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Cafe Monarch

4.9
4235 Reviews
$50 and over
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 4235 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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5.0
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRaeZ
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our special place for quiet celebrations... As always, the food was incredible, the ambiance spectacular and the staff completely professional, but approachable. All and all, a wonderful experience. Cafe Monarch never disappoints.

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vipKevinB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice, very expensive.

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vipopuskoz
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu. Excellent wine pairings served and explained by knowledgeable staff. Fantastic bar with extensive selections across a broad range of liquors.

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RoToAz
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant,impeccable staff,food beyond delicious.One if the top restaurants in Phoenix.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with another couple for my wife’s birthday. Sat outside, good attention to COVID precautions.

Service and food quality were a level rarely found in Arizona. The setting and ambience create a truly special experience.

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vipIanR
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From walking in the front past the fountain to the candle filled room, cafe monarch lived up to its reputation for a tremendous atmosphere. The service was top notch without the pretentiousness you might think would exist. Food was awesome and the personal care delivered was unparalleled.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us like to take a trip or two each year to try out great restaurants with stellar reputations. Last night we had dinner at Cafe Monarch in Old Town Scottsdale. While the pricing is not for the faint of heart (our bill with two cocktails each, three entrees, two add-ons and two desserts between the three of us) was $240 a person, the food was exceptional. From the fennel soup with rock shrimp and the big eye tuna crudo to the nutty roasted butternut squash with goat cheese and poached salmon second course to the pork belly and scallop third course, the small plate courses were truly masterpieces all. The standout entree was the waygu ribeye - probably the best steak any of us had ever tasted; the duck and the rack of lamb were quite good but not on par with the ribeye. Both the foie gras and charred octopus add-ons were amazing! The flourless chocolate cake was unusual and not what we expected but enjoyable nonetheless. All things considered for a very special evening when you throw budgetary caution to the wind to celebrate this elegant restaurant is worth considering.

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vipwrldtravlr
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love Cafe Monarch. Everything was excellent - food, ambience and service. It's pricey but so worth especially for special occasion.

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PhillipB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best meals of my life. Very pricey. But worth every penny.

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vipbLvL
Phoenix
119 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and we were not disappointed
This is a place for foodies Equisite food service and ambiance can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for our honeymoon and it was the most romantic, special dinner we’ve ever had. Our waiter Zach was phenomenal and we can’t wait to come back for anniversaries.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is the best restaurant in Arizona hands down! The food is incredible and the service is impeccable. The atmosphere is remarkable and so romantic and enjoyable. It is a perfect dining experience.

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vipCarefreeAnna
Phoenix
212 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a special treat to dine at Monarch. There is so much attention to detail in the service, the decor, the plating, the wine pairings and I always get to try new and interesting foods and wines. Without a doubt our favorite restaurant for special occasions

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kaitlynL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! great service and food! This is worth every penny, especially he wine selection!

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DennisE
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spot on service and food. From car valet to chef!!

JJ
vipJaazJ
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For an amazing dining experience Cafe Monarch more than exceeding our Anniversary expectations. The service is impeccable. Zach and his team did not miss a beat. The atmosphere is enchanting. I felt transported to a Tuscan garden. The food was an epicurean delight! The spanakopita was savory topped with a tomato puree' with the slightest hint of sweetness. The handmade canaletti literally melted in my mouth. Every moment, every morsel was absolutely splendid!

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vipLuLu
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely most amazing, romantic restaurant in the area

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jamiey
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations. Great service. Outstanding food. Our new go to place!

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ErikaL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
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 on October 21, 2020
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 on October 21, 2020
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 on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CAMELIA
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LB
vipLeiB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
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 on October 18, 2020
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 on October 18, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. My guest was thrilled.

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vipAZgal
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
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.

HM
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!

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 4235 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.