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Travelers' Choice Best of the Best

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Local cuisine, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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South Scottsdale
0.3 miles from Old Town Scottsdale
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Welcome to a world of culinary elegance and sophistication you will not find anywhere else in Arizona. Named 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
$105 - $200
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am writing this review as we’re sitting in this place and being refused service. We are a group of 7, one local(AZ), four from vancouver b.c, and the two of us who drove from LA. 6 of us are of Asian descent and I...am not. The local friend who had made the reservation was promised a private room as we were 7 and non of their tables could fit us according to the person who assigns the tables. He said that we had to wait till 9 o’clock as the previous group were leaving and they needed to make the room ready. We stayed at the bar and ordered a bottle of champagne while waiting for the room to be ready. As they are serving the champagne, there’s an insect in the first glass! And there was never a mention of it throughout the whole time all this happened by the restaurant side. When they saw a group Asians all of the sudden everything changed. There was a table which they had sat a group of five, they moved that group whom had already were being sat and served to that room and told us to sit at that table which is designed for 5. We ordered wine and the food and when the wine was served, they let my gentleman friend who ordered the wine taste the wine and they just poured one after another in a row. To those readers who have the experience of dining in a gastronomic restaurant the above defects are just the indications that this restaurant does not deserve the recognition it’s been receiving. Wine is served in particular fashion and that is, after the ordering guest confirms the wine by tasting it, the server serves the ladies at the table and then the guys. It’s really hard to believe that a server of table of 7 with extensive knowledge of wine isn’t aware of such protocols, and the only thing that could possibly come to my mind as an explanation of such behaviour is that, “why would I bother, what would they know “. Now, my 6 friends have been living in North America for decades, all of them are extremely successful at what they do and ironically, two of them happened to be in restaurant business and owning 15 restaurants combined. My two friends who are in restaurant business couldn’t bare with all the insults and complained to one of the staff, he listened, very reluctantly said he was sorry and walked away. Another gentleman named Chris who claimed to be the owner came to AZ and listened to him. At the end he said “you guys can leave if you don’t like the service “. When AZ told him that this is not the answer to complaining guests, he said that they were not going to serve us anymore and that we didn’t have to pay for the table to that point. (We had the first course, a bottle of wine, a bottle of champagne and a beer). We ended up paying for the wine and soup and they didn’t charge us for the champagne probably because of the insect in the glass. All this time I remain silent and just observed the whole sequence of events. I was extremely tired because I’d been driving almost directly from LA to this restaurant for 7 hours plus, I wasn’t wearing a collared shirt, I was sent back to the hotel to change and now I was being kicked out of a restaurant which is owned by people who still don’t acknowledge acts of discrimination is no longer a classy thing and it is profoundly condemned by any decent human being. I lost my temper as I couldn’t take it anymore and told them with a very loud voice that “they screwed up badly “. Another guy who claimed to be the owner came to me and said it’s time for you to get out of here. When I was reminding him the series of the insults as I was screaming at him, he threw a filthy lie and said that, “those people had booked the room from months ago “. That’s simply not true as explained. Emotions were very high at that point and I may have said things to him that I am not proud of, but not one shred of regret about what I said , since my conclusions were all very fair. This restaurant has too much business and this may not affect them at all, but that is the point. These are the kind of people who would show their true face when the universe helps them to accomplish something. Two thumbs down.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading about Cafe Monarch we decided to incorporate it into our Arizona vacation to celebrate our Anniversary. Having been to a few other multi course restaurants in NYC and Paris we knew what to anticipate and look forward to in this restaurant. We were...seated promptly as soon as we arrived. We marveled at the beauty and the ambiance of the dining room. Our table was perfectly situated in front a window. Our head server who was extremely friendly started helping us with menu questions and selections. Once we decided on what to have our service started along with meticulous explanations of each dish preparation and its ingredients. As a foodie I always love this part. At one point however I started feeling that the service was a little too hurried. It seemed the minute we were putting our forks down someone was appearing to clear our plates and another one was putting down the new ones without giving us a chance to cleanse our palates and linger with our wine just a little and enjoy. The minute the last course was cleared a server appeared and plunked a plate of dessert down for our Anniversary. We were not even done with our wine yet. So, we decided to finish the wine before having the dessert and wait for the head waiter to come and take our coffee and after-dinner drink orders. After finishing our wine we started with our dessert and not one person including our server came over to ask whether we wanted some coffee or drinks with it. It seemed to us as if he was waiting to finish our dessert so he could bring the check. We had been there barely an hour and a half. I finally motioned to him. When he came over I asked him whether Monarch serves coffee with dessert. When he said yes we asked for two espressos, didn't bother ordering the drinks any more and left promptly after that. We almost felt cheated as we were leaving. A $600 dinner per couple and we had not been able to savor and enjoy the great food. A glamorous fast food restaurant, pretentious servers who leave you stranded once you are done with the main meal. I still gave 4 stars for the amazing food! The food was definitely top notch!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down one of the best places in the USA. My 2nd time here and wow it was amazing. Did the wine pairing and it was amazing. Don’t miss this place

