Monarch's Restaurant and Lounge Pella, Iowa

Monarch's Restaurant and Lounge Pella, Iowa
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Monarch's Restaurant and Lounge Pella, Iowa
705 E. 1st Street
Pella, Iowa



Hours: Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday - Lunch - 11-2
Tuesday - Thursday - Dinner - 4:30 - 9:00
Friday, Saturday - Dinner - 4:30 -10:00
Sunday Brunch - 10 - 2
Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm-6:00pm.

On the corner of Franklin St and East 1st Street
In The Royal Amsterdam Hotel


American & Dutch

Street and Public Parking Ramp off of Liberty Street

Business Casual


Meeting Room:

Smoking Restaurant:



Wheel Chair Accessible:

Restroom Wheel Chair Accessible:

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Friday, January 23, 2009; Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

We had lodging accommodations at the Royal Amsterdam Hotel as both the first and last day of our winter trip. Both times the Hotel had only a few rooms rented for the night. Winter is not peak season for Pella, and the travelers who were there were either on business or visiting family. Nevertheless, the accommodations are quiet, includes internet access and comfortable.

We decided to eat at Monarch's in January simply because the weather was cold, snowy and nasty. We admit it – we were trying to escape cold Minnesota weather, but this first night was not going to be it! On the return trip, it was just a matter of nearing the end of a long day of travel and not wanting to drive anymore that evening.

There was no early bird special on Friday, and the restaurant was quite busy. It continued to be busy and when we finished, there were people waiting to be seated. We both chose the “pastabilities” entrée selection. Lou ordered the angel hair pasta with a marina sauce and I ordered the linguine with creamy roasted red pepper sauce. We also had salads and Lou had a cup of the French Onion soup. The salads were fresh and the soup was very good. The portions are huge, and a serving is enough for two people to share. Lou's spaghetti left a little to be desired, and my creamy roasted red pepper pasta was more of a paste consistency, instead of being creamy. The flavor was good, just too thick.

We learned later, from other folks, that the spicy beef dinner was a favorite of theirs and they often drove up to Pella to enjoy a nice dinner.

On our return trip, I did indeed order the spicy beef dinner, which was also a huge portion. The dinner had red cabbage which was quite tasty, garlic mashed potatoes and salad, and at least 6 ounces of the spicy beef, which was served in a “pulled” fashion. It was not exactly what I expected, but our server wasn't much help at describing it, so I took a chance on ordering it. I detected a generous amount of clove seasoning, vinegar and possibly onion and mustard in the beef, which was somewhat dry. The flavors were overwhelming, and a little went a long ways. Lou had spaghetti and meatballs and thought it was better than when we were here in January.

Again, we were about the only diners when we arrived, but by the time we left the restaurant, it was packed. Our conclusion is that there are few restaurants that offer an assortment of entrees at a reasonable price with huge portions.

While we can't rave about Monarch's, if we were to stop in Pella again and stay at the Royal Amsterdam, we would probably return to the restaurant for dinner. The atmosphere is pleasant and the staff are very friendly and accommodating.

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