Monti's La Casa Vieja
Monti's La Casa Vieja

Monti's La Casa Vieja

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://montis.com/
  • Phone: 4809677594x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Monti's can cater any kind of celebration - from a casual backyard barbecue to an elegant hors d'oeuvres and cocktail party. Monti's has been a Valley tradition for over 50 years. Why do the work when we can do it for you? Feel like a guest at your own party. For more information contact Erin Scheidt in our Banquet & Catering Department.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway
  • Public Transit: Monti's is located 1/2 a block from the METRO light rail stop located at 3rd Street & Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: One of the only restaurants with our own dedicated parking lot in Downtown Tempe.
A word from Monti's La Casa Vieja
Monti’s La Casa Vieja est. 1871 – 140 years old and still going….
Family owned and operated for over 54 years, Monti’s offers gracious hospitality and great food at reasonable prices. Built in 1871, Monti’s La Casa Vieja (“The Old House”) has a unique western atmosphere. Originally Tempe’s founding pioneer home, Monti’s has been carefully
restored to reveal foot thick adobe walls, river rock in the floors and
even a fountain in one of the many large dining rooms. Guests can dine
in the very room where Sen. Carl Hayden, “The most important person in Arizona history”, was born in 1877. Known for our steaks but even more known for our freshly baked roman bread – it will keep you coming back for more. Monti’s is just a few short steps from the METRO Light Rail stop in downtown Tempe.
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Monti's La Casa Vieja reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)special occasion (39)good for groups (33)great for lunch (23)romantic (15)fit for foodies (13)kid-friendly (12)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (6)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Can't Go Wrong at Monit's
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great evening. Restaurant week menu was terrific. Service, as always, impeccable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • michellev
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Not nearly as good as we hoped it would be. Noisy, dark, steaks were decent though not would I would call good. Outback does it better. It didn't feel clean but I guess that is because it's so old, it probably was clean. The one and only redeaming factor was that it has it's own parking in an area that is terrible for parking. Oh, it's close to the Gammage. It will be a while before we return. It is very convenient to ASU Gammage Theater.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tmazgal
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Loved the food, environment and service! We were a party of 7, with an out of town guest. She loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    there were three of us and we each had a different type of steak. One had sirloin, and it was tough. One had a New York strip steak and it was full of gristle. I had a filet which was fine. the side dishes were nothing to rave about and the service was just so so. The waitress was more interested in talking to three men across the room so we ended up not ordering dessert there and went to an ice cream shop for that. We won't go back.
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  • Highly recommend
    luvdinners
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food and service are outstanding. Personal experience was lessened by people on their phones at two nearby tables talking very loudly. With that exception, great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    Fred
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I have been going to Monti's for over 40 years but the last time I visited was more than 10 years past (2014 now). In past years I brought parents, dates, old friends and, later, my own family. I found Monti's to be stable, consistent and satisfying. Good food, traditional Arizona atmosphere, very friendly service, central location, competitive pricing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    mema
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was excellent, except for the chicken fingers my grandson got. They were very dry and not very good to the taste. We did send them back and he got macaroni instead.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monti's on Downhill Slide
    Frankie58
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Been dining at Monti's for YEARS. It's our go-to place when hosting out of town guests. Recent visit were excited to bring new-to-town couple ("Tempe institution" we claimed). Terribly embarrassed. Greeting at door was haphazard...there were 5 employees hanging around host/hostess station! We were seated in already crowded central dining area despite politely asking for a more quiet booth in one of the many other sections. Service was fine, if not a bit too eager and rushed. Can overlook ALL of this if the meal had been half way decent. My filet was dry, tough, obviously overcooked. Companions had prime rib "just okay," and Chicken Penne Pasta that was WAY over sauced. Overall: BIG disappointment. Will think twice before coming back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    Johncvt
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Took a group of visitors from Korea to Montis for steak and they loved it. Great food, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BillVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    When I travel to Phoenix I usually wind up at Monti's. Consistently good in all respects.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good food and service
    Mary
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love Monti's. We had a fantastic meal. The special was the beef tenderloin with salad, potatoes, zucchini/yellow squash seasoned, shrimp skewers and cheesecake for dessert all for $25.00 each. The atmosphere was dim and romantically inviting and the service was great as well. I also enjoy getting emails from Open Table for Monti's as it spirits me right away to make the reservation and just enjoy going there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceeded my expectations
    MissChrispen
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was my first time at Monti's, and we dined there with a large party to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed a private room with an attentive and knowledgeable waiter. We didn't have to worry about being too loud during dinner, nor were we disturbed by surrounding diners. The food was fantastic and exactly as ordered, the special that night had one of the better starter salads I have had, with peaches and toasted almonds. Only complaint is that the place was a bit warm due to the age of the building and the temperature outside I am not surprised. I highly recommend this restaurant for large parties and dinner, also the patio bar when it is open has a great menu and ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful as always
    llg1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    great food, wonderful history and good service. special birthday celebration time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food every time!
