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EL Monarca Mexican Restaurant

12399 James Madison Hwy, Orange, VA 22960-2801
540-672-2838
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Ranked #14 of 28 restaurants in Orange
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jun 30, 2014
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Orange, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Sadly, El Monarca in Orange closed after they lost their first chef. I agree with MadArchaeo, the food was just not the same after that loss. Sad, because it was a nice place to go and the people there were very friendly.

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Orange, Virginia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

El Monarca has been closed for several months now. They had suffered sadly from the loss of their first chef and it wasn't the same.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The salsa was the high point, after that it was all down hill. The server was unpleasant and gruff. The food was salty, especially the chorizo, it was inedible. The sauces looked like they were water based and tasteless. I have had better food a Taco Bell, Ouch! Locals seemed to like it, they must know what to order....

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Annandale, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Seemed a bit of small portions? Maybe it was the to go box, I did get filled but it somehow lacked something??

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I visited El Monarca for the first time last weekend, and I must say that this is definitely one of the best Mexican restaurants I've been to in the area. The food was fresh and very tasty and served by a friendly staff. I also found the menu to be extensive (i.e. lots of great options to choose from!) and... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

El Monarca is a small restaraunt that serves great, fresh Mexican food and has great service. The prices are suprisingly low but not indicative of the quality. I look forward to returning on my next trip through Orange, VA.

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Purcellville, Virginia
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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Small restaurant rapidly giving El Vaquero a run for their money. Varied menu, fresh food, large portions and generally very good and pretty quick service. Authentic Mexican food- not "Tex-Mex". Enjoy!

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Orange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I am a regular patron, I visit at least once per week and I always thoroughly enjoy my meal. A couple personal favorite menu items that I would recommend are the "Burrito El Monarca" and the "Pollo Tarazco".

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Orange, Virginia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

My friends and I ate here for the second time the other evening, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, both times. The food is well prepared, the service is all one could ask and they don't mind if you sit and gab for an hour after finishing dinner. The menu is a definite cut above the average Mexican restaurant fare,... More

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