Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. California Central Coast
  4. Santa Barbara
  5. Santa Barbara

The Monarch - Permanently Closed

4.7
4.7
187 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Our menu is meant to showcase the bounty of Santa Barbara County,
in a manner elegant yet rustic, precise yet unforced. 

The Monarch approach to dining is best enjoyed with friends
and is meant to be shared with the table.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 869-0789

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Phillip Frankland Lee

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 187 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseQuiet

Sort by

Filters

  1. SR

    ScotR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    MONARCH IS OUT OF BUSINESS. OPEN TABLE IS DOING A LOUSY JOB. I SHOWED UP FOR MY RESERVATIONS WITH MY FAMILY AND WAS TOLD THE RESTAURANT CLOSED WEEKS EARLIER.

  2. JN

    JayN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very fresh and well-prepared small plates with a perfect combination of taste and texture. Each plate is served at just the right pacing so there is time between each to relax and talk. Each is presented and explained and helps you appreciate the detail that goes into each one.

  3. AH

    AlisonH

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Monarch exceeded our expectations and was a special dining experience. We loved that the food was locally sourced. Each dish was beautiful and delicious. For a tasting menu experience the portions were generous. My friend and I easily shared a four course meal and added a dessert. The bartender concocted "mocktails" for us that were the best we have had so far during our pregnancies.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is amazing! Everything we tried was better than the last thing. I honestly can’t say if I had a favorite because I loved it all!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Five stars for everything!! Food was excellent- very imaginative and delicious. We all took the 4 course tasting and it was plenty. Will be back to taste more!

  6. EH

    EH222224

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly amazing food!!! One of the best dinners we have ever had. A unique experience. Even things such as bread and butter are mind blowing delicious.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unbelievable service and food!

  8. P

    Phil

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service and the food was delicious. But portions were minuscule, yet pricey. Most egregious was the wine pricing/selection...completely out of whack. We had the lowest price red they had available and it was terrific but it cost $78 if I recall exactly. Judging by the ample available seating, I'm afraid they won't make it unless they return to the menu/pricing they offered the last time we were there a few months ago.

  9. TP

    TeresaP

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a fun dining experience. The every dish was beautiful and delicious.

  10. PB

    PhilipB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasting menu model is an improvement over previous family style, allows more sampling. All the dishes were inventive and well-considered/ Definitely best suited to special occasion and making an evening of it.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary. Loved our waitress Danielle she’s incredible. The head chef came out with every dish and we felt so taken care of. The food is exquisite but the portions are small so be prepared. Thanks Monarch!

  12. MP

    MarlaP

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server Dan couldn’t Have been more knowledgeable or more “on it”. The food was fantastic and intentional with the abalone and the cappallini as favorites. That said, the short ribs are always melt in your mouth great too. We are fans.

  13. BM

    BradM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience all around. Great food and great service. Highly recommend!!!

  14. MR

    MercuryRising

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    My husband and I shared 4 courses. The restaurant added a bread course. While the portions were small we felt “just right” with the amounts we ate. Each bite was very flavorful so we took our time savoring them.

  15. M

    Mouse

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I went to the Monarch restaurant for the first time. We had a great an experience. Their food is unique and delicious, include the fact that it is so hard to impressed my husband regarding a food. We ordered a course of 4 things per person, and it was enough to feel your tummy. Every dish was done beautifully. We left satisfied. We will come back for sure.

  16. LF

    LindaF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    First visit to this Monarch was sensational. Chef left and now it has it's problems.

  17. MB

    MelB

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quality experience with fabulous food!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dinner tasting menu was fantastic. The chefs, bartenders, wait staff all know what they are doing.

  19. LS

    LisaS

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We loved the food, but the cocktail was not very good and the cappuccino was so bitter it left a bad taste in our mouths. The food was amazing albeit tiny in portions.

  20. TH

    ThomasH

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. The sous chef served and explained all the dishes. Highly recommended.

  21. o

    ojaicutie

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Marvelous inventive food. Very rich — four small courses are plenty. Lovely wines at reasonable prices

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to monarch for an anniversary dinner! Food was incredible. One of the best meals we have ever had. Drinks, service, ambiance all terrific!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was amazing, food was exceptional. Wish I had room for the 8 course meal.

  24. LV

    LasVegasLenny

    Las Vegas

    97 reviews

    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always great food. New tasting menu and wine pairings was a terrific way to go. We picked four different dishes each. Each item was a special treat for eyes and mouth. Each paired wine was a delight and a surprise (who would think of gruner veitliner and salad? Important: they still have the 72 hour short ribs. Best in the world.

