Café Monarch

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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon being seated our waiter set the mood for the entire evening. He was courteous, friendly and initiated small talk about the occasion (our anniversary), our background, our family, etc. It was as if we were at a small social gathering and meeting a guest. The four courses were excellent and the waiter/servers took the time to answer our questions and went into detail about the ingredients and preparation of the servings. Overall it was an extremely pleasant experience and a memorable way to celebrate our anniversary.

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MO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the easiest reviews to write. Absolutely no hesitation giving highest marks in every regard.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the finest evenings of dining my husband and I have ever enjoyed. The overall combination of the setting, service, music, menu choices, plating, and taste experiences were outstanding. We went on a chilly evening in February so, upon arrival, greatly appreciated the valet parking. We were a little early but were welcomed and seated immediately in what must be one of the best tables for two in the house - beside the oversized french doors overlooking the fountain and front courtyard. The architecture and decor in this restaurant is beautiful and elegant yet warm and inviting. We enjoyed the accomplished and knowledgeable service of about 6 (we lost count) different servers and waiters, all courteous and professional. To begin, we enjoyed the refreshing cucumber and mint water and settled in with a fine glass of Malbec to peruse the menu, which entailed making choices from 4-courses. Explanation of the menu and various selections were provided by our main server. We tried to make different choices so that we were able to taste a variety of items. We also added an alternative extra course before our main entree. The menu changes weekly so I won't go into the various selections we chose. However, I don't believe we could have made a "wrong" choice. The flavour and texture combinations of each course were incredible and dare I say "magical"-a truly indescribable delight. Each course was presented by a different waiter and thoroughly described followed by asking if there was anything else they could get for us. This is a taste experience we will not soon forget and we would highly recommend to anyone. The price for this exceptional experience was not inexpensive (particularly since we are billed in Can funds) but the value for such an exquisite experience is there. We can honestly say that the only comparable dinner we've had was under the stars in the courtyard of an Tuscan villa.Special thanks to the chef and all staff for a memorable, romantic evening!

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s
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in AZ, hands down. One of the better restaurants I've ever eaten at anywhere on the planet. Reading reviews, my expectations were pretty high. My expectations were exceeded.

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CM
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dining experience. This was a belated Valentines Day celebration for my husband and I and the staff, the service, the ambiance couldn’t be matched. The food was the best that we have had in Arizona. If you’re looking for a lushious five star meal in an atmosphere of pure romance, this is it.

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SS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Cafe Monarch, where we went for a late Valentines' dinner. The food was incredible, the place was beautiful, and the service was outstanding! We look forward to going again in the future.

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CA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden jewel in OldTown Scottsdale! Incredible experience, 1st class service, intimate setting and an extraordinary presentation of the most delicious dishes.

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

There are few restaurants that compare to Cafe Monarch. It is the perfect setting for a perfect evening with perfect service and perfect food and drink. It just doesn't get any better. A perfect performance every single time I have been there. I love it.

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

Fantastic service and food. Everything we ate was excellent. The ambiance was simply romantic. The whole experience was simply exotic. Highly recommend for a date night, anniversary or special dining. Worth it in every way.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Romantic!!

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was some of the best we have had ANYWHERE. The patio was a near perfect experience. The only downside was a table of 4 next to us who had an obnoxious guy wanting the entire patio to know how much he knew about wine. Minus that, it was a great experience. Not sure what Cafe Monarch could’ve done about that. It’s a bit pricey but you know that going in and the experience is worth it. We’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day dinners at Kai and Orange Sky. Wife preferred it over Orange Sky. On par with Kai.

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S
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. The food was excellent and the service was among the best we have experienced anywhere in a long time. Jamar was great. It was my mother in laws 80th birthday and he provided the proper balance of professionalism and personal attention. Kudos and highest marks to Cafe Monarch!

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

We celebrated an anniversary here. Service was excellent, the food was divine. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a romantic dinner experience.

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KG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Exquisite food. Great decor. Clean. Friendly/knowledgeable sommelier. Can’t wait to return!

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r
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience at this venue. Definitely a special occasion restaurant that will not disappoint! A fine dining experience as good as any other in the valley.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. From valet to bartender when exiting! You feel like the only table in the restaurant! Richard was wonderful. Food was amazing! Fun people watching too.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in every way.

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SW
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four course culinary excellence. Great wine, delicious dessert. Highly recommended!

