Montecito

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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AJ
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The pork belly as an appie was excellent. The wines were well priced. Really like the cool movie decor in the restaurant!

TY
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a couple. Also make sure you ask about parking options before you get there.
We loved the attention paid to locally sourced ingredients.

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! It's a great location and the staff made us feel very comfortable

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and attention to detail. Thanks for offering a great space for our business lunch!

LS
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food: we shared the kale salad to start and each of us had the hose specialty chicken . Both the salad and entree were excellent.
Service: The server was knowledgeable about the food, but fell short on the attentiveness towards us.

We have been to this restaurant a few times and do highly recommend it.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We had a late reservation so the place was fairly empty. There were 6 of us. The waiter was very nice but it took quite a while to get our drink order. It took a while to get our appetizers. I ordered bread (which should have been complimentary) and it wasn’t terribly fresh and the churned butter was extremely salty. Our main meals took forever to get to the table and the waiter didn’t return to get us drink refills. Once our food came, I was disappointed with the presentation. I had the chicken and it was basically two breasts of chicken and a huge side of wiry-looking mixed greens. What happened to getting a carb with your meal or a vegetable? The tables are made of a type of granite so my plate kept slipping around while I was cutting my meat. The chicken was juicy but I didn’t care for the spices used, too much garlic, I think. For the price we paid, I wouldn’t return. Too bad, the ambience was excellent.

DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We had order the bone in Filet for two. It was embarrassing how small the portion was. For $130 it wasn't enough to feed one person. The potato side was underdone. My wife had the lamb pasta which was okay.

SU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Always go there.

AL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary here and they did not disappoint: impeccable service, atmosphere, food, wine, and staff. This restaurant is top of my list in Toronto.

EW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The service was good. The server came over often to ask if we need anything else but he never smile, he is very cold, we tried to joke to make him smile to give people a warmer service. Noticed the other servers are the same. Not sure if this is their training. Hopefully their service will be warmer for my next visit.

OT
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this place while vacating Toronto and glad we did. The food was amazing as well as the service. Drinks were a little pricey but the best we’ve had. Very nice place and will definitely come back if we’re in town again.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Service was fantastic and the food was terrific!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list. Especially the Pinot Noirs

JB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going there. It was an excellent experience.

RH
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted warmly by the host and brought to a special table set up for two. Quite romantic as we were celebrating our anniversary. The waiter was superb. He gave us menus that read Happy Anniversary on the front page. We were given one to ale home. We were also given complimentary “bubbly” to begin the evening. Our meals were absolutely delicious as was the dessert, which was also complimentary. It was the perfect evening.

PG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome experience! Awesome experience. There was a wedding party on the upper level that was quite loud.⁹

KL
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, charming and hip atmosphere and stellar service. Peaches and cream were excellent, the Montecito chicken was perfectly tender and the Ontario grass fed steak was tender and had a very tasty carrot purée on it. Perfect place for a nice romantic date night.

RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service super. Wait staff were flawless; very knowledgeable, attentive, and great menu and beverage advice. Only drawbacks as that the noise level was distracting.
Overall a great experience.

BO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

the environment is good, very nice and quiet place, the food is okay, however, I am excepting better foods.

TD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my fiancé here to celebrate his birthday and the staff at Montecito made our experience so memorable! Every dish tasted so fresh and full of flavour. The staff was very knowledgeable with the menu and recommended great options to us. To finish off the night they brought our dessert on a wooden board which read happy birthday on it and the display was beautifully decorated with flower petals and candles.
I have a hospitality background and the service here blew me away. 5 star service!
Will definitely be back in the future!

RK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

did not expect such low quality food at a high end look restaurant

B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The lights were so long that we had to use cell phone flashlight to read the menu.

The music was quite loud and throbbing.

However we were pleased with the service and the food.

WC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Excellent service. Food was tasty. But the prices are high, and the portions really small.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Horrible service, rude servers and lack of attention to paying customers who were not VIP. TIFF isn’t an excuse to ignore others customers.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the Fogo Island Cod cake & Endive salad. Even more pivot to provide additional gluten & dairy free options always appreciated!

d
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff made sure to please. I will definitely return and recommend to others.

M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was excellent.

d
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After TIFF film. Service was amazing

NM
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening, great service and food!! Thank you

MJ
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

To be honest, the food was just okay, my husband and I both had pastas and I still regret not sending mine back or saying something.

Our server was great! We went for our anniversary dinner. It was a quiet Saturday night at the restaurant, almost seemed empty (7:30pm-10pm).

I'd go back for drinks, as they had a nice cocktail list, but likely not for food.

OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I would not recommend this place. The food was terrible. We were starving after our meal. They didn’t update the menu on their website so of course I was disappointed to learn they changed their menu after we arrived. We also specifically went there for the second floor only to learn it’s only opened Thursday-Sunday. The staff was great and very accommodating but the food was terrible.

J
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The salad was too salty, server forgot an order all together and the pasta dish had clumpy noodles and was so spicy that it left us sweating! We are used to eating spicy food and it was still too much.... very disappointed second visit.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pricey but mostly very good food and cocktails, aside from some very questionable menu items (uncooked shrimp in a pasta?) overall a nice experience if you are willing to spend

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Tried two fish dishes. Neither were great. One was halibut on a buttery mess of unappetizing "harvest vegetables" which were leafy greens without leaves... more like twigs. The cod had beans which were barely cooked. The pita and hummus appetizer was the best part of our meal. Good service and ambiance however.

TS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a Wednesday patio session with the girls. All staff were attentive, super friendly and personable. Throw in half priced wine bottles and appetizers, it was a great evening to catch up in style. Food input: The charcuterie board is devine!! Otherwise the group agreed the ribs were a bit dry and the shrimp a bit mushy. Near perfect.

CW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time coming here and it was amazing, I also took a date here and she was in love with the place. The server was amazing and saw the nerves of the first date. She walked us through the menu and gave us amazing recommendations! Lovely place

BO
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the menu here.

L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Staff is professional and friendly. Highly recommend it.

AT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best service we've had this year of any restaurant we've been to. The evening started with a personalized menu for our anniversary - the perfect way to start our experience at Montecito. We went upstairs to By The Glass while we waiting for our reservation (we were half an hour early), and were so very pleased with Terry's knowledge of wines and food pairings. Next, we were seated downstairs in a booth and the first thing we noticed was the thought that went into the decor. We heard rumors of an upcoming reno but would be just as happy if it were all to stay the same. The seating arrangements are well laid out and each table feels like an intimate setting. The floor manager and staff are absolutely wonderful. They were all very thoughtful and went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our visit. We felt like VIPs the entire time and very much appreciated it. Thank you so very much. -A+R

EL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Will definately be back for our 5th Wedding Anniversary!

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