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Cafe Monarch

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4005 Reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4005 people are saying
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vipSuzkty
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy eating at Cafe Monarch. The ambience and decor of the inside and outside is wonderful. The food and service is excellent. Can't wait to return.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical place to have dinner. Can't wait to return!

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vipKendraB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most favorite spots!! Wonderful service and fantastic food!

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Ruthiebear
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the very first minute we walked in the door, we felt welcomed & that they were happy we had come! The most beautiful restaurant we have ever dined in! Our hostess was lovely & so sweet. This is our 3rd visit to Cafe Monarch & we see something new each time. There is so much beauty everywhere, we just try to soak it all in. Gorgeous fresh white roses & greenery centerpiece, plus a real flame lamp. Beautiful lamp stands all over with real lighted candles on them. Chandeliers are amazing, so sparkling & spectacular! Service is perfect in every way, such attention to detail & so gracious, makes you feel like some kind of royalty! We were blessed with Kyle as our waiter, who instantly remembered us from the month before, when we celebrated my birthday. This time we brought our daughter for her 50th birthday & she was overwhelmed. Just delightful in every way! Spectacular food, every course, every bite, phenomenal. You really just can't believe how wonderful it all is! Best food we have ever had, in any restaurant, anywhere! No exaggeration. When our daughter got up to use the restroom, a waiter refolded her napkin, so when she came back it was just like new. A nice touch! Attention to every detail imaginable! I love the detailed description of each course, by our server when they brought our food. For her birthday, they brought out the most amazing chocolate dessert, remembering that she was gluten free. It came with a lighted sparkler in it, so fun & a great picture moment! The cocktails were pretty & so delicious! Kyle was outstanding throughout! He remembered so many things about my tastes in food & made accommodations accordingly. Very impressive!! We plan to dine at Cafe Monarch as often as possible, making sure we bring all of our family, at one time or another. Our daughter is already planning to come back for their 30th wedding anniversary in December & they live in Colorado! That's how great Cafe Monarch is! We absolutely LOVE it! Thanks Kyle! So Special

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WesleyW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and was definitely worth the price. My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary and they really made it feel like a special occasion. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, every bit is delicious and the service was very professional, we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional staff. All very friendly, knowledgeable, wished us a happy anniversary. Made us feel special and like only ones there. Food was beautiful and amazing.

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Joerg
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from Europe, we are spoiled with good food.
This was by far my best experience of high end food in the US.

A suggestion: All portions were perfect. The main course was too much.

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BriannaG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service was outstanding. Would definitely recommend for a romantic date night.

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TheoF
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Cafe Monarch for special occasions. It is a little pricey (we typically spend at least $500 per couple) but it always makes for a memorable evening. Their garden is terrific with comfortable temperatures even in summer. All dishes on their 4 course menu are first class. The staff is second to none. Important, social distancing and face masks are enforced.

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OldTimeScottsdale
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 30th anniversary. Everything was spectacular. Loved to food. The wine choices that were made for me were very good. Strongly recommend.

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Peddler
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What's more to say about Cafe Monarch. The food and service is always outstanding. Especially impressive during the this pandemic is the extra care they are taking care to give all their guests a safe environment. All staff are wearing masks. Even the valet was masked and wearing gloves. They've removed approx 25% of their tables to overly comply with the social distancing guidelines.

My wife and I couldn't have felt safer dining in our own home.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the United States!

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VL850
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not the best seating, the lamb was very fatty. Otherwise decent experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Just not really worth $600 date night

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipCarefreeAnna
Phoenix
202 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is, non-stop, our favorite restaurant in the PHX area, and it is special enuf for the most special occasion. We hosted our friend for dinner, and tho she's lived here for over 25 years, this was her first time at Monarch. It was a truly wonderful evening! As always, the wait staff (Noah helped us out on this occasion) is knowledgable, attentive and truly seems to enjoy every part of the job at Monarch. Having been closed due to Covid for 2 months, Noah was ecstatic to be back at work! The food choices, and willingness of the kitchen to adapt to individual tastes and needs, are marvelous. We all had the cauliflower soup, which is my perennial favorite 1st course here. Two of us had the soft-shell crab and our friend had the compressed watermelon salad as the 2nd course, and we all enjoyed every bite. I had the rib eye and stuffed zucchini blossom next and they had the lobster raviolo and we were all happy. My entree was the Ahi; they had the seafood with gnocchi and we all agreed we had made excellent choices. We have learned over time that doing the wine pairings not only provides us with a wonderful opportunity to try new wines, but with the wait staff all being sommeliers, it adds to the evenings drama and pleasure. Due to our birthday celebration, they treated us to a tasting platter of 3 marvelous desserts - what a sweet, sweet ending to a perfect evening.

