About Montecito

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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299 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1P7
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
HOURS OF OPERATION

MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY 11:30AM – 11PM

THURSDAY TO SATURDAY 11:30AM – 1AM

SUNDAY 11AM – 11PM (Buffet Brunch Only from 11:00AM to 3:00PM)

Cross Street:
Widmer St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 599-0299

Website:
http://www.montecitorestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
Paid parking is available at 21 Widmer Street.

Public Transit:
Closest streetcar stops are King St W and John St or Queen St W and Peter St.

Closest subway stops are Osgoode Station or St Andrew Station

Executive Chef:
Matthew Simpson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Montecito Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Good for a Date (37)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
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Business Meals (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for Groups (24)
Local Ingredients (24)
Fun (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Romantic (21)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Casual (16)
Authentic (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
People Watching (13)
Seasonal (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Healthy (11)
Organic (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

The portions are tiny for the prices they charge. There’s a reason there’s so much availability on prime nights out.

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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

Entrees took to long to come

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I had been to Montecito a handful of times in the past and always loved it, but this last time they went above and beyond. Food, atmosphere, service were awesome as usual, but this time they surprised my table by printing a personalized happy birthday to my friend on our menus. It was a really great touch that we've all been talking about all weekend. Can't recommend this place enough.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Healthy, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I ate your schnitzels before and they were good. Yesterday, however, after stripping the breadcrumbs, both orders of the rubber sole schnitzels were left uneaten. The only reason I didn't make a scene was our excellent server. I really don't phantom why such a professional would work for you.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

A disappointment was the portion size on each of our entrees, very skimpy so I would consider their executive Chef team to consider adding another creative side to the menu entrees. For 30 plus per dish our group of seven kinda laughed and did double takes after ordering different dishes. We seriously all considered going directly to the Queen street A&W right after leaving this place.

Ambience was cool and a smarter choice of new music mix variety (indie, rnb, pop,) would compliment the experience.

Cheers

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The setting is exciting, beautifully designed; the atmosphere is lively, has the required 'buzz.' Service is very good as well as friendly and informative - our waiter explained the menu well and made recommendations when asked. For the most part our food was good, but I ordered the skirt steak which evidently came from Cumbrae - it was tough (I couldn't chew my first bite enough to swallow) and overdone. Maybe best to order steak at a steak house. Other than that, we had an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and ambience. The service was extremely friendly and attentive with good humour. The food was fresh with unique flavours. And...great seasonal cocktails. I will be back.

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

All our food was cold. It was late at night and the quality of the food was lessened because of the coldness. Nonetheless, if the food was warm it would have been better. I would recommend not dining after 8.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food, fantastic wine list and great ambiance

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I felt that it was overpriced. I had a 6 ounce skirt steak that was close to $35. It wasn't the quality of a skirt steak that you would get at a steak place where that price point would be expected. Service was very good.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was a repeat visit. We were a party of 7 for dinner prior to attending a show. located in the Theater district so good location for that. Unfortunately it wasn’t the best night. Server was a bit abrupt and we had a couple of issues with the food. chicken was undercooked, bloody and had to be sent back. Ordered the gnocchi to go and the size of the serving was pitiful. We literally laughed out loud when we opened it at home and seen the portion. Two bites and it was gone. Can’t say I will rush to go back. Unfortunate, as they do have a nice ambiance happening.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our server was apologetic for delay in getting food and offered free drink. Very well handled.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was great. The staff were very friendly. Love that they personalize the menu for celebrations.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Montecito's beautiful space, with scattered mementos and photos from co-owner Ivan Reitman's career, is upscale with comfortable seating, flattering lighting and a fascinating "video window" that changes scenes every few minutes. Servers were friendly and professional, but we thought the use of jeans and sneakers for their uniforms was a little too casual for the vibe of the place. Food and cocktails were all very good, with the exception of the Dorset Lamb Saddle main I had, which, while tasty, was slightly under seasoned and was fully one-third inedible fat. Our biggest issue was with the wine list, which skews heavily to the over-$100 range for bottles, and the prices of by-the-glass were, frankly, shocking. I wanted a Cabernet Sauvignon with my lamb and choked down the $37 for 9 ounces, but it was definitely not worthy of that price. Montecito is in an excellent location for theatre-goers, so we will very likely be back, but we'll definitely be more choosy about wine.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Kale salad and the potatoes are a must!
The panna cotta, not so much.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great food! Always love going to Montecito! One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I've been here for a family brunch and for dinner with friends before theatre a couple of times and it's been great. This week I was here for a nice relaxed lunch with a friend and, again, it was a perfect spot. I think Montecito is my favourite downtown restaurant right now.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We shared salad and starters. The food was excellent and innovative. The service was excellent as was the welcome on arrival. The menu was different from the menu on-line in that there were items not available and the prices were higher, and therefore a surprise. The wine was expensive! As it was a special treat, it was acceptable for the occasion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It was good, but not great. The steak was hard and difficult to cut, the dessert (Ice creem was not very good. Service was good and and our waiter excellent.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was amazing. Nice touch to have the menu say Happy Birthday. Absolutely recommend!

