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Montarra

Montarra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.montarra.com
  • Phone: (847) 458-0505
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Lounge open later nightly Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Dave Perlick
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Montarra can accommodate catering events up to 150 people. Chef Dave Perlick will be more than happy to customize any menu you desire.
  • Private Party Facilities: Two beautiful rooms with Chihuly inspired chandeliers. The Red Room bathes our guests in the warm glow of Red Light as they enjoy a customized dining experience or order straight from the menu. Seats 30. The Blue room offers the same flexibility in the soft glow of Blue Light, and a relaxing twenty foot water wall. Seating 40 comfortably, this room is completely private.
  • Private Party Contact: Andrea Jaroch (847) 458-0505
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monthly Wine Dinners. Wine Tastings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: County Line Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Well lit, paved parking lot just steps from the front door.
A word from Montarra
Montarra the "hidden gem" of the Northwest Suburbs is located in Algonquin. Whether it is our Prime Aged Steaks, or our delivered daily fresh seafood, Executive Chef Dave Perlick, using the finest locally grown produce and locally raised beef, has created a menu of Contemporary American Cuisine with International influences that is sure to please everyone. Our extensive wine list of over 100 wines, includes 30 wines by the glass and representing more than 10 countries world wide, is sure to give even the most discerning diner an array of choices to accentuate Chef Perlick's amazing menu to create a most wonderful and memorable dining experience. Come in and enjoy Montarra, with its relaxing "water wall" and its two "chihully" chandeliers and experience downtown Chicago without the drive! Discover for yourselves why Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune gave Montarra “* * *” stars and wrote, “If Montarra were closer to the city, I would dine there often”.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food and great service from a friendly staff."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Consistently fantastic and inventive. Brought a group of friends that had never been, Montarra has 6 new fans. Wine list a bit weak, but they do permit outside wine to be brought in with small corkage fee."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at Montarra's on Sat evening. We have eaten there many times before, and this visit did not disappoint. Can't go wrong dining at Montarra."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "WOW. This time was even better than the last. We were seated in the restaurant (not bar) area and it was super. Everything from the ambiance to the food to the service....unbeatable. Can not wait to go back. Service was nothing short of AMAZING and the food + desserts were perfect."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Full disclosure, I know the chef. With that being said, it does not sway my review in any one direction. The bottom line is that Montarra is an amazing place with amazing ambiance and amazing food. The dinning area is set up well with enough space to feel intimate with your party. One thing you'll notice is the hand blown light fixtures but most noticeable is the food and staff energy. The bartenders were prompt and knowledgeable as well was our waitress. I recommend sharing a large dish but accompanying it with 2 small plates for sharing. You will love everything about this place. Chef Dave has a lot of passion for food and it clearly shows. Thanks guys!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "You can't beat this restaurants food. I always thought that this place was too pricey before I actually went but I was wrong. The food was great. Don't get me wrong, the prices are not such that you would like to go on a weekly basis but for that special evening it is the best. The decor is really nice with Chihuly on the ceilings and a waterfall in the bar. The only drawback is the noise level. I don't know if it is the high ceilings or the lack of something on the walls but the constant noise level takes a little away from this establishment. That being said, in spite of the noise, it is a definate return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was good but I've had much better steak at other fine dining establishments. Portions are small and I'm glad I ordered a loaded baked potato on the side. However it was hard and the topping was overcooked to the max. Our service was great and I did like the time span allowed for out dining experience. Tab was $400 for 4 which included a 20 percent tip. Two appetizers, two rounds of cocktails, dinner plus two desserts."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I recently took my wife here for our anniversary. I have lived in this area for over 20 years but have never had dinner here, so I was not sure what to expect. I can't say enough about how great our experience was. The food was over the top good, I can not remember having as good of a meal as I had this night. Starting with appetizers to desert, 5 stars all around. And the service was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We try to go to a different place for every "date night" but we may change our plans and return to Montarra many times. Every single thing we ate was excellent and the service was great. We want to try more of the menu!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food was very good. Service was good. We had a reservation but was seated at a small table next to a wall, window tables were open and larger tables remained unused. This was the only bad thing about our experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "As always we are never disappointed when we dine at Montarra. Wish we lived closer. We would be a patron at least once a week!