Cafe Monarch

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Contemporary American
Welcome to a world of culinary elegance and sophistication you will not find anywhere else in Arizona. Named in 2018 by Trip Advisor as a Top Three Fine Dining Restaurant in the Nation, this family owned and operated gem in the heart of historic Old Town Scottsdale has earned an illustrious reputation for its first-rate service, elegant ambiance, and five-star cuisine.

At Cafe Monarch the menu is always changing, bringing you an ever-evolving array of innovative culinary creations that feature nothing but the finest in premium fresh, local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients. The four-course prix fixe menus are meticulously designed to delight even the most sophisticated of palates.

Additionally, each server at Cafe Monarch is trained through the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers program. This ensures that they are ably suited to help you select the ideal vintage from the vast selection of spectacular and unique wines from across the globe.

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Join us for a 4 course dinner to celebrate Valentines! Menu will be published to our website very soon. $175/person for 4 courses including a champagne reception

Friday, February 14, 2020

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JR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough for Cafe Monarch - this was one of the best restaurants that I have been to in a very long time. The food, ambience, and service were excellent in every respect. The individuals that I dined with were also extremely impressed with every aspect of the experience. I have not enjoyed a meal such as this in a very long time. Perfect selections, perfect service - perfect experience.

H
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time experience, for a double birthday! Highly recommend.

L
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined at Monarch Cafe several times. Everything always perfection.

DM
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're out of towners and are in Phoenix once or twice a year. When we are going to be in town, though, we always take advantage of Monarch. It's expensive and you need to be willing to be gastronomically treated which does have its price. All meals are four courses and prices vary on the basis of what the fourth course choice is. We left feeling almost too full (but it was all good). The menu changes regularly, so it's no use telling you how good the Sea Bass was or the opening course of cauliflower soup was, as it might not be there next week. The atmosphere was wonderful and romantic. Our server was Scott and he and his staff were the perfect servers- very attentive and yet, with the exception of placing a plate on the table, almost unnoticeable and out of the way. When my wife left the table, briefly, a server immediately rolled up her napkin and placed it next to her plate. We'll go back in a heart beat when given the chance.

CW
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating with friends who were visiting from California. We have dined at Cafe Monarch many times but it was our friends first time. Everything was perfect. The service, atmosphere, the wine, and then the food was beyond amazing. Cafe Monarch is a hidden jewell in Scotsdale. It is our favoite resturant to enjoy an event or just to celebrate being with friends.

RP
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. Great wine recommendations from the som. Our favorite place in town and to bring our out of town visitors.

m
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before leaving the east coast for vacation time in Arizona, we happened upon the restaurant survey of top 25 restaurants in the US. Scanning the list revealed Cafe Monarch, which we thought a perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The experience exceeded all expectations—the service, the charm, the food—10 stars, please!

MB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were treated like honored guests
Food is some of the best you will have
Cauliflower soup is outstanding
Service was exceptional- friendly and informative
We will make it a point to return when we return to Scottsdale

MM
Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous from the valet to the waiters and especially the food.

SQ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every element of the night was beautifully crafted from the ambiance to the meal to the wine pairing. It was a whimsical and romantic way to spend the evening. The service was beyond fantastic and very professional. This is a perfect spot for fine dining or a special occasion.

o
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just a perfect romantic setting with wonderful food.

EN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we’ve had in Phoenix hands down. Definitely one of the best overall experiences in Phoenix and on par with many other places we’ve been in the world. A wonderful time!

S
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far one of the best dining experiences we've had. Having been fortunate to dine at unique spots like Eleven Madison (Named best restaurant in 2017), we can honestly say that this is within the top five overall food experiences worth having. The ambiance is amazing to start with, only accentuated by the incredible service of Fernando(assistant to our waiter), Noah, who was outstanding in every way possible. The food was cooked to perfection and presented with such artistry.

You didn't know this was on your bucket list. But you do now!

