Café Monarch

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3217 reviews
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Contemporary American
Café Monarch, in Old Town Scottsdale, is a family-owned and operated restaurant offering a elegant, fine dining setting for your birthday, anniversary, special occasion, or extravagant night out. The four-course menu is altered weekly and features local, organic, sustainable and premium ingredients.

In addition to the consistent quality of food and service, Café Monarch continuously evolves the menu, dining room, and service standards. All with the objective of maintaining a vibrant and beloved guest experience. All servers are trained through the Court of Master Sommeliers program, all having extensive food and wine knowledge.

For larger reservations or private events, please contact 480-970-7682 ext. 2
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Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put, this is the best restaurant in all of Arizona: The food is incredibly creative, awakening taste buds one doesn't know one has, Kelly (our server) gets an A+ for knowledgeability, friendliness, and professionalism, as do the other servers who have waited on us during past visits, the ambience is romantic and beautiful, and even the parking attendants are great, figuring out and remedying something amiss in our car's electronics. If you have an important occasion awaiting you, go here.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday dinner for the family.

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LD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is clearly the best restaurant in the Phoenix - Scottsdale area. It is a beautiful space, with a first rate staff. The cooking is amazing -- every dish is replete with full and complex flavors. They must work extremely hard on each menu item -- and it shows.

It is easy to call the place pricey, but I think you are paying fairly for the their talent, work ethic and style.

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SG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Cafe Monarch. Food was amazing, wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable, bartender was helpful and friendly, the hostesses were attentive in acknowledging us and bringing us to our table. Even the valet experience as nice. Overall an excellent evening. Looking forward to our next visit

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wife’s 60th Birthday

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OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences in the Valley!

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While they were out of the vintage of wine that we requested, the waiter offered an excellent substitute. We now have a new wine to add to our drinking list. We have dined at Cafe Monarch a couple of times and each has been a pleasant experience.

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San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelin star in the making. Everything is top notch! Great service, food, wine selection.

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RY
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in Phoenix to go for a special occasion! They make you feel like you’re the only diner in the restaurant. Christian and his team have put together one of the finest dining experiences around!

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MM
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The men at valet open your door you step out and you feel like royalty. This is what cafe monarch brings to the party.
Once you enter your treated as if you are a world leader. This restaurant is decorated so magnificently you feel absolutely special.
Richard our waiter, whom we ask for a every reservation is not just a waiter he is a food and wine connoisseur. He is so knowledgeable and such a gentleman. Thank you Cafe Monarch for making our meals a very special event every time we visit.

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HB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful dining experience with great food and service. But it’s not a place to go if you’re on a tight budget. Everything is first class from food to service. For a special experience it is highly recommended.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at our dinner was absolutely lovely. The service was attentive but not annoying, and the food was amazing. Good desserts too, which is very important, and lacking at a lot of fine dining restaurants. I would say that this is a "special occasion" restaurant, probably one of the dressiest/fanciest in the Phoenix area (most places you can get away with Phoenix-casual, but that would have felt out of place at Cafe' Monarch - people dress up to go here). It is also a very expensive meal (>> $100/person). WORTH IT, but, not something most of us can do on a regular basis. It is so nice to have such a beautiful, special restaurant to go to though. Thank you!

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JW
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, food and ambiance! Special occasion restaurant and absolutely worth the spend.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course was exquisite and the service was impeccable

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would vote Cafe Monarch the BEST RESTAURANT in Scottsdale. The attention to detail AND how they take care of you! Thanks to Jamar, one of the very best waiters we’ve EVER had. Personal and a heart of service!!

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MD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Cafe Monarch. The setting, food and staff are exceptional without being being pretentious. The setting is charming and the ambiance is perfect for a dinner for two. The staff is knowledgeable and caring. Everyone was cross trained so it was a seamless event from water to dessert. The food was exquisite. Each course was prepared and portioned perfectly for a four course meal. The pace was the best we've had at dinner for a every long time! The flavors of each ingredient blended well and the the simple, yet elegant preparation allowed the star of each dish to shine. The food could demand pretense; however the setting nor the staff will allow that to happen. A truly wonderful evening. We did note that it seemed half of the tables, like us, were celebrating their anniversary...Certainly not an "everyday" occurrence, but we will be back.

