Cafe Monarch

4.9
5144 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Welcome to a world of culinary elegance and sophistication you will not find anywhere else in Arizona. Named 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. *Dress Code: Collared Shirts and Long Pants Required. Dress Jacket Strongly Preferred. No T-Shirts, Shorts or Sandals. ***Children 10 and up only. No Dietary Restrictions

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Tallone
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four course prix fixe menu is wonderful and all dishes we ordered were extremely tasty, particularly the pear & pork belly. The first three courses are just a taste with the fourth course being a quite ample entree. The surroundings are exquisitely elegant highlighted by candlelight throughout. The staff is very attentive, knowledgeable, accommodating and professional. Everything about the experience was 5-star.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinning with Cafe Monarch for the first time for our anniversary was magical. I want to thank you for showing celebrating us too with a glass of champagne & a delicious treat. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal food, ambience, service, just everything is 5 stars.

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vippoliticals
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Cafe Monarch and we will definitely be back. Loved everything! Service A+, Food A++ Everything about the food was absolutely wonderful. I have never given a review like this and may not again except when we go back to Cafe Monarch!

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CPLP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Café Monarch for our 25th anniversary, while visiting Scottsdale. It is definitely on the expensive side, however this experience for a special occasion is well worth it. The staff is outstanding, and Joseph made our anniversary extra special with champagne and a dessert.

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vipCriticalReviewers
Phoenix
192 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday at Café Monarch again and it was as wonderful and delicious as it always is. It was more crowded than on previous visits and the noise level was a little too much at times but we didn't let it detract from the evening.

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Sandra
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was worried that perhaps our 5:45 reservation would be too hot to eat outdoor but they have fans and misters and plenty of shade. Service was great and food outstanding. They have tons of staff so nothing goes unnoticed. Love it there. Thanks for the terrific evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always with so many taste surprises.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious dinner I’ve ever had. Loved every bite! The Resturant was gorgeous inside and the waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. Would highly recommend for any special occasion!!

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do not recall using the word sublime ever before this dinner. Everything from service to the combination of flavors (including wine pairings)... incredible!

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vipSheenaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate ambiance!!! The food selection was nicely put and beautifully presented. Had to be the perfectly cooked filet mignon I have ever eaten. My other favourites were the pork belly, charred Octopus, and the venison. 👍👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

When you present a prefixed menu it should be diverse.
The staff at CM was excellent as they attempted to accommodate our dietary restrictions (no nuts, shellfish or cream).
The waiter did his best but the food was not as amazing as the pretentious ambience. Mood music was calming but it was all trying too hard.
Prefix menus just don’t cut it.

If you have any dietary concerns then pick another restaurant where you don’t have to defend what you can’t eat.

Also, servings in each course were minuscule.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service. One of the best experiences ever.

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vipEmilieC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at cafe monarch. The attention to detail from the servers, chef, and all staff members make every meal spectacular.

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MichelleG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, impeccable and kind service (shout out to our sommelier, Sam!), and of course, amazing food. Order the cauliflower soup.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner celebrating our Anniversary! Juliette made us feel special.

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vipAprilY
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Mixologist Dan never disappoints. Chef is phenomenal. Staff and management always making sure your experience is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was simply amazing! We were celebrating our anniversary and it was the perfect spot. Food was fantastic and service was superb.

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vipJeff
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an incredible place to celebrate any activity birthday anniversary or even holiday. The staff the Ambiance the food was amazing. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is a beautiful restaurant. It is warm, intimate, refined and the perfect place for a celebration, romantic dinner or big splurge. Prices have increased quite a bit but the service, ambience and people who work there remain top notch.

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DanA
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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MoakiD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-M-G Monarch is impeccable. Bravo! Service is above and beyond. Food is out of this world. Cocktails are top notch. Ambiance is absolutely stunning. Telling all my family about this place. And will be going back soon myself. Bon Appetit

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vipChris
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be one of the best fine dining restaurants I have been to in years. We had the 4 course meal and it was executed perfectly. The grilled peach salad was great and the coffee crusted venison in the third course melts in your mouth. I can’t recommend this place enough. 5 Stars!!

