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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a 6 course dinner to ring in the new year! Menu will be published to our website very soon. $195/person for 6 courses with a champagne toast.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable, the food divine and the setting beautiful

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and experience. Highly recommend doing the wine pairing with your meal!

a
London
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good but some flavours were too overpowering (charred octopus was too spicy (I like spicy but this is too overpowering for this dish) and the lemon flavour in the lobster ravioli was too strong). The overall feel of the restaurant was a bit pretentious and very noisy and cold, I kept my jacket on for most of the evening. The waiter was great, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the wine list. In summary, the experience was not good value for money.

KM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. We were given complimentary champagne as well as a complimentary dessert. We never felt rushed. Our waiter, Noah, was wonderful. thank you for a lovely evening.

h
Portland
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine, fine dining. Exquisite food. Wonderful service. We've been going to Cafe Monarch since it started across the street. It's now in an elegant building. Phenomenal wine list. As my mother said, "Everyone looks good in Cafe Monarch" -- chalk it up to the candlelight. We always love sitting outside, though inside is lovely as well. Special occasion? Cafe Monarch!

JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my mother-in-law. The food was excellent, at the top of other Prix Fixe menus we've sampled over the years, and the ambiance was perfect for a nice family dinner. The service was also impeccable and the sommelier was very helpful in his suggestions (and stuck to our price range. Truly a great and memorable evening!

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

What a great place for a special occasion... It was my sweethearts birthday and we had a great time!

PC
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the price in every way possible!!!
A great dining experience

OT
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended for anyone seeking a consummate dining experience- the sommelier was brilliant with recommendations and the service impeccable! The prix fixe 5 course was 5/5 stars for presentation, preparation, and balance of flavors and all in a delightful setting. The chef’s vegan 5 course was exquisite and the rest of our party thoroughly enjoyed their non-vegan meals! Two birthdays at our table and they brought sparklers lit with the desserts 👌🏽

a
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Too much cream and butter in every dish. Lacked some flavor especially with the lamb chops.

The service was far from being a 5 star. We were served our first course and by the time we finished we still didn’t have the wine we ordered.

P
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance, and service are always great. One small suggestion; viewing the wine menu and main menu is difficult at best outside. While the flashlight on your smarhone phone works great, a small flashlight would be ver helpful to my old eyes

JB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and dining experience. Servers were very knowledgable about the wine and dinner selections.

OT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful experience....the waiter was outstanding..his attentiveness was wonderful....excellent food and wonderful experience

S
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a memorable experience! We took out a young couple who is going to be married in two weeks. Outdoor seating was spectacular! We did the high end wine pairing which I highly recommend to try exclusive wines. Our server, Robby, was fantastic. This place is the best for special ooccassions!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!!!! Must visit when in Scottsdale !!!!

SR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First and foremost: the service was excellent! Samuel, who attended us, is also a sommelier and did a fantastic job - he was very knowledgeable and also passionate when we asked him about recommendations.
We loved the soups, the octopus was fabulous and so were the duck and the lamb; the only dish I wasn’t super enthusiastic about was the sea bass - it was definitely on the spot, the decoration and the accompanying flavors were a good match - the fish itself though tasted rather bland.

Last but not least: as it was our anniversary we got a glass of champagne and a little cake - thank you!

We truly enjoyed our visit and will definitely come back!

OT
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in Phoenix should follow our food critic Dominic what’s his name..........and do the exact opposite! He pretty much panned this wonderful gem in old town Scottsdale. The food was innovative and wonderfully prepared. The timing and service was right where you want it. The atmosphere is romantic and classy without being cheesy. Not just a great meal but a memorable event. Thanks again Dominic, I can’t wait to try the next restaurant you dislike.

MS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's just amazing. The food is incredible, and the service is wonderful.

HW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we have ever visited. Highly recommend!

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. Wonderful experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s an experience...from the service, ambiance to the food. If you’re in the area, it’s a must experience.

