Monarch Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 7401 Manchester Rd

    Maplewood, MO 63143

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  • 314-644-3995

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I'd like to start by pointing out that Monarch's website is misleading... It seems they've decided to consolidate their "Southern Bistro" and (more upscale) "Modern American" menus into one. The result is a bizarre combination of dishes

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★★★★★

I'd like to start by pointing out that Monarch's website is misleading... It seems they've decided to consolidate their "Southern Bistro" and (more upscale) "Modern American" menus into one. The result is a bizarre combination of dishes

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Decor is fabulous. Menu is good and the wine list is wonderful. Prices can be a bit on the high side, though. And, the crowd can be a bit pretentious. Great place to go for a special occasion - birthday, anniversary, etc. Parking is a bit of a challenge - take advantage of the valet, when available.

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★★★★☆

Decor is fabulous. Menu is good and the wine list is wonderful. Prices can be a bit on the high side, though. And, the crowd can be a bit pretentious. Great place to go for a special occasion - birthday, anniversary, etc. Parking is a bit of a challenge - take advantage of the valet, when available.

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My husband and I were completely disappointed after dining here recently. The waitress was excellent, but her service did not make up for the laughably small portions and mediocre food. We ordered the cheese plate for the appetizer-- it came on a very large plate and 4, yes 4 thin slices of cheese- come on -- it seemed miserly and the cheeses offered were average. We ordered the salmon and the scallops, which both were very mediocre. I am not a great chef, but besides the presentation (carrot foam), my salmon and scallops are greatly superior to these overpriced plates. The salmon was overcooked and not high quality. We dined at Mosaic recently and it was much more reasonable and by far superior. If we want to go out for a nice dinner, we will definitely go to Sidney Street which is always excellent.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I were completely disappointed after dining here recently. The waitress was excellent, but her service did not make up for the laughably small portions and mediocre food. We ordered the cheese plate for the appetizer-- it came on a very large plate and 4, yes 4 thin slices of cheese- come on -- it seemed miserly and the cheeses offered were average. We ordered the salmon and the scallops, which both were very mediocre. I am not a great chef, but besides the presentation (carrot foam), my salmon and scallops are greatly superior to these overpriced plates. The salmon was overcooked and not high quality. We dined at Mosaic recently and it was much more reasonable and by far superior. If we want to go out for a nice dinner, we will definitely go to Sidney Street which is always excellent.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Small portions/ Food was overpriced and just o.k.

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We were in a few weeks ago and tried the new 4 course tasting menu for $40...what a great price for such terrific food - and 4 courses too! Our server graciously offered to pair wines with the dinner for us and we opted to try these as well. It made for another lovely evening at Monarch. Maplewood certainly has come a long way!

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★★★★★

We were in a few weeks ago and tried the new 4 course tasting menu for $40...what a great price for such terrific food - and 4 courses too! Our server graciously offered to pair wines with the dinner for us and we opted to try these as well. It made for another lovely evening at Monarch. Maplewood certainly has come a long way!

Pros: Absolutely Beautiful

Cons: None that I can think of off the top of my head!

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Our dining experience with Monarch was not a good one for our party of 8 -- We had very inattentive service & felt that the portion sizes were very small. HOWEVER, after emailing the owner & detailing our issues with the restaurant, he very graciously offered to rectify it for us. We really respect that & appreciate his efforts.

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★★★☆☆

Our dining experience with Monarch was not a good one for our party of 8 -- We had very inattentive service & felt that the portion sizes were very small. HOWEVER, after emailing the owner & detailing our issues with the restaurant, he very graciously offered to rectify it for us. We really respect that & appreciate his efforts.

Pros: Beautiful bar & restaurant

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the inside of the restaurant is gorgeous. the owners out a lot of money into it. the wine selection is wonderful. it can be a bit pricey at times, but the food is good. the crowd can be a little on the pretentious side.

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★★★☆☆

the inside of the restaurant is gorgeous. the owners out a lot of money into it. the wine selection is wonderful. it can be a bit pricey at times, but the food is good. the crowd can be a little on the pretentious side.

