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Montrio Bistro
Montrio Bistro

Montrio Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Montrio is sophisticated enough for a intimate dinner for two yet able to give crayons to my seven year old granddaughter to keep her occupied. The staff was attentive yet not over-bearing. The small plates are excellent. The bread is served hot out of the oven and save some to dredge in the mussel broth. (Excellent). The cold smoke salmon and scallops again are excellent. Prawns grilled with vinegar slaw very good. On Sunday there's half price wine on select bottles."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Having eaten at this restaurant several times before I had high expectations for our dinner. Unfortunately it did not meet those during this last visit. Our table was small, crowded, and my seat faced only the salad station and the main cooking line. We started with two appetizers, both enjoyable but followed with a salad that was overdressed and almost inedible. We split a burger and it was cooked to our request and very nicely done. Service was sporadic and sometimes forgetful. Waited an extremely long time to have check dropped at the table and when it was returned with credit card to sign it was someone else's bill. It took another long period of time to have the problem fixed. I won't be dining here again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We go to Montrio fairly often. The cocktails are inspired. The steamed mussels appetizer is divine, and the white anchovies are not to be missed. We always love the food but often we are disappointed by the service. All the service people are very friendly and nice, but there's something wrong with the organization--perhaps too many tables per waiter. Everything takes just a little bit too long, and--as in even the nicest restaurants--things really deteriorate after the entree has been served. Coffee, dessert, the bill--very, very slow in coming. However, we keep going back. On our most recent visit, we were seated at about 6:10 and probably out of there by 8pm. It was quite busy for such an early hour. We shall try again, soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Amazing food! We couldn't have asked for a more delicious place to spend our 25th wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We went there for our 25th wedding anniversary two nights ago, asking in advance for a romantic table. It was a lovely intimate corner table and there were tiny sparkling hearts on the table and the menu was fantastic and the food was really good and the dessert was on the house and the waiter (Jose L.) was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Best restaurant in the area! Great service, food, and ambiance. Parking near by or an easy walk from many hotels. Our favorite place in the Monterey Bay area!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This place is really fantastic. NOT near the water but in town not many tourists I am sure. My wife had the pork chop which she claimed was the very best ever. I am a vegitarian and they prepared a true gourmet vegitarian dish, and low in fat . No cheese or cream but prepared wonderfully. And.... The semmifrido was PERFECT ( better than my less than perfect spelling ."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. The food and service were top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is celebrating a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was, hands down, the best part of my trip to Monterey. My best friend and I spent a solid part of the day walking around the wharf and Cannery Row and just wanted to find somewhere nice to eat that didn't consist of tourist-type foods on the boardwalk. Montrio Bistro is so lovely and the atmosphere was not pretentious at all. Best meal of our vacation. We are still talking about the mushroom and polenta small bite...and the arugula and burrata salad...and the mouth-watering pork chop. Hats off to the chef, I was so happy to find this gem!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is such a good restaurant. Whenever we visit Monterey we make a point of having dinner here. This time around met our expectations. However, the (two) lamb chops on the plate -- at the top price on the menu -- while cooked to order was a skimpy portion in my view. At least three to a plate is the norm in most restaurants in my experience, or, the menu might say, "two" or "three" to tip off the consumer. (Won't stop us from returning; just might not order lamb chops.)"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Montrio Bistro is one of the most enjoyable restaurants we've ever been to. We were greeted by the owner, who is very enthusiastic (he and his GM actually pitch in and work with their staff.) The staff takes their lead from the owner and GM. Food is wonderful; the interior of this restored firehouse is very well done. This will be a regular stop on our visits to the Monterey Peninsula."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This has some of the best food I've ever had -- appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts -- all of it is interesting, full of diverse tastes and textures, and just the right amount."