Cafe Monarch

4.9
4555 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Welcome to a world of culinary elegance and sophistication you will not find anywhere else in Arizona. Named in 2018 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. This ensures that they are ably suited to help you select the ideal vintage from the vast selection of spectacular and unique wines from across the globe.

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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 4555 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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5.0
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5.0
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGREAT
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding...one of my best experiences

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta night.

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WOodens
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Restaurant, Staff were very professional and treat us well !
The food was very tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience overall was truly excellent. We had attention on us from the moment we valet parked our car. The entire staff is excellent. The food quality was incredible. Made our anniversary very special.

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vipcutitout
New Orleans
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent setting for a restaurant. Wonderful food. Expensive but you get what you pay for exemplary service

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Holly
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted a nice date for my birthday and that’s why I got at Cafe Monarch. From the moment we entered the parking lot the service was excellent. We arrived early and sat at the bar for a martini, which was made with fresh fruit purée and delicious. Richard is the manager and visited our table several times to tell us about the history of the restaurant and the meals we were to eat, as well as the pastry chef. Several servers stopped by for water refills or just to fold a napkin if we stepped away and all so pleasant. Everyone treats you like royalty and the candles all around provide a nice romantic ambiance.

I started with the passion fruit aguachile that was amazing and I could eat a whole meal of that alone! The other three courses were just as perfect and since it was my birthday, we also were treated to Oreo macaroons and ice cream with a sparkler and small gift to take home. The evening was exactly what I wanted and we will return for other special occasions in the future. The price is worth the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at Cafe Monarch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best restaurant and experience in town.

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vipBossladywinning
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was beautiful!

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CHARLESG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special experience. Presentation of the food was as lovely as the ambience. Food was as delicious as it looked. Cafe Monarch made an ordinary evening into a special occasion!

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RobertG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely well run .... outstanding quality food and service

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AZappetite
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. It’s truly a magical place and the food was delicious. This is our favorite special occasion restaurant.

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vipDeniseN
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing in every way. We’ve eaten at amazing restaurants around the world and this is absolutely memorable. We will definitely be back. Have the tasting menu, relish in the service, let them guide you! We were celebrating my birthday and because my husband said I liked dessert they brought us all of them!! Not to mention every course was better then the next and the wine menu was outstanding.

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vipRobertC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about Cafe Monarch. We’re from Chicago and friends first took us there years ago when it was in the smaller location across the street. Every time we’ve returned to Scottsdale it is the one place we never miss. The ambiance is exquisite, the service impeccable and the food unparalleled. We’ve been to at least four restaurants with 3 Michelin Stars and many more with 2 stars. I would easily rank Monarch in that group. If you want your visit to Scottsdale to include at least one restaurant you’ll never forget make sure you dine at Cafe Monarch!

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ErinH
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a truly memorable experience. They did everything to make our anniversary special. The service was spectacular and the food was out of this world! They've got customers for life now! Thank you again.

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docroc
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always dinner at Cafe Monarch is a special experience. Every dish is superb and the whole experience surpasses our expectations every visit.

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CarolP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was great and food outstanding! Special day for our Anniversary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best dining experience I’ve ever had. We were celebrating a special occasion and the staff wishes us on arrival and several other times. The food is outstanding. We had the vegetarian menu and it was superb. Complimentary champagne and dessert was appreciated. In summary, there was an incredible effort to make our experience memorable and they achieved it with flying colors. Would highly recommend it!

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vipkatydidnot
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food at Cafe Monarch is wonderful, and can be exquisite. However they have a practice which is usually avoided in higher quality restaurants, and which severely affects my dining enjoyment - heavy fragrance. I’ve never encountered this in other restaurants of this caliber, and I have to say it keeps me from dining there as often as I would otherwise. It hits you as soon as you enter, lessens as you get away from the hostess stand, but is still present throughout the restaurant. Even fairly mild fragrance dulls your sense of smell, which is such an important part of dining, especially with fine wines. Not to mention many have allergies to fragrance. This is why great restaurants usually ban servers from wearing fragrance, and avoid adding scents throughout their restaurants. Cafe Monarch is a great restaurant, so it’s shocking they go in for so much fragrance. I keep hoping they’ll change this practice, but sadly I think that’s a vain hope.

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vipmichelleh
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. An absolutely stunning restaurant and beautiful meal.

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JoyG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday. The atmosphere on the patio was magical with candlelight, a fireplace, and a fountain. The service was both friendly and quite professional. The food was outstanding. It was one of our most memorable dinners ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing. Beautiful, romantic and worth every penny.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not had a meal in a while where I said “oh Fk”, or “F**n A” after every bite because it was full of different flavors each time and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experiance

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vipMillers
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service our always spot on! Richard our waiter and Sam the sommelier are awesome 👏

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GennaroM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was visiting Arizona from Chicago and found this restaurant for a date night with my wife. Staff was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Ambiance was romantic and the food was amazing. We had the 4 course dinner and everything that was served was unbelievably delicious. We were able to sit at the bar after dinner for a nightcap and enjoy a friendly conversation with the bartenders.
Highly recommend this place for a romantic dinner night. Will definitely go back when we return to Arizona.

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DonC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch is absolutely fabulous. The space is delightful, the food is incredibly delicious, beautifully prepared, and exotic, and the service is impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th visit, and every time more exquisite than the last. Our 10th anniversary and my wife’s birthday, we tried the 8 course tasting with paired wines - and couldn’t have been more delighted with the food and the service.
Cafe Monarch is fabulous for any special occasion, and couldn’t have made it any more memorable. Thank you very much!

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AlanW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience, but it’s expensive. You should obviously know this before dining here. The lamb rack was the best I’ve had and that includes numerous restaurants in New Zealand. The octopus and foie grad were excellent additions to our meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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CindyH
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The dinner was fantastic! We felt the waiters came over a few times when we in the middle
Of a conversation, but we friendly and apologetic.

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ChristyP
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cafe Monarch met my expectation in terms of food preparation and presentation. Although I enjoyed our waiter, he was a bit rushed and the personal attention to detail was not quite there. I was hoping for more personal attention before and after being served each course. Instead we were never his focus throughout our meal. Fine dining should make you feel like a priority, not just another table to wait on.

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vipCory
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal. The chef did an incredible job with the dinner. The waiter was awesome. He was very Knopf the food and wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our late Valentine’s Day extremely special. The food was spectacular.

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Southerner
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wished we lived closer. Went for my birthday and had the meal experience of my life. Perfect service, food and wine. It epitomizes the comment: you get what you pay for!

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vipEnjoyTheExperience
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was only loud because of a couple at another table but otherwise the most spectacular experience from start to finish. My 2nd favorite French restaurant in the US and topped most in Paris. Love love love Thank you

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MichaelZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Save up your money for this treat! Monarch is one of these expensive places but it is worth it. Fantastic service, food, setting, mood, wine and cocktail list. Just fantastic.

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viplove2eat
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Monarch was highly recommended by friends who just visited Scottsdale from Seattle Washington. We just happened to be in Scottsdale the following week to cell my birthday. Amazing set menu with great service and ambiance! Vegan and vegetarian options are surprisingly great. Must experience this fine dining, you’ll love it.

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GaryO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great but prices like Michelin 4 star.

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DHOV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great! Tito is the man, visit him at the bar.

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 4555 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.