify decor with good food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 15, 2016

The staff at Monarch was professional - attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The waitperson was knowledgeable about the menu items and made excellent suggestions for wine, soup, entrees. The food was exceptional - flavorful and not your usual steakhouse fare. The ambience was quiet and elegant.
We had the cols apple cheese soup which was wonderful, soft shell crabs - delicious and the eye of rib eye - tender, flavorful . If all of that was not fantastic, the Pavlova for dessert topped off the evening. Definitely a place for a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2016

Great food and great service. A definite if you are in Aspen.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 17, 2016

This restaurant is divinity on earth! Everything about it - service, ambiance, food - is right up my alley. I had the first REAL caesar salad (made table side) in years. Nobody makes the real deal, anymore, but Monarch does! With the egg, anchovy, Dijon mustard, etc. The lettuce was perfect - plump, crunchy and light green. The homemade croutons were crunchy but not hard, and perfectly buttery. I was sitting at the bar and the bar tender told me they are mainly known for their steaks, but I don't red meat, so I ordered the lemon sole with spinach and basmati pilaf. I can't go into a detailed description of how good this was because my mouth is already salivating over the salad and it's making me want to get on a plane and go back to Aspen to eat there tonight!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 5, 2016

Steak was significantly overcooked, sides were not that good, and the server clearly had her own agenda and kept inappropriately interrupting our conversation. It's great to have a nice looking place in a great location, but actually executing on the food and service is the real differentiator in my book. Will not be back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Went to Monarch on a Saturday night with a party of six. Service was top notch. Between us we had steaks, bison steak, lobster and a burger. All were cooked to perfection. We did not sample the wine list but it was extensive. The place started to fill up about 6pm so reservations are a must.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 28, 2016

Nice Restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 1, 2016

Service, food and atmosphere are all outstanding It has become our go-to place You must order the table side Cesare

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We always go to Monarch/Brexi each year while we are in Aspen. The name changed to Monarch this year, but much of the menu is still there. A bit puzzled about the owners changing to a steak house, because they also have Steak House 316 in Aspen. They also have The Wild Fig, and we have enjoyed that as well.
We miss the chandeliers that were such a charming part of Brexi. Now it is more like many other masculine steak houses, and some of the romantic atmosphere is gone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner and will return. We started with oysters which were very good. Our Monarch salads were excellent. Wy wife had the salmon which was also excellent. My steak was very good and cooked to the ordered temperature. Although our oysters and my steak were very good they didn't seem to be quite as good as their sister restaurant, Steakhouse 316. My cocktail was too strong and a overly generous pour can detract from the drink. All in all we were please and view Monarch as a welcome addition to the Aspen selection of restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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