Café Monarch

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3134 reviews
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Contemporary American
Café Monarch, in Old Town Scottsdale, is a family-owned and operated restaurant offering a elegant, fine dining setting for your birthday, anniversary, special occasion, or extravagant night out. The four-course menu is altered weekly and features local, organic, sustainable and premium ingredients.

In addition to the consistent quality of food and service, Café Monarch continuously evolves the menu, dining room, and service standards. All with the objective of maintaining a vibrant and beloved guest experience. All servers are trained through the Court of Master Sommeliers program, all having extensive food and wine knowledge.

For larger reservations or private events, please contact 480-970-7682 ext. 2
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Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals and dining experiences ever! Food was incredible, and staff so friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. My husband has a limited palette and the staff helped him select items he so enjoyed. Outstanding!

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Portland
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening with my mom. The ambiance and white-table-cloth environment was perfect.
Wait-staff was incredibly knowledgeable and John took great care of us.
Even the house water was infused with a hint of cucumber and was very refreshing.
Each course had a unique presentation and by the time our entree arrived, we were pleasantly full.
A two-hour dinner and the pacing of each course was spot-on.
The only negative didn’t have anything to do with the restaurant but rather some of the guests dressing way too casual...very disrespectful to the restaurant, the staff and other guests. Although men don’t require a sports coat, dressing up is part of the overall experience and ambiance.
A memorable evening and highly recommended.

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KC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like surrounding yourself with beauty and then tasting it as well, then I highly recommend Cafe Monarch. From the decor to the humble and elegant wait staff, everything in this place warms the heart. Thank you so much for being so attentive to my beautiful wife and our celebration of our anniversary. We will certainly spend many more celebrations at Cafe Monarch.

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CS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful food experience!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It could not of been any more fabulous we will definitely be returning ASAP.

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JG
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Such a cute little neighborhood restaurant. We were visiting from out of town and the only time they could fit us in was 8:30pm. It was absolutely worth the wait. I loved the variety on the pre set menu. The food was exceptionally fresh and the service was very orchestrated. This was defiantly a special experience for my husband on his birthday. The wait staff was very attentive. Excellent find!

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MM
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard as it is to achieve, Cafe Monarch actually keeps getting better. Whoever said fine dining and white linen service are dead has not been to Cafe Monarch and experienced fine dining done right. They really aim to please and deliver a special evening and they do it in style. Food is lovingly crafted and prepared. Delicious and beautiful without being overly fussed or pretentious - this is food you can actually enjoy and not just look at and talk about. Servers know you are here for something special and they work really hard to deliver a great experience. We left, as always, with smiles on our faces.

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z
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food coupled with high quality service makes this restaurant unique in every parameter. Good choice even for us vegans.

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IL
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Birthday dinner with excellent food and service! We will be back!!

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j
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Cafe Monarch every year for our anniversary. From the time we walk in the door until we leave we are treated warmly and are taken great care of. Our server Kellan did a FANTASTIC job explaining the menu, giving us suggestion and generally treating us royally. Thank you, Cafe Monarch for a memorable 35th celebration!

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AJ
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was not up to the expectations we had. Preperation was good but not great. Drink and wine service was very uneven. Wine should be poured before a dish is served not after. Overall service was uneven. One group was VERY noisy causing us to request a table change. The restaurant does not live up to its reputation or its hipe. With the wine it was not a $600.00 meal.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here, it was our anniversary.
From the time w arrived until we left, the staff was absolutely wonderful! The food was awesome too!

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JK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've ever been to. The atmosphere was beautiful. The service and food was outstanding.

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AZ
Phoenix
260 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though we don’t need a special occasion to enjoy Cafe Monarch, we were celebrating our 39th anniversary. They were kind to comp an opening glass of Prosecco and a delicious chocolate dessert for the occasion but the food is truly the star. I enjoyed seafood throughout and everything from the crispy rock shrimp (delicate and crunchy with tang) to the fabulous homemade bucatini with lobster, king crab, scallop and prawn was amazing. My husband’s sopa, salad, steak and double boned pork chop were mouthwatering as well. “Best chop he’s ever had” made his night. The ingredients are top quality, unique and the preparations are creative, many with a fun ethnic flare. The service is also impeccable without being stuffy, with smiles and even a jest when appropriate. The “by the glass” options are also good if you can’t agree on a bottle or want to mix it up. All that adds up to a great value even with the high price tag.

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OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a fantastic restaurant. We go to Cafe Monarch for every special occasion (or just to go because we love it so much). The food, atmosphere, wait staff is like no other. Sam is the best server/sommelier I’ve ever had, ever. GO GO GO! Don’t think about it...just GO! You won’t be sorry.

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for an anniversary dinner and loved the food. The service was fantastic as well, they went out of their way to help us celebrate with Prosecco and a complimentary dessert. I’ll definitely come back if in the area again in the future.

