Cafe Monarch

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3928 Reviews
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$50 and over
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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was excellent. Prices were very reasonable for such an elegant meal. Highly recommend.

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vipSandyD
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my kids anniversary and the service and food was awesome as usual! We received a complimentary glass of champagne and desert. Always a wonderful experience

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schleif
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service , wine selection.
There is not a better place in Arizona to eat

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JDMeeee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt the most impressive dining experience my wife and I have had. The service alone is well worth the trip but the food and ambiance put this place over the top. Highly recommend!

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vipLynnAZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, exquisite cuisine and lovely service. It truly lives up to its stellar reputation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restraunt... incredible food...superb service...excellent wine pairings... what Dining out is meant to be!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant in town, one of the best in the country. Great staff and excellent food!

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JoeG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place if phenomenal. I certainly understand why reservations sometimes must be made up to a year in advance. The venue is beautiful, with a sort of old world ambiance, the service is immaculate, and the food cannot be beat. Not a cheap date, but worth every penny. jag

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vipCathy
Phoenix
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely without question the best restaurant in the valley. Service was impeccable but personable Staff all knowledgeable about each dish. Sommelier was very knowledgeable and approachable. Food on par with top Napa restaurants. Personable and professional service exceeds French laundry Our top recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this past weekend for our anniversary and it was amazing!! Great food, great service. We highly recommend! Best dining experience we have ever had!

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SkylerC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great experience my wife and I loved the overall time we had together at this fine dining establishment. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a whole experience.

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vipAZTraveler
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a romantic night or in our case celebrating a graduation. This is the best dinner experience in Scottsdale by far.

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KatyK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's pricey, but it's a wonderful experience. Great for a special occasion.

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vipLynn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience every thing is done in a way that makes the evening special!

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MikeS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to spend a romantic night. The ambiance is wonderful. The evening was quiet and we never had to raise our voice to speak to each other. Service was phenomenal. Every server is a sommelier. They offer a four-course pre-fix. Just enough food so you are not too full. They also offer a wine pairing where they give you a glass of wine with each course. Great pairings!
This place is very expensive but you get what you pay for. My wife got the Sea Bass, I got the New York Wagyu. We both got the wine pairings. With tip, it was $600

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Eric
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service in a quiet romantic setting.

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MarkR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine pairing with the different courses was great. Enjoyed several fine wines with the appropriate dish. The ambiance and service exceeded expectations. Would recommend Cafe Monarch to anyone. Thanks for making our anniversary a most memorable occasion.

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JoeW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the experience. With the smaller portions I felt I might still be hungry after desert. As it was, after the fourth course, I could not even force myself to have desert. I was looking forward to the rum cake and gelato. Never did get to taste it. Perhaps next time.
I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fine dining experience.

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vipmaries
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary place. Very clean. Fantastic food choices, all cooked to perfection and with artistic presentation. Great location in Old Town. Easy parking. Expensive but very well worth it.

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CharlesF
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! Had a great time with my girlfriend.

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NancyAZ
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at the Monarch and was an evening to remember. Celebrated my husband’s birthday. Sat outside with tables separated nicely and misters. The food was over the top. Definitely a ‘fine dining’ experience.

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vipShandyC
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food (EVERY BITE). Excellent service! I'm back at work after the long weekend today, and have already recommended Cafe Monarch to multiple people.

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Averill33
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was first class as advertised. Staff was helpful and knew the menu inside and out. Would definitely recommend and return!

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TrentS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Among the best restaurant i ve ever been to! So romantic, worth every penny

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary!

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vipChadH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around. Arizona gem!!

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KarenF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This venue really lives up to its reputation. The food and service were exceptional. I cant wait to go back.

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vipMonaS
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is brilliant, the service is outstanding, and the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.

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DavidB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening for our first night out after the virus.

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JamieK
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service never fails! Always excellent and creative presentation and quality culminate in fabulous taste. The staff is wonderful!!

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vipPhyllisK
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Happy to return to our fav place.
Staff welcoming as always. Great food.
Food was slow being served- probably just getting back in the normal swing with new safety measures.

JR
JeanneR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very awesome experience. Kyle was our waiter and he was excellent. Food was special and atmosphere elegant.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment their valet opened my car door for me to step out, to our last bite of dessert, Cafe Monarch proved to be one of Scottsdale’s all time best restaurant experiences. Our 4-course meal was exceptional and the flavor profiles of each dish spoke for themselves. Some of our favorites were the cauliflower purée soup, salmon, lamb, and passion fruit mousse! Our server and the Cafe Monarch team were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and illuminated class. Additionally, the ambience was magically romantic and relaxing with the various lit lanterns, foliage, and flowers surrounding us as we dined. Thank you, Cafe Monarch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, amazing experience, food, wine and service! This restaurant will be our regular date night destination!

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DannyW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first meal on our honeymoon...amazing food, wine pairings, and customer service. Our sommelier Wesam was especially attentive and passionate about his wine pairings!

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vipSthelenagal
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and staff was exceptional! I will definitely come back next time I’m in Scottsdale. Food was amazing and great cocktails too. Highly recommend!!!

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vipJames
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We were a little surprised that Cafe Monarch was operating in a "business as usual" fashion after the reopening. No one visible to customers was wearing masks or gloves, the tables were set up as before (with every table in use on the patio), and even valet parking was in use. The only difference that we could see is that we were handed a paper menu.

In the midst of the pandemic we expected more. The food and service was as good as ever, but we were left a little uneasy by the restaurant's approach to the current situation.

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MelindaP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special safe environment to relax and forget the outside world

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vipRohnnL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first night out after the shutdown and it was a great choice. The food, ambience and service were all superb. The wine pairing added to the enjoyment of the experience, and our waiter had charisma to burn, along with a great sense of humor. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, satisfying experience.

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vipLafree
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten in many amazing restaurants while traveling abroad, this by far was one of the BEST. Everything was perfect: the ambiance, the quiet patio, the food presentation, and our server Robert was simply fantastic. We loved hearing about our food and wine pairings from someone who was not only very knowledgeable but clearly enjoyed the service he provided! Just Wonderful! Thank you for making our wedding anniversary celebration so special. We will be back!

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 3928 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Monarch does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?hash=a551d709.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.