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RyanJ92
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would have at least one Michellin Star if the Phoenix area were part of the Michellin system. Incredibly attentive and friendly staff, Phillip and Daniel were awesome. The owner was kind and made an effort to chat with me for a few following my tasting menu. Great wine pairings too, I'm definitely looking forward to trying the owner's other restaurant in the near future. If you can afford to eat here, it's worth it.

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vipStephanieH
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Devine! Food is imaginative, service impeccable, and we enjoyed our table. I’d offer that the music is a tad loud and the dessert was underwhelming, seemed like an after thought. But the majority of the dishes were delectable.

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vipcoffeelady
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful anniversary dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday date

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Wookjin
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the best restaurant I have eaten at in Phoenix. This restaurant reminded me of the Michelin star restaurant in Paris, “Le Cinq.”

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vipChangle
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!!! The staff was amazing at making recommendations and never let a glass go empty. The food was meticulously plated and tastes perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my daughters 22nd Birthday. Daniel was amazing… the food, ambiance and service were too notch

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AustinP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been wanting to come to this restaurant for quite some time. It never panned out until yesterday. Everything was top notch. The food is phenomenal and the service was impeccable. Sam specifically was knowledgeable and accommodating. It has a warm and inviting aura that resonates long after you depart the walls of the venue. It was an anniversary dinner and it was perfect. I highly recommend to anyone partaking of all this place has to offer.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night celebrating our 25th Anniversary. Robert took excellent care of us and the food was superb. When you have an expensive meal, you hope the service and ambiance compliments the food. It did just that. We will be back!

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Jonsbc
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a stellar experience. The service is impeccable and on point. No delays despite having to serve multiple courses to many tables.
We started off with a great amuse bouche -- Iberian pork with compressed water melon -- very refreshing.
The 1st course was a wonderful set of flavorful tomatoes paired with feta, gooseberry and garlic -- full of sweetness
We both also had the corn panna cotta with honey-crusted shrimp and golden beets -- exquisite panna cotta, and the crusted shrimp was cooked perfectly -- great complement to each other
We next enjoyed the coffee-crusted venison with chanterelles and black garlic soubise -- the sauce was just divine and perfect with the venison
We finished with a Wagyu filet and the duck breast -- beautifully cooked filet with a glorious sauce and lobster; while the duck breast was fantastic with the foie gras and cherries
The service was attentive throughout and all the staff very knowledgeable, which is always appreciated. Even on a weekday evening, this got crowded soon, so we recommend getting an early reservation before the place fills up.

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Gabdines
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most amazing experience that my friends and I will never forget. The food is exquisite and the atmosphere is whimsical and romantic. Sam the sommelier made the night informative and fun. His wine expertise is mind blowing and he ensured that every course was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The epitome of fine dining. Beginning with the impeccable service as you are greeted at the entrance to the attentive but not disruptive service at your table, Cafe monarch hits all the right notes. The food was exquisitely presented and tasted fantastic. The chefs got to be commended for stimulating taste buds in the way that they do. The wine list is extraordinary. You can spend hours

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always A pleasant time at Café Monarch.

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MurrayF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience!

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vipBTMudd2001
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My husband and I dined here as lovely escape from pandemic life. We had a 9pm reservation, but I got a text at 8:30 telling us our table was ready. We still arrived at 9 as we were not able to get there sooner, but it felt they were put off that we hadn’t arrived early. Once seated, there was significant delay on the front end; we didn’t get our drinks until 30 minutes after being seated. After the first few courses, it began to feel like we were being rushed; our server kept looking to see if we were done. I later realized that it was because by the time we ordered dessert, we were the last table at the restaurant. It was disappointing, because if our dinner had started in a timely fashion, this would not have been the case.

Service issues aside, the food was excellent; even better than last we had dined here. When going to such a fine dining establishment, we are accustomed to everything working in harmony, and we’re disappointed that was not the case.

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vipLidoll
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience - food, service, and atmosphere were all fabulous!

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vipGarrettK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I've had since moving to the Valley 8 years ago. Everything was an absolute feast for the senses, from the ambience to the wait staff to the cocktails to the 4-course meal was absolute perfection. An experience I will remember for a long, long time.

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Cafe Monarch is rated 4.9 stars by 5144 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.