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SS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a restaurant with a wonderful, romantic, upscale atmosphere where you can dress up and go out for an exquisite dinner with someone special - then this is the place. My wife's and my new favorite restaurant in the Valley to go to on special occasions, or even "just because." We're both vegetarians, and its nice to find a restaurant of this caliber that also has a vegetarian-specific menu, not just modifications of meat-centric dishes. It tells us that the chef truly "gets it" when it comes to vegetarian dining. I'm sure that the non-vegetarian menu is just as good. Great atmosphere, service, wine list, and menu - Cafe Monarch has it all!

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LL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Extremely overpriced for the value of the meal. The ombiance was great, but the price of food was ridiculous. I certainly understand it was Valentines Day, but quite sure if my expectations were not met.

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l
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In car talk this place is a Bently. In painting it's a da Vinci. In sculpture it's a Michelangelo. In cities it's a Paris. In wine it's a Domaine - Gran Cru. In women it's my Wife. In restaurants, well, you get the idea.

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DO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable meal, excellent service. Classic food done really well. Perfect for a special occasion.

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W
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, without question the best restaurant in the valley.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Valentines Day dinner with my girlfriend! The food was so good that we were at a loss for words-we just kept saying “Wow!” and nodding at each other with each new course! We were never at a loss for assistance, there were plenty of servers including our own waiter, Richard who was very friendly and funny. Even though there was rainy weather, the restaurant had heat lamps set up, so we weren’t cold at all.

Overall it was a great experience-romantic setting with delicious food!

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JE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My order didn’t come as such. Instead of rack of lamb , I got a filet. However the manager came right away and apologized and corrected the problem right away and offered me to partake on what is on the table while waiting to remake the dish which I elected to take home, since I’m already full when I finished. In addition they gave me a small discounted bill. Up until the 4th and main course everything was wonderful. This was my 2nd dining at Cafe Monarch and to be honest , the first time last year was better. The ladies even gotten a surprise small pewter jewelry box. I think the bill was a lot less then . I don’t believe I’ll be back although , it was a very lovely experience unfortunately not the second time around.

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CB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Phoenix in my opinion. Absolutely outstanding in food, service and experience.
My wife and I are from Oregon but have lived in New York, Chicago, Tokyo and now home in Oregon. These are all good food destinations.
Cafe Monarch stands out on Phoenix for fine dining.

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

Amazing Valentine’s Day experience

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

Absolutely AMAZING!!! From the moment you stepped in the door to after dinner drinks!!!! This place is TOP NOTCH!!!! Kudos out to Wesam, Juan and Peter!!! Could not have asked for better service!!!! After dinner drinks with the most innovative drinks from Andrew and service from Joe and Tito!!!! Do it!!! Owner Christian is hands down the BEST!!!

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D
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well done, but a little pricey even for excellent food.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best “special occasion” restaurants ever. The food is always outstanding as is the service.

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a
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding service and only the pork chop out of 9 items was less than outstanding

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S
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In our book, Cafe Monarch lived up to the hype! From the first greeting from the friendly hostess to the array of attentive and professional food servers, we felt well tended to and very well fed! As a vegetarian I was especially impressed with their special menu (I’ve been to other high end restaurants that suggested that I order from the sides menu) - definitely something for everyone in our group. Even though the decor isn’t really our style, who doesn’t appreciate flickering candles everywhere?? I’m happy to know that we truly have a special occasion restaurant in our backyard. Expensive? Yep. But go hungry and prepare to be spoiled!

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MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded all expectations!!
It was amazing and all staff were wonderful!

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f
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very professional and courteous. The food was amazing!

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m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was decorated for Vday perfectly. The waiters presentation was outstanding, description of choices , etc. As always the food was outstanding- but don't expect large portions, just expect 4 courses that are ver different and extremely pleasing to the palette.

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HE
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am 58 and have had the privilege to dine in many fine dining restaurants. This is by far the most amazing tastes I have ever experienced. Each course was nothing short of AMAZING on my tongue! I savored each unbelievable tasty bite!
I’ve been on 5Star Cruises & nothing has tasted near this degree of deliciousness.
A lovely atmosphere & kind, professional Service folks from the Parking Lot, Table & all inbetween service folks.
I Loved It!!! You would too.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Poor service. One of the first people in the restaraunt . Main course was very late and warm at best. We think they just forgot about us. Food was very good. They need to work on their efficiency.

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing. Service was perfect. The only thing that kept the experience from being perfect overall was a drunk guy at a table next to us swearing constantly and being incredibly obnoxious. Kinda ruins the mood

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JU
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great place for an upscale date night. My girlfriend and I had an all around great time! It was nice that they had a vegetarian menu that didn't limit is to lesser options (she and I are both vegetarian) . The food and drink was delicious and the service was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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L
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was done to perfection. The food is amazing,service,ambience,above any place we’ve been.

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