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet extraordinary. A special occasion type We had a great experience... ask for the Terrace seating which is magical. Only caution very expensive

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HL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best experience I have had in a very long time

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MT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not an extensive menu choice but most courses were delicious. Service and ambience fantastic. Quite costly but worth it for a special occasion.

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The restaurant is overrated, from the cuisine to the service. A meal should not take over 3 hours and then topped off by the waiter screwing up the bill and then copping an attitude about it afterward. What would have been a 25% tip became one of less than 10% all because of the server.

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We always look forward to dining at Cafe Monarch when we visit Phoenix. Outstanding service, atmosphere and menu.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top shelf, presentation was perfect, and the flavors were amazing. We did the Monarch wine pairing. It was well done.

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g
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was nice, friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The food was okay but definitely not worth the price. Will not be going back.

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Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Outstanding meat - if you like meat.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants, which is why this is disappointing... it was my fiancé’s birthday today and we had an amazing meal and drinks, but they never asked us about desert and didn’t even bring a candle for him to blow out. This is one of the top 3 restaurants in the nation according to Forbes and the quality food is worthy of that honor. James beard should acknowledge this place! The staff is phenomenal! But missing a birthday celebration is why this restaurant is not getting the accolades that it deserves. There is no excuse for not being a simple candle for a birthday celebration. My mother had to hold a candle that we passed by and tell my fiancé to make a wish... that is so incredibly sad since I wanted him to have the best birthday and the staff all knew that it was his birthday and that mine was a week before and yet there was no celebration. I don’t think I’ll ever be back. Readers may feel I’m just bitter, but it’s the details that make or break a restaurant. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in AZ, but not in the nation. Hopefully this is a learning experience.

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CM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners yet & I travel extensively in the US & internationally. Service is impeccable, atmosphere warm & relaxing, dinner choices are outstanding. I will be back to try more options!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I get to a lot of great restaurants in a lot of great cities. This was the best restaurant experience I've ever had...bar none. It also cost 2x to 3x more than the next closest fine restaurant. I'd pay it over and over and over again. I still can't believe how incredible the whole thing was. Go. Just go.

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GK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and the presentation was beautiful. We consider Cafe Monarch to be one of the top three restaurants we have eaten between the Greater Seattle and Phoenix areas. The staff knowledge was excellent and gave great insight on both the wine and food offerings. We will definitely eat here again!

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AU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best restaurant in Arizona. The attention to detail is unparalleled and their willingness to embrace different diet preferences and allergies while maintaining the highest quality of food is a true treat. :)

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GV
Tucson
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place... superb service and food. The tase and looks of every single dish was astonishing. Highly recommended!

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a wonderful experience...from the very moment we walked into this enchanting restaurant to the very end we both felt so welcome and a part of the Monarch family.The waiter Jamar and his assistants were outstanding.The owner chef Gus, wife Sophia have outdone themselves in making
this restaurant one of the finest we have ever
encountered. Your food, prepation and presentation was wonderful.

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VL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Monarch is always an amazing experience. From the moment you enter the restaurant you are treated with such great service! We were celebrating our anniversary and everyone made sure to stop by and congratulate us. Our waiter was such a joy as well as all the staff who were helping him. Every course was amazing. The vegan and vegetarian options are so unique and have absolutely amazing flavors! The ambiance of the restaurant makes it a perfect romantic evening out!

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Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with great food and professional service

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch ambiance, service, and food

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner here every year and Cafe Monarch continues to impress us. Such a beautiful and romantic environment with friendly and professional staff. The food is outstanding! We love this restaurant and everything they do. If they were open for lunch we’d be there more often. See you next year, Cafe Monarch!

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CC
Phoenix
91 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely spot for a special dinner. The restaurant is gorgeous inside and out and the food experience is one of the very best in the valley. Wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive without hovering.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was amazing, helpful, and very attentive. Made our dining experience truly memorable. The food was prepared perfectly, and the cocktails were a delight.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience dining. Our waiter and host Sam was very knowledgeable and friendly. He offered great recommendations.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful romantic environment. Food was incredible.

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j
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Cafe Monarch in the past, but this was our first time since the move to their new venue. Food and service continue to be outstanding and the new building is elegant. The slight downside to the new dining room is an increase in noise level.

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