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Monarch Restaurant & Lounge

#144 of 6,953 Restaurants in Houston
#149 of 7,491 Places to Eat in Houston
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5701 Main St, Hotel ZaZa, Houston, TX 77005 (Main St and Ewing St)
Museum District stop on Houston Metrorail.
713-527-1800
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This restaurant is at Hotel ZaZa Houston
Today
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Like everything at Hotel ZaZa, the dining room and nightlife space are...
Like everything at Hotel ZaZa, the dining room and nightlife space are designed to entice your every sense. Hotel Zaza dares you to lose yourself in the intoxicating aromas, layered flavors and unexpected touches of the “see and be scene” Monarch Restaurant & Lounge. So come, play, revel, and experience dining and entertainment in the Houston area that’s a world apart.
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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
best soup I have ever had

I had the best butternut squash soup I have ever tasted in my life. It could have been dessert. We had this for a conference meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2014
amorace
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
200 reviews 200 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I had the best butternut squash soup I have ever tasted in my life. It could have been dessert. We had this for a conference meal.

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

amorace! Thank you for the wonderful review. I am pleased to read that you thoroughly enjoyed the butternut squash soup! It is definitely delish. Please touch base when you would like to dive back into the Monarch for another sumptuous experience! We love ya! More 

Dayton, Ohio
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Whenever I stay at ZaZa, I always invite colleagues and coworkers to come meet me at the Monarch. It is a great environment for casual drinks and tasty food. The beverages can be a little on the high side in terms of $$ but the food is very reasonably priced for the dishes they serve.

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Alex! Thank you for the great feedback! I am pleased to read that you always enjoy your visits at the Monarch! The restaurant certainly does serve up some delicious food & drinks! Please touch base when your travels return you to Houston, as I will have my team roll out the reddest of red carpets upon your arrival. We love... More 

Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Food was OK, but not memorable. My wife and I split the lamb - I liked it but my wife thought it tasted like Ajax. The bacon and oyster apps also were good, but not great. I would not return solely to eat at Monarch; however, if you are staying at the hotel, then this is a pretty decent and... More 

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

GianoFan, Thank you for the feedback regarding your experience at the Monarch. I apologize for the less than stellar meal you and your wife had at the restaurant. Such quality is definitely not the standard at the Monarch! I will touch base with my team immediately. Please contact me when you have an opportunity, as I would like to gather... More 

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Its a stylisch Restaurant in the Museum district of Houston. Service over day without empathy, friendly but nothing special. The food is just average but expensive. You can stay there, but it is not a must!

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

dasfuntom, Thank you for the feedback regarding your experience at the Monarch. I am pleased to read that you found the restaurant stylish during your visit! In regards to food quality, I can assure you that what is served at the Monarch is above average. Please give us another try when your travels return you to the area! I'll have... More 

Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I were at an outdoor Festival Downtown and on the spur of the moment decide we wanted the BEST steaks in town, so we headed to the Monarch at Hotel ZaZa. Even with no reservation we were seated immediately and our server Gideon remembered us from our last stay and was EXCELLENT. The steaks, as always, were... More 

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Kellye1963! Thank you for the terrific feedback! I am pleased to read that you enjoyed the BEST steaks at the Monarch recently! Gideon is one of the restaurant's rocks stars; I will definitely commend her for providing superb service to you during your visit at the Monarch! Please touch base when you would like to stop by for another delightful... More 

Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Although the first reason for our trip to Houston was not that happy --a visit to the MDAnderson which did not happened to be that bad in any case-- going to the Monarch at Zaza was like going on a fancy holiday. The food was great and despite the fact what we arrived well after lunch we were served without... More 

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Roberto_Castellanos from Mexico City! Thank you for the fantastic feedback. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit at the Monarch! The restaurant serves up some delish food and drinks. Please touch base when you would like to return for another savory experience, as I will have my team roll out the reddest of red carpets upon your... More 

The Woodlands, Texas
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Restaurant is convenient when rained out - horrible evening with rain so we stayed in. This so wasn't a settle after we ate here. Are prices a little high - well they are priced to the area, so I would say no. Was the food fantastic - OH YES. We enjoyed both our meals (chicken and steak). No matter how... More 

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

421RickH! Thank you for the awesome feedback! I am happy to read that you had a lovely time at the Monarch! The chicken & steak are excellent meal options! The Slice of Ice is the perfect finale to lunch or dinner. Come on back soon for another divine dining experience! We love ya! More 

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

After overpaying $40 for a small ordinary beef, the restaurant added $10 to the tip of every guest!!! I called the hotel and they told me to discuss the situation with the restaurant manager. Now, how do I explain to a robber that stealing money is illegal??? Overpriced, cheesy and with several "ladies" around.

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Rpabarros, Thank you for the review. I sincerely apologize for your less than stellar experience at the Monarch. The quality, atmosphere & service that you experienced is definitely not the standard at our restaurant. Unacceptable to say the least. Please touch base with me when you have an opportunity, as I would like to gather more details concerning your experience.... More 

oklahoma city
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We were in Houston for a sporting event and hadn't planned for a nice brunch, therefore we were quite pleased with what a wonderful experience the Monarch at ZaZa's was. We will return to Houston just to stay at ZaZa's and enjoy the Monarch. The wait staff was over-the-top. My recommendation is for the double smoked salmon - an extremely... More 

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

okietravelgirl! Thank you for the awesome feedback. I am pleased to read that you had a thoroughly enjoyable experience at the Monarch! The Double Smoked Salmon dish is simply delish. Please touch base when you would like to z-scape back to ZaZa and the Monarch as I will have my team roll out the reddest of red carpets upon your... More 

Bloomington, Indiana
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I decided to stop in with some colleagues for HRW this Friday. The complimentary valet was an unexpected and delightful start to my dining experience. Monarch boasts an elaborate "pseudo-outdoor" veranda with air conditioning that combines the experience of dining outdoors with the comforts of air conditioning. This was another extraordinary perk. In general, the atmosphere of Monarch is really... More 

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Matthew_Nuss, Executive Vice President at Monarch Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Chambiges! Thank you for the great review! I am happy to read that you had a wonderful time at the Monarch during HRW! Come on back soon for another delish meal or drink! We love ya! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5701 Main St, Hotel ZaZa, Houston, TX 77005
    (Main St and Ewing St)
  • Public Transportation: Museum District stop on Houston Metrorail.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: 713-527-1800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Like everything at Hotel ZaZa, the dining room and nightlife space are designed to entice your every sense. Hotel Zaza dares you to lose yourself in the intoxicating aromas, layered flavors and unexpected touches of the “see and be scene” Monarch Restaurant & Lounge. So come, play, revel, and experience dining and entertainment in the Houston area that’s a world apart.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?