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "One expects a certain experience when dining at a strip mall establishment. Montarra is certainly the exception to the rule. As you enter you are welcomed into a subdued and richly decorated atmosphere and you immediately forget you are at a strip mall restaurant. The wait staff discreetly take your order and make gentle suggestions if you have questions. When you sip the wine you have chosen from the formidable wine list and taste the outstanding menu selection you have made. All 5 of our party had a different choice and we all raved over our choices from the steak to the salmon, to the risotto etc. All excellent as well as the desserts. Do not pass up this opportunity to try a truly unique strip mall fine dining experience."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband and I have enjoyed every meal/appetizer. We keep going back so we can try everything on the menu. The cocktails are also great. Overall great service, great food, great ambiance!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is a great place for people who are looking for a good wine list and a "big city" menu, without the price. Very creative combination of food. Always delicious and we enjoy bringing friends to this location."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "No complaints on the food and prices. Steaks are tender & flavorful. Small plates (tapas) are the portions one would expect, same with the appetizer portions. My main was the steak tips and the sauce was savory. I also had the onion soup (traditional & savory), & the scallops (could have done without the sauce). Service was attentive. I'm sure for the area of location, it's one of the top restaurants, considering the local selection is a lot of chain fare. For me, it was what I would minimally expect for decent American cuisine, with a splash of above-average on the palate and atmosphere. I chose the restaurant because it was close to my hotel and previously told by a friend, "when around Chicago, you gotta hit the meat restaurants!""
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was prompt! Wine and drinks were fantastic. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My husband and I chose to come back to Montarra after not being there for several years (for no other reason than life gets busy with kids, etc.!). I made a reservation online easily, and when we sat down, they had printed special menus that said "Happy Anniversary!" at the top, which was a nice touch. Our server was excellent, so friendly and knowledgeable, and she made great suggestions. The seared ahi tuna melted in my mouth, the petite crisps were to die for, and the risotto of the day was heavenly (sweet peas, bacon, and Brie. Drool-worthy. My husband didn't like that it had onions, but that's just his opinion!). The wine list was amazing. As parents, we don't get to dine out often, but this was the perfect night out!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My husband and I spent a lovely dinner at Montarra's celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. The food and service was outstanding and they truly made our special night one to remember always."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Service was ok ,but food was cold,disappointed. I am not sure what else to say ,i like short and up to the point,hope that is enough.Thanks"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a great meal: good service, wine, and food. The four of us had nothing to complain about with our meals."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had not gone to Montarra for a couple of years and looked forward to a nice evening with another couple. The feeling was about half the people people enjoyed it and the others not so much. The fish tacos and the tuna tartar were marginal. My meat loaf was unique and quite tasty. The point is for $150 evening(for 2) there should be a bit of a wow factor. This is not Chicago. Anyway we will try again, but only us. The setting is really great for the burbs. The donut,espresso,and ice cream dessert did have a bit of a unique wow factor"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Hubby had the bacon wrapped meatloaf. I'm thinking he loved it as he licked the plate clean. I had the beet salad (with a few changes) and topped it with a beautifully grilled salmon. The salmon was so moist and flavorful. Our server was so patient with all my changes (love ASHLEY!!!!!). For dessert, we shared the cheescake wanton. OMG!!! the crunchy outside lightly dusted with sugar was the first crunch. then the silkiness on the cheesecake inside burst with flavors. Oh... and then we got to the bit of chocolate. Another amazing dinner provided by Chef Dave."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our server (Amy?) was perfect in every way. The restaurant as a whole goes out of its way to accommodate the patrons."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Another great meal. Service was tip top from the hostess check-in through to paying the bill. Food was perfectly prepared and delicious. These are the reasons my husband and I continue to dine at Montarra. VERY nice evening out..."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Wonderful food and staff, a must try if you have not been."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband ordered the rack of lamb and it was cooked to perfection and delicious! Highly recommended! We also ordered the bacon wrapped scallops which were very flavorful, however for my preference, I could have done without the bacon because the sauce and the scallop were so perfectly done, I felt the bacon overpowered them. We also ordered the stuffed mushroom which only needs one comment- Recommend it! As for the server, she did well but I ordered a white wine to go with our appetizers. I didn't get the wine until we were finished with the appetizers. She also brings the lamb and we have to wait for our knives while the lamb sat tempting to just tear into it.She seemed a step late in everything she did for us. Overall, we recommend!