The Monarch

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$31 to $50
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American
Our menu is meant to showcase the bounty of Santa Barbara County,
in a manner elegant yet rustic, precise yet unforced. 

The Monarch approach to dining is best enjoyed with friends
and is meant to be shared with the table.

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Daily 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 186 People Are Saying
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JN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh and well-prepared small plates with a perfect combination of taste and texture. Each plate is served at just the right pacing so there is time between each to relax and talk. Each is presented and explained and helps you appreciate the detail that goes into each one.

AH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monarch exceeded our expectations and was a special dining experience. We loved that the food was locally sourced. Each dish was beautiful and delicious. For a tasting menu experience the portions were generous. My friend and I easily shared a four course meal and added a dessert. The bartender concocted "mocktails" for us that were the best we have had so far during our pregnancies.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! Everything we tried was better than the last thing. I honestly can’t say if I had a favorite because I loved it all!

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars for everything!! Food was excellent- very imaginative and delicious. We all took the 4 course tasting and it was plenty. Will be back to taste more!

EH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing food!!! One of the best dinners we have ever had. A unique experience. Even things such as bread and butter are mind blowing delicious.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable service and food!

h
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and the food was delicious. But portions were minuscule, yet pricey. Most egregious was the wine pricing/selection...completely out of whack. We had the lowest price red they had available and it was terrific but it cost $78 if I recall exactly. Judging by the ample available seating, I'm afraid they won't make it unless they return to the menu/pricing they offered the last time we were there a few months ago.

TP
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun dining experience. The every dish was beautiful and delicious.

PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu model is an improvement over previous family style, allows more sampling. All the dishes were inventive and well-considered/ Definitely best suited to special occasion and making an evening of it.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. Loved our waitress Danielle she’s incredible. The head chef came out with every dish and we felt so taken care of. The food is exquisite but the portions are small so be prepared. Thanks Monarch!

MP
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Dan couldn’t
Have been more knowledgeable or more “on it”. The food was fantastic and intentional with the abalone and the cappallini as favorites. That said, the short ribs are always melt in your mouth great too. We are fans.

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience all around. Great food and great service. Highly recommend!!!

MR
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I shared 4 courses. The restaurant added a bread course. While the portions were small we felt “just right” with the amounts we ate. Each bite was very flavorful so we took our time savoring them.

M
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to the Monarch restaurant for the first time. We had a great an experience. Their food is unique and delicious, include the fact that it is so hard to impressed my husband regarding a food. We ordered a course of 4 things per person, and it was enough to feel your tummy. Every dish was done beautifully. We left satisfied.
We will come back for sure.

LF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

First visit to this Monarch was sensational. Chef left and now it has it's problems.

MB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality experience with fabulous food!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner tasting menu was fantastic. The chefs, bartenders, wait staff all know what they are doing.

LS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, but the cocktail was not very good and the cappuccino was so bitter it left a bad taste in our mouths. The food was amazing albeit tiny in portions.

TH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. The sous chef served and explained all the dishes. Highly recommended.

o
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous inventive food. Very rich — four small courses are plenty. Lovely wines at reasonable prices

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to monarch for an anniversary dinner! Food was incredible. One of the best meals we have ever had. Drinks, service, ambiance all terrific!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, food was exceptional. Wish I had room for the 8 course meal.

LV
Las Vegas
90 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food. New tasting menu and wine pairings was a terrific way to go. We picked four different dishes each. Each item was a special treat for eyes and mouth. Each paired wine was a delight and a surprise (who would think of gruner veitliner and salad?
Important: they still have the 72 hour short ribs. Best in the world.

M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to the Monarch when it first opened, and it was outstanding. At that time, I had decided it was the best restaurant in SB. Dear friends came to town and so I decided to take them there. I did not know the menu had changed to Prix Fix options. Even with the change-still outstanding, and a very fair value for exceptional food and service. My husband does not care for prix fix-but he very much enjoyed everything he selected as well.

