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“Wonderful for a Special Occasion”
Review of Cafe Monarch

Cafe Monarch
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Ranked #2 of 1,250 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$65 - US$100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Café Monarch, in Old Town Scottsdale, is a family-owned and operated restaurant offering an ultra-romantic setting for your birthday, anniversary, special occasion, or extravagant night out. The four-course menu is altered weekly by Chef Gus Lewkowicz, using only seasonal and local ingredients. All servers are trained and certified sommeliers with extensive wine knowledge. Our sommeliers taste wine weekly to ensure the best pairing for each course. *Reservation Only *Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten free restrictions can be accommodated *Due to the high demand for outdoor seating we cannot guarantee or reserve courtyard seating. We will do our very best to accommodate requests when possible. Thank you for your understanding!
Phoenix, Arizona
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Wonderful for a Special Occasion”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

My Husband and I had a wonderfully romantic dinner at Cafe Monarch recently to celebrate my Birthday. This gem is tucked away on a street in Old Town Scottsdale and is so cute and inviting from the moment you pull up to the parking lot. Upon our arrival we were asked if we wanted to sit inside or outside. Given it was over 100 degrees outside we were taken aback, but reassured that the outside patio was very cool (thanks to misters) and quite nice. I'm so glad we did because it is so cute, romantic, and peaceful out on the patio, just the right setting for this lovely dinner.

As many of said, the menu is pre-fixed and includes 4 courses. When we went, I was so happy the everything on the menu looked good and met my taste. We had some kind of bruchetta for appetizer, which was awesome. It was a touch salty, but that did bring out the flavors of everything else. The salad course was good as well... could have done without the frisee lettuce (personal preference), but LOVED the beets. For our entree we both opted for the filet. The sauce was to die for and the steak was cooked to perfection. Again, the salt was very aggressive, but everything else was so tasty, we were able to overlook that. For dessert we had a chocolate cake concoction that was quite good.

Cafe Monarch is a unique restaurant and a must for any foodie. The time and attention given at this restaurant is match by few others. They even gave me a beautiful candle for my Birthday! Can't wait to give Cafe Monarch another try for a special occasion in the future.

  • Visited August 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The Barcelona dining experience in Scottsdale”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Love the quaint and Spanish looking decor. It made us feel like we were somewhere in Europe. The food was excellent, very flavorful. They serve a pre-fix menu with several options between meat/fish or vegetarian. I recommend this place for couples, to celebrate anniversaries or birthdays.

Visited July 2014
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Prairie Village, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Gem hidden away in old Scottsdale”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This place is four course prix fixe (a good value at $55). Creative, interesting menu. One dinner (only choice was fish or filet entree, the other 3 courses are set) runs for the week. So check out what's for dinner before you go. Lovely setting. Misters in the garden area kept it nice, even for this time of year, but they should have turned them off at 8pm (diners began to get wet and cold) when dusk arrived.

  • Visited June 2014
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Alberta
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Had booked here a couple of times but something always came up. Finally made it and it was worth the it. I was here with my wife and two 20s sons. Awesome place - old house atmosphere with a great garden area out back. We sat inside beside a window looking out onto the garden. The menu changes so no point in me saying what we all had, but all of us loved the food. The service was very attentive without being hovering and the pacing was just right. All in all one of the best dining experiences we have had. The price is not for the faint of heart but so worth it.

  • Visited May 2014
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“A Gem”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The menu is fresh and modern. The food preparation and presentation was outstanding. We are hard to impress New Yorkers, and we were blown away. Sit outside, the garden is lovely. W

  • Visited June 2014
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