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Montrio Bistro
Montrio Bistro

Montrio Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.montrio.com
  • Email: office@montrio.com
  • Phone: (831) 648-8880
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Tony Baker
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: The artisan series is back! Come join us for the first one Saturday, March 24th "everything taste better with bacon." Noon till 2pm. Reservations required.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Public Transit: Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have street parking as well as multiple public lots just a short walk away.
A word from Montrio Bistro
Located in the heart of downtown Monterey, Montrio Bistro offers a comfortable yet classic dining experience, featuring fine European inspired-American cuisine. For the past 15 years, Chef Baker’s resolve to showcase sustainable seafood, fine quality meat, and Monterey County’s best produce in all of his dishes has made this renovated 1910 firehouse a local favorite. We feature a variety of appetizers, award-winning small bites, enticing entrees, and indulgent seasonal desserts made by our in house pastry chef. Choose from GM Kathy Solley’s extensive wine list, or try one of our signature cocktails by Anthony Vitacca. Montrio’s sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere attracts locals and passerbys alike with our great Happy Hour, Dinner and a Movie, and Sunday's Half-Priced Wine Night. Come see what everyone is talking about! Located just half a block from the Monterey Marriott and Conference Center, Montrio Bistro is the ideal venue for private parties, events, or meetingsContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Of the 3 dinners I had in Monterey and Carmel tis place was the best, the bread pudding was awesome!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our dinner for four was fantastic. The service was attentive and helpful without being overbearing. The food was delicious from appetizers (loved the small plate of lobster Mac and cheese) and salads through our entrees which included pasta, steak, burger, and fish. It all was cooked perfectly with interesting flavors. Even the (heavenly) bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasted especially wonderful! We would HIGHLY recommend Montrio Bistro."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the dinner and a movie special which combines a two course dinner from a limited but excellent menu with a ticket to the movie of your choice at the Osio Theater (1 block away). The food was excellent, and the combination a bargain, especially at one of the best restaurants in Monterey."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband and I were vert pleasantly surprised by the fine food at Montrio Bistro. Our waiter was professional and knowledgeable. My husband's kobe beef burger with truffle cheese was as good as a burger can be. Don't miss the bacon and pickled apple bruschetta...I would be happy to go back for that alone."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, yet very reasonably priced for a fine dining restaurant. Our waiter was brilliant, and anyone visiting Monterey should definitely dine here!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We are locals and go to Montrio several times a year. Our adult children love the innovative cocktail menu, and we all have favorites from the small bite, appetizer and entree selections. We highly recommend the white anchovies. The steamed mussels are a delicious appetizer (although a bit heavy on the salt, and we love salt!), too. Don't be shy about enjoying several appetizers and a salad in lieu of an entree. The wait staff is gracious and professional. Reservations recommended!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our dinner in the Montrio Bistro was very good, for the most part. Wonderful appetizers (the artichoke is amazing!), really, really good steak and excellent wine. Only the scallops were a little disappointing (too much pepper, and the chickpea salad which made up most of the dish was unremarkable). Our favourite items were the truffle tater tots we ordered before the appetizers, and I would come back even if just for those!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We happened to come in on Sunday night; 1/2 price wine night. We got a great $100 bottle of wine for 1/2 price. Great food too. Love this place."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Montrio is an inviting bistro within easy walking distance of the Monterey Bay Conference Center. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the service was attentive and personable. The food was well prepared and presented in a very nice way. The lamb chops were remarkable. Would recommend the chocolate malt cake for dessert."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "It is not often I get to impress the kids with anything. The 3 twenty year olds all commented that they had just what they wanted and it was great to actually carry on a conversation catching up on everlypne's busy lives."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "It was a birthday dinner, we had the Short Ribs and Lamb, both were excellent. Good service & on Sunday, they have a half off price on full bottles of wine. In the back of the restaurant they have 4 tables for two & they are very close together."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "They had preset the table with confetti and were ready when we arrived. The food was absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had the short ribs, chicken waffle app, and smore dessert. Everyone at the table loved their entrees! The service was spot on! Will definitely be back next time we are down to Monterey."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were disappointed with the service and felt like we were rushed out."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This is one of our favorites in Monterey. Bacon and egg Salad was great. My wife loved her crudo and bisque. Pudding is excellent. Never disappointed here."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have been here almost 15 years ago and enjoyed it then. Just visited again and still love it. Our party of 5 loved every dish ordered. We had the truffled tater tots, Lobster Mac N Cheese, Duck Popcorn, Lobster B.L.T., special halibut fish, Pesto-rubbed Prime Sirloin and the braised boneless beef short rib. Loved all the sauces and sides. To finish off, we could not resist ordering their infamous Warm White Chocolate-Brioche Bread Pudding, the flourless chocolate Malt cake and the chocolate ganache. It was all yummy! In addition to the wonderful meal, our server was absolutely marvelous and attentive. Thank you for a making our ladies' day memorable! