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“A True Must”
Review of Cafe Monarch

Cafe Monarch
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Ranked #1 of 1,325 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$75 - US$140
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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 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.
Reviewed February 25, 2012

Cafe Monarch was a tremendous experience. Chef Chris is a master - taking fresh ingredients and turning them into memorable, flavorful dishes. I eat out often, and am blessed to go all over the world as a meeting planner and quite frankly, the dinner with a group of friends was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. And it's BYOB! Cannot wait for my next meal, hear brunch is a treat.

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3  Thank Mara W
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Chef Chris is a one-man-band in this small, off the beaten track restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ. He preps, cooks and plates the dinners with help from a staff of three servers. We loved the meal: a tomato-based seafood soup, chock full of fish; salmon cooked to perfection with both a cherry and an orange chilipepper glaze; and finally, poached pear with a half round of brie, cranberries soaked in port, walnuts and huge cinnamon bunuelo. All delicious. It's a BYOB place, with a $10 corkage per bottle. The meal is a steal at $45 per person in Feb. 2012. They serve Cafe du Monde coffee - awesome. Get a table where the chef cooks and be entertained, just watching his show. There is also another larger room and an exquisite patio area where you can eat. Reservations a must, and scope the place before you go. We had difficulty finding it from the hotel's directions. Not to be missed!

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2  Thank Jeri G
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

If you want to do something different, a little departure from the cookie cutter restaurants or (gasp!) chain eateries this place is it. Located in old town Scottsdale, Cafe Monarch has an initimate eat in area that flanks an open kitchen where all of the magic happens. From your table you can watch Chef Christopher at work. This is indeed a unique experience, as he is hard at work you can't help but notice his eye and ear for detail...as he casually drifts in and out of conversations and doesn't seem to be bothered by the occasional question. However, the next time I visit, I will sit in the garden/patio area simply because it is lovely. The food is delicious with a fabulous presentation. The menu is written on a chalk board outside the entrance, there are teas (I tried the hibiscus-very good) and water for you to pour, and you may bring your own bottle(s) of wine...fabulous! He accepts cash only, has no website, and you need to phone ahead and leave a message for reservations, he will call you back. You might think his business practices very basic, but don't worry all of that extra energy is focused into preparing you a wonderful, memorable meal.

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2  Thank HH_in_AZ
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Cafe Monarch is an intimate restaurant with creative food prepared by the owner, Chris. He is very personable and comes around to visit with diners. We have been there three times and will definitely return!

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Reviewed February 19, 2012

We visitied with friends from out of town who had chosen Cafe Monarch based on aTripAdvisor reviews. We may try again and give it a second chance but the first time was not a 5 star occasion. The appetizers were innovative and very good. Beet with goat cheese and pea soup with lemon. However when our dinners arrived we were disappointed. The short ribs were excellent. Tasty, tender and a large portion. However the shrimp on polenta was disappointing. All three dishes served at our table were cool at best, the shrimp appeared to be undercooked (may have been the same night as an ealier review here describing the shirimp?) and although described as not spicy it definitely was. We asked the waiter to have the shrimp heated up and the chef/owner showed up about 5 minutes later to chastize us and say that it was impossible for them to be cold. When our bill came they had reduced the price by $10 for the three shipmp entrees but it was not a professional display by the owner/chef. My wife and I think that we will give the restaurant a second chance based on all the great reviews as well as the potential that we saw. but overall the first time was only fair at best.

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Thank RSB461
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