    Djvegas62
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was my fourth time to Monti's and each was a great experience. Always perfect temperature on the steaks, Fish cooked perfectly and not dried out. Sauces that were flavorful and not overbearing. And beautiful presentations. I'm so glad I'm on your email list. The service is great too. Overall a great value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Waitress-Stephanie? was excellent with our large group. She did a great job of working with the elderly people that were with us. Food was very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Prime Rib
    LuvLULU
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Have been eatibg at Monti's since 1969...a GREAT favorite...excellent experience...wonderful food and great service...makes you feel welcomed
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a happy birthday....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was great as usual no surprises there. Had the salmon salad, very flavorful but a bit too much vinaigrette for me. My dinner mates really enjoyed their steaks, we had a small debate as what is a "Delmonico steak". Verdict is still out. We went for a birthday celebration. Even stated that the occasion was a birthday when I made the reservation. No one mentioned Happy Birthday or asked who was the birthday person. Most places will at least say or ask about the birthday even to GI as far as bringing over a slice of cake or ice cream sundae.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun spot
    sparkysfan
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Been going since 1964! Love to go and have the Roquefort dressing. Still great, but not as creamy as it used to be. A bit noisy for me. I love to take visitors to this historic eatery.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Has been 20 years since I visited Montis (live out in surprise now) just as wonderful as it was 20 years ago
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • overrated
    slyfox
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife's salmon was overcooked and my steak was overpriced
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  • History and Great Steaks
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Monti's never lets you down. The historical setting coupled with a great kitchen makes it a must stop. I recommend the prime rib
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steaks are exquisite!!!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    While it was a little warm considering it is summer here in az....the ambiance was perfect and food was amazing. The peach cobbler i shared with my guests was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was nice but....
    DisappointedBday
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Restaurant was really nice, great atmosphere.. and the service was very good... The only things I didn't like was the fact that in the reservation I had said it was a Birthday Dinner... and nothing was even said or recognized.. very disappointing. If you're not going to do anything about what is mentioned in the reservation then DON'T ASK! Also, we both had the Ribeye steaks and while they were cooked to perfection there was so much fat.. I've never had a Ribeye where I left almost half the steak and it was because it was all fat... Again very disappointing especially considering the price.... While I did like the restaurant, I would have to think twice before going again because of what I mentioned...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historic, and Good Food
    Buffalorick
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I've been eating at Monti's often for over 30 years. It is always a pleasure. And whenever I have out of town guests, I bring them here for at least one meal. It's in an historic building, with lots of interesting bits of history (and not the fake kind you see in chain restaurants). And the food is good too. I've never gotten a bad steak. They've modernized their menu recently, but I'm not a "foodie" - all I want is a good steak, a baked potato, and a salad. But the new stuff isn't bad. I've always gotten good service, even on a special holiday like the 4th of July. Try to get seated near the indoor fountain. It has probably been there longer than you've been alive! What else can I say other than I have returned over 100 times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • July 4th
    DarrylVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Was first visit to Monti's . Was headed to Tempe Towne Lake 4th celebration so was looking for place close to lake with good reviews. Food was excellent. Service was good with exception of server not knowing specials for the day. I had to show email received from Monti's for her. Otherwise very enjoyable evening and tasty food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Food
    Mandelaura
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We always love the service we receive at Montis and the food is always delicious and prepared to our liking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend but beware!
    EdLily
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Steaks were very good. Spinach dip was thin and tasteless, Caesar salad had dressing out if a jar, no flavor. Peach cobbler would have been a great dessert if made with fresh peaches in lieu of canned peaches. Service was poor to non-existent. Nice restaurant for a good steak if that is all you want.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner
    ermartin63
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Every time we have come for dinner it has always been fantastic. Adding the bar out side is a great asset we enjoyed watching the sunset we almost missed out reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Wrong Just Nothing Great
    robinVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Clearly a long standing Tempe institution. Everything was good, just nothing special. Unique old decor.
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  • A must for AZ families
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We chose Monti's for two reasons. We wanted good steak for a Fathers' Day treat and we wanted the Arizona grandchildren to be exposed to this classic home and restaurant. Our server helped explain the history, helped us get child friendly meals and the red meat and the pork chop were awesome.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Par
    FairGuy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Was disappointed in the quality of the Rib eye Father's Day Special. Meat was cooked to order but was not very tasty and was a bit tuff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went here for 2014 Father's Day with teenage grandsons. Michael, our server, was attentive and friendly. We all ordered steaks and the trimmings. The food was good, although our "medium well" steaks ranged from pretty rare to barely medium. We didn't send them back because we were all hungry, but it would be nice for all restaurant chefs to prepare a steak as ordered, rather than how they prefer to cook it. All in all, a good experience and, of course, the ambiance is old town Tempe cattle baron. The trimmings -- twice baked potato, grilled shrimp, etc. -- were tasty and dessert was an excellent finish to a fine meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day
    DocHowie1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    A pleasant dining experience with excellent service, properly cooked food and a quiet location making conversation comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    repeatdiners
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We celebrated Father's Day at Monti's with an early mid-afternoon dinner. My 91 year old mother accompanied my husband and myself. As usual, Monti's did not disappoint. The Prime Rib was superb, the potatoes and vegetables perfect, AND the peach cobbler that we shared was absolutely outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    rkg68
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We enjoyed having our anniversary dinner here. We especially love the historicity of this place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 710 reviews are from the Monti's La Casa Vieja reviews archive.
  • Great Historic Place
    LoveIt
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our food was fantastic. Their special beef appetizer is a must. We received a wonderful tour of the building which I would highly recommend. It's very interesting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Great restaurant, excellent service and knowledgeable staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Our waiter Jesse was on point and incredibly friendly. We had a large party for my sister's graduation and his service did not skip a beat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food inedible
    ricksbabe
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I ordered the pork chop and it was tough, dry, hard to chew and harder to cut. The server didn't come back until my husband was finished eating. I told the server about the pork chop. She removed my plate with most of the pork chop still on it. They didnt even offer to take it off the bill or comp us in any way.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was very good, but the ovens were not working so we were not able to get Roman bread, which is our favorite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate