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Monarca, Salt Lake City, UT

Monarca

4.5
4.5
248 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 10 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 248 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Our server didn’t come for nearly 30 minutes. We were certain he was high. The fresh guacamole wasn’t table-side even though the price reflects that. Had to ask multiple times for silverware. Carne Asada wasn’t cut. The food is good. Drinks were good, just really poor service. The servers seemed to not know what was going on.
  2. KC

    KateC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I would not choose this restaurant again. The drinks are just okay. The food is super greasy. The recommended menu items were not great. I will not return.
  3. MS

    MSK1

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I made reservations for my fiancé's birthday. This was a Tuesday and it was still super busy (which was fine) but very noisy. We sat for 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us. We received chips and salsa which were good and sat another 7 before a server came to our table. We ordered the Ceviche which was very good and 2 drinks. Our Ceviche came quick but the drinks were another 15 minutes. The main courses were good (we ordered shrimp tacos and carne asada tacos). We were hoping for a different Mexican food place, but it was a little disappointing.
  4. KM

    KellyM

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I normally like Manorca a lot but this time our cocktails didn’t show up until our meal did and we waited 10+ minutes for the last of the 4 entrees to come out. No apologies, no comp, nothing. We would have liked to have another drink and have been able to eat hot entrees. Very disappointing experience.
  5. KS

    KimS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monarca takes Mexican food to another level! Delicious and beautifully presented ingredients in every dish paired with an interesting (and entertaining!) cocktail service! The atmosphere is very big-city--sort of a Vegas feel. They even have live music on Sundays for brunch! If you're looking for upscale food and cocktails, a fun atmosphere, great location, and reasonable prices, put this on your list!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are excellent. Our favorites were the birria tacos and quesadilla. The margaritas are delicious and the ambiance is top notch. Highly recommend!
  7. CL

    ChristyLee

    Salt Lake City

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was good, however I did think the fish tacos were a little heavy on salsa and light on fish. Also, the restaurant was freezing the day we were there. Most of my party were physically shivering while sitting at the table.
  8. JS

    JoleneS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love this place! It's my new go to place!
  9. LF

    LindsayF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing 10/10 would recommend! Thanks for an unforgettable experience
  10. D

    David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every item we ordered was delicious, the margaritas were excellent and the service was great. The patio was nice but not as nice as the inside.
  11. MM

    MitchM

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Chicken was boiled and was not seasoned at all! It was chewy and I had the plate returned after the first bite. Definitely not good Mexican.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great queso fundido with chorizo and excellent tasty tacos.
  13. FT

    FrankT

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This was an off night. We were greeted and seated in prompt but very friendly manner. Our waitress was knowledgeable and welcoming and took our order. Cocktails, appetizers and entrees. Within a very short time, the entrees arrived - before the apps and the drinks. This threw a wrinkle in the cadence of the entire dinner. The food was good, but the experience was upended. In previous visits, cocktails took a noticeably long time to arrive… long enough that it’s probably impacting revenue. If the service was faster, we would’ve had another round. I’ll be back, but you dropped a couple of positions in my favorite list.
  14. R

    Reed

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We were excited to return as we loved the food a few weeks ago when we visited. Disappointed this time, the chicken was dry and chewy in our enchiladas and they arrived lukewarm. Won’t be returning anytime soon.
  15. J

    Jedi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fish tacos are made with salmon which I love. My friend got the birria tacos & he made sounds of pleasure the whole time he was eating them. 😊The server seemed really on top of things even though she was busy. Good staff.
  16. r

    rondmcd

    Sacramento

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food - amazing empanadas - wonderful service.
  17. T

    Trangiehuynh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome awesome restaurant! Great first experience
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    They were pretty busy so our reservation still turned into a 30 minute wait which was unfortunate. The whole service staff was great though and food was decent. Didn't care for the tortilla soup's overly tomatoe-y flavor but all other dishes were great.
  19. f

    farmfresh

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Daughter’s birthday. We had reservations. Place was busy, Friday night, so we waited a bit for our table. No problem. Once seated we were promptly served chips and salsa. Our server offered drinks after a short wait. Placed our drink order and waited. The server came back for our food order before we even got our drinks. We ordered appetizers and entrees. Server finally returned with my bar made margarita and made the table side drinks. They were all awful. I have never tasted such sour margaritas before. I thought the restaurant must have run out of agave or something. And they were all too busy to say anything. We then waited for a long while for the appetizers. Queso fundido, tasteless and guacamole, average. Within minutes of our appetizers arriving our dinner was served. Really poor timing. The entrees were bland. The best part about the meal was the salsa. Overall very disappointed.
  20. s

    shannong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The octopus tacos were so good u nearly cried. The staff was so attentive, and the table side drinks were so much fun! To top it off the husband and wife owners are the sweetest people! I can’t wait to go again!
  21. S

