Montecito

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Farm-to-table
Montecito Restaurant is a restaurant collaboration between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Toronto-based Innov8 Hospitality. The vision for Montecito has been from the beginning to create an environment that captivates a wide audience and brings them together in an exceptional space.

Like its Southern California namesake, Montecito combines a casual elegance with effortless sophistication in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. Our two-storey dining room, lounge and outdoor patio is located steps away from Film Festival Headquarters at TIFF Bell Lightbox. While our Farm-to-Table menu highlights various purveyors from across Canada and changes weekly based on seasonal availability.

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JW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service from the beginning w the hostess being very nice and friendly. The table service was great from Alex and it helped overall that it was half bottle prices wine night and they have a good selection. The Somm Jordyn was great. She is knowledgeable and really fun!!! Food preparations and selections are fun and very tasty! The small plates or mains gives the opportunity to enjoy get together dining or business dining. Will definitely be back when I get back to Toronto!

SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thi was our 6th visit and it was just as good as the first. Atmosphere, food, and service is just fantastic. We took family there from Vancouver and they were most impressed. We will definitely be back

DO
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining experience. Food was exceptional. Really appreciated our server’s kind recommendations, with food choices and wine choice.

SF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I love Montecito however it can be really frustrating that depending on where you are sitting prices vary. We were sitting in the bar during happy hour and had planned on going out to the restaurant but were told that happy hour is only in the bar area. The restaurant and bar were not busy and we were going to leave as we weren't prepared to pay more for the exact same food & drinks 10 feet away. I t doesn't make sense to me that a quiet restaurant is willing to loose customers based on where they are sitting.

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is great 👍. The decor, the welcoming, the service and the quality of food all wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their Flat bread is amazing. Definitely go for it!

VZ
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Good food and service would recommend to anyone.

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good and great location
I will recommend it.

EB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous service, my waiter actually remembered me and my food preferences from lunch 4 months ago! Food can be a little bit on the pricey side, but for the ambiance, service and environment, I'm willing to pay extra. Always enjoy my meals here!

LS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second time at Montecito and had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. I will definitely come back and will recommend the restaurant to others.

f
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb evening! Great service, tasty food, excellent wine.....the only thing they don’t provide is a beautiful companion. So I brought my own!

NM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Disappointing food for the price. Sent one dish back; could have sent back two but felt that was over doing it. Wanted the steak family style but told it takes an hour and needs preordering. NOwhere and at NO time was that indicated to us in advance. Was there for a birthday and other reviews spoke of plenty of special attention (comped champagne for e.g.) and we got a big NOthing. Told we were given the best table in the house and there we were, right up next to the front entrance. Best, my foot! I really and truly do not wish this horrible experience on anyone.

G
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place was great, service was great our server was very friendly and helped out with our selections in the best possible way. Food came out pretty quick for how busy it was, and tasted great. Highly recommend this place

GS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening with great food and attentive service.

j
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

good, food is nice and all, my sis want to have the main course and the salad tgt, the waiter took the salad away without asking. is not his fault. but asking if she want is would be better. that just me picking the needle. But overall montecito was fantastic. go try it out for sure.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an excellent experience and I look forward to coming back

SC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great winterlicious experience. Price was decent and menu options were great. I have the smoked salmon salad and loved it.

T
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and generous portions in a beautiful atmosphere. Nice cocktail list as well! Service was fantastic and friendly. Will return when I'm next in Toronto - for sure.

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Worst food I’ve ever had at a restaurant especially for its price

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of us are vegetarians and the servers were very helpful and accommodating our dietary requirements.

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and team was fantastic. Went for my mothers birthday- they even printed out personalized menus with my moms name which was such a great touch! The wait staff was fantastic, the recomendations were on point, and the food was great. We had the scallops-- and they were TO DIE FOR....they accommodated the allergies. The mains were fantastic and very unique. Overall, thank you to the chef and to the team. Never disappoints!

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived,through the meal ,till we left, the staff made us feel both welcome and special. The food was delicious, different and we left feeling quite full. A great evening !!!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary and were delighted when we saw personalized celebratory menus. Our server was wonderful, the food was flavourful and the atmosphere was great!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team of staff looking after us. Beautiful space. Cozy but not sitting on top
Of your neighbour. And great food. Lots of interesting selections. And my favorite - a wonderful wine list. We’ll be back soon

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Beet app too sweet (sugary)
Cavatelli troppo al dente

s
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An expensive meal but it was delicious. Service was great and table very comfortable with lots of room between diners.

JC
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and venue is amazing. The offer to obtain discounted parking didn’t work out. I ended up getting charged for parking by the restaurant and a $70 ticket by the private property. Now I have to deal with the restaurant to get this ticket paid. Quite inconvenient.

ER
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classy and modern setting with excellent service and fabulous food. Add in the Happy Hour specials and it the makes of an exceptional evening.

M
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal! Nova Scotia scallops as a starter and perfectly prepared Fogo Island turbot....best I've had anywhere. Server was knowledgable and just the right attentiveness. Never had a bad meal here

VT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice evening. Good for and service. Great for client dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

They didn’t have the duck so recommended the pork which was impossible to chew. And it was like $30. I gave them that feedback, and although they offered something else we didn’t have time as we were watching a show. Charged me anyway.

JM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great destination for a business lunch. Food was terrific and service was friendly.

S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The venue was very inviting, great lighting and pleasing decor. For the price, I feel the sides should be included with the meal and I’m sure any Chef worth their salt would agree that they should coordinate the flavours, not the customer. I sabotaged the lovely, 30+$ Duck confit with the limited few sides I had to choose from; crispy Brussel sprouts (that I’m sure had a hint of horseradish) and deep fried potatoes. I could have ordered mushrooms but I would never would have served it that way if I cooked it myself.
If I have to pay to design my meal then a much more complimentary variety of choices is imperative and perhaps a recommendation from the chef. So I just can’t suggest this restaurant to others until this is remedied but it has great potential.
Our server was very pleasant.

OC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Waiter forgot about us a few times, but otherwise a typical great dinner at Montecito!

S
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We received excellent service. Our server was top notch with honest recommendations and pairings. The food was only so-so. The beet salad was delicious and beautifully plated, the anchovy salad was more of a slaw and overall was unappealing. The lemon ricotta pasta was underwhelming and felt like it was missing something. The fish dish was also so-so. We felt that a place like this should have been packed on a Friday night but it was very empty. We'd definitely return of there was an update to the menu, but keep the beet salad!

CV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

For a quick bite before the theatre or for large groups, great setting. The food was okay. We had the lamb dish but saw most people eating pizza or pasta so we probably should have ordered that instead.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

This was a special dinner with friends from out of town. Once we were seated, apart from water (30 minutes later) we were not noticed by a server for another half-hour. We ordered drinks and our meals immediately as we were not certain that this service would improve. Waiting an hour to be noticed with just water on the table is not acceptable. We had wonderful scallops to start but the mains were mediocre at best. The highlight of the evening was our server (once he finally arrived). This dinner was a great disappointment.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic and so was the food. We were celebrating a birthday and the menus had happy birthday on them. It was a perfect evening

CL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

A middle of the road experience with a expensive price tag.

OT
Toronto
1 review