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“great pub”

The Monarch Public House
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $14
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, Pub, American
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Overlooking the Mississippi River, at the foot of Eagle Bluff, the tallest point on the river. Wisconsin's oldest operating tavern and original to 1894, also features The Absolute Rock Bottom Pub and is home to the 1860's recipes of The Fountain City Brewing Co. 15 Foot pressed tin ceilings, hardwood floors and hand carved back bar, tables, etc. Soon to be listed on the National Historic Register.
Lake Bluff, Il
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

great pizza and beer selection in a well maintained and clean pub atmosphere...staff is pleasant and inviting and welcomes you even if you from out of town (as we were). the restoration is stunning and is quite a pleasant place to enjoy a meal...we stop by every time we visit fountain city...

Visited September 2012
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LookinAllOver, General Manager at The Monarch Public House, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
My apologies for taking so long to thank you for your complimentary review. We have enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Indianola, Iowa
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Thoroughly enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I had dinner here on a Saturday evening. We thoroughly enjoyed our time. The place has been restored and has many authenic, original items, including the bar, woodwork, and tin tile ceilings. The menu has a wide range of choices, including authenic Irish food. We chose the Bangers and Mash - which was excellent. The service was great. A highlight was when the owner stopped by to check on our meal and service. He took time to answer our questions about the building and menu and shared delightful information on history of the building and the multi-generational family recipes. We greatly enjoyed our meal, the conversation, and service. I highly recommend stopping here.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank tomc317
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Spring Valley, Wisconsin, United States
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180 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stopped here for Sunday dinner with a couple of friends. They had been there before and the owner greeted them like family. The pub & restaurant have lots of cool items to look at while you are waiting for your food. The service was great and the food was authenticly Irish and very delicious!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Claudia T
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Irish soul food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

I'm not Irish, but on a chilly fall day, while passing through on a fall color drive, we had the good fortune to stop by the Monarch for lunch. My wife and I both decided on the banger and charm vegetable pot pie special, after the owner, our waiter John, cheerfully checked to make sure it was gluten free. When we each ordered water with our meal, John playfully chided us with "You know you're in a pub." I soon ordered a pint of Guinness with no regrets. Our simple meal was delicious, filling and satisfying. The hint of nutmeg in the bangers was unexpected and savory. The pub was cozy and huge, not an easy trick to pull off, but you'll have to see it to believe it, and comfortably warm on a chilly day. I wished we lived nearby to experience their whole menu. I know we'll find our way back someday.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Geronimo48
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Winona, Minnesota
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Unique stop along a beautiful stretch of highway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

I love taking the winding road along the Mississippi that passes through Fountain City with its growing number of quaint eateries and taverns. Monarch has a great BIg atmosphere, including outdoor seating with a great view of the river. Features 4 home brews by the pint, and unique irish specialties....as well as burgers and standard bar fair. Prices tend to be on the high side.

  • Visited October 2012
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