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Cafe Monarch, Scottsdale, AZ

Cafe Monarch

4.9
4.9
6306 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, Hoodies, Shorts or Sandals. ***Children 10 and up only.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (480) 970-7682

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gus Lewkowicz

  • Private party facilities

    Host your special event, private function or business dinner in one of America’s Top 25 Best Restaurants.

  • Private party contact

    Megan Lewkowicz: (480) 970-7682

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Cross street

    SW Corner of 1st Ave and Goldwater BLVD

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentines Dinner 2023

    $195.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Thank you for choosing Cafe Monarch and choosing to join us for a 5-course dinner to celebrate Valentine's! The menu will be published on our website very soon. $195/person for 5 courses including a champagne reception. We look forward to serving you!

What 6,306 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Best Overall

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Best Food

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Best Service

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Best Ambiance

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Contemporary American

  • Scottsdale

    Best Overall

  • Scottsdale

    Best Food

  • Scottsdale

    Best Service

  • Scottsdale

    Best Ambiance

  • Scottsdale

    Best Value

  • Scottsdale

    Notable Wine List

  • Scottsdale

    Romantic

  • Scottsdale

    Special Occasion

  • Scottsdale

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere
  2. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, incredible service, incredible ambiance. 10/10 And I already want to go back!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, stellar service, and an endless wine list. What a memorable experience. Visited from NYC and Philadelphia and we both rated as a Top 10 dining experience in our collective lives. Well done and hope to get to visit again someday.
  4. MG

    MichelleG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Terrific service excellent portions on the food Great for a special occasion
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a few times. Every time is fantastic. They don’t disappoint.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as usual! Literally one of the best restaurants in the world.
  7. SB

    StanleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful setting for really tasty food the chef is an artist with food!
  8. TD

    TracyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place. The food is so incredibly unique in flavor and presentation. The service is outstanding and I love that multiple people take care of you while dining. Not a single thing is missed! It’s perfection! Beautiful atmosphere, kind staff and an overall beautiful experience.
  9. e

    everettb

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maybe the best meal we’ve ever had. Pricey but well worth it!
  10. M

    Marian

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    One of the most enjoyable dining experiences we have had in the US, and certainly the best in Phoenix. The main course ended up feeling a bit too large for me. It would be good if the restaurant offered the option of a smaller sized main course for those of us with smaller appetites - next time I will ask for that. However, all the food and wine was perfectly prepared and presented, and service was extremely good. We celebrated our anniversary and great care was taken to recognize the special occasion - thank you!
  11. RT

    RossT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a special dinner, Cafe Monarch is awesome. The four-course menu provides two options for each of the first three courses with an entre course that determines the cost of the meal. All of our courses were excellent with wonderful ingredients, flavors and textures. For our entres, I had the Nimon Ranch filet while my wife had the short rib. Both were delicious and excellently prepared. We both have a gluten intolerance and the dishes were either gluten free or could be prepared GF (except for the Wagyu Empanada). Our server and his team were engaging, knowledgeable, and helpful. Huge wine list. It is definitely not cheap but for a special occasion dinner, it is fantastic.
  12. T

    Tata5

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attention to detail from start to finish. Fantastic food and stunning ambiance. A must go to if you are ever in the area
  13. RB

    RichardB

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Without a doubt our best dining experience since we moved to Scottsdale from NYC where I was a chef 2 years ago. The food was amazing and the service was perfect , Tyler and Chris our waiters were the perfect complement to our meal. We already made our next reservation before we had dessert
  14. JL

    JimL

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We would recommend Monarch Cafe as the place to eat when you are in the Scottsdale area. It is a MUST!!!!! My wife had the filet, which she rated as excellent! I had the best lamb chops ever and I’m a lamb chop aficionado!!!! Order both, you will never be disappointed!!
  15. s

    stanfobro

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    what a gem. Beautiful ambience and amazing food. The waitstaff was knowledgeable without being stuffy. The food was simple but excellently prepared. Would definitely recommend on your next stop to scottsdale.
  16. PG