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I went to Monarch for the first time for my birthday over a month ago and everything was just absolutely fabulous. The reservations manager, Evette, is a doll and she put us in a nice cozy half booth in their wine bar area. The service was fantastic--friendly and knowledgable, but not pretentious. Our server recommended we try a fresh green salad with tomatoes and mozarella that supposedly would only be available until the end of the month. It was a fantastic choice. The mozarella was salty and the dressing was light and the salad tasted like it was straight out of the garden. I ordered Halibut for my entree which had beautiful presentation and was cooked to perfection. Paired with spinach and wrapped in a pastry of some sort, it was divine. One of my friends tried the scallops--one of the smaller shared plate dishes from the wine bar menu. She offered me a bite and I think I will be ordering that the next time I visit. I am not usually a huge fan of scallops, but the creamy sauce was to die for. For dessert, we ordered the sugar cookies and milk, which were brought out on adorable little plates with ice cold, refreshing petite glasses of milk. Had I known they were also going to bring out a chocolate torte with a candle, we would not have ordered additional dessert, but all of the desserts were delicious. This place is definitely worth it when you can splurge!

I don't really understand other people's issues with parking. The restaurant offers valet and there seemed to be plenty of parking spaces in the area if you ask me. Also, I heard the former chef was a bit tempermental, but as of this summer he left. We didn't meet the new chef, but perhaps Mr. European wine connoisseur below should check out Monarch again now that there is a new chef.

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★★★★★

I went to Monarch for the first time for my birthday over a month ago and everything was just absolutely fabulous. The reservations manager, Evette, is a doll and she put us in a nice cozy half booth in their wine bar area. The service was fantastic--friendly and knowledgable, but not pretentious. Our server recommended we try a fresh green salad with tomatoes and mozarella that supposedly would only be available until the end of the month. It was a fantastic choice. The mozarella was salty and the dressing was light and the salad tasted like it was straight out of the garden. I ordered Halibut for my entree which had beautiful presentation and was cooked to perfection. Paired with spinach and wrapped in a pastry of some sort, it was divine. One of my friends tried the scallops--one of the smaller shared plate dishes from the wine bar menu. She offered me a bite and I think I will be ordering that the next time I visit. I am not usually a huge fan of scallops, but the creamy sauce was to die for. For dessert, we ordered the sugar cookies and milk, which were brought out on adorable little plates with ice cold, refreshing petite glasses of milk. Had I known they were also going to bring out a chocolate torte with a candle, we would not have ordered additional dessert, but all of the desserts were delicious. This place is definitely worth it when you can splurge!

I don't really understand other people's issues with parking. The restaurant offers valet and there seemed to be plenty of parking spaces in the area if you ask me. Also, I heard the former chef was a bit tempermental, but as of this summer he left. We didn't meet the new chef, but perhaps Mr. European wine connoisseur below should check out Monarch again now that there is a new chef.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food

Cons: Price

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I have dined at Monarch many times and never have I been disappointed. My favorite person to wait on me is Lacey. She takes the time to explain the wines and the dishes without sounding pretentious or condescending. It is my favorite restaurant to take clients or celebrate with my family.

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★★★★★

I have dined at Monarch many times and never have I been disappointed. My favorite person to wait on me is Lacey. She takes the time to explain the wines and the dishes without sounding pretentious or condescending. It is my favorite restaurant to take clients or celebrate with my family.

Pros: Excellent service, food and ambience

Cons: Expensive if you don't appreciate fine dining.

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I was confused upon reading the post by anne 2346 when she described her lunch experience at Monarch in October 07. Clearly she has found a way to time travel, as Monarch has not served lunch since December 2005. Impressive!

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★★★★★

I was confused upon reading the post by anne 2346 when she described her lunch experience at Monarch in October 07. Clearly she has found a way to time travel, as Monarch has not served lunch since December 2005. Impressive!

Pros: Great service; Excellent food

Cons: Beautiful view of Shop 'N Save

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I work in the Maplewood area and met a friend for lunch at Monarch. It's pretty. Very "cool". Service? Not so cool. Food? Nothing special. We were seated near someone important - no idea who, but the staff were falling all over themselves to the extent that my lunch partner and I became quite invisible. We truly felt ignored. We waited, rather than walking out ,because we both had to get back to work, but it was seriously poor service. When we spoke to our server about it, he seriously seemed shocked that we didn't understand how busy they were, which was interesting since they were only about half full. When my Ceasar salad arrived I was relieved that I'd get to eat, but not at all impressed. Will I go there again? Can't think why I would.

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★★★☆☆

I work in the Maplewood area and met a friend for lunch at Monarch. It's pretty. Very "cool". Service? Not so cool. Food? Nothing special. We were seated near someone important - no idea who, but the staff were falling all over themselves to the extent that my lunch partner and I became quite invisible. We truly felt ignored. We waited, rather than walking out ,because we both had to get back to work, but it was seriously poor service. When we spoke to our server about it, he seriously seemed shocked that we didn't understand how busy they were, which was interesting since they were only about half full. When my Ceasar salad arrived I was relieved that I'd get to eat, but not at all impressed. Will I go there again? Can't think why I would.

