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“What a gem! **Highly recommend**”

The Monarch Public House
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$14
Cuisines: American, Irish, Pizza
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Overlooking the Mississippi River, at the foot of Eagle Bluff, the tallest point on the river. Wisconsin's oldest operating tavern and original to 1894, also features The Absolute Rock Bottom Pub and is home to the 1860's recipes of The Fountain City Brewing Co. 15 Foot pressed tin ceilings, hardwood floors and hand carved back bar, tables, etc. Soon to be listed on the National Historic Register.
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for lunch on a Saturday...he always likes wander into Irish pubs if ever we happen by one, and this feels like the real deal!!! High, tin ceilings...authentic Irish "artifacts" and objects on the walls, beautiful old bar. Great atmosphere. But what impressed us the most of how we were personally and warmly greeted by the owner himself, and made to feel at home the entire time. The waitress was very friendly and efficient. The owner himself stopped by a couple times to make sure that everything was to our liking, and he even added some tales from when he visited his homeland of Ireland. (Be sure to ask him how he learned to pour a Guinness, if you see him!) :)
The food was excellent. This is not run of the mill blah "Americanized" Irish fare....it was homemade, fresh, and fantastic! I tried the fish and chips.....I am not usually a fried fish person, because of the grease. THIS fish I had to try, because instead of deep-fat frying, they use an "air" fryer. There was a delicate coating on it with good flavor, but no GREASE! You could actually taste the fish! I got the two piece, which was served with French fries, sweet potato fries, and a couple of onion rings. Homemade tartar sauce. Just right. My husband is a huge Shepherd's pie fan and always orders it when finding a new pub. (I think on their menu it is called the "Galway Pot Pie", if I'm not mistaken) The flavor was wonderful. Obviously made from scratch. Really, really good.
We will absolutely be returning...thank you for the warm and friendly experience, and wonderful food!

Thank Mons1989
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is a small irish pub in a small town. Irish fare. we had fish and chips, which were very good. On Saturdays and sometimes on Thursdays they have an Irish band. Excellent! They also brew their own beer, which is above average. Just of W 35, and worth the stop if you are in the area!

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Thank hugh s
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

We were out just driving around for the weekend and stopped at this place because it had an outdoor seating area and it was a beautiful November day. We asked for our traditional beers and to our surprise were told they don't sell traditional beer...only their house brews. We told the gal what we drank and she gave us a comparable. They were fantastic. We took our beers out to the patio and enjoyed the beautiful day. We did not eat here, but the food smelled fantastic and the patio became full of people enjoying their menu. We enjoyed this place so much we asked about buying the glasses and for $7 you can buy a glass to remember your day!!

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Thank KWTW6
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Jack was fantastic and gave us a tour of the grandness of the Monarch even before opening! We stopped back a few hours later and were further razzle-dazzled by "Netty" (Jeanette) who made sure that we were accommodated with the best of food (try the Irish Nachos) and the very best of brew (Fountain City). Thank you so much for a pleasurable visit the will now be repeated again and again!!

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Thank fullflaps2010
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent big Irish pub in a small Town the Bangor's are to die for as is the champ the music was conducive to thoughts of home and leaving me with a very settled disposition maybe it was the dragon that did it great place and I will be back

Thank Annie C
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LookinAllOver, General Manager at The Monarch Public House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2016

Thank you for the kind remarks. Leaving you with thoughts of home is our goal and we will look forward to seeing you again.

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