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Just a really good overall experience all around, our waitress was really good and really busy, but did an excellent job of staying on top of all her tables. We were dining with our 3 daughters, the youngest a little inclined to things more plain (no sauce, not to many flavors), the waitress was ready to bend over backwards to accommodate her, but we found an appetizer to go along with her sharing with others. We had a couple of salads, mine was the "bacon and egg" that was a fun option with a great combination of tastes; kobe beef hamburgers were very good, a capellini & veggies also very good, but my New York off the specials - outrageous! Everything perfectly cooked and delicious; and the bread pudding is worth a trip back by itself"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Was a overnight for us in Monterey-had dinner here-it was great-we will return for sure."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Had a great meal for family of five. Waiter Ryan was very knowledgeable and set the perfect tone. Food all tasted wonderful (roasted artichoke! Roasted vegetables, chef special artichoke/spinach ravioli). Only wish we had room for dessert. We will be back. Thanks Montrio from the Harris family."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Montrio. Love bistro food, lobster mac and cheese."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful food - we are from out of town and have been back twice as the food is wonderful. We ordered a heap of the smaller dishes and shared between us so we could try as much as possible."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A scan of local menus put this spot on our radar. It did not disappoint! The battered artichoke heart appetizer was a fantastic start. My wife had the shrimp and I had some of the best Gnocchi in a garlicy pesto sauce ever! The table service was noticably slow but we noticed them really working hard and always scurrying about so we didn't complain or have it impact the tip. Maybe they were short staffed. The staff were very friendly and the food was terrific."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants. The dinner and a movie is a fabulous deal! I would give 5 stars but the server we had, Ryan was horrible and irritating. I think when he knows you are a "dinner and a movie" table, he could care less. But we did spent almost $100 dollars and always do! He has no personality. Talks too low, walks too slow. Our drinks sat empty for a long time, as did the empty appetizer plates. The dinner was served at a decent amount of time, but again sat there after we were done, for way too long. The couple next to us almost left. The man was so upset that he was taking forever to come back and take their order, that we heard him tell his wife that if he is not here in 2 min. we are leaving! Should never happen."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had the chicken waffle for starters..AMAZING! My Sirloin was cooked to perfection and every mouthful of food was jammed with flavour! Service was great, atmosphere was nice too. We loved this place.. It is a shame we are from the UK and not Monterey :)"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at Montrio on our honeymoon. I had made reservations online and requested a quite, romantic place. They did that and more! The wait staff were very friendly, knowledgable and professional. The food was spectacular and brought to our table very quickly. All in all, a wonderful night. I would recommend Montrio over any of the overpriced places in Monterey."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary and EVERYTHING was Great!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We went to Montrio Bistro on our first (of two) nights in Monterey. I had the burger. This was not your usual burger! This one featured prosciutto, triple cream brie with truffles, arugula and then a little more truffle oil on top. OMG. It was THE PERFECT BURGER! Everything was so excellent, we returned the following night (Sunday). Our luck -- Sunday was half-price night for full bottles off the excellent wine list. Another tip: Try the Popcorn with Duck Confit. Sounds ridiculous, but it's not! A unique and clever combination."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were seated promptly by friendly staff at a table for two. We'd already reviewed the menu online, and had selected the Capalenni because it's one of our favorite pasta dishes, although we don't see it on many menus. Since I recently had surgery and could not enjoy a glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage, we settled for water to drink. Our server was very attentive, providing information about the bread-dipping vinaigrette and ordering a complementary "Happy Anniversary" (written in chocolate) dessert plate. She also happily took our picture to commemorate the occasion using our camera. Our complements to a well run establishment and to the chef for a delicious dinner."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were accommodated nicely with request for quietest table - service was very friendly, not rushed, but always available when needed. Food was well prepared - entire experience was a pleasure."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Ok, I'll admit, I happened across this place on Yelp while searching for a nice place to dine on my honeymoon. I was not disappointed. My husband even loved it, and he is pickier than I am. I had the natural pork chop. It was thick, cooked thoroughly, and was very, VERY tender and juicy. And the leek and pepper bread pudding?? Delicious. Speaking of bread pudding! The white chocolate bread pudding was over the top (I had that first by the way). I don't know if my favorite part was that it was crispy on the top and soft inside or that it didn't have raisins or the passion fruit ice cream! My husband had the burger, and he said it was good. I couldn't stay away from his fries! We'll have to come back to Monterey again- JUST to eat here."