Café Monarch

4.9
2432 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(480) 970-7682
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Gus Lewkowicz
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Cross street
SW Corner of 1st Ave and Goldwater BLVD
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Parking details
On site parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS. start to finish. truly special and memorable dining experience. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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B
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a 35th birthday for our son in law every person there was on point the entire evening. Was a GREAT evening

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k
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wonderful and thoughtful husband made a reservation for us to celebrate our upcoming anniversary, and Cafe Monarch was such a perfect venue! The atmosphere is casual elegance with vintage details and a bit of a French flair, and at the same time, similar to dining in comfort of someone's parlor-with perfect lighting, decor, and just the right amount of subtle fragrance from burning candles with notes of vanilla and floral notes. The staff is genuinely friendly and all are dedicated to making your dining experience a special one. Each course item was aesthetically pleasing from a visual standpoint, and delicious with unique but appropriately paired gustatory notes-we couldn't resist snapping photos of each course and sharing them with our foodie friends in Birmingham! Sam took excellent care of us, he was full of pleasant surprises (special course items not on the menu, champagne, and a decadent dessert). It was really sweet that the one server who brought us our dessert (with an actual sparkler sticking out of it-how festive!) offered to snap a few photos of us to appropriately document the occasion. I look forward to our next visit and will make any and every excuse to return to Cafe Monarch. Thank you to the staff for making our dining experience the highlight of my week!

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OT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding across the board as usual.

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SM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time and look forward to our next visit! Thanks to Chris for making it memorable!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jamar is the jam! Great birthday experience for my GF and I. The little box gift was especially rad!

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RL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had high expectations coming in to Monarch Cafe, those expectations were blown away by our experience. From Joe at the bar where we waited to be seated (we arrived early) to Andrew and his team of attentive and genuine wait staff, we felt welcome and our satisfaction was their top priority. The food was incredible, beautiful presentation, perfect portions, cooked and prepared to perfection! My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and we had an exceptional time. Thank you to the entire team, and chef, you are a genius!!!

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VD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff, atmosphere and food are amazing!
We had gotten engaged 2 years ago across the street at their previous beautiful and romantic location and wanted to return on the anniversary of our engagement at the new location. We were completely thrilled to have Richard our previous waiter come up to us and welcome us back. We made sure to have a picture with Richard and promised to return the next time we are in town from Vancouver BC. We have and will continue to rave about the Cafe Monorch as the must go to spot and only hope that a sister restaurant will open up here in Vancouver one day. We dont know if its even possible but during our lovely dinner we talked about how lovely it would be to have the wedding there......
At the end of the night our car was brought up and waiting for us at the front door....classy to the end!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience for the 1st time here, celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary. Ambience was lovely. Food was wonderful and service was outstanding. Our head server Sam was exceptional, and the host and other staff was great. Would definitely come back!

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H
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a romantic setting. Wonderful attentive service. Lovely tasting menu. Great wine list! We will be back! Pricey but worth it for a special occasion

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SR
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The food was amazing and Sam was every bit as amazing. We did the wine pairing, and his passion and enthusiasm for wines that would pair with the unbelievable food made you just as excited about what we were eating/drinking. I will be using his passion as an example at my workplace of what a difference an attitude like his can make on customers. Highly recommend this place for any special event you have, even if it the special event is just a 'need for dinner'.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food. However, decor is not classy. Try some real flowers and plants. Take the tacky items away ( candles in the shape of hearts...come on!)

Legacy location across the street was much better. When food is this good, I want it weekly, not just on “special occasions”. Loose that theme.

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GD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food. The chef is a true master of his craft

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S
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Monarch is always superb! Delicious food, elegant presentation, exquisite service and lovely setting. We celebrated a birthday and staff made it special!

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VP
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the experience, the food was delicious and the building just beautiful. The staff is super knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. It felt like a mini vacation. The name threw us off a little bit. Because this is not a cafe, it is a beautiful and romantic restaurant with amazing food combinations.