But you let us down when we discovered you gave us the wrong doggy bag. Almost a full meal we couldn’t eat last night and now don’t get to enjoy today.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Amazing service. Great starters. Main course Ahi Tuna was just ok. Wine was a bit overpriced.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We have been coming here since the first week they were open. Love the food and ambience. Service was not quite as good as recent visits but I believe they were busier than unusual for pre theatre dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were there during their Thanksgiving holiday so the menu got switched up, but everything was delicious. Wait staff was excellent. When we’re back in Toronto again we will dine there again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fun
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing food - great meal and great service.
Very fresh. Best meal in a long time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service was outstanding. Appetizers were very good. Mains for the most part were good. The lobster pasta was a little watery, somewhat bland, and very little lobster!

Desserts looked great but really didn't have anything special flavour-wise. We all thought that we would have been better off going to Sweet Jesus instead!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food, fantastic craft beer, try the MacKinnon Ale and the staff were magnificent!

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

A perfect experience! The food was wonderfully simple and filled with delicate flavours. The restaurant was relaxed and sophisticated. The staff were engaging and efficient.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Organic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great team lunch for 6. Everyone was raving about the food!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Amazing staff and great food. Would definitely recommend.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

First time here - super cute atmosphere and the server was attentive. We got the charcuterie board for appetizer and then the cod, lamb, and steak for mains and then the ice cream sandwich for dessert. All was great, except the ice cream sandwich, it was hard and dry. Also, when we asked for a glass of cab without looking at menu, seems they gave us one of the pricier ones, $36 a glass...

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Likely the best chicken and kale salad in town!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Love the movie themed pictures suspended on the wall. They made it very special for us to celebrate our anniversary. The front of the menu read Happy Anniversary. The wait staff and hostess wished us a happy Anniversary. Our dessert had Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on our plate. These people know how to do it. Our waiter Allistare was superb. Very friendly and personable. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food, drinks and service were all great. Will definately be returning soon.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was good but not great. The food and decor lacked a bit of creativity and perhaps seemed a bit dated. Service was very good though, we had a very attentive and friendly server.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Delicious, amazing service. Most impressive service I've seen in years!

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Fun
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Took an out of town friend here for dinner on half price wine night. We had a great table where we could people watch. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. Since it was half price wine night, we splurged on a great Cali wine. There are a number of great menu options which are shareable so we shared the huge kale salad. I would go back again just for that! Hands down one of the best salads I have ever tasted. My friend really enjoyed her main which was roasted cod on a bed of roasted veggies. I had the lobster pasta which was absolutely delicious with large pieces of perfectly cooked lobster in a light creamy sauce. Our server was friendly, unobtrusive but there when we wanted her to be. No one rushed us so we sat and lingered over our wine on a gorgeous late summer evening. There is great outdoor seating as well as different areas inside in which to dine and a large private dining room available for private functions (there was a TIFF party there). I would recommend Montecito for a great experience.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great main course recommendation by the server. He really sold me on the chicken and it did not disappoint.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Been to Montecito a number of times. The food is consistently good and it is extremely close to the theatres along King Street. The kale salad is large and can been shared. The buratta was delicious. The seared tuna was quite good but a bit overdone. The Fogo Island was excellent. Noise can be an issue.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Surprised by what's possibly the best value charcuterie board in the city! Service, ambiance and food were all top notch. Loved how many items were sourced locally. Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Enjoyed the focus on foods grown locally. Our server was quite knowledgable and very attentive. There was a party or gathering on the upper level that was loud and someone was being carried up the stairs on a chair which was odd. Overall it was a nice night out. We were out walking around for TIFF and this restaurant was suggested to us. Clean restaurant, lovely night time atmosphere, delicious food (we did not enjoy our dessert as much as our main course), live the mini French press for coffee, kind & caring waitress. I would recommend this restaurant to others

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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