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been here so many times. It is our destination place for when we come to town. If you hadn't had dinner here you are missing out. Always so good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you can only make it to one Monterey area restaurant, Montrio is the place. As a native Bay Area foodie, I was blown away by the amazing dishes, from the Thai style mussels to the soft shell crab to the real dry pat scallops (not those things that have been soaked in chemicals to retain moisture when freezing). Half price wine list on Sunday evening didn't hurt either :-)"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "When we went in, the hostesses were courteous and efficient and friendly. The food was excellent, the chef is a master. The other servers seemed to be kind and solicitous to the other patrons. However, our server...Ryan, was a train wreck. My service was appalling. He took forever to come to the table, he gave me a broken glass for the water I asked for that took 10 minutes to arrive. I tried on 4 occasions to get his attention to replace the glass, the break was in the middle of the glass, and it has leaked onto the table and floor down below the crack before he arrived to change it. Then, no apology, nothing. I would NEVER return, and would recommend, if the menu tempts you, go, but if they say Ryan is your server, ask to move."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "while the food and service were excellent, the noise level was too much... management needs to do something about the dizzying din...!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Montrio is always a good choice for dinner in Monterey. Food is consistently very good yet their pricing is reasonable. Attractively decorated, a bit noisy at times, but festive and friendly. Service is always super and menu items are creative and selection is good. I would not hesitate to recommend Montrio to friends of family."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is not a tourist trap. We are frequent dinners; meaning this is a mist whenever we are in Monterey. Great food, fresh and seasonal ingredients; never disappointed. However, here is a secret. If you are into a great manhattan ask the bartender for a 3 Kings--it's his speciality drink and you won't find it on the bar menu--it will not disappoint!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I went on a Wednesday night and had the NY Strip w/ a fig etc. reduction. Perfectly cooked, good quality meat & an unusual but delicious combination of food on my plate. My friend had the seafood / pasta special & liked it. Oatmeal creme brulé for dessert was really good. Lots of unique drink combinations to try. Highly recommend this place. Almost forgot...The service from the person that answered the phone all the way to the guys that cleared the table was very good. Our waitress was very good. I'll be back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed the relaxed feel of this place – it was a comfortable dining room and NOT freezing cold, which is always appreciated. I would return to try more dishes. The mussels were amazing and the calamari was awesome. My MB fresh wild salmon was good although the accompanying sides were a little on the boring side, polenta was just fried and had no flavor so I did not eat it. My folks loved the NY steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, although not outstanding."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Our server was very nice but lost interest in us right after we ordered our food. I ordered a second beer that didn't come until we were done eating and waiting for boxes for our left overs, which also took two requests and several minutes. I had the short rib which was good, but their claim that it's the best ever is a little over zealous."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. They even work hard to entertain the kids."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Never have had a bad meal here! Always a good time. Wonderful staff. Welcoming! Fun people! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Montrio is a must stop in Monterey. The food is very good, service excellent, and location two blocks from the hotels. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We eat at Montrio every time we're in Monterey because the food is always fabulous and this visit was no exception. I had a perfectly roasted duck breast with sour cherry reduction. Stunning! Our waiter, Jose, was attentive, knowledgeable and just excellent. He described his favorite dishes and recommended a perfect local Pinot noir to accompany the duck. Everything about our experience at Montrio was great. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "What a great find for my anniversary, you feel welcome as soon as stepping into the restaurant,service is top notch,ambient is perfect,food did took a little bit but is so worth the extra time,everything was cook to perfection and prices are surprisinglly low for the type of service and food"
    Dined on 5/31/2014