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Currently, this is my favorite restaurant in the Monterey area! Very nice ambiance. But most importantly, the food is wonderfully prepared! My husband and I are locals and we are fairly good cooks. So, when we spend the money to go out for dinner, we want a really nice food experience. So far, this restaurant has not disappointed!. This last time, we were a group of 5 friends and everyone loved their entrees! Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We made reservations here based on a rcommendation from the Portola. A great place. Servoce was great - food was great - short ribs were perfect and so was the Kobe burger. Recommend highly."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Waiter was very knowledgeable about food and wine. Food was excellent. Gave a great dinner and movie plan. We did not partake of it this time but will next time"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "EXCELLENT DINNER, SERVICE, STAFF, WAITER AND TABLE LOCATION FOR OUR FIRST VISIT AND ANNIVERSARY DINNER. WE WILL RECOMMEND TO OTHERS AND WILL RETURN NEXT TIME WE ARE IN MONTEREY."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My fiance and I love going to Montrio. The mouth watering items on the menu are only matched by the superb service! From the hostess Melanie, the bartenders Jose and Anthony and Jose our server, it was a superb evening. Thank you for making this night special for Karen and I."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this place, I always go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Definitely make reservations. The menu has a nice selection of fish, chicken, red meats. One of us had salmon, one roasted chicken and the other a kobe burger. All were excellent and perfectly cooked. Wine by the glass offerings were very good and mixed drinks were well done. Wait service was attentive without being intrusive and kept an eye on water, empty plates and made sure that all was taken care of. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Was top-flight. Menu choices were right-sized and diverse. High quality entree's, with great salads and appetizer options. Best value in towne."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The Montrio Bistro is a terrific restaurant. If my husband and I lived in Monterey -THIS would be our spot. The food is great. The mini bites for appetizers and desserts is such a smart idea. I wish more restaurants would steal the dessert idea! I had the Scallops which were delicious. My friend that night chose the Steak on the nightly special list. We were both pleased."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The Food is always good and really enjoy the surroundings as well as the service."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Were greeting immediatately and seated. Service was great and atmosphere was interesting and vibrant. Only weak part of meal was lame salads. All 6 in our party were happy with all meals. We visited we old friends for almost 3 hours and were never rushed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The one thing that stands out more than anything, was the service we received from Jose. What an exceptional server/person he is. It was our 22 wedding anniversary and along with the beautiful roses that were waiting for me at the table from my husband, the food and the service made this night very memorable and special. Jose treated us like we were in his home. He was relaxed, never rushed us, was caring and attentive. I cannot say enough good things about him and the food. I just want to thank him and the restaurant for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Prawns and mushroom risotto was great. The mushroom ravioli served over slow cooked rib meat was excellent. Brussels sprouts with bacon and dates sounded weird but was very tasty."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food was terrific. I had the lobster mac n cheese for an appetizer and it was very good. They also had a good relatively wide ranged and realistically priced wine list. One diner had the duck and she liked it. One had the scallops and thought they were good The best part was clearly my short rib. Nice portion and melt in the mouth!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Had a great evening until I was leaving the resturant and as I was walking through the bar area I slipped and fell because the tile floor was very slippery I was so embrassed and the hostess walked up with a smirk on her face and said oh that floor is really slippery as well as someone sitting at the bar I would suggest to the owner to place rug to help with this issue before someone sues them!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I had an amazing Birthday Dinner here with my partner Saturday night. The food was delicious and the service was amazing!! The bread pudding was to die for!! I will be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Montrio is one of the most consistent places in Monterey Service is always great This is our favorite restaurant in Monterey Food is always great!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a great time there. The food was awesome and service was great. I will be back."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great service from start to finish. Great menu with no flat spots. Unusual cocktails along with the classics. Gluten-free options Knowledgeable staff, very competent"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Rarely do I go to dinner and love everything we ordered. Appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert-all great. Tastey, nicely presented, good portions, it all worked."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "What a find!! The menu is classic Bisto and the execution is outstanding. The staff is exceptionally knowledgable about the menu and wine pairings. Early bookings can be a little noisy but later bookings bring a quieter crowd. This Bistro is a must try while in Monterey."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food was great - best artichoke I've had. Salmon was well prepared and a delightful blend of savory with spice. Desserts were nicely done, especially hard-to-master bread pudding."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "What a great deal this is! We love the dinner and a movie, the food is excellent and then you get two tickets to the Osio and walk acroos the street to see a movie! More places should do this, but they wont be able to come close to the food quality! Thank you for offering this."
    Dined on 2/19/2014