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Monarca, Vancouver, BC

Monarca

4.4
4.4
185 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
The name refers to the ancient Mexican monarchy honouring the influence both his parents made on his culinary style. While his mother inspired our sister restaurant, Ophelia, the familial tradition has continued here at Monarca where you’ll find playful dishes and a lively atmosphere inspired by Chef Higareda’s father.

Francisco’s father lived near the famous Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in central Mexico’s Michoacán region. Chef Higareda spent several summers here with his family enjoying the local Tlahualiles (defeated warriors) Festival. The festival celebrates the feast of Santiago Apóstol, patron saint of Sahuayo. The battle depicted in the festival is still debated today in Mexico and refers to military conflicts before, during, and after the arrival of the Spanish. It’s a memory he cherishes from his childhood.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 569-2258
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Francisco Higareda
  • Neighbourhood
    Gastown
  • Cross Street
    customers can get free 3 hour parking at 151 West Cordova once per week.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

185 Reviews
  1. LaurenceN

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The noise struck me as soon as we entered it was excessively loud. We were served quickly but both food and drinks orders were wrong and we left before our second course was served as we waited so long for it.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service excellent food excellent atmosphere!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent location and ambiance. Seems to fill up a little later in the evening. I suggest 7:30 or 8:00 reservation. We were there at 7:00 and there was only 1 other couple so it felt kind of weird with the whole place empty. We left at 9:00 and it was filling up by then. Good food, excellent atmosphere. Service was good and our server was very knowledgable.

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  4. MelT

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    One of the most disappointing experiences I’ve had overall. The food was bland, the churros were hard and tasteless, the candles for my friend’s birthday were forgotten despite 3 reminders, dishes were left on the table for what seemed like forever, we were overall not attended to and it took us 2.5 hours to dine with just a few maincourses and dessert. Safe to say I’ll never be back

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The portions of some food items have been reduced significantly. We would rather pay more than see a fraction of the serving portion that it used to be. The service was really excellent, but won’t be back due to the reduced portions.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, although maybe a little spicy for some service started out really good a little slow near the end but very friendly and wonderful staff would definitely go again

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  7. TylerG

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and would love to go back for the food. Drinks were delicious as well. The service was slow and they didn’t seem to be in a hurry to help us or ask if we need more drinks, etc, yet they told us they had a 2 hour table limit.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing overall. When making my reservation I added a note to provide a small desert with a candle for a birthday surprise and the serve arranged it flawlessly. Great ambience and music

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  9. AllyB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best time celebrating my moms 50th! Thank you so much to our serve, I forget her name but I think she had an Irish accent, made the entire experience so lovely for my mom, very attentive to our group. Food and drinks were amazing, I especially loved the monarca margs and spicy pineapple one. Also just a great place for cocktails with the girls

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  10. Sarah837

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Ther secures was not so great. But think this was the best restaurant in gastown.

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  11. ElizabethS

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so delicious and innovative! Would absolutely go back!

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  12. Leyland

    Vancouver

    56 reviews

    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average. Great guacamole. Pork belly very small and somewhat overcooked. Fish tacos very good, lobster sauce a bit too rich and creamy. Really noisy

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  13. DrewC

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place. Food and drink is amazing, service is incredible.

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  14. CoalHarbourFoodies

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service - staff make an effort to ensure you have a great experience. Great selection of tapas and main courses. Highly recommend.

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  15. KarenA

    Calgary

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was lovely, very friendly. Food was delicious

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  16. Koty

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, with lots of options. Portions are substantial, and we might’ve ordered a bit too many appies to start. The Frijoles con Veneno are a tasty and spicy treat (maybe a bit too spicy for some!). They’re listed as a side but can easily be shared as an appetizer. The cocktails were pretty good too. The Feathered Snake Mezcal cocktail looked as pretty as it tasted! The spicy margaritas were also a hit.

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  17. Celine

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    everything was good, the food and drinks were great, very good happy hour. Service was great but our server removed all our napkins when we were still working on the drinks.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This was a disappointing visit considering this was on my list for friends and families to dine in. I had came here with out of town guests many times in the past. Unfortunately, the experience from the point of check in to dining was not great. Parking was an issue. Direction from 2 different hostesses were missing leading. Maria was a good server for our table. I had requested a quiet table but the table next to us was extremely loud and sounded like they were drunk for a birthday party. My guests and I were yelling at each other as we cannot hear due to the noise level. The food quality has gone down since my last visit. Steak was not medium rare. Pork belly was over cooked. Octopus was over cooked. This was a disappointing visit.

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  19. Bowshot

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Noise level was on another level. I would go back just not during DJ time

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were asked to leave after 2 hours. Our party wanted to stay for drinks and there were 3 open tables around us. We will probably not go back with a large party due to time restrictions. Service was very good but restaurant policy is not.

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  21. Sherry

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome and perfect food we tired there. But the waiters forgot about us to give our orders and we called them for that after 15 minutes. But they very Polite . I love music and dj last night .

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  22. FelipeB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The place is good, the ambience is also good, but the service is not the best, they warned us that the schedule was for two hours and that we had to evacuate after the two hours even with a reservation. I didn’t like this behavior since the beginning.

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  23. Josh

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience! Delicious food, great service, and awesome ambience. Highly recommended! 

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  24. Christine

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything on the menu is absolutely delicious. My go to restaurant for anyone that likes Mexican food.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, service and ambience. Well worth a visit

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  26. Wade

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent dining experience. Great service. Memorable food and cocktails. Highly recommend.

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  27. real

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Monarca disappoints with its excessive use of cheese, drowning out what should be authentic flavours. Every dish suffers from an overwhelming cheese overload. While the service remains commendable, the heavy-handed approach to cheese detracts from the overall experience.

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  28. Shaz

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food and service but very noisy atmosphere. We struggled to hear each other

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  29. DenisL

    Ottawa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner with friends. Third time there, always good food and service. However this time, music was too loud. We can barely hear our waiter.

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  30. jenn

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for a great first experience! It was so good that I’m taking my other set of friends there again for belated birthday celebrations next week!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went on a weekday so it was a lot quieter then the norm weekend. Had a lovely time and the food was outstanding

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  32. foodie

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Celebrated a birthday dinner here and would definitely go back for any occasion

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  33. Christine

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food I’ve had in Vancouver!! Prawn taco and rib eye taco to die for!

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  34. TheLongConDon

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Good cocktails, okay food. Not fancy restaurant trying to be fancy.

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  35. CatherineR

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous restaurant, friendly staff and most importantly delicious food and margaritas! The whole evening was 10/10 and I'll be back for sure!

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  36. TrentN

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cuisine; however, poor and inattentive service.

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  37. MichaelF

    Rome

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice food and fantastic service. really enjoyed our visit there

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  38. DarleneW

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A bit confused about what to order. But server was helpful. A bit pricey. Meals we had were decent. Not outstanding.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La comida riquísima!!

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  40. NargesE

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very energetic and fun night for us. The food was pretty great and tasty.

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FAQs

Monarca does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Monarca also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 569-2258.

Monarca is rated 4.4 stars by 185 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 p.m.


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Monarca

181 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    customers can get free 3 hour parking at 151 West Cordova once per week.
  • Neighbourhood
    Gastown
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Francisco Higareda
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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