UK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Farm to table small portions new menu . Everything was amazing 4 course 55.- Best Service ever.

BD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Very contrived menu which required diners to select 4. 6 or 8 courses each. Had to ask for an appetizer menu. We were so disappointed in the lack of flexibility of dining options we left . Total cost of a couple of shared appetizers and 6 glasses of house wine was over $280. Went next door to Lucky’s, had a lovely dinner and wine for $140. Will never go back to Monarch.

N
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our fourth visit since SB Restsurant Week 2019 and the first time with your new menu so we were a bit hesitant. The amuse bouche(?) immediately convinced us we’d made the right decision. Everything from that point on was exquisite! Thank you very much.

p
Houston
81 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Monarch really stood out for excellent service. The food was good, especially the braised rib and the duck confit purse.

CE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. We both enjoyed the tasting menu of four courses. The wagu beef was so tender and everything else delicious. It got too noisy for our taste after 8:15 PM but glad to see so many patrons in our neighborhood.

T
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was wonderful, but portions are small. We left hungry. You need to order a lot and fill up, but price not worth it. Really like the old menu better before, and those portions were generous for the value.

MM
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love, love, love the fact that they use not only local food but also local artisans as well.

TR
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service makes all the difference, it will even excuse poor food, which was not needed. "Nina"? was so gracious giving no attitude when I called to adjust our time. I did not expect to be accommodated. She met our arrival with her vivacious personality, and i learned later made notes to the server re: us so that the continuity of good care and service was continued. Waitress (forgot name but beautiful artwork on her arm) was full of friendlyness, patience, and knew her menu!!! Wine guy equally attentive and friendly, not snobbish and the food was once again outstanding, even better than the last outstanding time we dined there how is that possbile? Bravo and thank you. BTW-Thought I lost my wallet. They called to say did not find. I found and did think about it again, however your staff did. They called again to say sorry and they will continue to keep name and look out. WOWZA!

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Starting with Nina at the front desk to Danielle our server to the GM Drew, everyone was so wonderful. And the food!!! It was outstanding. This is my new favorite SB restaurant.

H
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great service! Love the ambience!!

BE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome experience . Service was top notch and the interior was understated but classy. Location is great as well. The food was fantastic. Fresh and rustic California classic combinations from seafood to filet. Everything was excellent.

LC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We arrived for Easter brunch at 11:30. Menu was standard lunch fare. Food was mediocre. Burnt bun on the tuna sandwich, burnt potato chips, salty vegetables. Service was slow and the bill was over $160. Won’t be returning or recommending. So disappointed.

S
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a nice place the service was amazing, the food was very good. It was very convenient having it in the same location as our hotel room.

G
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was among the best I've had in any Santa Barbara venue. From the reception hostesses to the bartender's perfection of our drinks to the superbly attentive and knowledgeable waitress we had, there was little that could even have been imagined as better service. Some of the dishes were top-notch, world-class as I have come to expect from the Frankaland enterprises: the halibut crudo had an astounding variety of small flavors and nuances to it (dried fruits, nasturtium leaves, crisp flower petals) that all worked harmoniously with the light orange glaze - I would come back just for that dish alone. A spectacular desert of caramel custard and absinthe was equally brilliant in its blend of flavors and served as a beautiful, creamy send-off into the night. The rest of the fare was quality, good fare: abalone (cooked just right and not at all chewey!), pappardelle with mushrooms, and a fresh vegetable dish for the vegan among us. As we had just spent the week wine-tasting in Paso Robles, we should have brought our own and paid corkage fees since we picked blindly from the pricey selections and did not pick well for ourselves (and had three cases in the trunk of our car we could have dipped in to!). But the experience was well-worthwhile and we will be back for the Sushi Adventure!

Z
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, creative, tasty, some of the best in Santa Barbara and the atmosphere was very pleasant.
Our server was awesome, she steered us away from the tasting menu and suggested for a party of our size, six people, to share few apperiters and three main courses, which was more then plenty and we got to try different kind of plates.
We are definitely going back.

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