  25. M

    Montecitomimi

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had been to the Monarch when it first opened, and it was outstanding. At that time, I had decided it was the best restaurant in SB. Dear friends came to town and so I decided to take them there. I did not know the menu had changed to Prix Fix options. Even with the change-still outstanding, and a very fair value for exceptional food and service. My husband does not care for prix fix-but he very much enjoyed everything he selected as well.

  26. UK

    UrsulaK

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Farm to table small portions new menu . Everything was amazing 4 course 55.- Best Service ever.

  27. BD

    BobbiD

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Very contrived menu which required diners to select 4. 6 or 8 courses each. Had to ask for an appetizer menu. We were so disappointed in the lack of flexibility of dining options we left . Total cost of a couple of shared appetizers and 6 glasses of house wine was over $280. Went next door to Lucky’s, had a lovely dinner and wine for $140. Will never go back to Monarch.

  28. N

    Nobabeinthewoods

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our fourth visit since SB Restsurant Week 2019 and the first time with your new menu so we were a bit hesitant. The amuse bouche(?) immediately convinced us we’d made the right decision. Everything from that point on was exquisite! Thank you very much.

  29. p

    pnbdiners

    Houston

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The Monarch really stood out for excellent service. The food was good, especially the braised rib and the duck confit purse.

  30. CE

    ChristineE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal. We both enjoyed the tasting menu of four courses. The wagu beef was so tender and everything else delicious. It got too noisy for our taste after 8:15 PM but glad to see so many patrons in our neighborhood.

  31. T

    Tgr123

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food was wonderful, but portions are small. We left hungry. You need to order a lot and fill up, but price not worth it. Really like the old menu better before, and those portions were generous for the value.

  32. MM

    MicheleM

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love, love, love the fact that they use not only local food but also local artisans as well.

  33. TR

    ThomasR

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service makes all the difference, it will even excuse poor food, which was not needed. "Nina"? was so gracious giving no attitude when I called to adjust our time. I did not expect to be accommodated. She met our arrival with her vivacious personality, and i learned later made notes to the server re: us so that the continuity of good care and service was continued. Waitress (forgot name but beautiful artwork on her arm) was full of friendlyness, patience, and knew her menu!!! Wine guy equally attentive and friendly, not snobbish and the food was once again outstanding, even better than the last outstanding time we dined there how is that possbile? Bravo and thank you. BTW-Thought I lost my wallet. They called to say did not find. I found and did think about it again, however your staff did. They called again to say sorry and they will continue to keep name and look out. WOWZA!

  34. b

    brendao

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Starting with Nina at the front desk to Danielle our server to the GM Drew, everyone was so wonderful. And the food!!! It was outstanding. This is my new favorite SB restaurant.

  35. H

    Hali

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food! Great service! Love the ambience!!

  36. BE

    BenjaminE

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Awesome experience . Service was top notch and the interior was understated but classy. Location is great as well. The food was fantastic. Fresh and rustic California classic combinations from seafood to filet. Everything was excellent.

  37. LC

    LoriC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    We arrived for Easter brunch at 11:30. Menu was standard lunch fare. Food was mediocre. Burnt bun on the tuna sandwich, burnt potato chips, salty vegetables. Service was slow and the bill was over $160. Won’t be returning or recommending. So disappointed.

  38. S

    Sallyjr

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent!

  39. JH

    JamesH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It was a nice place the service was amazing, the food was very good. It was very convenient having it in the same location as our hotel room.

  40. G

    Grigorio

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The service was among the best I've had in any Santa Barbara venue. From the reception hostesses to the bartender's perfection of our drinks to the superbly attentive and knowledgeable waitress we had, there was little that could even have been imagined as better service. Some of the dishes were top-notch, world-class as I have come to expect from the Frankaland enterprises: the halibut crudo had an astounding variety of small flavors and nuances to it (dried fruits, nasturtium leaves, crisp flower petals) that all worked harmoniously with the light orange glaze - I would come back just for that dish alone. A spectacular desert of caramel custard and absinthe was equally brilliant in its blend of flavors and served as a beautiful, creamy send-off into the night. The rest of the fare was quality, good fare: abalone (cooked just right and not at all chewey!), pappardelle with mushrooms, and a fresh vegetable dish for the vegan among us. As we had just spent the week wine-tasting in Paso Robles, we should have brought our own and paid corkage fees since we picked blindly from the pricey selections and did not pick well for ourselves (and had three cases in the trunk of our car we could have dipped in to!). But the experience was well-worthwhile and we will be back for the Sushi Adventure!

FAQs

The Monarch - Permanently Closed is rated 4.7 stars by 187 OpenTable diners

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Phillip Frankland Lee

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell My Info (California)
Copyright © 2021 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo