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Permanently Closed - The Monarch

4.1
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Elevated American fare and Midwestern hospitality collide at The Monarch, a lauded restaurant-bar located in the trendy Bucktown / Wicker Park neighborhood. While its name rightfully conjures up its sophisticated setting, The Monarch’s unpretentious dining experience celebrates American achievements with a royal twist. The casual, clever fare and hand-crafted cocktail menu pay tribute to the famous—and infamous—titans of American history.
Constructed of exposed brick walls, industrial oak floors, and 25-foot ceilings, The Monarch also features subtle heraldic symbols hidden in the walls, softened by the light of silver candelabras. The bar beckons upon entering, while an idyllic, newly renovated outdoor patio sits just beyond the dining space. Combined, these elements unite patrons of all ranks.
Ascend the throne for a regally relaxing dinner, and stick around for late-night revelry, as The Monarch transforms into a royally refined party well into the evening.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Beer Garden
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Hours of operation


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(773) 252-6053
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Wood
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Parking details
There is ample parking on North Avenue
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Public transit
Damen Ave Blue Line
North Ave Bus
Ashland Bus
Damen Ave Bus
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Entertainment
Open Kitchen, Music Videos, Sports, Dog Friendly Patio
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.2
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on October 30, 2016

This restaurant was closed by local authorities. Had a Groupon for brunch to use on our Chicago vacation. Wasted money!

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1.0Dined on October 15, 2016

The restaurant is closed!!! The only reason I selected any stars was because I couldn't move on without selecting something. I had to find an alternative restaurant and I couldn't get the Open Table points because I couldn't cancel my reservation at The Monarch.

Take the restaurant off Open Table!!!

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1.0Dined on September 17, 2016

This restaurant is no longer open

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1.0Dined on September 17, 2016

This restaurant has closed down - please advise removing this so people don't make reservations for a closed restaurant.

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1.0Dined on September 11, 2016

What a joke! I made a reservation a few weeks ago, then modified it on Friday, to add 2 more to our party. We arrive to a SHUT DOWN restaurant. They had been evicted. I cannot believe OpenTable let me make and modify a reservation two weeks after they had been evicted.

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1.0Dined on September 10, 2016

It would have been great to actually eat here, but the restaurant is permanently closed

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1.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Unable to give a rating due to the fact that this restaurant is now closed. Tried to go there this past weekend and there was a big eviction sticker on the window. Please don't allow patrons to make reservations here as the restaurant is no longer open.

Thank you,
Celina

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2.0Dined on August 21, 2016

This place was a dump. Went there with a Groupon for brunch. Ordered a Bloody Mary that we couldn't stomach because it was extremely salty. The music was super loud. Not my kind of place. Also worth noting, this place has shut down since our visit. Not surprised!

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2016

Brunch was great. bottomless mimosa's were the best and wait service filled them up a lot never had to ask.

It was kind of hot and humid in there. It felt like the a/c wasn't on.

And their food is pretty pricey. I wish they offered just basic eggs and sausage with toast.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2016

The Brussel sprout salad and The drues were so delicious!!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2016

Unpretentious bar setting with elevated food and friendly, attentive, competent service. Clever and well crafted cocktails, a thoughtful beer list, and excellent execution on a small but diverse menu. Don't miss the fried green tomato sandwich. Excellent fries. Blue crab dip comes with house-fried wontons that are delicious in their own right.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Everything is always delish!!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

The Monarch is a great local gastro pub for Bucktown / Wicker Park locals. The owner, Colin, and his staff are wonderfully attentive - going above and beyond to make sure you enjoy the experience. The food is upscale bar food with traditional items, as well as, dishes with a welcomed twist. The bar isn't very large so any seat gives you a great view of the TVs above the bar...on the same note b/c the bar is so intimate you can't help, but get involved when the home team scores. The Monarch is a true neighborhood gem that isn't to be missed.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2016

Very good food and brunch. Reasonably priced. Service was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2016

Dinner was delicious, and with half priced mussels, on Thursday, it was a deal. It is more of a bar, but an excellent example of elevated bar food. A little hidden gem.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2016

This is much more a bar than restaurant. I do not recommend for kids.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2016

The food was excellent. Everything we ordered was amazing!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

This is the kind of place that you enter and then wonder "Why isn't this place more crowded?", which is why I like it so much. It had great food and ambience, but was practically empty on a Friday night. The food and service were great. I enjoyed it so much, that I'm writing a review, even at the risk more people will catch on and start crowding up the pub.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

My first visit to monarch completely sold me. From the small menu to the lively music videos playing on the screens, my husband and I enjoyed our Valentine's Day meal, for sure. We took advantage of a deal offers on OpenTable which includedan appetizer, two entrees and a dessert plus a bottle of champagne. We both ordered the fish and chips for our dinner and started with the sticky sesame chicken wings. Absolutely in love with the chicken wings and the marinated cucumber salad!!!!! Colin, the guy who seemed to be the general manager of the place , even went so far as to break down the ingredients because I was so in love! The fish came out piping hot and the hand cut fries were much appreciated. We ended up being too full to even think of dessert but we wete offered cinnamon bun bread pudding, which sounded amazing!!! But we just couldn't fit it! They have great ambiance, fantastic staff, low seductive lighting and candles on each table for a little romance. This is the perfect spot for a lovely yet personal date night, with good simple food and fantastic, attentive service

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Extremely good food and very nice welcoming staff. Made for a great Valentine's Day Dinner.

Also best Tomato Soup I've ever had as well as the Blue Crab Dip was excellent (and everything else).

