With a prime corner across from Independence Hall, the new Hotel Monaco’s restaurant is a dramatic bi-level space clad in reclaimed barn wood, antique pulleys, and industrial lights. The menu offers appealing updated American fare built on house-made charcuterie and pickles. But the cooking is extremely inconsistent, and the service too erratic and slow for this ambitious Old City new comer to be more than just a convenient-but-uninspired amenity rather than the destination it could have been.
Charcuterie; sausage of the day; marrowbones; big Red Owl burger; chicken pot pie; roasted lamb shank; slow-roasted chicken sandwich (lunch); apple pie.
A well-rounded and deep bar, with a substantial list of American-centric wines (albeit seriously marked up, and with uninspired by-the-glass selections), a large craft beer selection that is the best value choice (including a dozen mostly local drafts, plus some excellent bottles including Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale), and cocktails both classic and creative. The spirit list is especially strong with whiskey and tequila.
A boisterous 89 decibels but manageable if you’re in one of the tucked-away booths or tables. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Breakfast Monday through Friday, 7-10:30 a.m. Lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.; Sunday, until 9 p.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.