The Monarch

By Molly Durham

The Monarch
It’s dark, it smells good the second you walk in, and it’s so cozy you won’t know how a kitchen fits in there. While The Monarch calls itself a royal-inspired restaurant, it’s a lively and welcoming spot with no bad seats, and essentially no bad item on the menu. Some of the best dishes are the ones with the least flair—the Brussels sprouts salad is the perfect example. Flash-fried and covered in a Thai carrot salad, these sprouts pack a serious punch of flavor. The pork shoulder paired with sweet squash makes for a surprisingly good combo, and the spreadable blue crab appetizer, accompanied by wontons and sriracha, might make you want to skip the entrées altogether. Finally, there’s a full bar that crafts creative cocktails and serves local beers, so whether you’re looking for a quick drink stop or a full-blown meal, The Monarch has you covered.

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test your knowledge
The Monarch hosts trivia— called “Geeks Who Drink” —every Monday night at 8 PM. Topics include cartoons, movies, ‘80s bands, and everything in between.

kitchen show
The impossibly tiny kitchen—in the back of the restaurant by the doors to the patio—is open for all to view. You can watch the chefs crafting your dishes, or if you’re close enough ask them some questions.

Medium-high. It’s a small space but the kitchen is wide open, and there’s a full bar packed into these cozy quarters.


dinner: 5 PM–2 AM daily
brunch: Sat–Sun 11 AM–4 PM

price range

$6 (fries with truffle mayonnaise) to $24 (prime Denver steak)