Cafe Monarch

4.9
4654 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

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4654 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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5.0
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCossy
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service great way to celebrate a birthday.

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vipKaraB
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Perfect service. Delicious food. Wish I had ate less during the day since it was so much food. Loved our servers. Drinks were incredible. Cannot recommend more.

MP
vipMarkP
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in memory. Food, wine, service and atmosphere were first class.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried the vegetarian menu (have to ask for it) it was amazzzzing. Service on par as always. Lovely experience.

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donk
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, service snd atmosphere

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JamesM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined in top restaurants in New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine and Nevada, not to mention Kai and Durants in Phoenix!! Cafe Monaco is our favorite!!

CJ
CarolynJ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner. From ambience to servers to food was excellent. Also felt they were good at keeping the all areas “clean”. Never felt worried about health factors.

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vipMichael
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Voted the most romantic restaurant in Arizona. I agree. Awesome restaurant.

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vipWillWall
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pinnacle of fine dining. Expensive but high quality food and amazing wine list.

SJ
SueJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is a superb choice for a special occasion! The service was impeccable, the food featured unusual courses which were absolutely delicious. The entrees were wonderful. The wine list runs to about 120 pages! We ate on the patio, which was very peaceful and quiet. Ideal for celebrating our anniversary.

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vipDougM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & night! We will be back!

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EnjoyLife
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in a beautiful outdoor space. As always tasty and imaginative menu.

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Roxy
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my friend here for dinner and it's just the ultimate experience. 10/10

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vipLegalsSnob
London
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot for a nice dinner. Wonderful service. Incredible wine list.

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BrockG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're into food this is a must. Pretty amazing combinations.
I do recommend the chef's tastings as some of my favorite dishes I wouldn't have thought to order. So so good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in town!

JK
vipJrayK
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded high expectations. Amazing attention to details from the romantic decor to the exceptional food and service. Perfect place for a special celebration. Can't wait to return!

SM
vipShannonM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special date night with my husband. Most beautiful and romantic restaurant I have ever seen! The 8 course tasting with wine pairing was incredible. The service from Chris was five star. The love and care the owners and staff feel for this restaurant comes through in every detail.

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

It was our first time experience having a multi-course meal. The portions are the right size to make you feel satisfied at the end of your culinary journey without making you feel overly stuffed. The was incredible! This is definitely an experience everyone should try at least once.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a one of a kind experience! Best food, service and charming atmosphere. Monarch is a must and top of the list!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noel and the team were fabulous. You make dining a delicious experience.
Thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever! From the moment we walked in to bing the last people in the restaurant we were treated like we were VIP! We ordered the 8 course with the wine pairing! Every dish and pairing was outstanding! Thank you for a great experience!

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ScottM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worthy of a Michelin Star!!! The space is romantic and gorgeously designed.

NY
vipNYFoodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert (waiter) was absolutely amazing! We did outdoor dining. The ambiance was elegant and enchanting, the food was spectacular, the service was extremely timely, and the whole experience was magnificent. We would highly recommend!! One of our best meals ever!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service from knowlegeable waiter, some of the best food in Scottsdale I have had in years

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience !!! Went on our honeymoon and they gave us complimentary champagne snd dessert. Food was incredible. Such an amazing place. Great service. Everything was 10/10.

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MichelleT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The outside patio at Cafe Monarch is very special - beautiful! The wine list was exceptional! We dropped $625 for 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 11 and 13) so just be ready to spend some cash for the experience.

We ordered Pork Belly Salad (delicious, but would have loved to have had more greens on the plate), Tuna Tataki (amazing), Niman Ranch Ribeye (above average), New Zealand Lamb Rack (generous proportion, would have loved more of the Pistachio Crust), Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast (STAR of the table! Wish there was just a tad more of the Amarena Cherries-Port Jus) and the Frutti di Mare (also INCREDIBLE - seafood was cooked to perfection, but would have loved a dozen more strands of the Linguine).

Towards the end of our meal, we had a difficult time getting the attention of our waiter and when we did want to order dessert and more drinks, too much time had passed waiting on him (I think he forgot about us). We were there for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

We noticed that out of the 18 choices we had on the menu none were vegetarian. It would have been great to have had at least 2 options for vegetables/greens/salads, as 95% of the menu was heavy protein focused.

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vipTradition
Chicago
279 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As visitors from another state, this restaurant is still our top choice for great food and a wonderful atmosphere in Scottsdale. The 5 course selections were outstanding. As expected, the restaurant has a superb wine list and our server did a fine job pointing us in the right direction.

It is quiet and romantic and a little bit of heaven on earth with the beauty of the place.

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vipTammyR
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say?!!!! AMAZING! Yes, it’s a pricey restaurant but it’s absolutely the most exceptional find experience we’ve had in all of Scottsdale! Great date night!

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MarilynT
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

In general, I think this restaurant is overrated. Enough already with the "happy birthday, Sir" from 6-7 people (it was my husband's bday). They have a great wine list. The foie gras/banana bread was delicious, but WAY too much banana bread. The roasted pepper and corn soup was wonderful. The branzino was overcooked. My family loved the pork belly salad. The tuna tartare didn't really have very much flavor. The lamb was great; my duck breast was very good (not great) but not enough sauce and the sous vide rib roast was awful. Too cutesy on the drink glasses. They also need to sharpen their steak knives for the 4th course. We all struggled to cut our meats.
We won't be going back.

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EvaD
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, elegant atmosphere and superior service. Fabulous place!!!!

JG
vipJeffG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an exceptional experience. We love coming here and will keep coming for our special occasions

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, superior service & excellent food! Extensive wine and drink choices. Our experience was delightful!

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vipness
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!!! Highly recommended!!

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Bea4
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST meal! I had cauliflower soup, which was off menu. Generally, I don’t like soup, but this was the best soup I’ve ever eaten. My husband had lamb for his main course and said it was cooked to perfection. Kellan was our waiter and recommended how each course should be cooked. I had duck, and it was delicious. We were celebrating my birthday and they brought out a special banana dessert with a sparkler. Very festive! Philip was warm and welcoming and Matt did an excellent job keeping our water glasses full. We will definitely be back!

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vipgourmand
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most pleasant experience from beginning to end. Delicious food, great ambiance, soft background music, gracious service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

New menu drop so not sure if that’s why the food was just good. I was expecting to be mind blown. Service was fantastic, but definitely not worth the price overall. We won’t be back.

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vipsandy
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice meal, but save it for a very special occasion! It is very pricey.

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vipjeffb
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for our wedding anniversary, wanted to go to a special place, and were not disappointed! The food is fantastic, service and ambiance top notch. Probably the best restaurant we've been to in Arizona. I highly recommend for a special occasion.

ED
vipElizabethD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is lovely.

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 4654 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.