Café Monarch

4.9
2566 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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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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Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A perfect meal. I especially appreciated the gourmet vegetarian choices.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough about the people that run this exquisite adventure. From start to finish, I was surrounded by amazing service, tastes and ambiance. The staff truly are passionate about food, wine and most important, Monarch.

One of the bartenders had suggested I wait for the outside, and I was in no rush. He poured me a glass of champagne and brought out a lovely duck appetizer to hold me over. The wait was quite enjoyable at the beautiful bar and friendly staff.

I was brought outside and the ambiance was just divine. Dining alone can seem awkward, but it felt so intimate, romantic and I enjoyed every minute. My waiter, Noah, was attentive and so informative. I followed his direction with selections and felt extremely comfortable doing so. He knew his stuff.

I ordered the wine pairing to accompany dinner and Monarch’s sommelier is to die for. He is energetic, knowledgeable and most importantly, passionate. I truly enjoyed his breakdown of each wine paired with the course.

I’m a sucker for family owned businesses, and Monarch is one. You can tell. The love, devotion, passion. It’s all there and you definitely feel like you are part of that family, of even just for the night.

First time in Phoenix, but I’m hoping not my last, just so I can return to Monarch!

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K
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my best birthday dinner in a long time!
Wonderful staff, delicious food and great atmosphere, still a decent conversation possible, we loved it.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clearly one of the best restaurants in Phoenix. The food, service and ambiance were outstanding.

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CB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu and service, and now lovely and romantic in their new building.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk into the restaurant your greeted and feel welcomed. Very attentive staff, explaining every item and flavor profile. Food presentation was exceptional and simply delicious. My new favorite special occasion restaurant in AZ .. hands down.

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n
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a top notch establishment. It starts with the service, food and wine. The staff knows how to make you feel special. The food rivals the best restaurants in NYC. Ben who has been our server the last two times we have eaten there is a gem.

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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most special candlelight ambiance, attentive dining service and notable cuisine! Reminiscent of Continental Europe. All of the staff were knowledgeable, attentive with above and beyond service. Proportions were just right with sophisticated flavors developed in each course. Deserves their top ranking in the 100 Best Restaurants in the US.

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FP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never dissapoints. Worth every single $. Ideal for anniversaries and proposal because it’s very romantic

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C
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant. Staff are amazing too. A bit pricey, but for a special occasion, worth it! If I had a complaint it would be that it was difficult to read the menu without a flashlight, happily provided by our waiter. Also a tad noisy. Overall, fabulous!

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LE
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable food, ambience and service. Perfect for a romantic occasion!

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JK
Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our choice for our 33rd wedding anniversary and it was wonderful.
The food was exceptional and Andrew was the best!
We will become regulars.

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

Great service and good food but overall the prices are too high for what you get in my opinion. Scottsdale has great food and for less money there’s just as good food at a few other places. I probably wouldn’t go back. Elements at the Sanctuary is a great place.

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JC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We took our daughter to Cafe Monarch for her birthday and were sorely disappointed in the ambiance. We were seated in a corner on the covered 'patio' next to a very loud family with young children. I would have asked to move, however, my daughter was embarrassed to have me do so, so I refrained. Consequently, for our entire dinner we had to work hard to hear each other in conversation and to ignore the boisterous father and noisy, distracting children only a few feet away. Other diners complained, but for inexplicable reasons, the wait staff only indulged the family's rude behavior. It was nearly impossible to enjoy the exceptional cuisine with the constant commotion nearby, and not at all worth the several hundred dollars we paid for this dining experience.

After years of hearing about this restaurant, and my daughter had seen its 'Top 100' ranking online, we finally wanted to celebrate a special occasion here. But based on our experience, I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone. The annoying family next to us needed to be seated in a private dining area. Or restaurant management needed to seat everyone else inside. It was exceptionally poor judgment on the part of the restaurant, and for that reason, a waste of our dining dollars.

