Cafe Monarch

4.9
5057 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic meal service, the service and staff are great. The only thing that topped the fantastic service staff was the food. It was incredible, all parts were detailed and on point. They even made the birthday dinner more memorable by giving us a surprise! Will be recommending to anyone who is going to, or is in Phoenix that Cafe Monarch is a must! Thank you for the wonderful evening!

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RudolphO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelin star service with great ambiance! Hidden gem in old town Scottsdale!

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vipJill
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an incredible dining experience!Juliette was highly knowledgeable about the menu and an excellent sommelier. The best experience all the way around!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would have to pull out a dictionary to describe how amazing everything was. From the first course to dessert and the drinks!! My husband had the old fashion and said it was so smooth. Since I’m pregnant, I got mock tails, and they were still amazing. Definitely worth it.

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vipkathy
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful from start to finish. We will be recommending this restaurant to friends and family.

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Borls
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!! The servers were awesome. Food was delicious’n

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Tiffany
Montana
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Inspired vegetarian tasting menu. My best bites of the year.

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jesseM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I have been here several times, always before it was a fantastic example.
Not this time. For the money I expected first class service. It didn’t happen this time. Orders were forgotten. A request for an extra glass of wine was simply ignored.
A drink order for my wife was ignored.

First courses were small, though good

Not sure I will go back soon

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vipmesashopping
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my daughters birthday there last night. food was excellent and good price point. they offered complementary champaign and dessert and even a gift. so above and beyond! service was excellent as well. highly recommend. sitting outside the cool mist was a bit too much. my handbag was getting wet!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel was wonderful as were all the servers
Wonderful evening
Amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. My wife and I enjoyed it tremendously.

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PressleeR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience was exceptional! The service was spot on, the food was exquisite, and the attention to detail was magnificent!

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vipRiniR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an exceptional dining experience at Cafe Monarch last night! We were celebrating my daughter's 17th birthday, and everyone greeted her with warm birthday greetings from the moment we stepped through the door. The valet even crossed the street from the parking lot to help us get a family photo in the pretty courtyard. Our waiter, Robert, was simply superb - very knowledgeable, warm, and welcoming. The restaurant decor is just beautiful - elegant, sparkly and sophisticated - the perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion. The food was perhaps the best meal we have ever had - we had the duck, the rack of lamb and the frutti di mare - one more spectacular than the next. (we are from NYC - have eaten in some of the best restaurants in Manhattan -Cafe Monarch rivals the best of them) The cocktails were also outstanding, and they converted their signature cocktails to mocktails, which my teenagers enjoyed and appreciated. All in all, a perfect evening, and a special memory we will always cherish. Thank you!

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CarAP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were impeccable. We felt truly special.

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GregS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and we'll be back soon!! This was an anniversary celebration and we love to have them here!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, worth every bite

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AmyJo
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a first time reservation at Cafe Monarch for our 17th wedding anniversary and we were so impressed by our experience my husband wanted to go back the following evening. The restaurant itself is gorgeous with a romantic candlelight ambiance. The entire staff from the hostess check in to the bartenders to the wait staff were inviting and knowledgeable. Our meal was absolutely amazing and each course perfectly sized and timed. My husband ordered the lamb, which was the main reason we chose Cafe Monarch for our meal as lamb is his favorite and he exclaimed it was the best he ever had. He has not stopped raving about our meal to everyone he talks to. We loved it so much we considered coming back the next night. The head chef's choices and presentations were flavorful but light, creative but not overly ostentatious. We will absolutely be back when the menu changes to experience the new options.

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vipRandyS
Fargo
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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CharlesG
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, I would highly recommend it.

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vipElizabethB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend and I went for a girls dinner, we had so much fun over 3 hours, four courses & dessert, wine pairing. It was all exceptional!! Highly recommend!

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vipMitch
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch never disappoints. The food is seasonal, fresh and innovative. The staff is attentive without being obnoxious and the decor is first class. Make you reservations well in advance because they book up quickly. If you want a special dining experience to remember, Cafe Monarch is a must.

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Gmedhi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

very crowded causing echo from people talking. food is poor quality, we found sand particle in the dishes, had strong pungent ammonia smell on sea food dishes. very poor quality overall compare to any fine dining restaurant. I know such things can happen sometimes in average to below average restaurant, but should not be in a fine dining. will not reccomend and will not visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to cafe monarch every year for our anniversary and will not be stopping anytime soon! Hands down the best service and best meals we’ve had all year each time we visit. Worth every penny!

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CCLC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was amazing everything was just perfect, setting, service, wine and food! We will highly recommend Cafe Monarch!

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vipmrh1
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently the best we have ever been to. The ambiance, service, wine list, menu and food are all spectacular
It’s not inexpensive but it delivers every time.

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vipNhoyms
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody was very friendly, courteous, and helpful!
Enjoyed very much my birthday celebration with my husband♥️. Love the food!

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Jonsbc
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant, with very talented chefs. We had the 8-course tasting menu, which was superb. We enjoyed every dish, but outstanding ones were -- shrimp with pineapple ceviche, braised pork belly, sea bass (exquisitely moist) with delicately fried calamari, rack of lamb with with apricot preserve and purple potato frite. The service was attentive and the courses arrived at a nice pace -- not hurried, but right on the heels of the other. Very well organized front-of-house. Excellent for a celebration or important date.

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David
Phoenix
59 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here, both for anniversaries. This is a special occasion place with beautiful ambience and top-notch service. Overall food is really good and you have to be extremely picky to find fault here although foodies that we are we had a few minor dings. However, in no way did they take away from the complete dining experience. Special shout-out to the Chef, kitchen and wait staff who handled a gluten-free meal for a person with celiac without a problem.

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DebraR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!
Everything was perfectly done
My sister was so happy
So was I.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Look, it’s expensive. Really expensive. But it’s one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The food, the flavors, the drinks, the wine. Also, the service was TREMENDOUS. Literally a perfect night. Thank you ♥️

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DonH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu, staff and ambiance. Celebrating an anniversary and they made it very special. Each of the four courses were special and unique. We will be back.

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DLancelot
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, excellent table service, awesome place for a romantic evening.

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maxt
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience I've ever had. Hefty price tag but worth it for a celebration dinner.

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ReidC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, impeccable service, incredible flavors, very accommodating with any requests, incredibly unique dining experience, not a “restaurant “ vibe, but a true dining experience- I absolutely love this place !!

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vipFoodlover
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a special occasion and had the four course prix-fix. We all enjoyed the foods and thought foods were top notch. The surf and turf, rack of lamb, and fruti di mare were all great. The only negative was the lamb meat did not come off the bone easily. Other than that, everything was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipHarrisL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely amazing and very knowledgeable!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience, delicious food, outstanding service.

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vipDanielA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect experience!

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Sassy
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is an outstanding establishment. Fabulous cuisine in a intimate atmosphere. Well worth the drive from Tucson to dine in elegance.

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Cafe Monarch is rated 4.9 stars by 5057 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.