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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TB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Cafe Monarch a few years ago, and every time we return, we are thrilled.
From the moment we entered, they treated us with care and indulgence. Richard, our waiter, promised to spoil us all night and indeed he did. The atmosphere is elegant and yet not formal or standoffish. The decor, the service, and of course, the food are all fantastic.
Every course was so skillfully put together, the nuances of the sauces and seasoning really show the chef is at the top of his game.
We lived in Scottsdale for a while and found this restaurant for Valentine's day dinner. We were wowed and have come back consistently.
We now live back in California but for special occasions, we still fly back to the Cafe Monarch.

C
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The only negative was we had to wait 15 minutes for our table.

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Phoenix by far. Everything was terrific.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere were all fantastic!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food, service and overall experience.

RP
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our host/waiter was Richard, he was exceptional and provided the most excellent service as he promised he would. The food and overall dining experience was outstanding!

LW
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

D
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Service and food were outstanding. Not a cheap date but definitely worth it! I spent my entire career in the hospitality business and this is fine dining the way it was meant to be!

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual Valentines Day dinner at Cafe Monarch never disappoints! Especially with our server Chris who is exceptional! Romantic ambiance, AMAZING food and presentation. Would highly recommend Cafe Monarch over and over again! Thank you for a wonderful evening!!

DK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Valentines Day at this beautiful restaurant and ended up being proposed to. This is such a lovely restaurant with great service. I very much enjoy every visit and appreciate the excellent service provided by all the staff. Will certainly return to try the menu in the future, I enjoy the different menu items that are prepared and every dish is better than the last.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It about as classy as it gets for AZ dining and fur ya atleast, it was plenty elegant. Attentive staff, just a fantastic experience. You get what you pay for.

l
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at Cafe Monarch since they were across the street. It is amazing that they could continue to attain the high level in cuisine. I do miss the quaintness of the servers several years ago as now they are bit more like the standard multi-star/diamond restaurants, but I consider it the norm for these places.
As for the meal, it was just right. the first three courses were the typical smallish fine dining sizes but the entree was "regular sized" which works out well. Not too full. Not too hungry. Also, there is no bread to fill up on. Kind of tough for an Italian such as myself to eat with out a piece of bread in my left hand but c'est la vie.
Overall the restaurant runs very well and they are very professional and the food is great. The ambiance is very good and I would say, a classy elegance.
We already made out next reservation and my wife said we should come once a quarter. which is plenty.
Bon Appétit!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect Valentine’s Day experience! Thank you all so much!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top fine dining in Arizona

C
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely and wonderful experience dining at Cafe Monarch. It’s always on our favorite list of restaurants when we visit Arizona. Service is exceptional. Food is always creative, fresh and delicious.

l
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can summarize Cafe Monarch in four short words: In cred i ble.

L
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

g
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a devout foodie, and let me tell you,the experience was unforgettable! I have eaten in upscale restaurants in many places, both here and abroad, and Cafe Monarch tops most of them.

My wife and I were celebrating a “trifecta” of special occasions (her belated birthday, our first six-months of marriage and Valentines Day). And believe me, Cafe Monarch really exceeded our highest expectations.

The four course dinner was spectacular! 5-star+ quality and more. For her entrée, my wife went with the recommendation of our server John, and was thrilled the braised short ribs. I ordered the Filet Mignon which was outstanding,as were the first three courses!

I had the wine parring which was personally presented by the sommelier. They included a brut, and three red wines of varying sweetness and body. As can be expected at a restaurant of this caliber, the wines were outstanding matches four each course.

The ambiance of Cafe Monarch was romantic and exceptional, although the casual dress of a few guests did detract to some extent.

All, in all, Cafe Monarch exceeded expectations — and we will certainly make a point to visit it again!

EG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Wonderful experience for a special occasion!

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better restaurants we’ve eaten at in our time together. cafe Monarch is a unique atmosphere and meal that really sets it apart, there aren’t too many meals/experiences like it. The food is perfectly portioned, so despite enjoying four savory courses, you don’t leave feeling that you’ve over eaten ... that’s a sign of a restaurant that’s kitchen knows what it is doing. My wife and I alternated course 1/3 and I don’t feel like there was a loser in the group. I would highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a shame we likely won’t be eating here again, but, my pocket book will appreciate it. The staff also knows their wine.

DW
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be the very best in Arizona! We can't say enough good
things about Cafe Monarch.

KB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time. The atmosphere is fabulous. The French Laundry of Phoenix for sure.
Food was great but I thought the portions were a bit small. Also would like to have been offered the option of bread at the table.

RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this outstanding place fot the second time within a week and loved it even more! The four course menu was brandnew and all dishes simply perfect - especially my vegetarian option which is usually not easy to get. Top service, very nice selection of wines by the glass - fine dining at its best!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was outstanding. The atmosphere was perfect. It was a magical experience.

AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal. Great atmosphere. Excellent food and wine. Loved having a romantic meal here. The short rib and filet were delish. Will definitely be back!

RH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our 4th visit in just over a year. I booked the reservation to celebrate my Birthday. There were four of us dining. My Birthday was acknowledged when we checked in and at the table by our waiter.

The food quality and ambiance was excellent. Our waiter missed adding to our order an add on course but we were in no rush.

I was a little let down and disappointed that we were not offered a complementary Birthday dessert. They had on other occasions. We had a sizable tab for the evening. We saw other tables that evening having their special occassions being recognized.

It will probably be awhile before we go back.

H
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Every dish is wonderful. Every dish is exceptional

h
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Super food...Accommodated my vegan diet. Great service.

KC
Kansas City
73 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience at Cafe Monarch. A not to be missed visit while in Phoenix. One for the bucket list!

SL
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners of Cafe Monarch have a vision they have successfully carried out. One of a kind gem in Scottsdale does not disappoint. Highest standards for dining & ambiance. 100% perfect in every way. Standing ovation for Cafe Monarch!! Bravo!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. Had the best waiter to date. Richard was the waiters name and was very funny. Would recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. We had Noah as a server and he was so accommodating and helped us celebrate

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was last minute change of plans but worth the change. Wife had the sea bass and I had the Short rib. Overall the four course meal was very well done. The short rib barbecue sauce was a bit over powering to taste other flavors but otherwise good. The sea bass was excellent. Restaurant Staff was polite and attentive. The birthday surprise for my wife was a nice touch.

d
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The great reviews for this restaurant are warranted. One of the best and most memorable dining experiences we have had. Although we are from out of town, we will definitely return.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! Loved everything about this gorgeous restaurant. Will def come back

j
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner, celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary at Cafe Monarch. The service was exceptional, food delicious and ambiance breathtaking. We will definitely be back.

F
Phoenix
77 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is simply the best fine dining experience in all of Phoenix. Everything is just about perfect. You have owners that actually care about your experience and it is evident that the restaurant is a labor of love!
Want a special date night this is the place. Perfection does have a price so know going in this is going to cost a bit more!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveled in from Atlanta and had an amazing experience with my wife. We were blown away by the ambience and food.