Pros: Looks good

Cons: Doesn't live up to its look. Uninspiring food and even less inspiring service on our visit.

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Overrated Reputation

We recently ate at Monarch based on recommendations from others. Overall, the experience was
mixed. Although the food was good, the chef's behavior put a damper on our meal and the prices were excessive for the amount of food served.
We were impressed when the receptionist asked if we had any dietary restrictions. (We do.) She said the chef would be happy to explain alternatives. We were eager to see what Monarch would offer.
The service by the wait staff was professional, but the chef's attitude was arrogant and condescending
in his review of what we could not have off the menu. He came out and proceeded to read through the menu and say over and over, "You can't have that and you can't have that, and of course you can't have that." His tone of voice was belittling, as though it was our fault we have food allergies or intolerances. His lecture was not helpful. (We already know how to read a menu and find foods we can eat.) The chef's idea of offering alternatives was to say "I can leave x, y and z ingredients out." Hmmm. Seems like that would drastically alter a dish with four or five ingredients.
Also, the chef had trouble looking at us while speaking. He was too busy swivelling his head around checking out other patrons and restaurant employees. This did not inspire our confidence.
We order salads and seafood. The salad was good. The seafood was tasty but was in extremely small portions. One entree was between $25 and $30 and the portion was slightly bigger than a soup spoon.
I ordered 2 ounces of wine with dinner because I thought $8 for a glass of ordinary white wine was expensive. I know restaurants make their money off the drinks, but after having lived in Europe for seven years, I find wine prices in U.S. restaurants outrageous.
We would be unlikely to return and be subjected to this chef again. Perhaps with time he will learn
to treat his customers with respect and dignity.

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★★☆☆☆

Overrated Reputation

We recently ate at Monarch based on recommendations from others. Overall, the experience was
mixed. Although the food was good, the chef's behavior put a damper on our meal and the prices were excessive for the amount of food served.
We were impressed when the receptionist asked if we had any dietary restrictions. (We do.) She said the chef would be happy to explain alternatives. We were eager to see what Monarch would offer.
The service by the wait staff was professional, but the chef's attitude was arrogant and condescending
in his review of what we could not have off the menu. He came out and proceeded to read through the menu and say over and over, "You can't have that and you can't have that, and of course you can't have that." His tone of voice was belittling, as though it was our fault we have food allergies or intolerances. His lecture was not helpful. (We already know how to read a menu and find foods we can eat.) The chef's idea of offering alternatives was to say "I can leave x, y and z ingredients out." Hmmm. Seems like that would drastically alter a dish with four or five ingredients.
Also, the chef had trouble looking at us while speaking. He was too busy swivelling his head around checking out other patrons and restaurant employees. This did not inspire our confidence.
We order salads and seafood. The salad was good. The seafood was tasty but was in extremely small portions. One entree was between $25 and $30 and the portion was slightly bigger than a soup spoon.
I ordered 2 ounces of wine with dinner because I thought $8 for a glass of ordinary white wine was expensive. I know restaurants make their money off the drinks, but after having lived in Europe for seven years, I find wine prices in U.S. restaurants outrageous.
We would be unlikely to return and be subjected to this chef again. Perhaps with time he will learn
to treat his customers with respect and dignity.

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While the food and ambiance is quite good, it really doesn't overdeliver....I was quite disappointed, and my date's fish was chewy and overcooked.

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★★★☆☆

While the food and ambiance is quite good, it really doesn't overdeliver....I was quite disappointed, and my date's fish was chewy and overcooked.

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After growing up in Richmond Heights, it is nice to see nice establishments such as Monarch open up to create a more inviting experience for Maplewood. The interiors are great and the space is well thought out with the bar almost separate from the restaurant. The food of course was equally enjoyable.

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★★★★★

After growing up in Richmond Heights, it is nice to see nice establishments such as Monarch open up to create a more inviting experience for Maplewood. The interiors are great and the space is well thought out with the bar almost separate from the restaurant. The food of course was equally enjoyable.

Pros: Decor, Service

Cons: Parking

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The bar staff is top drawer! I can't begin to say how great the service I received was on 3 seperate occasions, without failure. Michele B. was poised, pleasant, and extremely knowledgable about the wines, beers, liquors, etc. without being condescending or patronizing. With an attitude and aptitude like hers, this girl is a true asset for Monarch and I for one will refer all my business associates and friends to drink -- and dine -- great, fun & fresh food! What a fabulous find! What a boost to Maplewood!

