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Monarca, Salt Lake City, UT

Monarca

4.4
4.4
288 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
We are MONARCA! A Mexican restaurant, we constantly change our menu with our chef new creations as Ceviches, Enchiladas, Steaks and other specialties. Our bar specialize in Tequila and Mezcal, our mixologist always innovating using spices and flavors that hardly can find anywhere else. We are MONARCA, right in heart of Downtown Salt Lake City a few blocks from temple square. Bienvenidos!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Latin, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 214-0111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Alfonso Brito

  • Catering

    We will cater your events

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate your private events

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Next to Gallivan Avenue and the Marriott Hotel

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Salt Lake City

    Hot spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taco Tuesday on our visit. The Birra and shrimp options were fantastic. Left stuffed but very satisfied. Yummy chips also. I’m definitely recommending. Charlie, our waiter, very attentive also.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We made a reservation for 7 :00 and when we arrived they told us it would be about 20 minutes until our table was ready as they were running behind. We get these things happen and that’s fine, but it wasn’t until 7:40 and we had asked 4 times that we got our table. They had a giant table for 10-12 people set that sat empty the entire time we waited plus several other 2-4 person tables that were empty as well.
  3. K

    Kyler8212

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    We loved the food here but we had a 7:00 p.m. reservation. We arrived 15 minutes early and weren't seated until after 8:00 p.m. What was perplexing is they had tables that were clearly reserved during that entire time but every time we asked when we would be seated we were told they were really busy and would get to us when they could.
  4. KB

    KennyB

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Monarca is a very successful second act in the former Alamexo space. Excellent food and drink marked of course by the signature Tacos Birria. Not the cheapest Mexican restaurant in SLC, but still a good value for memorable food from south of the border.
  5. RI

    RonI

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another enjoyable experience. We require gluten free due to an allergy and waiter was sure to double check, and food is tasty and great. Highly recommend.
  6. S

    Scotty

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant is in a cool location, with huge windows all around. The food was decent and maybe a little expensive for what it was. The server was very kind.
  7. JB

    JulieB

    Salt Lake City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. The food is delicious at a good price point. We appreciate that they take reservations and enjoy going before an event at the Eccles. Service is always on point. Thank you, Angela for excellent service.
  8. AR

    AnnaR

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time at Monarca. Love it! Great date night spot!!
  9. g

    geoocean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was the best in town! Birria tacos are a mist plus the ceviche or street style elote for appetizers!! Definitely worth the wait :)
  10. D

    David

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Way overpriced for food that struggled to reach mediocrity. The server was great, but the rest of the experience was a bummer. We were hopeful that we might have found a new spot. Instead, we won't be back.
  11. RH

    RobinH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the wait staff was great!
  12. RP

    ReneP

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The main dish of enchilada suizas was delicious but the empanadas were soggy and cold.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing. Our waitress was so sweet and helpful.
  14. c

    carlosm

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Server forgot to bring take out items ! I dont think I will go there again
  15. TV

    TamaraV

    Salt Lake City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, warm and cozy feeling. Waitress was great. Food overall very good. Empanada appetizer was really tasty. Our group ordered several mole enchiladas with the zucchini squash blossom with pumpkin seeds being a hit, the other chocolate mole was on the mild side and not as vibrant of taste as the other. Chips and salsa good. Overall enjoyed our experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took my Mom for her 71st birthday. The drinks and appetizers were great! We all ordered the birria tacos and they were also delicious. Our service was excellent m!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service
  18. J

    James

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    VERY loud music, didn't seem to fit the vibe of the restaurant either. It was hard to hear my date because of the noise levels. Food was delicious but was brought out cold. Drinks took awhile as well. Staff was very friendly. Prices and specials were reasonable. Menu selection was perfect.
  19. DP

    DebP

    Salt Lake City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & great atmosphere. Waite staff was friendly & efficient - this was our second visit. Can't wait to go again
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun vibe. Good food. Good service! Definitely will be going back.
  21. MH

    MarjorieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks. The service was amazing!
  22. Y

    Yumm

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Friendly waitstaff, timely food delivery, and nice atmosphere.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was GREAT and food was excellent
  24. N

    Noneofyourbuisness

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Don't go. This is a severely mis-managed restaurant. Drinks took forever and came out one at a time, my daughter's lemonade being the last one, then right after that the first two dishes came out and I waited several minutes for mine, it came out cold. Sent it back to be remade but my family finished eating before mine came back to the table. It was almost hot this time, but they left out one of the three ingredients in the enchilada. No potato, only peppers and onions. Since my family was sitting waiting, long finished with theirs, I ate as much as I could, but who wants a dish with only poblano peppers and onions? When we told the server she came back with the answer that they stopped putting the potato in the dish because the timing was off with the other ingredients and they haven't updated the menu. Are you kidding me?! Also, the restaurant was freezing cold. Overall, not a good experience. They took my dish off the bill, but for all the hassle and wait, they should have just charged for the drinks and taken the food off the bill. There were a million people working but the timing for everything was way off. Maybe they are only interested in turn and burn dining, but it was so good the first time we went in July, and so bad last night, we won't waste our money there again. Too bad, we had high hopes for this place.
  25. MW