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PI
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fixed price exploration of the chef’s skills, well-explained ( but not over explained) by the wait staff. Great ambiance. Highly recommended!

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CM
Phoenix
74 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner. All the courses and dessert were excellent. We also did the wine pairing, which was excellent too. Our waiter John was great.

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TM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding experience! The service was superb, the food outstanding. Often, I find high priced restaurants commonplace and not worth the extra money but Café Monarch was worth it. Also, the food on the vegetarian menu was unique and delicious.

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. The menu is original and beautiful

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a phenomenal experience. From the moment you walk in the hostess is expecting you and knows your name. A wonderful white marble bar starts the evening with a wonderfully crafted Manhattan. If you prefer Scotch, the collection is to die for... Macallan 30 Year, Yes please. Not to mention the vast wine collection and incredible knowledge of the Sommelier whom paired the perfect glass with each course; he even suggested a new winery all the way back home in the Finger Lakes of New York State; demonstrating his wide knowledge base.

The Pre Fixe menu was delightful and creative with a wonderful presentation of locally sourced ingredients. My wife and I shared each of the options for the first three courses which made the meal even more diverse.

However great the food, the ambiance and service truly puts this experience over the top. The staff had a way of anticipating what you desired next, before we did. Every course was presented most elegantly with an accompanying explanation of the dish and its local ingredients.

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MI
Kansas City
36 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible meal, atmosphere, and the service was spectacular! If you are in the Phoenix area this place is a must to eat at. We went on a perfect evening in terms of the weather and sat outside, which added to the entire experience. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Phoenix!

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DH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! A beautiful evening, great food and wine. Excellent professional service.

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

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KW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Monarch was one of the best fine dining experiences we have ever had. The atmosphere was very romantic and the food and service were superb. I loved the Sea Bass and the Filet was delicious. This is now my favorite special occasion restaurant.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful!

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible culinary experience. As a vegan I especially enjoyed the many options offered to me.

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KJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every way!! We loved each of the 4 courses, and also the wine recommendation. We dined on the patio and it was beautiful and intimate.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and it was the best celebration ever!

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was exceptional. We felt special from the moment we walked in the door, and not like we were just another couple celebrating an occasion. Every person from the host to each of our servers personally wished us a Happy Anniversary.

The food was perfectly portioned, presented and full of flavor.

The service was that of a Michelin Star restaurant. Service was like a well choreographed dance. Servers were professional, personable and knowledgeable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable. I live in NYC and this is the best restaurant in the US.

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CO
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the world. No better dining experience anywhere. Do the wine pairing. Always.

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B
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Monarch continues to be a most special and unique dining experience. No where else can you enjoy such creative and delicious combinations of tastes, textures, and visual artistry. Expensive, yes it is. But well worth the price of the experience and the fabulous food.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service were impeccable as expected. But, the ambiance is not the same since they’ve moved. The patio at the original location was magical, now its just ok....

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PM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had another wonderful food experience at the exquisite Cafe Monarch. It is without reservation that I can make the claim that this is the best fine dining experience in all of Arizona. It's frankly one of the top anywhere for that matter. I must mention that on our last visit we had a situation with what we felt was an uncomfortable seating arrangement and placement of our table within the establishment. Although the situation was not resolved that evening in the manner we had hoped, a follow up email sent to the owner rewarded us with a sincere, heartfelt and conscientious reply in which he thanked me openly by making an immediate future remedy to our critique. It was handled extremely graciously by the owner with a response that showed he truly cared about listening and doing whatever he could to improve on this over-the-top fine dining experience. Because of this, I even more highly recommend Cafe Monarch!

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CB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not sure how it's taken me this long to find a gem like Cafe Monarch. As we walked up to the restaurant, the voice of Billie Holiday was serenading us and I knew this was going to be wonderful! We started in the bar with a few drinks. The bartender was personable and the drinks were perfect. We moved to the dining room for our four course prix fixe dinner. The first three courses had two choices each and my husband and I each got something different so we could try everything. The last course had many options to choose from. Everything was delicious! My last course was the housemate bucatini frutta de marte. OMG! Heaven! My husband had the pork and he thought it was excellent. And as a bday treat, they served my husband a flourless chocolate cake with gelato topped with a sparkling candle. Jamal was our server and Juan worked with him. They provided excellent service! I loved every minute and every bite!

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard of Cafe Monarch and wanted to try it for a long time. I was not disappointed. Beautiful scene and excellent staff. Food was impeccable.

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M
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made our anniversary dinner very special.

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 6. Seated at an oblong table on th patio. Very nice and comfy, but a round table would have been better for a converzation. Overall a fantastic evening though.

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HD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always! Attentive service, imaginative cuisine, beautifully prepared

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