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★★★★★

The bar staff is top drawer! I can't begin to say how great the service I received was on 3 seperate occasions, without failure. Michele B. was poised, pleasant, and extremely knowledgable about the wines, beers, liquors, etc. without being condescending or patronizing. With an attitude and aptitude like hers, this girl is a true asset for Monarch and I for one will refer all my business associates and friends to drink -- and dine -- great, fun & fresh food! What a fabulous find! What a boost to Maplewood!

Pros: Veteran Bartenders

Cons: Couldn't fault a thing on my service. Food portions proportional.

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We had a party for 18 people(including a 3 & 8 yr old) , it was fantastic from cocktails through dessert. EVERYONE loved everything, food(fantastic), service, ambience!! Would recommend to anyone looking for a great experience, not to be out done by anyone in St. Louis!
We were celebrating a 95th birthday and waned the evening to be perfect, it certainly was. We made all arrangements on the internet, couldn't have been more pleased!

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★★★★★

We had a party for 18 people(including a 3 & 8 yr old) , it was fantastic from cocktails through dessert. EVERYONE loved everything, food(fantastic), service, ambience!! Would recommend to anyone looking for a great experience, not to be out done by anyone in St. Louis!
We were celebrating a 95th birthday and waned the evening to be perfect, it certainly was. We made all arrangements on the internet, couldn't have been more pleased!

Pros: food, service, ambience

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Monarch is wonderful! Jeff Orbin is pure genius!! Everything about my dining experience was wonderful, the wait staff, food, and atmosphere. This is a restaraunt that is a top notch addition to the city of St.Louis. Congratulations on a spectacular job!!

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★★★★★

Monarch is wonderful! Jeff Orbin is pure genius!! Everything about my dining experience was wonderful, the wait staff, food, and atmosphere. This is a restaraunt that is a top notch addition to the city of St.Louis. Congratulations on a spectacular job!!

Pros: Food, wait staff, atmosphere

Cons: none

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Monarch is our favorite place for a casual dinner or a special ocasion. we have eaten there several times since they have open. Their food, service and wine list is unmatched in STL.

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★★★★★

Monarch is our favorite place for a casual dinner or a special ocasion. we have eaten there several times since they have open. Their food, service and wine list is unmatched in STL.

Pros: food, service, ambiance

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I've dined in many expensive restaurants in big cities and in different countries (Le Cinq at Four Season in Paris for being the most recent one), and none of them had disappointed me this much like Monarch. We had the soft shell crab for appetizer, and it wasn't fully cooked. I ordered the Open Lobster Ravioli - the sauce tasted like the one I'd make at home when I don't have time, I didn't find the "jumbo lump" crab meat that was in the description (there was only a couple threads in the plate), and ultimately I did find two small pieces of lobster meat. My companion had their Halibut, and found that it was thin and overcooked. Overall, the food was insipid and way too ordinary for the prices they charge. It's very sad for the people in town if this is indeed the "best" restaurant in St. Louis.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've dined in many expensive restaurants in big cities and in different countries (Le Cinq at Four Season in Paris for being the most recent one), and none of them had disappointed me this much like Monarch. We had the soft shell crab for appetizer, and it wasn't fully cooked. I ordered the Open Lobster Ravioli - the sauce tasted like the one I'd make at home when I don't have time, I didn't find the "jumbo lump" crab meat that was in the description (there was only a couple threads in the plate), and ultimately I did find two small pieces of lobster meat. My companion had their Halibut, and found that it was thin and overcooked. Overall, the food was insipid and way too ordinary for the prices they charge. It's very sad for the people in town if this is indeed the "best" restaurant in St. Louis.

Pros: none

Cons: food, smoking, parking

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The wait staff is top notch! I can't begin to say how great this place it!! Danielle waited on us and she was poised and pleasent. Knowledgable without being snotty......Can't express what a great evening we had! We will be back!!

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★★★★★

The wait staff is top notch! I can't begin to say how great this place it!! Danielle waited on us and she was poised and pleasent. Knowledgable without being snotty......Can't express what a great evening we had! We will be back!!

Pros: Wait Staff, Ambiance, Food

Cons: none

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A great dining experience with attention to detail. The service was outstanding and it's great to see such a fine restaurant in the St. Louis area, especially in Maplewood. Salute!!

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★★★★★

A great dining experience with attention to detail. The service was outstanding and it's great to see such a fine restaurant in the St. Louis area, especially in Maplewood. Salute!!

 

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