We went to Monarch for a big splurge dinner last Tuesday night. We can't say it was a bad experience, but for our next splurge dinner, we will not be going back to Monarch.
We made reservations. Monarch called us back. We clarified reservations. Monarch called us back. We confirmed reservations. With all that fussing over the reservations, I thought the restaurant might be fully booked on a Tuesday night, but that was not the case.
We chose Monarch's bistro section, which had more choices for non-meat eaters than the fine dining section (and has lower-price entrees). To create an authentic French bistro atmosphere, they make you sit very close to other people and the room is very very loud.
The very best part of the meal was the bread. The lobster bisque was good. We both ordered the special: a $24 dish oddly pairing a Hawaiian fish with risotta, with an accompanying vegetable: one half of a Brussel sprout. Desserts were fine, but they totally forgot to put the crème anglaise on my chocolate soufflé.
Service was really good.
But, overall, we wish we had spent the same amount of money at Harvest, where all the food is wonderful, and where we can request our most favorite waitress in St. Louis - Lynn Riley.