AE
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just celebrated our 12th anniversary at Cafe Monarch. It was fantastic from start to finish!! Every single staff member welcomed us and wished us Happy Anniversary. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, and prompt. We were brought complimentary champagne almost as soon as we were seated. I can't say enough about the food! It was absolutely amazing and we had trouble deciding between all the choices. It may well be the best meal I've ever had. We were seated in the outdoor courtyard which could not have been more romantic with all the candles and patio lights. This may well become an annual tradition! Totally worth the money!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my twin 13 year old daughters and husband to celebrate. Food was amazing and service was outstanding. One of my daughters is a vegetarian and some times it is hard to find good options. The vegetarian menu was so good I also ordered it. I highly recommend. Was one of the best meals I can remember.

t
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was pretty good.. but very... very expensive.. especially for a steak I could get better at Ruth's Chris or somewhere else... I guess the extra money goes towards the experience? I will say that the roasted cauliflower soup was fantastic and I wish I could've just had a whole bowl of that instead of the three slurps of soup I was served. The wine pairing was $95.... For mostly California wines and very strict pours on those.. they have two menus regular with meat and a vegetarian menu, my wife did receive some from free wine because she ordered off of the vegetarian menu because she doesn't eat meat and they served her the duck cannoli from the regular menu.. thankfully she did not eat it as she gave me a bite first (lucky me) and I was like whoa... This is meat.... The actual waiter Sam was amazing, seemed very knowledgeable with the wine and their terroir. Can't say the same for the people who actually bring you the food tho.. all in all with 2 two people, wine (one meal pairing and one glass) and meals.... Over 400 dollars.... oof

CS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dinning experience as always at Cafe Monarch. Always a treat and we will return!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely recommend Cafe Monarch! The entire experience was 5 star. From the staff, to the presentation and the food was off the charts! Every course was absolutely fantastic. We will definitely be back, every time we are in Scottsdale. An ABSOLUTE MUST!

TT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Love the staff. Very professional

MC
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most beautiful culinary experience I’ve ever had. The service was impeccable & food, not only beautifully presented, but delicious. I highly recommend the wine pairing menu. It was quite an amazing experience. I can’t stop thinking about it & looking forward to when we can go back again.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, and it was more than what we expected. The food was excellent, and the timing of each course was spot on.

s
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and elegant place... I enjoy dinner with my family and celebrate my son birthday in amazing and different setting. I take me away from Arizona to France

EB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Monarch provided me and my wife with a great experience for her birthday. Everything was excellent from the ambiance to the food to the servers. I think that Cafe Monarch was the recipient of a targeted and outrageous hit piece from the food critic at the Arizona Republic. We were wary about going to the restaurant but found that every single thing that he said was false. This place is a fabulous place if you want to enjoy fine food in a great romantic setting.

JT
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A really lovely restaurant with amazing food. Surprisingly disappointed in the service -- slow, missed instructions, incorrect dishes. For as many waitstaff as they have, how can we wait so long to be attended? Ordered a gin martini -- they asked what type of olives (!) wanted, but then brought a gin-and-tonic? We have a pescatarian in the group, they know who it is, then they bring a veal ragu on the side instead of the non-meat option?
For this price and reputation, I expected more.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent !

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to experience Cafe Monarch after reviewing reviews. And yes, it’s deserve more than five stars. Everything was excellent. Go and enjoy!

B
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had

KF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate a 60th birthday. Everything was incredible.

NA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Magnificent! Marvelous! Fabulous! and Delicious!

B
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit too loud. Valet service st 7 pm was non existent. Otherwise it was a very nice experience

A
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite fine dining experience in Scottsdale. Extraordinary service and cuisine.

j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated and at that point one of the three (?!?) hostesses told us that - despite reserving a table outside - the only tables available were inside. After that it was at least another 15 minutes before the waiter asked for our drink order. It was about an hour after our arrival before we were able to order. With the terrible start to the evening the food would have to be pretty great to make up for it and unfortunately it’s just very meh. There’s nothing particularly innovative and although the restaurant claims everything is locally sourced it doesn’t taste super fresh. I don’t get all the five star ratings or how this restaurant could be rated a top 25 restaurant for the whole country. I don’t even think this place would be top 25 for Phoenix. It’s clearly a favorite location for special occasions - the decor is pretty in an over the top Cheesecake Factory kind of way. Ultimately this is far away from a fine dining experience.

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