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1 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ | Directions 8528133.431587 -111.943320
Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
OK Food – I thought is was OK. It's a classic place but the food isn't as nearly as good as I remember in the old days and seems overpriced. My family still loves it so oh well.
Just Wonderful! – We took some friends who were visiting from Canada recently. The food was very good and cooked right and their bread is fantastic. The staff was attentive and friendly. I love the old stories and photos about Tempe. We had a great time. Thanks!
Monti's keeps Jazz alive. – Monti's La Casa Vieja is a place of culture like none that can be found elsewhere in Arizona. The restaurant itself is teeming with history, being amongst the oldest houses in Arizona. Beyond that, however, Monti's has integrated fine dining with fine music, and done so seamlessly.
Every Sunday evening, the back room is filled with the sound of Jazz music. This weekly event is the "Back Room Jazz" jam session, where talented musicians from abroad come to play their instruments with an incredible rhythm section, an opportunity that is becoming more and more rare these days. Jazz, as a form of music, is currently going through a decline in popularity. It is because of venues such as Monti's that offer the jam session experience that it keeps alive.
In fact, Monti's is making great progress in advocating for jazz music and jazz education. Apart from offering the
"Back Room Jazz" session, the restaurant also sponsors performances by high-caliber jazz singers and instrumentalists such as Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience and Margo Reed. Beyond that, Monti's is also working with Jazz in AZ, a local non-profit that funds jazz education projects like the acclaimed Young Sounds of Arizona.
To sum it up, Monti's La Casa Vieja isn't a simply a place of food and atmosphere. It is a business that is truly engaging the culture of our city and keeping our music alive.
music, food and great people – Sunday evenings, sitting down to enjoy dinner is quite the experience at Monti's. Musicians from around Arizona come to play live jazz for the dining audience, and after they play a couple of songs, allow members of the audience to come up and bring their instruments. The musicians in charge know just about any jazz standard you could call out and are willing to play anything. Its candle lit dinners and live music make it a great spot to be with friends or a date.
People in the crowd who are prepared to play are allowed to come up and perform with the band. The band makes sure to keep at a reasonable volume to ensure that the diners won't be deafened by their music and will enjoy the experience. The music is always at a non-stop flow, and the people willing to play far exceeds the time period the band is told to played. The band is very willing, and even takes audience shout-outs, so entertain anyone who walks though the doors.
The staff was kind and courteous to the musicians, paying compliments to the performers. The smell of grilled food, dim-lighting and music make for a very intimate experience and can even be romantic depending on who you are with.
Great place for good bread and service – The staff made me feel terrific, good service seems harder to come buy these days, and were consistent as well as helpful and polite. Not to mention their excellent food! My two favorites were the New York Strip and the juicy baby back ribs. I recomended Monti's to all my family, and so far everyone loves it!
The coolest restaurant in Tempe!! – I love this place!! The staff was so accomodating and the food was great. If you are a prime rib fan, you have to go to Monti's! The portions are fantastic and their bread is amazing. I love to bake and they even give out their very own recipe for people to make it at home. They truely care about quality food and service, and if you like history, Monti's is like a museum of Tempe history...did you know the building was the first ever building ever built in Tempe??
My new favorite restaurant.
P.S. Dubai obviously doesn't know what he/she is talking about. They haven't allowed smoking inside Monti's since the 90's. In case you were wondering, smoking is still allowed outside Dubai.
POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, MEALS COLD, QUALITY HAS GONE DOWN – My husband and I have frequented Monte's for 20 years. More off than on now... the last three times we went the service was terrible, the meals cold, steaks not cooked correctly, and items returned after using the microwave.
The prices have also increased for main entrees and sides, while quality and lack of consistency has decreased. We have not returned for two years.
Now, with Morton's and Flemings in the area, as well as other family owned restaurants, we don't have to go to Monte's for a steak--we can get a great steak and excellent service at many other restaurants.
There is a no smoking law in Tempe, they don't enforce it and allow smoking without any proper ventilation
Overall, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone, which is very sad.
Last visit ever Mar 7 '08 – This was a great restaurant in the 60's, 70's for a dinner & a place to take out of town guests. I'll never go again, as I consider it over-priced, over-rated for what our party of 5 experienced. The table service was fine, reception seemed a bit confused with my reservation, altho the time gave my visitors a chance to browse the history. It was a disappointment for about $20 per person - there's much better eateries for quality, value & atmosphere.
Montes La Casa Vieja – I had been coming to Monte's for years since I was a child. It was my father's favorite steakhouse. I was very excited to take my son there for the first time and also because it had been about 15 years since I had been there. Everything has changed and not for the better. The only part that has remained the same is the building. The food was just mediocore. The steak was fair, not juicy and tender like I remember. It was served with a lukewarm potatoe that looked like they bought it from the local Wal-mart or something, it was so small. It was tough and unappealing and unappetizing. The vegetables were overcooked and wilted, plus they gave us about 6 greenbeans on our plate. I was very disappointed and will never go back. yuk!!! What a waste of money! And the waiters could barely speak English. I couldn't help but think that this place will close down soon. I miss the old Monties that used to be sooooo wonderful , with awesome steaks, huge tender potatoes, the best bread you could ever eat and great big salads. Don't eat here, you'll waste your money!!!
Does not accomidate disabled customers, they are awful. – HORRIBLE SERVICE!!!!!! DON'T GO IF YOU ARE DISABLED, THEY WILL NOT MAKE ACCOMIDATIONS FOR PERSONS REQUIRING A TABLE INSTEAD OF A BOOTH.
I recently visited Monti's on September 29th at 3:30pm. I went with a friend whom is too big to sit in a booth. He has handicap plates on his vehicle and is on disability. We requested a table instead of a booth. We were escorted by the hostess to the middle of the dining room which was 3/4 full of patrons. Then we are told in front of a room full of onlookers that no tables are available. Keep in mind that a room full of tables was available 6 feet away. They just didn't want to open the section to make an accommodation for an overweight person.
I know that the first rebuttal Monti's may make is that it is my friend's fault for being too fat. That is absolutely correct. If he was thinner he would be able to sit in a booth.
Where Monti's is dead wrong is to humiliate a customer in front of a room full of onlookers and to be so inconsiderate as to not just sit us in the adjoining section. Rather we were turned away from the restaurant in a degrading manner by the Monti's staff.
Make sure if you go nobody in your party is over 250lbs or disabled because tables are not available.
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