Fabulous Food and a Most Memorable Dining Experience
Ask anybody who lives in Scottsdale to recommend a romantic restaurant for a Friday night date and you will most likely be told to make a reservation at Cafe Monarch. Restaurant reviewers on such sites as TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Open Table, are almost unanimous in their high praise for the contemporary American Restaurant that consistently ranks as one of the top 5 restaurants in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area.
Cafe Monarch is an example of fine dining without the pretentiousness you often find in other more pricey fine dining restaurants. Waiters are very attentive and the Chef will often come out of the kitchen to make sure you are happy with your meal. Dress is smart casual so you can feel comfortable showing up in anything from a cocktail dress or suit to a pair of nice jeans and a dress shirt.
Operating hours for the best restaurant in town are from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday, and on some holidays, like Mother’s Day, a special Sunday brunch is prepared. There are two beautiful dining rooms inside the restaurant and you can also dine outside in the beautiful courtyard. As one of the top 5 restaurants inScottsdale, and with a limited amount of seating, it is strongly recommended that you call ahead and make a reservation.
If you are used to ordering off a menu that has 10 or more entrees from which to choose, you might be a little concerned that the daily menu is very limited. Cafe Monarch serves a four-course dinner that is changed weekly by the chef. Executive Chef Branden Levine uses locally sourced organic ingredients to create flavorful offerings that are prepared and cooked to perfection. You always get two choices for the main entree and the other courses are the same. If you have certain dietary restrictions, the chef and staff will make sure to accommodate your needs. This was the dinner menu from May 5 through May 11, 2014.
Chilled Cantaloupe Soup, Shaved Prosciutto de Parma, Peppered Blackberry Granita, Honey-Calamansi Crème Fraiche
Heirloom Tomatoes, Baby Frisee, Hand Pulled Mozzarella, Vidalia Onion Jam, Watercress Vinaigrette, Crispy Butternut Squash
Seared New Zealand Snapper, Curry Cauliflower Puree, Red Quinoa, Sautéed Baby Spinach, Roasted Garlic Jus, Tarragon Butter
Pan Roasted Rib Eye, Beluga Lentils, Sautee of Morel Mushrooms and Wild Ramps, Lemon Confit, Crispy Onion Rings, Cabernet Beef Jus Emulsion
Blackberry-Lemon Chiffon, White Chocolate Ice Cream, Chantilly Crème
Although you have to have the best food to be considered the best restaurant, Cafe Monarch excels in all other areas as well. One reviewer described their server as being knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. Another said that the service was efficient but not invasive. As for the outdoor courtyard dining area, there was near unanimous consensus that it is the most romantic place to share a magnificent dinner and a fine glass of wine.
Surrounded by lush foliage, your table for two is lit by candlelight. From your courtyard table, you can look out and watch as the sun slowly descends over the distant horizon. Some describe the experience as being in a private oasis. Awesome, exceptional, incredible, beautiful, tantalizing, phenomenal and romantic, are just a few of the adjectives reviewers use to describe their dining experiences at Cafe Monarch.
You feel very welcome and never rushed when you sit down for dinner at Scottsdale’s best restaurant. You can tell right away that everyone who works for Cafe Monarch is completely committed to providing you with the most memorable dining experience possible.
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