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

Cafe Monarch is a special place. Again, we enjoyed the superb service, candlelit patio and most of the food. All of these were as we have come to appreciate however this time there were a couple of food items that were a little off. Most was excellent but a few sauces and what I think was a tortellini that was served with my delicious beef tenderloin was rubbery and not very palatable. Otherwise, a great and fun evening. Thank you for the special Anniversary gift, so delicious!

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

Expensive but well worth a great evening with quality family time

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

Our evening was beyond wonderful. Maybe my best dinner ever. Kellen was an incredible server! The entire staff is clearly well trained and motivated. Whoever hires and trains your staff is to be commended. I can’t wait for my birthday so I can come back. It was worth every penny

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FH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. The wait staff was very friendly. I didn't care for the sweetness in the crab cake first course, but the crab cake itself was excellent. I found the interior design a bit dated. I think the place could use a re-fresh.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th time at this wonderful dining experience and it never fails to impress. The service is impeccable and the food is divine. If you're looking for a super-special experience, don't miss Cafe Monarch!

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Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is outstanding, staff is completely knowledgeable about every dish. Food is fantastic. Prices are high end but expected at this level of food and service.

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BW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined here for my birthday, amazing food and great ambiance and service!

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EW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny and the people make it an experience not just a meal.

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

Cafe Monarch is absolutely world class. The food, service, and atmosphere were perfection.

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

Food, ambience and service were all excellent. Definitely priced for very special occasions, though.

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

Amazing food and service. Every dish was unique and full of flavor. Perfect setting for our 10yr anniversary.

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful night with delicious food.

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KC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JUST SPECTACULAR - YOU MUST GO. A VERY SPECIAL TREAT!!

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary evening!!! We spent our first anniversary at this gorgeous restaurant. The service and food is impeccable!

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It’s so beautiful and romantic. Every one is friendly

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TL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, everything was fantastic. Loved the staff, food and ambience.

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

Amazing food and service! I am already looking forward to coming back!

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

Wonderful! Outstanding service!

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FE
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server John Germain had a sommelier background and his descriptions of the wines that accompanied the courses were vivid and accurate. We felt like we were in France picking the grapes. The food was beautifully prepared and served and each dish was a treat for the palate. Highly recommended for a nice intimate dinner with excellent food and wine.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing place, from valets to the chef they make everything possible to make it easy and a wonderful experience, food is exquisite strong flavors, amazing smells, wine list is huge no shortage there, before you know food and drinks are out, waiters tell of the details in the food which makes it that more amazing. This is a must and a golden gem I. AZ.

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GM
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Scottsdale. Rivals any 5 star restaurant in New York. Exquisite food, fabulous service and elegant ambiance. The chef is incredible ! The entire family is involved and they are all amazing. What an unbelievable experience in fine dining.

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

Wonderful food and service. I would say a tad too pricey but i will be back for sure

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb!!!!! Amazing for a special occasion!! Elite services! Spent my birthday dinner there and it was a great way to end the night!...

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I work next door to this restaurant and have been dying to try it since they moved into their gorgeous new building! When my husband and I were looking for a fine dining restaurant to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, this was the perfect choice. Definitely a special occasion place! I felt as if I were indulging with every course. The food was rich and beautifully presented. The service was spectacular, and we were treated like honored guests from start to finish. Highly recommend for a romantic dinner or celebration.

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PC
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall the experience at Cafe Monarch was very good. Of our 4 courses, the first three were served to perfection as was the wine. The wine was at the perfect temperature and the waiter was well versed in wine. The staff was extremely helpful. Our fourth course was served lukewarm. Our add on foie gras was amazing. My suspicion on our main being lukewarm was the restaurant was understaffed for the evening as we observed the dining experience and pacing at the other tables. At a lower price one can forgive the occasional misstep, but at top dollar this should happen. We will give another try as the waitstaff and ambiance was amazing. I hope the temperature of the food on the main course was a one off.

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DC
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous experience, especially, in their new location. Cuisine remained excellent. Seating in the patio area is more comfortable.

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