    Saltlakeslocalfoodlovers

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is delicious! We’re very happy to see it open again. The chips and salsa had great flavor, we loved our cocktails we ordered, the food was so so good and our service was pleasant and make our experience great! Will be coming back!
  22. JA

    JessicaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Silver was great! The nitrogen margaritas were good and a fun experience. The birria tacos were AMAZING! It’s a little noisy inside but it’s a smaller space and wasn’t a big deal to us. We will be back for sure.
  23. NS

    NathaliaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was wonderful, our server was super nice and helpful, and the food was delicious. The hostess, however, was kind of rude, and unwelcoming. In my opinion the hostess should make the customers feel welcomed, but I felt like being there was a burden for her.
  24. CB

    CatherineB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was outstanding food mixed with ordinary food. The ceviche was wonderful! Their salsas are very flavorful. I had the Cochinita Pibil. The sauce for the pork shank meat was perfect. My husband, who is from Mexico, said it was just like his mom's. But the most of the meat was slightly overcooked and a little dry. The rice and beans were just average and bland. And they give you 2 little(store bought?) tortillas. My husband ordered the octopus tacos and those were delicious! The octopus was cooked perfectly and not chewy at all. We decided to order a couple of desserts to share amongst our group. The Chocolate con Amor was very good. The Que Delicia was okay. The cheesecake in the center was delicious. The key lime glaze was a little too sour and the Chantilly cream was NOT Chantilly cream and tasted old. The edible gold is just nonsense. So basically, it's just a mix of great food with average food and most of the items should be a couple dollars less to make it worth it.
  25. RG

    RobertG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    These were aspects of this place that they do well, and other aspects of the food weren't up to par. The margaritas made table side was terrific. A must try as well as the Ceviche. The only issue I had was when I ordered tequila for the table. Our shot tasted a little old or up to standard for a $40 per shot tequila. The Snapper was overcooked and dry. But try it. There's something for everyone.
  26. DH

    DebraH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This was our 2nd time, the food was not as good as the first time. Ordered the steak and shrimp tacos. The meat was very dry. No favor or sauce. Was disappointed this time
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, very helpful staff, food is amazing, drinks are also amazing, over all Monarca is a great place to visit anytime!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and quick and friendly service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    First off, the food is incredible! This restaurant has fantastic food. No problems there. Now, about the service. My family had been there for brunch, and the service was exceptional. We were SO excited to return again for dinner. Last night, while the food was incredible, the service truly was not. Our waiter rushed us to “figure out what we wanted” before we even had a chance to sit, then proceeded to ignore us for 20 min. When he took our order he literally said “what do you want.” We were caught off guard and placed our food order. He then rushed off before we realized he hadn’t gotten our drink order yet. We asked three other servers for drinks before one actually placed our order. We could see our waiter in the back, laughing and eating and literally didn’t see him again until well after we’d finished our food and were ready for the check. He stared over my husbands shoulder while he paid and selected the tip. We don’t expect much, just pleasant service and to get our drinks and food. We were really surprised at how difficult it was just to get our drink orders placed, extra plates for our kids—basic stuff. I hope this was a one-off with this waiter, and that service will be better in the future.
  30. FM

    FinolaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    It was pretty good overall, but not a restaurant I’d go back to. It was incredibly loud for my taste. If you’re into that though, the food was pretty good. To each their own :-)
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We asked ahead of time about vegan options and the wait staff was not knowledgeable about what we could order and we had to ask them to create something we came up with:
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Food was good, service staff were nice but restaurant was overbooked and had to wait 15 minutes after my reservation before they would seat us - what’s the point of making a reservation if it’s not honored by the restaurant?
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was distasteful with a limited selection. Food selection was a step above a taco truck. Ambiance was a cacophony, no privacy areas, and cramped spacing. This place represents itself as classy, however is definite not. Staff in shorts and tank tops, stale food and poor accommodations.
  34. AD

    AndreaD

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seriously they have the best Birria tacos. The chips and salsa are so good but the tacos just take the cake.
  35. CS

    CrystalS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding! We will definitely be back soon
  36. VM

    VivianaM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food ! Perfect service , beautiful place !
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was excellent and food was great highly recommend. Will be coming back soon
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, great servers, great location. Would suggest especially for SLC region.
  39. EV

    EstefannyV

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! The table side pina colada is soooo good!
  40. BV

    BradV

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We made are reservation and we finally got a table half hour later. We ordered are appetizer and drinks my wife got her drink and we got are appetizer I’m still waiting for my margarita we finished are appetizer I was still waiting for my drink. I finally got it just before are dinner. The meal was good nothing great.

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 4.5 stars by 248 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 10 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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