    PatriciaG

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food is very good but a little to over powering flavors on some plates. This is a place people go to celebrate happenings because of the atmosphere .The wait staff was not impressive however Joseph who filled our water was fantastic and friendly he should have switched places with our server who was a block of wood for a personality. Hostess was kind of rude when we came in to be seated. All in all I think this restaurant thinks they are better than they actually are. I am a world class restaurateur and can say without a doubt that the staff was unimpressive with the exception of Joseph. Food was good for the price but overall I think you can find better out there.
  17. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect place to celebrate a special moment. It's one of a kind.
  18. k

    karenb

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Monarch has been our special occasion spot for years now, and it NEVER fails to disappoint! The back patio is absolutely magical and the food is exquisite - 4 courses with an optional 5th course for dessert (YES, please!!) Last night we shared the experience with some dear foodie friends of ours who were visiting from out of town, and celebrated my birthday at Monarch. They truly make you feel special- our menus were personalized with my name and a birthday message- we were given a Prosecco toast (gratis), a scrumptious dessert complete with a sparkler and a small birthday gift!!! This meal is by no means inexpensive- but I truly mean this when I say it is worth EVERY penny- the food, the ambiance…it simply can not be beat. I have eaten at many fine dining establishments all over the country, and this is absolutely my #1. And I can’t wait to return!!
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    spxyxx

    New York Area

    219 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    219 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here several times and each time I am impressed by not only the service, but the presentation and the taste of the meal. This time did not disappoint. I brought my daughter who lives in New York City and Chicago and she felt that this was as good as any place in either of those cities.
  20. KH

    KarenH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The Chilean sea bass was moist, flavorful and crisp where it should be. Service was impeccable. It was simply awesome!
  21. S

    Spra

    Phoenix

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Everything was outstanding
  22. KG

    KathyGS

    Phoenix

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have a new favorite restaurant in the Scottsdale area. Food was incredible...4 course meal. Service excellent and wine list extensive. It was my birthday, so I have a personal copy of the menu. The ambiance was beautiful ...real candles lit everywhere. Just a lovely evening all around. Our waiter Ricardo was excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience !!! Thank you !!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely superb in every way. Staff was outstanding. A memorable experience.
  25. PD

    PaulD

    Phoenix

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How can a Restaruant be this much better than all others? It was head and shoulders above... Crazy great food for foodies!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time dining at Cafe Monarch; however, the results of this dinner far surpassed the first time I dined here. Chef and the culinary team continue to create unique experiences. The 8 course tasting menu gives one an amazing insight into the expertise with which the cafe Monarch culinary department carries itself. No component of each dish is overlooked and the delivery of each plate provides a once in a lifetime experience.
  27. FE

    FrancesE

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is the perfect place to celebrate a special evening. Fabulous menu and remarkable staff.
  28. SS

    SallyS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Excellent service. Romantic atmosphere.
  29. A

    Annie

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to cafe Monarch for our annual (3times) visit to Scottsdale. This is a truly wonderful dining experience starting with the gentlemen in the bar and the rest of the staff. The food is awesome!!!
  30. E

    Elledale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Truly special. From service to food, our trip was made. Thank you!
  31. WN

    WilliamN

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ricardo was great
  32. AD

    ADBJM1

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. The food and service are exceptional.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were impeccable, just outstanding we have been coming here for 5 years now and we are never disappointed!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food and service was outstanding. We chose the chef's 8 course sampling menu and everything on it was superb. Hat's off to our waiter Kyle who did and excellent job with the wine pairings
  35. SM

    ShawnM

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. This was our favorite restaurant in the north valley, and it never disappoints
  36. KF

    KenF

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and ambiance. Best place to eat in Phoenix metro for special occasions or a romantic evening with your significant other .
  37. CF

    CassieF

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Best meal I’ve ever had. Wine recommendations are on point
  38. S

    Steveb

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a wonderful experience at Cafe Monarch, the best restaurant in the Phoenix area./
  39. KD

    KathleenD

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was as if we were transported into a different country; we sat on the patio. If you are looking for a dining experience for a special occasion you must visit cafe monarch.
  40. NT

    NickT

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service are excellent!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Cafe Monarch is rated 4.9 stars by 6306 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe Monarch

6939 E 1st Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    SW Corner of 1st Ave and Goldwater BLVD

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gus Lewkowicz

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (480) 970-7682

  • Private party facilities

    Host your special event, private function or business dinner in one of America’s Top 25 Best Restaurants.

  • Private party contact

    Megan Lewkowicz: (480) 970-7682

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