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About Montrio Bistro

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 GM Kathy Solley’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, Dinner and a Movie, and Sunday's Half-Priced Wine Night. Come see what everyone is talking about!


414 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday thru Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Franklin

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 648-8880

Website:
http://www.montrio.com/

Parking Details:
We have street parking as well as multiple public lots just a short walk away.

Public Transit:
Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro

Executive Chef:
Chef Tony Baker

Private Party Facilities:
Montrio Bistro is committed to ensure that we exceed the expectations of every guest that comes through our doors. With over 20 years in the business and a great team of chefs and wait staff, you can be sure that Montrio Bistro is the right spot for your next event.

Private Party Contact:
Chelsea Roh: (877) 920-3609

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Montrio Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (79)
Good for a Date (76)
Special Occasion (75)
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Creative Cuisine (73)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
Romantic (56)
Local Ingredients (49)
Fun (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Worth the Drive (42)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Notable Wine List (37)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Groups (30)
Casual (29)
Business Meals (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Cozy (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Authentic (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Tapas (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Happy Hour (12)
People Watching (12)
Seasonal (11)
Healthy (11)
Organic (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great Beer (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Interesting but weak specialty cocktails, one I didn't care for was taken off the bill. Food plenty and also interesting. Unless you like large quantities, I'd stick with the small and medium plates and share/mix'n'match.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food and service was impeccable. Fresh produce, tender meat and top shelf service. The menu is bacon-heavy but thats a good thing! The Saving Private Ryan hand crafted bourbon cocktail with a huge smoked ice cube (don't ask...I don't know how they get a smokey flavored ice cube) finished with almond extract and a twist was unique an tasty. My wife had a Hell Hath No Fury lemon drop martini-like drink made with pear flavored vodka; exceptional. The deserts were over the top though. Now I don't typically care for bread pudding but their rendition with white chocolate and vanilla ice cream was decadent. The 3 scoops of ice cream my wife ordered: salted caramel and bacon (of course), passion fruit and buttered popcorn that tasted just like the name implies was also exceptional. MonTrio will positively NOT disappoint!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Organic, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, great atmosphere. Best restaurant I've been to in the bay area so far. thanks!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place ! From the bartender to the server to the chef. All outstanding

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The bacon & almond butter appetizer and the curry mussels were divine! And then the chocolate custard with mint ice cream left us speechless. We were so happy and full...that we had to get our Wagyu burgers “to go.”
One of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time...thank you, Montrio!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Wanted to find a romantic restaurant in the Monterey area to celebrate our wedding anniversary since we were going to drive down from Oakland over that weekend. Found Montrio Bistro and read reviews. It seemed like the perfect place. And it was!!!! The food, service and ambience were all just excellent. Because I had indicated on the reservation that it was an anniversray dinner, they had a table reserved for us in a quieter area of the restaurant. Little red hearts were scattered on the table. I thought it was in honor of Valentine's Day but it was to indicate to servers that we were an anniversary couple. Our waiter, Timothy, was very attentive in spite of the restaurant being super lively that night. Earlier that day we were at Hahn Winery and our server asked us where we were going for dinner. I could not remember the name at that time but I said it started with an M. She immediately said Montrio Bistro, her favorite place and gave us her food recommendations.
We are still talking about our wonderful experience. We would go back in a heartbeat if in the area again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Second time at Montrio did not disappoint. Great service, food, location and atmosphere.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service and exceptional food. Only downside is that tables are packed really closely together, so it feels crowded and is hard to walk through the tables.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

We always have a great meal at Montrio, and the service is outstanding!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined 5 days ago

We felt so welcomed. We came for my Fiancé’s birthday and it seemed as though every person that came to our table had pre-knowledge it was his birthday and said Happy Birthday. Waiter was great and knowledgeable. Food was great and worth the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

I and my wife are extremely happy to spend the evening dining in the bistro. Everything was excellent!

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent food, with interesting small bites. Can compete with/ on par with big city restaurants

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

My dining experience was alright. Don't get me wrong the reviews looked great. Me and my sister came in for our lastnight together before I head off to college. Our waiter wasn't the most attentive to us (not sure if it was because we were younger or not). No matter the age though, every costumer should be treated with respect. We waited at our table for 30 minutes after our server inteoduced herself without bread or water. We eventually had to tell the hostess that our server forgot about us. Other servers checked on us which I appreciated, just not ours. The food was good, a little pricy which was expected but overall it was good. I think the vibe we got from the server threw our whole experience off. I think the night would have been a lot more fulfilling. Other than the sever we got, The restaurant was very nice and the food was good. I usually don't write reviews but when I am discriminated because of my age, I feel the need to.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was excellent, service was great and noise level was good. We were there early and noise level was starting to rise about the time we left.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed the foo, attentive service and wonderful corner table.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Outstanding! Ordered the bacon chop, girlfriend ordered the duck. They were both amazing, I would recommend them both. Waiter was very attentive, food came out quick, and even the music was pleasant. I will definitely be back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It had been 13 years since our last visit to Montrio and the quality we remembered is still there! Very friendly, attentive service without being obsessive. Energetic atmosphere and great food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We are so glad we were able to dine here for our anniversary. Everything was great!
Hands down the best dining in Monterey which is hard to achieve with so many good options of restaurants!
Jose was was our waiter and was excellent along with the entire staff. The food was so good we had dinner there the next evening and it was just another fantastic experience.
Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We took a chance and decided to try something new, rather than go to all our favorite spots. So this was the restaurant we chose. We loved everything we tried. We loved our cocktails, we loved the seared sea scallops, we loved the braised short rib, and, of course, our white chocolate bread pudding dessert.

