Café Monarch

4.9
2624 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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Private dining
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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On site parking
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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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Host your special event, private function or business dinner in one of America’s Top 100 Best Restaurants.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy a special multi course prix fixe menu for $175/person. Menu will be published on our website.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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

Absolutely perfect. The cauliflower soup was the best I have ever had. Amazing service by every single staff member and the most beautiful decor.

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

Cafe Monarch is beautiful. The food was delicious but what made the whole experience was the impeccable service.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday. Chris our server was very knowledgeable and delivered a great experience for us. We decided to let him choose our wine and he over delivered with the selection. They also serve Dom by the glass! We hit a wall with eating by the main course, so had to pack up the remainder of our meal, and wine, but he also threw in dessert to go for free! Cafe monarch has awesome ambience also and will definitely be a must revisit down the road!

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KB
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here. Service and food were outstanding as usual. Will return!

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j
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So happy to have finally had the opportunity to try this fabulous spot in Old Town. Great choices, whether from the regular or vegetarian menu (or a combo of both). Loved everything we had. Service was polished and attentive. Beautiful spot and such a pretty courtyard. Can't wait for the next "special occasion" to go!

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JS
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A sure bet if trying to impress, celebrate a special occasion or just wanting to enjoy a fine dining experience. It is easily one of the top 5 restaurants in the valley.

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a
Phoenix
77 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical! Everything was wonderful from hostess, table outside. Service & food.
Surprised us with 2 generous birthday desserts.

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

Best experience, meal and service... must sit on patio. So beautiful!!!

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IC
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the old place meny times. This was our first time in the new, larger place. Like in the old one, everything was perfect: service, food, drinks. Special thanks for our sommelier Wesam Kawa, who not only provided excellent pairings, but also was very friendly and knowledgeable. (Plus - since we were seated next to ome of the wine cellar areas - we were amazed how well he knew all the wines without any numbering scheme.)

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M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best food experiences in a long time. Extraordinary seasonings and preparations, terrific ingredients al well prepared and presented. Service was top flight and quite knowledgable.

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

Beautiful restaurant with a European feel. Complimentary valet is nice.

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TC
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Cafe Monarch presents a four course fixed price menu, but that explanation is misleading. First, there are two choices with the first three courses. For example, I had cauliflower soup, but the portion size was minimal and the temperature tepid. The second and third courses were very small; the entree was a selection of about eight choices, and while the portion size was ample, the price, an accumulation of choices #1,#2, and #3, was exorbitant. I had surf and turf and the total cost was $145; my wife had rack of lamb and the total cost was $115. The wine list was oppressively high; I picked one of the cheapest wines and it was $55. The ambiance was elegant, but my old friends warned me that if the place is elegant, too much money went into the environment. The total bill was $340. I am a value diner who occasionally tries the rarified atmosphere of the elegant restaurants, so while I was generally pleased with the food and service, I would never return.

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OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word AMazing

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J
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience! Loved the ambience and service was over the top.

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RL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here. We like fine dining when we get the chance and this was a really great experience. Service was top notch - the runner knew everything about the preparation, the waiter was very helpful, the amuse bouche was D-lish. There's 4 courses, 2 choices for the first three , so we picked one-of-each and shared; the 4th was the entree - Filet and Double Pork Chop were our choices - perfectly executed. There's a reason they're so highly rated. The building is beautiful and very elegant. I think also, for as elevated as everything is, it was distinctly comfortable as well. I refrain from saying it's the best experience to be had in Phoenix in deference to my loyalty to other fav's, but Cafe Monarch is truly a great experience.

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RM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Monarch is one, if not the top restaurant on our list across the country. It is a must stop for us anytime we are in the Phoenix area. The food is fabulous and creative. Their new space is beautiful with an option to dine in their garden. Coupled with the expert wine pairing suggestions from Som Sam and Som Samuel, an evening at Cafe Monarch is a memorable experience. My wife, who is also a Som in the Boston area, is always amazed at their wine selections and the special, small production varietals that pair perfectly with their menu. This is an experience that should not be missed! You will most definitely see us again at Cafe Monarch!

