After years as a romantic BYOB restaurant, Scottsdale's Café Monarch has been left in the hands of Christian Lewkowicz, a former employee and fan of the last owner and chef, Christopher Van Arsdale. Lewkowicz and his team look to carry on the restaurant's tradition of simple food done well and guests treated like family instead of customers. Though diners might be drawn by the candlelit courtyard, ivy-covered walls and bubbling fountains, they return each year to taste the daily-changing menu at Café Monarch, which features seasonal and local produce whenever possible.
- Price: $$$
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 5:30-10 p.m.
- Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
- Reservations: Recommended
- Parking: Lot available
- Extra Services: Private-group dining