Easy parking, we suggest you give this place a try.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A great dining experience always starts with the hostess and she was amazing. Accommodating, and clam, perfect combination for such a hectic job. Drinks at the bar awesome (bartender had great recommendations); our waiter was confident and attentive; food excellent. Perfect in every way with one exception. No option for creamer in our after dinner coffees except cream or milk. No soy, almond or coconut milk options.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food and service excellent!
Could maybe offer wider choice of wines by the glass... no WBTG Sauv Blanc, which is my favorite white.
Small issue but valid.
Thank to all at Montrio for another great experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We normally have a superb experience. The food this time around was not up to par. The calamari was burnt and rubbery. The brick chicken was under seasoned. The ravioli was terrible - normally my favorite dish. There was so much oil/grease/fat poured on top it was inedible. It was a flavorless, thick, dripping oily mess of a liquid poured over the top of the rest of the food, and completely ruined the entire dish.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My sister and I were visiting Monterey for her birthday and they went over and beyond for us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We have never been disappointed. Love. The food and especially the cocktails.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Montrio's is one of my most favorite restaurants. I really enjoyed their most recent menu showcasing bacon throughout the menu.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We come to Montrio Bistro every time we are in Monterey. The food is innovative and well prepared. We had the lamb tenderloins with lentils this time. Delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Perfect in every way!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Every visit to Montrio has been fantastic. This is our favorite place to go for any special occasion. The servers are wonderful and remember us when we return. The food and wine are unbeatable. Can never go wrong with a meal at montrio!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for New Year’s Eve. Had regular menu. Food as always was great. Service was terrific. Busy night but they handled everything perfectly. Had calamari, scallop ceviche, Caesar salad and salmon with risotto and Brussels sprouts. Delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Over priced

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful food, drinks, service. A+ experience

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was very good. The food was OK but not memorable.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

While on a trip to Monterey, I decided to try this restaurant instead of the many located on the water. After reading many reviews of the area restaurants, my suspicion was that the prices of the water front restaurants were more about the view than the food. I'm glad I chose Montrio Bistro. Our group was diverse: 2 middle age parents, one 30 y/o son, and one 23 y/o son. Everybody ordered something different from small bites, to medium plates, to salads and entrees. Everything was excellent. No disappointments here. The only challenge was finding a parking place and to avoid that hassle, we walked to the restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This experience was excellent, the food and service by Haven was outstanding. Our previous meal had not been so positive and I had contacted the restaurant, we had wanted to talk to the Chef this time but he never came out to talk to us-even after there had been this email communication previously. Disappointing, but guess he did not care! No doubt we will return as it is generally a nice experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Super excellent dinner last night! We followed the suggestions of our server Ashton who did not fail us! Especially notable was the mushroom and polenta small plate and the scallop medium plate!
The s'mores small plate dessert shouldn't be skipped either!

The specialty drink menu is crafted to perfection!

The only sour note was the snarky barmen serving on the right hand side of the bar if you're facing it. He make a good drink but an attitude adjustment is needed. A little dry humor is personally welcome for me, but the line was crossed in several interactions, both personally and witnessed.

We can see that this was just one bad apple in an otherwise stellar bunch, so no score penalization :)

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was well presented and tasty. Our server was spot on, attentive but not overly so. Only complaint was the weird techno / drum beat music. Very distracting and headache inducing which made us want to hurry up and finish. Not the relaxing ambiance we expected for a nice cozy/relaxing dinner. Ditch the techno music for jazz and turn it down so not to challenge conversation. Other than that, I would go back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Montrio has become our go-to date spot. We've now been 5 times, and not once been disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great happy hour. Fantastic kids menu. Friendly service. Wonderful food. Would definitely go back

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It is number one on trip advisor for a reason (which is how I selected it for a first trip there!)Whole night was a best ever! 1. Best bartender ever. Sorry I forgot his name, but he was a newly wed from Tijuana originally. A true mixologist who custom made our cucumber and mint martinis to perfection —-and thought our football team would win! (Go Uga dawgs. We are in Ca. for the Rosebowl and took a pre-game side trip to Monterey and thrilled we did! ) 2. Everything we ordered was a best ever and I woke up this morning trying to devise ways to recreate the 48 Hour Bacon appetizer which my husband thinks is worth a trip back to Monterey next year whether we are in the Rosebowl or not. It was a perfect 10 on texture, flavor, mix of savory and a natural hint of sweet and the sauce was perfect! . The ingredients chosen to accompany the thick-cut sous vide cooked for 498hours, then finished on a flat top bacon were the absolute perfect choices. I can’t rave on this enough. The short rib was the best one my husband has ever had and he orders that often. My duck breast was amazingly tender and flavorful which is hard to achieve. All tens! 3. Our waiter was friendly and gave off an impression that we were his favorites. A true gift. His name was Carl and he was a gem. If we thought it, he appeared with it! I can whole heartily recommend this restaurant as a must! An absolute must. Don’t even think about not going. We are seriously coming back to California again just to dine here again! Monterey has been a hit!

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