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

Monti's La Casa Vieja Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://montis.com
  • Phone: (480) 967-7594
  • 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, Steakhouse, American
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • " great food, wonderful history and good service. special birthday celebration time."
    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"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Have been eatibg at Monti's since 1969...a GREAT favorite...excellent experience...wonderful food and great service...makes you feel welcomed"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Has been 20 years since I visited Montis (live out in surprise now) just as wonderful as it was 20 years ago"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "My wife's salmon was overcooked and my steak was overpriced"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Monti's never lets you down. The historical setting coupled with a great kitchen makes it a must stop. I recommend the prime rib"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We always love the service we receive at Montis and the food is always delicious and prepared to our liking."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Clearly a long standing Tempe institution. Everything was good, just nothing special. Unique old decor."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A pleasant dining experience with excellent service, properly cooked food and a quiet location making conversation comfortable."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed having our anniversary dinner here. We especially love the historicity of this place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Great restaurant, excellent service and knowledgeable staff"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was very good, but the ovens were not working so we were not able to get Roman bread, which is our favorite."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We took our daughter and her family to lunch at Monti's to celebrate her graduating from ASU. It was Thursday at 1 pm so we had the entire area practically to ourselves. The waiter was outstanding, personable and attentive but not overbearing. Our choices spanned from prime rib to shrimp salad to beef tacos. Everyone was delighted with their choices, including my husband, who is extremely picky about his prime rib. I, not being a meateater, was also very happy their grilled vegetables and sautéed spinach (yum), not to mention their signature Roman bread, which never fails to please. All in all, we could not have picked a better venue to continue the milestone celebration that began the previous evening. Thank you, Monti's. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service, and great ambience. Because of all the private rooms, this would be a great place for groups and private parties. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Even though I went to Open Table and made reservations for 9 way ahead, we ended up in the back, add on building. I would've liked being placed in the front, historic area, considering the effort made to reserve in a timely manner. The waiter and the food were excellent, and our table was set nicely with real linens. The daughter enjoyed the Mothers Day special, and the rest of us enjoyed what we ordered. Sent "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "enough quietness, dim lighting and ambience for asking your special loved one for her hand in marriage; great for bringing the two families together; terrific to celebrate anniversaries ; enjoyable for the offspring that eventually follow; wonderful to honor a lasting 40 years union"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My friend had not been back there in years and I had never been there. It was a real treat and enjoyable experiance."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dining experience! The food was delicious, the service was fantastic, the atmosphere was very enjoyable and relaxing. Monti's is definitely an asset to downtown Tempe and I would recommend the restaurant for a casual or special dining occasion. I have eaten at Monti's several times and have never had a bad experience or meal and the staff is very friendly and professional (top notch)."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a reservation for a table for 5. My husband and I arrived approximately 10 minutes early. We checked in and the hostess told us we were the first to arrive. I asked if we could sit outside and wait for the rest of our party, she said she would let us know if the rest of our party arrived through another entrance. We sat outside for another 30 minutes, thinking that our friends had traffic problems. At that time my husband went in to apologize for being late for our reservation. That is when we were told our friends were at a table having appetizers and waiting for us! I was very upset! I hope you can work out this problem in the future, I assumed the hostess had noted our arrival."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I took my 74 year old mom to Monti's for an early mothers day dinner 5/10. She was excited...reminiscing about the good ol' days and how she always enjoyed Monti's. It had been a couple years since I last dined at the Casa...and it was entirely forgettable. I was not expecting to be wowed. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the service and new menu. The food seemed more expensive over all but beef prices are up nationally and frankly, I am happy to pay $22-30 for a genuinely lovely meal. We received a generous basket of the infamous Monti's rosemary bread; hot from the oven...better than ever. Our steaks arrived cooked to perfection! The only disappointment for me was the Desert list...the chocolate explosion was just Meh. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted to take my sister to Montis because she wanted prime rib and my husband has high regard for prime rib at Montis. I loved this place for the historical value as well as the menu, though I don't eat red meat very often. We had a very good server who gave my sister and her husband a lot of information about Montis, which they loved. The only problem was the prime rib was a little dry and between 3 people eating it 3 different ways, I was a little disappointed for them. My steak was great but I was unhappy that we've waited to take this 78 year old couple here for their anniversary and birthday and it wasn't as stellar of an experience as its been the 30 other times."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food and the service was great, but I did not like the change in the bread. It was to sweet."
    Dined on 5/6/2014