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JimL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best meal and restaurant environment we've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely amazing experience for any special occasion. Richard made it an event to remember. We are grateful.

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vipJohnwber1
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service but a little pricey

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vipDoug
Phoenix
50 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Expensive but worth it. The best restaurant in Phoenix/Scottsdale by a wide margin.

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vipRonaldC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner. Wonderful food
Waseem was extraordknaru

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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vipLaurenR
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband was perfect.

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vipPtash
Phoenix
89 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve eaten at in AZ!! Cafe Monarch was always good but the new location and restaurant was amazing!! Best place for a special occasion!! Exceptional wine list also.

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DaveM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Cafe Monarch. The attention to detail is amazing. Richard was awesome as were all the employees we came in contact with from the hostess, bar tenders, servers, and even the valet. Food, service, ambiance were all outstanding. We had such a lovely time celebrating our anniversary. When I walked outside, the valet asked how everything was and also asked if there was anything they could do better. Then, he asked if we wanted him to take a picture of us. He took several pictures and even had a light. Very nice touch!

We'll be back for sure!

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vipFabulous
Phoenix
82 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best in town! Food was superb, service was beyond excellent and the ambience is wonderful. If you haven't tried Cafe Monarch you need to.

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christopher
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You exceeded all of our expectations. The staff went above and beyond to make it an amazing experience.

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vipSquaredbm
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the absolute best restaurant that we have found in the Scottsdale area. The unique combinations of flavors in the menu items are truly among the best we have ever had. The attention from the staff was perfect. On this visit we celebrated my 65th birthday. I was presented with a small trinket box with my dessert complete with a sparkler. When we left I immediately made another reservation. We love Cafe Monarch.

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A435783
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah was the best server ever. He made me feel so special for Father’s Day. My wife & I needed this so bad!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience here! The staff, atmosphere and food are impeccable! Best thing a mall? They are 100% consistent. Highly recommend!

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vipErinS
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! Service and food were amazing.

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WaHa
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening to celebrate our anniversary. We were seated on the back patio, which was very comfortable even in June. The service was OUTSTANDING! Everyone we encountered was very polished, professional, polite but yet personable too. The food was very good, decent portion size so as to not feel stuffed at the meal's conclusion. There was a party of four women who were seated near us who were a little loud but the staff was very good at addressing it before it became a problem. As good as it was, and we'd love to return, it's not your normal dining venue due to cost; the final price tag is hard to justify other than as a bucket list item (hence the value rating). This is not meant as a negative, just a reality check for most.

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Phoenician
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to the Cafe Monarch previously, but had high expectation based on the reviews. It turned out to be one of those rare instances in which the reality exceeded the high expectation. The staff are friendly and upbeat, the service is attentive but not intrusive, the menu selections are imaginative, the wine list is more than impressive . My meal was outstanding and I'd say the experience captured ' fine dining'.

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BarbaraA
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply and absolutely Amazing !! No better service in Arizona.

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vipcarebear
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a birthday and the service was impeccable. They gave us a few surprises which was so kind. The food is outstanding as well!

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vipJBLMDMBA
Phoenix
93 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very very classy evening dinner done to perfection. From the moment you arrive it is obvious this is a top line establishment in decor, staff attentiveness, the table settings, the extra service staff, the comfortable and perfectly spaced seating. Be aware they practice all the social distancing and CDC guidelines with masks, etc.
the menu is pre fixe but with several choices at each of the 4 courses. But it is really a 6 or 7 course dining experience if you add their chef’s little tasting, the foie gras that is a MUST, and of course a dessert.
An extensive wine by the glass, creative cocktails and special wine pairings are in addition to an even more impressive wine list. Plan on 3 hours of bliss.

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vipCaitlyn
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite possibly the best meal of my life! We celebrated my husband and I getting married this past Saturday. This is our honeymoon trip and we couldn’t be happier having had the opportunity to dine at this spectacular place. The food was incredible, the staff were the kindest, and the ambiance was unforgettable. We will definitely be back!

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vipMC12
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally got the chance to enjoy the cafe monarch experience. It did not disappoint. Courses were perfectly prepared, wine was exceptional and the server was extremely attentive. Definitely lived up to the reputation we have heard from many other friends.

FAQs

Cafe Monarch offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 970-7682.

Cafe Monarch is rated 4.9 stars by 4005 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Monarch does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?hash=a551d709.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.