Monaco Las Colinas is a new, French Riviera-inspired restaurant in Irving. Overlooking Las Colinas canals, the restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a Western European-inspired menu, crafted cocktails, and gondola rides.
Opened Friday, September 16, Monaco is a project from a quartet of Irving locals. Consisting of owner, David Lamberti, executive chef, Matthew Perry (no, not that one), general manager and wine steward, Frank Horak, and assistant general manager Johnny Hardy; together the team has a total of 60 years of experience under their collective belts.
Located on Irving’s somewhat new Water Street development, Monaco is an intimate and upscale restaurant influenced, from its interior to its wine and cuisine, from its leaders’ travels – taking inspiration from Portugal, Spain, Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, and France.
“It’s a tip of the hat to everywhere we’ve been,” Lamberti said.
The idea for Monaco sparked for Lamberti upon coming upon the space formerly occupied by Olivella.
“It embraced everything we were wanting: a small spot by the water, a hidden gem, a destination, walkable and a place where we can create something special for the locals,” said Lamberti.
In regards to its menu, highlights include hamachi crudo, made with braised leek, Ghana basil, crime fraîche, and chickpea fries; house bolognese composed of thick pappardelle noddles, ricotta cheese; and redfish marsala with caramelized onions, celeriac, and local greens.
Future plans include a coming cocktail lounge behind the restaurant as well as a bodega next door. Additionally, the restaurant plans to offer lunch and brunch service.