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Monarca, Salt Lake City, UT

Monarca

4.6
4.6
316 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
We are MONARCA! A Mexican restaurant, we constantly change our menu with our chef new creations as Ceviches, Enchiladas, Steaks and other specialties. Our bar specialize in Tequila and Mezcal, our mixologist always innovating using spices and flavors that hardly can find anywhere else. We are MONARCA, right in heart of Downtown Salt Lake City a few blocks from temple square. Bienvenidos!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Latin, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 214-0111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Alfonso Brito

  • Catering

    We will cater your events

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate your private events

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Next to Gallivan Avenue and the Marriott Hotel

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 316 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Salt Lake City

    Hot spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was flavorless
  2. J

    Jazzaholic

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our experience at Monarca. Food was very tasty and high quality. The only thing was the quantity - a lot of food. If we weren't traveling I would have taken about 40% of it home. I will go back and eat there again.
  3. JB

    JeffB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Enjoyed the Margaritas also! A little on the pricey side for Mexican food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience and authentic food
  5. r

    ranger777

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly professional wait staff, but still warm and eager to please. Exciting menu and fun vibe — hip and urban rather than traditional cantina atmosphere. All of the dishes (and cocktails) were fresh and boldly flavored.
  6. TP

    TravisP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing good, drinks, and chips and salsa. Will be back many many times!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved our cocktails. The jalapeño margarita and guava Pisco sour were incredible. The Birria tacos and empanadas were delicious. Excited to come back!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was my birthday. The server brought out churros with a sparkler! She lit it with a blow torch and the sparks shot up about 2 feet. People all around watched in surprise as my family sang to me. It was really amazing and the churros with chocolate dipping sauce were DELICIOUS. Dinner was also fabulous - enchiladas mole for me and my dad. My mom enjoyed the enchiladas suizas and my husband really liked the sweet potato tacos.
  9. KL

    KarlyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Will definitely go back! Loved the ceviche! I didn’t like the flavor of the Birria Quesadilla but I loved everything else.
  10. HM

    HectorM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was really good. The server wasn't around to fill up drinks but someone else had to.
  11. MS

    MattS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Food was very bland, service was sub par. Ambiance was good though.
  12. V

    Villi

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Never disappoints! Anything with the Birria is amazing!!
  14. PW

    PaulW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Remarkably flavorful, creative approach to Mexican cuisine. The French dip style tacos were out of this world. Frankly, shocking. The lobster enchilada was so flavorful, and interesting. It’s clear that the owners of this restaurant have brought an international flare from Mexico City that has not been duplicated in Salt Lake City. Absolutely fabulous experience quote, wonderful, ambience, and expense, quite reasonable. A true privilege to have this kind of lovely experience in downtown Salt Lake City. Do not miss this opportunity.
  15. S

    Socsurfella

    Salt Lake City

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    This is the third time we have attempted to dine here and had problems with the host and seating. Take a look at the other reviews, this is clearly a systemic issue. This place is definitely not worth the poor service, not to mention they require a credit card for holding the reservation, which I assume is based on people leaving when they arrive for a reservation and aren’t seated for an hour. We arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation, the place was basically empty. The male host barely acknowledged our presence, and then played around on his computer for a minute without saying anything to us. Five minutes later he said he would need to sit us at the bar. I said, no, we reserved a table and would like one. He said the only table was next to the bar, which we said was fine. The table was literally in the middle of their service area, with drinks being made two feet from us, totally destroying the vibe. Food was ok, but very basic. Service timing was horrible, with alcoholic drinks coming at the same time as entrees, being asked to pay before even finishing dinner, etc. They need some basic training. Also, please don’t default your tip to 25% when you deliver the type of service that you do, it isn’t worth close to that.
  16. AS

    AngelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed at Monarca. The dining area is small so I recommend making reservations, we decided at noon to have dinner at Monarca and were able to get reservations at 5. We didn't have to wait at all to be seated. Service was quick, polite and friendly. The drinks were strong (as we like them) and the food was delicious.
  17. BT

    BillyT

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food we’ve had in a long time and enjoyed the Latin atmosphere. Ace provided great service.
  18. TF

    ThomasF

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Overall I enjoyed my experience. First visit and I would go again. Wait staff was friendly and mostly attentive. They forgot the rice and beans, but eventually brought them before we finished our meal. We had a 6:30 reservation and the restaurant was less than half full, but the host still felt a need to make us wait on the bench for 15 minutes. Unnecessary, but perhaps they are seeking an image - pretentious.
  19. B

