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.