    MikeW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The taco chingon was delicious. It did not disappoint.
  26. A

    Addie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good. Best Birria quesadilla in the world. Incredible chips and guac as well. Will be back very soon.
  27. H

    Hardly

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The atmosphere and decor was nice. The food was good, not exceptional, but solid fare. The Jalisco Mule was delicious and would have that again. The service was good, present but not obtrusive. I'd go back.
  28. MD

    MandyD

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It took over 10 minutes before we were acknowledged after we sat down. It looked like some bigger groups just left, so I understand that they were busy. We just were not sure if we should start our order online or order at the bar and we felt pretty uncomfortable. The main reason why we did not leave was because we did not want to pay the 25$ no show fee. If our waitress acknowledged us, just saying 'I will be with you in a moment' or something like that would have been enough, this would have been a 5 star review. There are absolutely stellar Hispanic restaurants in salt lake city that are cheaper to, so competition is rough and then small things like these makes us prefer other places.
  29. G

    Gianna

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The ceviche was great. However, the host was rude. Rushed me to a corner in the very back of the restaurant. (when I had requested outside). No greeting, bad attitude. Our sever wasn’t very present, but it wasn’t terrible service.
  30. G

    Gabriela

    Boise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was amazing and well priced. I put down that we were celebrating a birthday, but didn’t even get asked if we wanted dessert. Not even offered another drink just if we were ready for the bill. Our waitress was being short/seemed annoyed which was a bummer, but overall great place.
  31. HB

    HBIC

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I was blown away by the liquid nitrogen margaritas. The food wasn't quite as impressive. I guess I was expecting more given the caliber of margaritas. That being said, I will go back for the margaritas alone.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Angela was an amazing waitress. Very kind. Great food, best ceviche I’ve had in a long time.
  33. m

    milerunnercu

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food really was incredible! I was quite shocked at the service, however. Only half the tables were occupied, yet it took at least 15 minutes for each drink to arrive. By the time I have my third drink, the other two empty ones were still sitting on the table along with several dirty plates. I literally had to go find an employee and ask them to please remove the dirty plates that had been there for over 45 minutes.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was great! The food was overpriced for the quality and quantity. The cocktails were good but very overpriced. All cocktails were at the same price point of an appetizer or entree lowest from $14-$25 for one drink.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Stephanie was our server and was friendly, personable and efficient … made the evening that much nicer and should be commended for a job well done.3
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Birria tacos were sub par compared to other restaurants. The servers were over worked hindering their ability to fill up drinks. Overall an overhyped dinner place.
  37. m

    mandyb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    An espresso martini should not have ice in it. The waitress took 30 minutes to take our order. My friend ordered his steak rare, and it was medium well. Little disappointed with the overall experience.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    I've been to Monara several times. I love the octopus tacos. However, this weekend the octopus was very chewing. When asked by our server how everything was, I asked if there was a new chef because the octopus was never chewy nor did it get stuck between my teeth. She said it's the same chef and she would ask why it was different. Quickly the chef Alfonso came to talk to me. He said he thinks he knows why, but he needed to talk the other cooks to verify. He came right back and said the octopus is supposed marinated in the wine 3x and it wasn't. He threw that batch out. He said he was going to bring me out another. I told him I wasn't asking for a replacement and I felt bad that and that it's okay. He said he was going to anyway for me to take home. He did. He also took it off our bill and gave each of us in our party of three dessert, free of charge. He was so apologetic. He didn't have to do that. He was so sweet about it too. Overall the food here is always good. I totally recommend it. I'm eating my octopus tacos at home as I write this review. It's perfect! Full of flavor and the octopus is amazing!
  39. S

    Smash

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Beginning with the good…. The staff was incredible and friendly. We were sat and had appetizers and drinks in no time! The restaurant is beautiful and in a great location. However, the food lacked certain culinary detail. I was surprised when my dish arrived with dry unflavored jasmine rice. And the chicken inside the enchiladas de mole was texturally off and almost rubbery. Unfortunately, we probably won’t return.
  40. RS

    RickS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was excellent. The waitress could have covered up a bit. The music was not pleasant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Monarca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 214-0111.

Monarca is rated 4.4 stars by 288 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Monarca

268 S State St Suite 110, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Next to Gallivan Avenue and the Marriott Hotel

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Latin, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Alfonso Brito

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (801) 214-0111

  • Catering

    We will cater your events

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate your private events

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