Montrio Bistro

4.7
3078 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time at this restaurant! One of the best in the Monterey area! We love to dine here in the evenings, the atmosphere is so relaxed, drinks are fabulous and the food is incredible!

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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at Montrio came highly recommend by a friend and it did not disappoint!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was very friendly, food was tasty but wasnt a huge fan of the tomato sauce on the salmon dish. ice cream in florentine bowl was awesome ! their steak needed more seasoning/salt. we were late for our reservation but they were very kind to seat us anyway! a little pricey but nice for a birthday or special occasion.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Montrio Bistro for my sister’s birthday. Excellent service and food! It’s a classy joint and even though we had 2 toddlers, they were still very accommodating. We got the 48 hr bacon, mussels, and scallops for appetizers and they were all delicious. The mussels were some of the best I’ve had. Burgers were delicious, fries crisp but oily, sirloin delish, and halibut good. Our second time there, and we will be back!

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 3rd time at Montrio Bistro and still great as ever

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MZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing place to eat! Incredibly delicious food, so good!!!

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, consistent quality. Great atmosphere.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great presentation. Portion size was perfect. Server extremely good.she provided great suggestions of what to have.

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K
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Primo !!! Great place for a date night .. We sat upstairs, quieter and intimate. The food was amazing and cooked to perfection... The wine list was excellent.. Our meals were delicious as were the sides !!! I had the salmon and My date had the raviolis, both highly recommended

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service

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RG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Montrio is always good but seemed to be a bit off during our visit Saturday night. Large groups of people from the US Open seemed to catch them off guard.

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Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! I asked for half salad full. That was ok I needed the greens!

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e
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine list with industry standard pricing. Incredible west coast oysters. My steak and bearnaise was a match made in heaven. Wifey's trout was cooked to perfection. We will always dine here when visiting the wine country.

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n
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find. The service was outstanding. Ambiance great. Food was innovative and very tasty.

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RS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner with excellent service. Artichoke appetizer was delicious and duck breast was prepared perfectly. We will definitely return when in the Monterey area.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can always count on a great meal at Montrio. It is consistently good.

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Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff outstanding. Smoked Salmon bite was exceptional. I went there for the short ribs and was not disappointed. Wine list has something for everyone.

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TA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in Monterey for 20 years! Always amazing food and service!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and outing.

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HN
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 48 hr bacon is a must have! I’ll be back. We really enjoyed the service and our meal

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place would recommend

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED Montrio Bistro. Everything was excellent. 10/10 would come back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!!!

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LI
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Donice W was outstanding & intuitive to our needs & picked up on a birthday.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The problem was unmentioned spicy-hot in the risotto and sauce with the salmon. No indication on the menu that it would be hot. I had to send it back to the kitchen because my mouth and lips were burning. When it was brought back it was delicious, the salmon perfectly cooked. Also, it’s very hard for vegetarians; I’m one that eats fish.

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JH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant experience my wife and I have had since Hawksworth in Vancouver. Delicious cocktails, starters, and the Monterey Black Cod was perfect. Will definitely be visiting again!

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m
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant to go in Monterey before a concert at Golden State theatre

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TS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice modern California fine dining experience. Good use of local ingredients e.g. artichokes and cod. Service was impeccable. They understood their own wine list and were able to produce a local pinot matching the description I gave them.

It is in the pricier end and the following constructive criticisms are offered against the high bar they are setting for themselves, again everything was very good, I've been before and will absolutely go back:

The artichoke was cooked correctly but was not selected to have much flesh - and they are in artichoke country - the application of balsamic vinegar was also a bit liberal. I think the duck breast may have been prepared sous vide. I'm not a fan of this I think you want the chew of a broiled breast and its easier to get a crisp skin if you don't start from the point where its been in the sous vide bath - again I could be wrong. The cod was lovely but served with plain grapes and lentils - they just didn't go with the cod. Cod and grapes, sorry, no, and the lentils, while good themselves, were too heavy for the cod.

One highlight was the use of lemongrass in the mussel broth along with some coconut milk. This was a great example of a somewhat surprising combination that worked. They advertise a red curry broth but its yellow curry as far as I could see, still delicious.

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DB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montrio Bistro is constantly a fantastic place to go while in Monterey. I have used them for personal celebrations, business entertainment and even when I am traveling and just need a good meal. If you haven't been before and like meat the short ribs are absolutely amazing, as is the calamari, which has a unique preparation.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent dinner in Monterey! We arrived a half hour early for our reservation and were able to get seated right away. The complimentary bread was delicious. We ordered the risotto fritters and seared scallops to start. The seared scallops with quinoa salad were delicious! We then ordered the mushroom ravioli with short ribs - this was also delicious. For dessert, we got a profiterole and a carrot cake. Best meal I've had in a while, and at a surprisingly good price!

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TS
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anybody who had a bad experience here, must’ve just had a really bad day. Service was almost perfect (sorry, but Emeril ruined us). Food was unexpected, and delightful. Signature drinks were completely delightful. House smoked ice cubes?!?? Rediculous!

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food, great service, austere wine list. Definitely want to come back. The mushroom ravioli with short rib is worth a long trip for.

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OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food.

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ND
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Montrio Bistro for a few years because of the bad service and bad food we had for two prior visits. I am so glad we gave it a try! Haven, our server, was terrific. The food was fabulous. Only downside is the choice of wine by the glass. IMHO, very poor. However, on the other hand, we were encouraged to order cocktails which we enjoyed tremendously! Yup, back on the list of go-to.

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M
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is really good & we love to share plates! Brad, great server! Many thanks for a special night. :)

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice birthday dinner with great service and good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food. Highly recommend

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Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dining experience. The food and specialty cocktails were unique and very good. The staff was great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Highly recommend this place!

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DT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I took a long weekend and had our first meal at Montrio Bistro. When we entered, we were impressed with the "neighborhood" feel and were seated right away. Our server was super friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was well executed especially the crab cakes. Very little filler and the pickled radishes and sauce were a great compliment. For our entrees, we had the Salmon with risotto and the Black Cod with lentils and both dishes were delicious. It is a place that we will definitely go back to and highly recommend!

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