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2016

I spotted this place while driving around and convinced my boyfriend to take me. We went for Sunday brunch and I have to say it was very delicious. For starters we got the fries with the truffle aioli, to die for. I ordered the chilaquiles and they were good, not spicy as I'm used to but still good. He got the croissant sandwich I took a bite, I loved it. Menu is small but the choices are delightful. Definitely check it out. Oh and don't forget the bottomless mimosas!!

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2016

They were 45 minutes late seating us from the time of our reservation. The service was not great especially since the restaurant was so small. The food was good though.

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2015

The restaurant had significantly shortened its menu since the last time we were here. They now only have like 6 entrees and 6 appetizers. However, they were out of one of the entrees and one of the appetizers! If you are going to have a small menu you need to be able to deliver the items that are on it. The food that we had was fine, but not exceptional. We used to like the place but now we can't trust it as anything other than a bar and probably won't be going back.

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2015

We still like Monarch and will be back.. but we were a little disappointed this trip vs. some of our last. The menu is very, very limited, 6 or so choices for dinner. The fries that came with all our entries were over done. I had the seared tuna dish which was delicious - but not much of a portion for our $19.

The drinks were delicious and inventive as always and we were really happy with that.

Last but not least, there appeared to be only 2 wait staff in the whole place - and this was the Friday night before Halloween so the place was packed and both the waiters and the bartenders were slammed. It took a long time to get our food, our drinks and our check. Not blaming the waiter, he was running his head off.. He just had too much to do.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2015

Brussels sprouts were great, menu was a bit limited overall, but thought that the food was good. Cocktails were nice, but perhaps a bit pricey for the amount of liquor. 4 stars.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2015

Great place for Brunch and the food is amazing.

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3.0Dined on October 24, 2015

The marinated beef was like shoe leather with so much gristle we had to get gelato to fill up. Highlight are the Brussel sprouts. Waiter had very aloof attitude.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2015

The Monarch is a fun place to be. The bartenders are cool and the food is yummy! And to top it off, it's a Detroit Lions bar. Go Lions!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2015

I did not expect this level of food and service from this little spot. we had a group of 6 and it was perfect for conversation and I think we ended up trying everything on the menu. Each item was extremely unique and delicious! I can't say enough about this place, but GO eat there!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2015

Came here on a whim the other night because it was a "1,000" point table - glad we did! Tuesday was 1/2 price glasses of wine and 1/2 price mussels. We took advantage of both deals and were not disappointed. My date got the burger and I got the crispy brussels sprouts dish which was to die for. The service was really great and who I believe was the owner was very attentive to us and wanted to make sure we had the best experience possible. Menu is a bit small and limited but we loved it!

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2015

I came with 5 people, Wicker Park Fest weekend, expecting a probable crowded loud mess. However pleasantly (my first visit) this place was far removed from the maddening crowds and quite peaceful and calm. Even more lovely was a back porch that was enclosed and even rid of the usual drowning background music. The service was very kind and charming and we got everything we wanted, the only trouble I had was chasing down the check after it started to get busy later at night, but they responded quickly. Relatively short menu but nice diversity ranging from dinner meat dishes to fries and burgers, to satisfy all tastes. The cocktails were amazingly good with a bitter edge, just the way I like them, grapefruit and ginger. The pork chops were served in an ?aluminum serving platter with roasted corn and braised kale/burnt lettuce. Appetizers: the warm pretzel is amazing and a must-try, and the blue crab dip was very tasty as well. My only complaint was the serving platter was slightly curved and hard to hold down to cut the meat upon, and the porkchop was cooked unevenly, more rare near the bone. But overall quite satisfying, no room for dessert!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2015

Perfect day for Sunday brunch outside! Our server was awesome and made sure we always had a glass of mimosas! Will definintely be going back :)

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2015

Being from Chicago, we are spoiled with great restaurants. We've been to Scottsdale several times but new to Monarch Cafe. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2015

Over all very nice restaurant. Mussels were disappointing as very fishy tasting. Lobster roll was very salty. We shared many plates and were impressed with taste, service and atmosphere. I would recommend to friends and would definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2015

The food was very good but the service was not that great. Our server was very nice but I am sure she was the only one waiting on tables. We had to wait a long time for our bloody marys. She kept apologizing for the slow service. We were not in any hurry but you still want to be served your drinks right away.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2015

This is one of those places where I'm afraid if I write about how good this place is the prices will be higher and space more scarce due to people flocking to the tables and filling up the seats because of the recommendation. Everything about the food is as good as it gets. Ask the proprietor to pair the wine and you'll know that some serious thought has gone into things here. The place is over-the-top.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2015

Easy parking, many available tables, friendly staff. Only negative was that my fried green tomato sandwich was really greasy. I would go back though!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2015

This is the best place to watch a game, go with friends, or grab something to eat, even when your alone. The servers are great and the owner is amazing and always takes great care of his guests, whether it's your first time or your 10th time! The burger is hands down the best dish on the menu. My husband loves the pretzel as well - it's just so good.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2015

IT WAS MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY, WE WENT OUT FOR DINER WITH OUR PARENTS AND OUR TODDLER SON. ALL OF US HAD FUN, THE FOOD WAS PRETTY GOOD,GOOD SERVICE, THE ONLY THING THAT I DIDN'T REALLY LIKE IS THAT PLACE IS SO SMALL. BUT OVERALL EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT. WE WILL BE COMING BACK. THANK YOU.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2015

Love the chilaquiles... This is a Detroit bar, love it!

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