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After making a reservation 37 days out, requesting an inside table in the main restaurant for 2 to celebrate our anniversary, dressing up, on time, answering ALL of the reminders, we were seated at a tiny table in a back room. One chair faced the...wall and the other faced a screen. It was obviously the worst table in the restaurant.When we protested, the unsmiling, eye-rolling hostess said to wait and when she returned stated that all of the tables in the main dining room were reserved and we had to stay.My husband said let's go back to the hotel.Then they miraculously found us a table. After spending $500 for 2, the tone ruined our night. Forget the dress code. It's not enforced. And, forget booking early. It doesn't matter. After going here for 9 years, we won't be back. And,I doubt it matters. Very disappointed.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time here for our anniversary and Ezra and the entire team made it special. We dined in the patio courtyard which was very nice. We dressed as requested but were the only one with a sport coat. Every course was delish and promptly...served. We appreciated the champagne and dessert too. At these prices we were not surprised by the exceptional service, but would only need on rare occasions. Recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

a fine dining experience. The food was excellent, the service top notch and the atmosphere was lovely. It is pricey but worth it for a special occasion. We are vegetarian and we were a.bit worried but instead we were presented with a 4.course menu that...was perhaps the best vegetarian meal we have ever had. Go at least once you will be glad.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 13, 2021

Friend and I went to celebrate our 40th birthdays. From selecting our light or dark table linens to the wine selections everything was excellent. We did the 8 course Chef's tasting, we had asked about doing a 4 wine pair with it but our wonderful...server, Kyle, suggested we instead let him pick two bottles of wine to complement four courses each and at a similar price point to the wine tasting; I am SO GLAD we did this. He chose excellent wines. I am now in love with Maggie Harrison (wine maker) and the wine was an excellent addition to a spectacular meal. The stand out foods were: the duck course was to die for, the sauce was spectacular, the apple pillow was a delicious surprise; the red wine butter sauce with the scallop and the 1000 layer potato was seriously great; the wagu course with lobster was butter knife tender and flavorful; the cheesecake was so light that I managed to eat even when I was crazy full. All 8 courses were excellent. The service was great. The ambiance was really lovely. Overall one of the best meals of my life.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 2, 2021 via mobile

Such a Disappointing Experience After several attempts at our schedule we were finally able to secure a reservation that worked. I am a pescatarian and my partner is not. The valet parking was a plus, the craft cocktails and then…the seating next to the wait...station was awful. The wine list left for 20 seconds. We Do know Good wine. A real shame. Our meals were. I will speak for my spanakopita, veggie lasagna. I love my food hot when it arrives at the table, but Not when it has sat under a broiler or warmer. It was burnt. The cheesecake with blueberries and was tasteless and only mitigated by a cup of pleasant coffee. This may be the best AZ had to offer, but will spend my $ in Sedona next time.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

Must reserve Has valet parking and a dress code, jacket required It is a lovely place, great vibes. Must try cocktails!!! Wine list is impressive Service is impecable, all of them Hostess super friendly Pre fix dinning that you can choose from Everything was super...tasty deliciously awesomeMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 28, 2021

I will keep this short and sweet as the main takeaway here is that this restaurant is elite in every category. I celebrated my 30th birthday here last night. Upon arrival every staff member I encountered from hostess, server assistants, and our main server Kyle...wished me a happy birthday, and started us off with a champagne cheers. The entire team's service was outstanding, and Kyle was an expert in food and wine pairings, making perfect recommendations. The food is outstanding, with beautiful presentations and flavors that perfectly compliment each other. I chose the rack of lamb as my main, and my girlfriend had the sea bass. Both were expertly prepared, as was everything else. The service here is on par with Michelin rated restaurants that I've visited, and I can not wait to celebrate my next special occasion here.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Response from pacaseb | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do Great cocktails
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Cafe Monarch is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5