Last night me and 8 friends went to the Monte Carlo for dinner.
It is a cool, throw back kind of place. I was surprised how dressed downed most people were. I know it is Minnesota, but I didn't expect people in jeans and tee shirts. The decor is awesome, especially the bar. I am actually a bit offended by the waitress uniform, a french maid type uniform, and there are NO men waiters, which was weird.
We started with drinks at the bar, and they were all very well mixed. The martinis are huge and about $10. I got a plain rum and soda water and it was $5.50.
We were sat about 20 minutes after our reservation, but that was totally acceptable to us due to our large size and great bar.
After we ordered, they brought out salads and bread first. I didn't have a salad, but they looked good. Nothing special, but good. I heard no complaints. The bread was good, but nothing special.
Next came out appetizers. The table ordered three different apps: chicken wings, fried calamari, and shrimp cocktail. The apps were huge orders. I think the wings and the calamari were made for 4 people because they were big. The wings were some of the best wings I've had. They had a spicy dry rub on them and were juicy. Just great. The calamari was also very good. They came with a spicy mayo based sauce which was good. I didn't try the shrimp cocktail, but it looked standard.
For the main, most people ordered steak. There was also a burger, a app pizza, and two salmon entrees.
I had a salmon salad plate. It was the most boring thing I have ever had. Nothing on the plate tasted like anything. I dumped salt on, but it did not bring out any taste. It was a huge piece of cold poached salmon. Supposedly cooked to medium, but actually it was well done. It tasted like nothing. Nothing. Also there were potatoes, tough tomatoes, and bland green beans. There was a pico de gallo type thing with it, which was fine.
The steaks looked really great, but weren't all that great, at least the one I tasted. They were just bland. For having half their menu being steaks, you would think they would be good.
The pizza appetizer did look really good.
I had burgers from the Monte Carlo as takeout many times. They are good. I should have went that way because the burger that came out looked awesome.
We didn't get dessert.
The service was great, even if they were wearing french maid outfits. One of the steaks came medium well when it was ordered medium rare. They corrected their mistake with lightning speed. Then the manager came by and checked that it was properly fixed. The staff was wonderful and helpful and on top of things.
Overall, a mixed review. The apps and drinks are great, as is the burger, but everything else is fair at best. It is a fun place though.