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MM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is great restaurant. One of our all time favorites. Would have given them 5 stars but have a soft spot for the old location across the street

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ES
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cafe Monarch was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The atmosphere is absolutely beautiful and romantic. The service was wonderful and the food was phenomenal. We would definitely come here again

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate my husband's birthday in Sep. Cafe Monarch is a great balance of eclectic and upscale, while friendly and not too stuffy. John described the prix fixe entree options with great detail and finesse. We chose the diver scallops and rack of lamb as our entrees. Each course was delicious and beautifully presented. Made a rez for my Oct birthday before we left.

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M
Phoenix
116 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Each course was well thought out, blended amazingly well and was executed precisely, resulting in some of the most delicious food we've eaten in Arizona. Loved all of the wait staff and the restaurant itself is beautiful. I only wish there was room to have a slow dance with my special someone between courses. That would have made it the perfect experience.

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c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service in a lovely setting
Creative food and great wine

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WM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's difficult to say what is most impressive at Cafe Monarch as the food, service and ambiance are so far above any of the other fine dining establishments in downtown Scottsdale. Be sure to arrive early and try one of the craft cocktails at the bar before your dinner. After every dining experience, both my husband and I rave to all of our friends and family about the experience!

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TO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our 10 year anniversary. The place was great. Our waiter Kellen was attentive and informative. Food was impeccable and creative

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KG
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. Excellent service and the food was amazing. Only complaint would be too much food!!!

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BB
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to the new venue and we were very impressed. A much improved, more spacious dining environment combined with an excellent tasting tour through four courses of amazing foods. Our waiter was super informed as to the menu and food prep details and had excellent advise on wine pairing options. This is one of the top restaurant options in Arizona!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated 2/3 wedding anniversaries!!!! An amazing experience.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, beautiful food, and amazing service.

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SL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was fabulous! We sat outside and it was like we were in an candlelit garden. Highly recommended!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great time at the Monarch. Everything was perfect!!

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f
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thte must fabulous food and service we have had in a long time. Highly recommend!

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OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary. Our friends had suggested Cafe Monarch for a special occasional. It lived up to all of their exclamations about the service, food, and ambience. Thank you for making our special night even more so!

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wine selection excellent but inflated prices even for a high-end restaurant. The main course was delayed by 30min because we were told the chef overcooked the steak. When the food came out it was delicious and without issues. They made it up to us with desert on the house and 10% off the tab.

Would not recommend outside seating because of the mosquitoes and competing noise — trash truck came on Sunday night and was emptying dumpsters on the other side of the wall where we were having dinner.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place especially the cauliflower soup.

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BD
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful place
great food
excellent service
very good

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G
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in the country, no doubt. The waiters are sommeliers too, so it’s great to have the wine pairing with the tasting menu. Elegant and romantic as well

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinning experience we have ever had. Atmosphere was amazing. This was a 29th anniversary dinner for us and this could not have been better.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited their new location with a very special lady. This place made me look good :) So much to list; friendly and attentive staff, amazing gourmet food that tingle layers of your taste buds, an exceptional atmosphere where in fact we forgot we were in Arizona. The prices were way better than some “fancy” restaurants, and I have been to city hall and some others ( i love eating out and I am willing to pay for good food) . Nothing compares to this place. You can tell it is locally owned and operated from how intimately everyone was interested in your comfort and overall experience. The only problem? I don’t think i can top this place! From my understanding the owners are opening a Latin vibe eatery across from this place. I can’t wait to try that location as well.

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T
Phoenix
104 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We did not receive any food for 40 minutes. Portions were much smaller than previous location. Asked for soup piping hot; it was Luke warm and only 4 spoonfuls. Buccatini was so small and had to send back the crab leg because it was too fishy. Had to remind them it was our anniversary. Compared to all our other experiences, this was very disappointing. However, most tastes were lovely, but for the price you need the entire package.

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l
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Sam, was outstanding! He made an excellent wine recommendation for us. HOWEVER, there was a man in a grey suit that literally circled the dining room the entire evening! Not smiling not speaking to the patrons. I found out he was the manager! Definitely needs some coaching in people skills! His presence made us uncomfortable as we were not sure what he was doing!

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KD
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food and service. Richard took great care of us an truly made us feel special.

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