Montrio Bistro

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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 Christian Adam'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, and Sunday's Half-Priced Wine Night. Come see what everyone is talking about!


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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montrio is one of our must go restaurants when we visit Monterey. It never fails to please us with their menu and wine list.

LC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was one of the best we’ve had in a long time. The staff were able to accommodate us a little bit before our reservation since we arrived early. We loved the crayons on the table which brought out our inner child too! We started with the brie bites which were absolutely divine. Following that I had the ravioli which was so delicious and juicy thanks to the gorgeous Ragu broth. My fiancé had the burger which was one of the best we’ve had in a long time. Next time we are in the area this would be a top choice for a dinner for two or even a group! Exceeded all standards

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for an anniversary dinner after spending the day at the aquarium. The table was decorated with little hearts. Scott was awesome, super attentive and helpful. He talked to the chef and was able to accommodate my dietary restrictions. Buy the kitchen a 6 pack. They deserve it. Will definitely come back.

RL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, converted firehouse is very cool, from starters to desert was excellent. Loved it.

RH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service in this Monterey classic restruant in the heart of downtown.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice place, good food.

L
Charlotte
53 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at this little Bistro. Easy walk from our hotel (Portola Resort). Pleasant room nice service.

JL
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the finest salmon I’ve ever had.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the moment we arrived. A great atmosphere - the place was buzzing! Food was really tasty - we had a couple of ‘bites’ and a couple of starters which was plenty & the wine was half price - apparently that happens every Sunday. Service was very efficient & friendly - we were in & out in just over an hour- maybe a tad too quick? Overall, a very pleasant evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem from start to finish!

OT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Only complaint is that it is noisy, but then that shows what a good time everyone is having at the restaurant.

A
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great. Delicious food and amazing cocktails! My husbands and my new favorite date night location for sure!

m
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good and the service was excellent. It is also nice to hear from the manager or owner as she approached us at our table to see how was our dinner. Our server was cheerful and knowledgeable about the food been offered.
It was a busy place on a Friday at 6.15pm (which is good for the restaurant), however the noise level was high and it was hard to hold a conversation with my wife across the table.
Still I would say it was a good dinning experience.

W
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and exciting food. Great vibe and awesome service.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This place never disappoints! I always visit when in town on business

SL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Monterey Black Cod dish which was prepared and presented with perfection! The food is always the best at Montrio, along with the ambience. We never come to Monterey without a visit to this fabulous restaurant.

DB
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was good. Convenient. Would go back. The hostess was a little snotty when we got there but overall it was fine.

j
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

お料理は三人(女性70代1名・男性40代1名・女性40代1名)で行って、
BITESから1皿、
MEDIUM PLATESから1皿、
SALADSから1皿、
ENTREESから1皿、
を注文し、シェアしてちょうどよい量でした。
美味しかったです。

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top rate cuisine for half the price of fine dining in San Francisco. The service was over-the-top; the staff were very attentive to every detail. It was pretty noisy the night we were there, but could still have a conversation, albeit barely. I have been there several times, and it has never been this noisy on my past visits. There is a camaraderie among the staff that I have rarely witnessed while dining out. They are very professional, yet have a good time serving the customers.
I highly recommend checking out Montrio to anyone visiting the Monterey area.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here on our last night of our honeymoon and from the minute we walked in to when when we left, the service was absolutely fantastic. It was a Monday night and was really busy! We had the Brie, bacon on bacon and shrimp to start and all were amazing. We then had the black cod and spare rib for main, again, both were amazing. Couldn’t leave without pudding so had the white chocolate bread and butter pudding. So glad we chose this place for our last dinner before returning to the UK the next day and I would recommend this place to anyone.

Another point to note is you can tip the kitchen staff a pack of 6 to enjoy after their shift. When this happens you hear the bell ring and a cheer comes from the kitchen!

m
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for a dinner that was California and not a tourist place. this place was it. great food and service, lots of locals and it was a 3min walk from our hotel!!!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck was outstanding, as was the wine and service. Highly recommend.

DS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful food and service, but a bit on the noisy side as we sat at a small table closest to the kitchen. We will definitely return, but we'll request a table away from the kitchen!

G
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montrio is our go to dining experience in downtown Monterey. We go and enjoy it every chance we get.

SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was outstanding. The server was able to recommend a truly excellent local Chardonnay, very personable, prompt, and made the dinner a joy. We’ve eaten here many times over many years and always love going here. Highly highly recommend.

LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond grateful for the staff accommodating a last minute request to switch tables. Lovely dinner and Amazing service. Thank you!!!!

MZ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great server, fun evening! Yummy drinks too

i
Bedfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited twice - excellent both times! Stunning food! Half price wine on a Sunday too which was a bonus!

IM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best food in Monterey, by far!!!
Not your usual massive portions, but this in all about flavour and creativity - quality over quantity!

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cosy, inviting and wonderful food and wine! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

P
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Expensive cheap bubbly. Worst mojito. Lousy Cesar salad. The burger was good but over cooked—the waiter had said medium was as low as the cook could make it, something I’d never been told before. We will, needless to say, never go back.

FL
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Black Cod is a must try! Delish! The bar is small but delightful. Good choice of wines and fabulous calamari appetizer.
The restaurant is open and a bit noisy. If anyone is hard of hearing or older, it might be a bother. We always stay at either the Marriott or the Portola so we can walk to dinner.

FI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn't sure what to expect since I am not from the area. I give this place a 5 star on there service and food!. It was truly a great experience. I would highly recommend this place to family and friends.

KG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary, and the restaurant staff went out of their way to help us celebrate. Little hearts were strewn on our table, the wait staff were all congratulatory, and we received a sweet treat to end our meal. This is a fine restaurant, and is especially fine for a celebration.

KS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly at a table that the hostess had saved for our special occasion. The table covering was strewn with glittery confetti. We ordered risotto fritters, crabcakes, BLT salad, NY steak. All were prepared excellently and the steak tender And cooked as ordered. The crabcakes were all crab without a lot of filler. Our service was friendly and we were not interrupted unnecessarily. The only drawback was that our table was so close to the next that we could easily hear their entire conversation about personal matters. We would definitely return.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is great. The menu needs more vegetarian options

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mushrooms for starters, crab cake in medium plate, duck roast for entree and creme brûlée’ for desert. Sauce on crab cakes was superb - so many tastes !

IF
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful meal in the Montrio Bistro. Excellent service and a real nice atmosphere about this restaurant. English executive chef who came out to meet us, nice touch!

BG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great drinks! Wonderful place for a date night! We’ll definitely be back!

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