Fodor's Expert Review Monarch

$ Del Mar Modern American Fodor's Choice
Over the past decade, this coveted ocean-view spot in Del Mar has seen restaurants come and go, but finally Monarch did it right by transforming an 8,000-square-foot facility into dining space, an entertainment venue, and a sundeck for patrons and their pups. Inside, the California coastal menu itself is as cool as the 1970s decor, with rattan furniture and a poster of Tom Selleck greeting you at the door; outside a bridge connects the restaurant to “Monarch Park” where grab-'n'-go goodies can be enjoyed with live music Thursday–Sunday. Good luck wrapping your mouth around the short rib pastrami sandwich, brined for five days and piled high on toasted marbled rye. There’s no skimping on the lobster and shrimp roll, and the boat fries are perfect for scooping homemade ranch or aioli dip. Burgers, salads, and wood-fired smoked wings are just the right portions to save room for the Hawaiian doughnuts with Tahitian vanilla gelato.
Modern American American New Trendy Views Pet Friendly Lively Lunch Dinner $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

1555 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, California  92014, USA


Known For:
  • Happy hour $5 deals weekdays 4–6 pm
  • Dragonfruit margaritas
  • Community-centric place to connect
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

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