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Cafe Monarch

4.9
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4217 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 4217 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ErikaL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our anniversary. Did the outdoor dining. They have a charming outdoor patio with tables spaced well for social distancing. The food was delicious and staff was very attentive and helpful. Definitely one of our favorite special occasion places.

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vipcriticaldining
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in AZ. Excellent food, creative and tasty. Service is second to none.

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vipAndreaD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing dining experience. The service was impeccable. The food was outstanding and will please any foodie. Excellent wine selection and the ambiance is like no other. Definitely pricey but a one-of-a-kind experience!

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vipFoodieloverDVC
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most beautiful elegant restaurant in Scottsdale with fabulous food and wonderful ambiance.

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place for a special occasion. I loved the atmosphere.

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CAMELIA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest dinners for our 20th anniversary! Elegance and beauty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best and most romantic restaurant I’ve ever been to. Magical atmosphere and spectacular food and service. I will remember this forever!

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vipLeiB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is my favorite restaurant in Scottsdale! They have the best service, food, and ambiance.

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SooyounP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The portion of each courses were good , the ambience was very romantic and the service was delightful.
One thing that didn’t meet my expectation was the menu. I thought that the menu was too safe. I would like to see some interesting tweaks and surprises. I know that the menu changes all the time so would check back again.

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Poppy
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! We have eaten at amazing restaurants all over the world and this one is right up there! What a pleasant surprise!

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KenS
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. My guest was thrilled.

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vipAZgal
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is an exquisite experience for those who love food, are foodies and want to be pampered. The food was presented excellently and was a delicious as it looked.
If you desire a memorable dining treat, check out Cafe Monarch.

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Controlroomlevel
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was standard french style attentive service. The main waiter was good and pleasant but the backups who filled the water and brought the food etc were lacking a bit.

Ambiance was nice. Sort of a weird banquet hall or 50s Russian ballroom or I don’t know what it was but it was pleasant. It kept it feeling very traditional which was suiting because that’s exactly how I’d describe the food.

The food was good and prepared to perfection but there was a lack of salt on a couple dishes and I’d I had to be real harsh I’d say that the food just lacked style and any sort of innovation. If you’re going to serve me salmon with beets like it’s the 1980s that’s fine you’d better think of something new to bring to the table. That’s pretty much sums of the whole meal because outdated was pretty much how the whole menu read. I will however say that the pork belly was a really nice dish. And I was smart enough to add the foie gras which was served on banana bread with maple and sweet potato purée - wow it was so good I ordered a second one. I will also say that the desert was better than dessert at most restaurants. And they used actual mint in their mint ice cream instead of extract which made for a pleasant treat.

So all and all it was a good restaurant. I would go back if not for the price. I think I had a two michelin star meal m London for about half the price of this one.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best we have experienced here in AZ, a must for anyone that enjoys incredible food and amazing service...definitely will be back....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of this world!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, romantic atmosphere, great sommelier!

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vipDorC
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best meals I have ever experienced. Everything was outstanding from start to finish. Our server, Robert, was too-notch. Truly a memorable experience. And to top it off, they presented me with a beautiful little trinket box with a sparkler on top as a birthday gift. I would highly recommend this restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience.

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vipLynn
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant we try to have special occasions very often! Service is excellent food is even better and Sam’s wine selections are always spot on! Our favorite.

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KyleT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely world-class from the decor to the presentation to the wine and, of course, the food. Highly recommended.

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HughM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just one awesome experience. Don’t miss-out. A very romantic establishment and we are happy we celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary here.

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KimW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a romantic evening out with my Husband! Wonderful spot!!

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Dosh
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was pleasurable. Remarkable how all the flavors are perfect together. I had a yummy cocktail The Sébastien. Great service!

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Cafe Monarch was fantastic. I'll definitely go back.

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vipDaveB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience and overall experience are awesome. Best in metro Phoenix/Scottsdale.

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Wonderful
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way possible! Such a memorable experience.

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HudR
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we have had here in Phoenix. Everything was great. We showed up about 20 minutes early for our reservation in hopes to have a drink at the bar, alas there were already too many seated at the bar and so we were unable to get a pre-game drink! No worries however as they were able to accommodate us by seating us early. We had a couple of signature cocktails prior to getting started and thoroughly enjoyed them both. I don’t believe you can go wrong with anything on the menu however our two favorites of the evening were the charred octopus and the foie gras. . . Simply delicious ! We did have the monarch pairing with our meal and would highly recommend it. . Next time we will save up a little more and try the grand cru pairing but the monarch pairing was superb and on point! All in all not an everyday dining experience for sure but for a once in a while its a must! We will definitely be back!

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signalhilltony
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, with four or five different servers checking up on us constantly, without interfering with our experience.
The food was meticulous and tasty, and they would serve us each course shortly after finishing the previous course. They create a slow, pleasant no rush atmosphere.
I've been to many restaurants rated five star, and this is one of the few that deserves it.
Most restaurants with high ratings have a "snobbish" attitude. My party was dressed in casual attire, and we felt a most welcoming atmosphere by everyone.
They also have a top shelf assortment of sipping whiskey!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful inside courtyard, good service. Well deserved reputation. Expensive but it was expected

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vipDolphin5
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The experience, service and ambience was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. However, the food was good, but lacked favored unfortunately. We celebrated our 1 year anniversary and they made it extremely special with a glass of champagne for both of us and dessert on the house. The 4 course meal was plated beautifully, but half of the dishes just lacked favor (like it needed more salt basically). If you are a true foodie then I think you may be disappointed, but the experience and service was 5 stars!

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NancyC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch looked like a nice restaurant for anniversary dinner and luckily they had a last minute reservation on their patio. It was the perfect ambience and we definitely will keep them in mind for future date night or anniversary plans.

The service was amazing and we were pleased to see they have a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options that were delicious!

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NancyR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and the food was stellar!!!! Thank you for making my birthday special.

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KevinQ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great, pricey but worth it. Will be going back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service excellent food. Very consistent overtime..

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vipEricM
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$36 for a Manhattan. Not good. Food was good but not worth the $500 bill. Service was good. We were celebrating our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe monarch is one of the most amazing places I’ve eaten and definitely the Top spot in Scottsdale!

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Lsquared
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and romantic ambience

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vipWithkiddos
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding treat for a date night

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vipLoveoffood
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, beautiful, romantic, amazing food and service!

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uchmok
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great ambiance outside, but unfortunately we were seated by the bathrooms/fountain. Lots of traffic.
Food was exceptional, except for small flaws here and there. Branzino had a bone in it. They were gracious enough to sub the shellfish from my surf and turf, but the filet came out dry though I requested medium. The sea bass was underwhelming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The is hands down, the BEST restaurant in Phoenix. The atmosphere, the service, the food. This is our go to place for special occasions and will continue to be for many more years to come. Amazing vegetarian menu. Just the best.

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 4217 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.