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

Better than the 3 star Michelin restaurants in Paris! This place will knock your socks off. Out favorite"special night out" restaurant.

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CW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This most amazing ambiance and food in Scottsdale. I can’t recommend Cafe Monarch enough!

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SM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were spoiled at every moment while dining. Everything was perfect and the staff amazingly attentive. I travel the world over and this is very near the top dining experience I’ve ever had anywhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

When a place comes this highly recommended, it rarely lives up to expectations. This was definitely an exception. The restaurant is beautiful. The food was amazing. The service was perfect. My only suggestion would be to skip the wine pairing if you order from the vegetarian menu. I was warned by the waiter that the pairings for that menu were kind of random as most of the fine tuning went into the wines on the regular menu. So my husband ordered the wine pairings with the regular menu and really enjoyed them. I just ordered my own random wines and they were good. Will definitely come back.

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S
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN SCOTTSDALE!
I recently celebrated my birthday at Cafe Monarch, and they never disappoint! The tasting menu with the wine pairings was SPECTACULAR! This fall/winter menu is one of the best! In addition, the superior service from our server, Kellan, made the evening even more special. It was a beautiful and romantic night sitting outside! This is the place for any celebratory dinner!

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LL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience at Café Monarch. Everything was very well done. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and well presented. A wonderful place for a special occasion dinner.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not speak highly enough about the food, staff and experience. 10/10 in all areas. Got engaged here 12/1/18. Perfect place for a romantic, unforgettable experience!

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KM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliciousness for every bite. Lived up to the romantic reputation.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we celebrated a birthday here, MOnarch was incredibly accomodating and provided outstanding service.

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MK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place. Celebrated our anniversary there. Amazing. Food, wine. It was the most expensive meal we’ve ever had, but yet worth it. 5 star.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Among my very favorite restaurants to be found anywhere in the USA. I am a serious foodie, and can not recommend Cafe Monarch highly enough. It’s worth flying in to enjoy the dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best dining experience we have had.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Monarch never disappoints. Always five star, food, quality and service.

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LW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and great ambience. Worth every penny

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MT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around

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OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Cafe Monarch to celebrate her birthday and we were both overwhelmed with how wonderful this place is. From the great service to the amazing four course meal and wines, we will be back regularly. They made us. They made us feel like we were the only people in the restaurant which was very special for my wife.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, as always. Everything was pure perfection!

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v
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience at Cafe Monarch from before dinner drinks to service to dessert. Up there on the list of most expensive meals I’ve ever had but certainly worth it for the right people/situation.

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G
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here since they were in the original location across the street. Food, service, wine list are all perfection. Most important it is always spot on. Never a bad moment. This is a sign of a restaurant that really has their act together. I believe that I have said this earlier, after dining here you will want to go back to your previous five star reviews of other restaurants and take a star a way. This sets the bar.

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CL
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating the marriage of our best friends. Everything was perfect!! The best dining experience of our lives!!!

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P
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pricey, but worth it!! Beautiful atmosphere/ambiance and outstanding service. Wine list is extensive--mostly expensive, but also had a number of reasonably priced wines. The 4 course prix fix dinner was incredible! There are 2 selections for each of the first 3 courses and about 5 selections for the 4th course (the 4th course entree selection determined the meal price of $90+ per person). My wife and I shared the 2 selections in each of the first 3 courses as well as the risotto and fish entrees for the 4th course. Every dish was top notch!! Coffee, tea and desserts cost extra. A really special dining experience!!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Royal Treat

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WP
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fine dining experience in Scottsdale/Phoenix. Everything from the ambience, food, drink and service were top notch. And we got full, which for some unknown and, quite frankly, infuriating reason seems to be elusive in the high-end prefixe world. Furthermore, they were more than accommodating to my wife’s dietary requests. Highly recommend and excited to go back.

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R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Worth every penny. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we couldn’t believe that nearly 3 hours flew by! Great service, amazing food. Thank you for making our special day feel even more special!

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