    80thBirthday

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I don’t normally leave reviews but this place needs one even just to get the attention of the manager and staff. To start we had an early reservation and the restaurant was still pretty empty. The host barely greeted us when we checked in. Didn’t communicate anything but stared at the iPad trying to figure out where to seat our party of 3, then sat us next to the service area where the servers grab and prepare water glasses and silverware. I kindly asked if we could sit somewhere else so the host sat us on the other side of the service area which then I said I didn’t want to sit by the service area so we were moved one table over, totally acceptable. We ordered drinks and an appetizer, which came out in a timely manner except one of the drinks. That took a few more minutes to arrive. Mind you we were one of 6 tables by now. The server took our order while we were still waiting for the third drink. We were enjoying the appetizer and right away two of our entrees arrive. Again we waited for the third entree for about 5 minutes which then the earlier arriving entrees got cold. We weren’t quite finished with dinner when we were asked if we wanted dessert. We ordered the churros which were subpar, somewhat cold, no cinnamon just a little white sugar with chocolate dipping sauce. Our dessert arrived while our dinner plates were still on the table. We didn’t receive clean plates to share the dessert which was kinda gross to eat an already sub par dessert with dirty forks. Our dinner plates were NEVER cleared until the check was paid. Which brings me to another point. The server uses the machine table side, inserts my card and hands me the machine and says “it just needs your signature.” The 25% TIP is highlighted and the other two choices are 30% or 20% and down at the bottom in smaller box is the “custom tip.” Since when did 25% tip become the standard? I’ve had better service at chipotle that deserved a much bigger tip that they don’t ask for.
  20. LL

    LawrenceL

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant is a step up from the standard Utah Mexican place which is often nothing more than tacos, enchiladas, and burritos with lots of cheese dumped on everything. They are making an effort towards healthy, fresh, and well-prepared dishes. There's plenty to satisfy the taco-burrito-enchilada traditionalists, but some interesting seafood and carne offerings. The slow-cooked pork carnitas are the best I have ever had. The waitstaff is helpful and cheerful. When we went at an early lunch, the background music was pleasant, so the two of us could have a conversation without having to shout over annoying music.
  21. C

    Charles

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Both fish and Octopus tacos as well as the Ceviche were very good. Chips and Salsa were also great. Loved the nitro Margarita.
  22. MB

    MikeB

    Salt Lake City

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good, a couple notches higher than the standard burrito, beans and rice. Not quite Frida (I miss that place), but on par with Chile Tepin and the Red Iguana. Seated on time, service was excellent. No complaints and would certainly go back the next time the mood hits.
  23. DF

    DanielleF

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best spots in SLC! It's always at the top of my list of recommendations.
  24. S

    Shari

    Salt Lake City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Monarca and it was great. Our waiter was very kind a pleasant, the service was quick and the food was good. I really enjoyed the fresh tortilla chips!!!
  25. RT

    RufoT

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Really great experience. The birria tacos and ceviche both hit the spot.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was fresh and good. Drinks were overpriced.
  27. NB

    NadineB

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting SLC from Canada and this was recommended from our hotel. Excellent!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taco Tuesday on our visit. The Birra and shrimp options were fantastic. Left stuffed but very satisfied. Yummy chips also. I’m definitely recommending. Charlie, our waiter, very attentive also.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We made a reservation for 7 :00 and when we arrived they told us it would be about 20 minutes until our table was ready as they were running behind. We get these things happen and that’s fine, but it wasn’t until 7:40 and we had asked 4 times that we got our table. They had a giant table for 10-12 people set that sat empty the entire time we waited plus several other 2-4 person tables that were empty as well.
  30. K

    Kyler8212

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    We loved the food here but we had a 7:00 p.m. reservation. We arrived 15 minutes early and weren't seated until after 8:00 p.m. What was perplexing is they had tables that were clearly reserved during that entire time but every time we asked when we would be seated we were told they were really busy and would get to us when they could.
  31. KB

    KennyB

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Monarca is a very successful second act in the former Alamexo space. Excellent food and drink marked of course by the signature Tacos Birria. Not the cheapest Mexican restaurant in SLC, but still a good value for memorable food from south of the border.
  32. RI

    RonI

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another enjoyable experience. We require gluten free due to an allergy and waiter was sure to double check, and food is tasty and great. Highly recommend.
  33. S

    Scotty

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant is in a cool location, with huge windows all around. The food was decent and maybe a little expensive for what it was. The server was very kind.
  34. JB

    JulieB

    Salt Lake City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. The food is delicious at a good price point. We appreciate that they take reservations and enjoy going before an event at the Eccles. Service is always on point. Thank you, Angela for excellent service.
  35. AR

    AnnaR

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time at Monarca. Love it! Great date night spot!!
  36. g

    geoocean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was the best in town! Birria tacos are a mist plus the ceviche or street style elote for appetizers!! Definitely worth the wait :)
  37. D

    David

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Way overpriced for food that struggled to reach mediocrity. The server was great, but the rest of the experience was a bummer. We were hopeful that we might have found a new spot. Instead, we won't be back.
  38. RH

    RobinH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the wait staff was great!
  39. RP

    ReneP

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The main dish of enchilada suizas was delicious but the empanadas were soggy and cold.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing. Our waitress was so sweet and helpful.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Monarca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 214-0111.

Monarca is rated 4.6 stars by 316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Monarca

268 S State St Suite 110, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Next to Gallivan Avenue and the Marriott Hotel

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Latin, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Alfonso Brito

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (801) 214-0111

  • Catering

    We will cater your events

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate your private events

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