Best Décor - 2004
Monarch - CLOSED
It's a good thing we're talking about interior design here, or Monarch wouldn't even make the tail end of our list. The inner beauty that is Monarch resides in a squat brown-brick building in the heart of Maplewood. But inside it's a different story: Not just great décor, but great décors. The bar and casual bistro areas are airy, with twisting wooden bars and glowing photos (of butterflies, natch). The more formal dining room features a ceiling draped in waves of fabric, absorbing sound and giving the room an understated elegance. But we're not done! There's also the private dining areas, little nooks with wine-rack walls and a secret, comfortable feel.