Georgetown riverside dining locale El Monumento looks to be a destination for every occasion

El Monumento is located at 205 W. Second St., Georgetown. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
El Monumento is located at 205 W. Second St., Georgetown. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

El Monumento is located at 205 W. Second St., Georgetown. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A courtyard sits at the center of El Monumento. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Asada El Mon includes marinated and grilled fajitas with rajas and a side of crema, guacamole, pico de gallo, rice and beans. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The El Mon Margarita includes El Jimador Anejo Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime and simple syrup. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The guacamole (left) consists of hand-mashed avocados with pico de gallo, seasonal fruit, cotija and pepitas, and the Queso El Mon is a blend of American cheese with Hatch green chiles, onions, tomatoes and cilantro. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
El Monumento was designed to mimic a Mexican hacienda, with a leafy, lush courtyard in the center and the windowed walls of the restaurant and bar surrounding it.

The side opposite the courtyard holds an outdoor patio overlooking the San Gabriel river. The founders—who also own Monument Cafe next door—wanted to establish a farm-to-table concept by Blue Hole Park; they opened El Monumento in October 2012, General Manager Cherie Wells said.

The core of the restaurant’s menu is Interior Mexican, but Tex-Mex items have been added over the years in response to local preferences, Assistant General Manager Alex Weber said.

The asadas (fajitas), along with seafood dishes such as grilled camerones (shrimp), are the most popular, Weber said.

“We seasonally rotate different fish dishes inspired with more Interior flavors,” he said. We also have the best queso in the Austin area.”

Wells added the restaurant has exceptional margaritas, too, scratch-made with 100% Blue Agave tequila.

Every six to 12 months the menu is changed up, Weber said. It is being altered to include more tapas.

“We’ve realized a lot of our guests in the area are wanting to have drinks and appetizers,” Wells said. “We’re also jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to dietary needs and restrictions and will be offering more fresh items that are keto- and paleo-friendly.”

Regarding making sure everyone feels included, Wells said the restaurant also added several menu items for the younger demographic, such as chicken tenders and queso macaroni.

“I think a lot of guests that dine with us utilize this space as more of a date night spot,” she said. “We want people to know we love families.”

The food is delicious; the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind; and the bar program is phenomenal, Weber added. “The overall experience a guest gets to have dining here is just fantastic,” he said. “We hope more people in the area will come and visit us.”
El Monumento is located at 205 W. Second St., Georgetown. 512-591-7866. www.elmonumentogeorgetown.com
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By Sally Grace Holtgrieve

Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019.


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