SD
Phoenix
100 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is a one of a kind restaurant with attentive service, excellent food, and beautiful ambiance. It is not inexpensive but well worth it when celebrating a special occasion. Having dinner at Cafe Monarch is an experience you will not forget. We had not eaten there since they moved to their new location which is delightful and the menu options have been expanded which is really nice.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in town

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, the best dining experience we've had to date. Came in on January 8th for my fiance's 30th birthday dinner. It was also our first time there and they DID NOT disappoint. From the second we walked in, to the second we left, everything was flawless. Food & service were unparalleled to anything we've experienced. Kyle, our server, made the entire night. He was friendly, personable, funny, knowledgeable as hell and genuinely cared about our experience. CAN'T wait to go back.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience we've ever had. Great hospitality from start to finish and the food is creative and just outstanding. We've been there at least 6 times in the last year or two and they never disappoint.

S
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday.

The service was outstanding and the food magnificent.

A special thank you to Wesam for sharing his knowledge of wines and making our experience special.

J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved this restaurant lived up to all expectations and then some. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. The ambiance was romantic as well as beautiful. Cannot wait to go again!

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing attention to detail and so friendly and helpful. A great way to end a wonderful birthday vacation

SS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

HH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!! Our favorite place to eat hands down. Beautiful atmosphere and exquisite food. The chef even accommodated my need for not having spicy foods. He fixed other sauces and it was wonderful. Has to be the best restaurant in Arizona.

KG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to celebration spot. We went for my husband's birthday and the food, as always, was spectacular! Each bite is like a flavor explosion in your mount in a pleasant way. Each dish was outstanding. I love food and have been to tons of great restaurants, but nothing comes even close to Monarch. The food is out of this world!

JP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very attentive and the food was absolutely delicious. Perfect place for a special occasion!

JB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already have recommended this very fine restaurant to friends. Everything about this evening meal was superb. The sommelier was outstanding, every course of the meal was delicious, the room is beautiful and the service matched all of the above. Cannot recommend this enough--will fly back to Phoenix to experience this again for a special occasion.

FD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Cafe Monarch is always a culinary experience. The food is outstanding, served in smaller portions that allows you to fully enjoy the superb quality. The sauces are very well balanced, with no one item overpowering. The atmosphere outside is truly enjoyable and very quiet conducive to a good conversation.

AC
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute of our dinner here. Richard is amazing. Will definitely be back for other special occasions!! Amazing food, amazing service, Amazing ambiance. Definitely worth it!!

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as with our past trip to Cafe Monarch. The only thing I would have liked would be for the food to come out a little slower between courses (our last dinner at Cafe monarch was around 3.25 hours and this one got done in 2.5 probably because the restaurant was only half full during the week after New Years and the more spaced out meal left me feeling full but not over stuffed and this trip I felt over stuffed).

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals and experience all time. Richard and his crew were amazing.

D
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second New Years Eve experience at Cafe Monarch snd half way through the dinner my husband says we have to come back agsin next year! Without a doubt the food is extraordinary, highly creative ingredients, and plated like pieces of art. The service is outstanding, from the front being checked in, the bar tenders, every single server and the sommelier! There are not enough accolades to serve justice on the patio landscaping and romance it offers. We highly recommend Cafe Monarch for any reason special occasion or just because. It’s beyond an experience!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

New Year celebration.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner

R
Miami
62 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best New Years Eve Dinner!! WOW!! The six course menu was fantastic!! Everything was fresh and delicious and very creative and excellent prepared ! The service was perfect and very friendly and attended !!

AB
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I will start off by saying that the food was fantastic....once we finally got it. I have eaten here multiple times and never had to wait so long for everything like I did this last time 2 nights ago. It was pretty disappointing considering the prices were higher because of the holiday. We will stick to just coming on regular nights and avoid holidays going forward.

JC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely my favorite dining experience EVER! I’ve had lots of lovely meals, but the staff- atmosphere- food- everything was really fabulous! Can’t recommend highly enough!

B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A little disappointed in the food. When you spend $500 on a dinner for two, you expect something spectacular. Cafe Monarch is lovely, the service is wonderful and we always feel welcomed and comfortable there.

m
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special treat. They have a passion for fine service. It shows!!

O
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the Solmier is a gem! Impeccable service everywhere!

It will cost you though.

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. our Somm paired very well, had good stories and made us feel very welcome. Food was perfect

CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great menu, delicious food and great ambience.
Strongly recomend it.