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is our third trip to this restaurant. Really good. This time I had bacon wrapped meatloaf off their special Father's Day menu and it was great. My wife had the squash ravioli and it was equally good. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is the second time I have been to Montarra and every time they do a wonderful job. They are very accommodating to food allergies and really want to help make your dining experience memorable. I am gluten free and vegan and they are able to make me a special dish off the menu."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a last minute reservation for party of 8 and they were able to get us in within 30 minutes of our desired time. The restaurant was a little noisy when we first got seated, but I think after a while we got used to the noise level. We had a child in our party and they made her a special Alfredo dish which was not on the menu. Our waitress was very attentive and fulfilled all of our many requests without having to ask a second time. I had the Carne asada tacos. It was good, but could use a little more seasoning/spices. Everyone enjoyed their meal. I would definitely go back and try some of the other items on the menu."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service was excellent. The Carpaccio roasted beet salad was excellent as was the duck breast special. The tilapia was disappointing as the texture was somewhat 'mushy' and 'watery'. A nice choice of wines by the glass with an option to try before ordering. Certainly worth another visit."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We moved to Huntley last year. I'm a foodie and Montarra is the only restaurant I've found in the area that I've gone back to again and again. The food is fabulous, great wine list, and knowledgable service. A must try."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food was exquisite as usual, and the Bordelaise Sauce so good I drank what was left. The mushroom appetizer was so fragrant with fresh herbs and moist crab. I am a chef and have high expectations for food and restaurants, and this is one that never disappoints! I LOVE this place and cannot recommend it more!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been to Montarra Grill several times before and like going there to celebrate special occasions. This time we went with another couple who had never been to Montarra Grill, but had wanted to try it. They were very impressed with everything. The ambience, food, service and to top it off the menu was fantastic. The menu had "Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary" written on the top. It was a wonderful surprise for our friends. As always, the food was outstanding. They loved the way the French onion soup was served in an onion. Our waitress was wonderful. She took our food allergies very seriously and let us know when there was a problem with an item we order , plus offered another alternative. We will be back again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The taste within each bite burst full of flavor and left you wanting more. It made for a wonderfully relaxed evening with friends."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We dined at Montarra last weekend and had an incredible dinner! The small plates were the perfect size to share, and the wine list was great. We will definitely recommend it to friends and family in the suburbs."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We split the mushroom soup and salmon on potato pancakes apps. YUMS!!!!! hubby had the beef tips for dinner which were moist and we'll but not over seasoned. I changed up the salad. The server was great about making those changes. Thanks Ashley for finding a spot at the bar when the game started. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I booked these reservations through Open Table and then called ahead to make sure they got the booking. I was assisted by Stephanie in making sure we had a great table for party of 4 and adviced her we were celebrating our Anniversary. When we arrived our table was wonderfully set up for 4 in a great booth. Our menus were printed with "Happy Anniversary" on them. Our waitress, Ashley. was awesome. She paired up a series of appetizer with our martinis. Great experience will go again next time we are in the area. We live in Arizona! thank you again staff, Carmen and James"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was great as always staff was attentive but unusually waited over an hour for the food to come out. There was a birthday party there that seems to throw the entire system off. I wish the would bring back duck three way. One of my all time favorite dishes."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food was outstanding! Very upscale restaurant with much to offer. I'd definitely put this on our "to go" list for future celebrations!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We are always scared to try new places, but after reading the reviews, I figured we had to try this one. I am SO glad I did! We started out with the risotto, and after reading someone else review that they substituted the brussels sprouts with spinach, I decided since we are not a big fan of brussels sprouts, we would do the same. The risotto was PACKED with flavor, and OMG delish! Probably the best I have ever had anywhere actually! My husband had the fish and I had the filet and both were equally cooked to perfection and delicious. My husband had an IPA and I decided to try one of the drinks listed on the menu called a "Flirtini"..EXCELLENT! Who knew such a great place would be in such a remote area--- but we will for sure be back!! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014