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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (71)
Creative Cuisine (64)
Good for a Date (64)
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Special Occasion (58)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Romantic (46)
Fun (44)
Local Ingredients (44)
Handcrafted Cocktails (40)
Notable Wine List (35)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Authentic (28)
Business Meals (25)
Casual (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Cozy (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Comfort Food (17)
Seasonal (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Tapas (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Healthy (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
People Watching (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Great Beer (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Organic (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

We have dined at Montrio’s for many years & always loved the food, service & atmosphere. This dining experience was our first to disappoint. The brick chicken was dry & chewy. When the server asked how the food was, I honestly stated the above. The response was oh so surprised......
There was no offer to bring a different choice or return the entree. Disappointing. The truffle fries that came with the steak entree were also disasppointing, they went uneaten. The server seemed inexperienced. For this establishment & what you pay, I expect better. I hope this isn’t a sign, the quality we’ve come to expect, isn’t what it used to be.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 7 days ago

Montrio is always top notch food. Our server, Scott, was very attentive and knew the menu well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We went to Montrio with friends for a dinner. Even with 5:00 pm reservations, the restaurant was hopping! Scott, our server was amazing! He was around exactly when we needed him and not when we were happily enjoying our meal. AND he knew everything about the menu! We asked questions about the the liquor in the bar, meat used in the kitchen and wine list.
There was nothing he didn't know!

The chef is really into bacon and smoking - to the point of making smoke-infused ice for the bar! Yes - Scott even knew how the ice was made. The bacon appetizer was to-die-for! the combination of smoky salty bacon with the crisp sweet apples is a party for your mouth.

We all really enjoyed our meals and would order them again. One guest felt though that the ravioli (pea that evening) was a tad skimpy and my french fries were a bit overdone. Tables were pretty close but with friendly, happy people at the tables around us it was not an issue.

All in all it was a great evening and we all agreed that the drive from Santa Cruz to Montrio was well worth it.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Slightly late for our reservation but this was not a problem. Very cheerful front of house, attentive waiter, good menu choices, good selection of beers. Enjoyed the halibut and partner enjoyed the steak - cooked to perfection. Busy place with a good buzz.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great atmosphere! Food was just okay. The spices, sauces, etc. for some of the dishes were over done. My husband had the muscles and they were great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The service and ambiance at Montrio Bistro was great. The food was good, but not great. Nice wine list!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic food. Very busy and somewhat noisy and tables very close together but we enjoyed ourselves and felt well taken care of.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was good. Sommelier was more attentive and visited the table more than the actual waiter. Service, waiter specifically, not great especially given the price of a meal. Ambiance was nice

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

So happy to come back to Monterey and eat at this fine restaurant. They continue to be an excellent dining choice after 20 years!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had 11 people. Everyone loved the food. Nice people. Good wine. Great evening.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We wanted to try something different in Monterey so we decided Montrio Bistro. The restaurant is very beautiful and has a nice artistic atmosphere. We ordered duck burst and lamb tenderloin. The position were very big! The ingredients were very good and fresh more important they were very good cooked

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It was fabulous. The food choices were so creative and delicious. Great atmosphere. You could hold a conversation without shouting. Would go back again for sure

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

A wonderful dining experience! Hostess, Kathy, talked with Chef and wait staff about my gluten-free needs (celiac) before our arrival. Jose, Mixologist, was fun and professional. Our waiter, Scott, made the evening so much fun while also being helpful with menu suggestions and attentive to our every need. We will make a special trip back to the Monterey Bay area just to dine here again!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Montrio Bistro was recommended to my girl friend and I by her co worker and we absolutely LOVED it. The ambiance is amazing for a date night or special occasion. The service was exceptional and the food was fantastic! We got the Chateux steak and the Wagyu burger. Both were extremely tender and the flavor was to die for. The waiter accidentally forgot something we ordered, hell we even forgot after trying their mango passionfruit cheese cake, and he brought it to us free of charge! I HIGHLY recommend this place to any one!!! A little pricey, but believe me, its worth it. They also cover the tables with paper so your kids can draw all over it or if youre feeling a little artsy.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This was our second visit to Montrio, and we loved it as much as the first time, especially since we went on half-priced bottles of wine Sunday! We loved the artichoke risotto fritters that we shared to start. The tomato pesto really set off the fritters nicely. The BLT salad was exceptional. The sliced bacon really made the dish. The prime sirloin was wonderful. The truffle fries and arugula salad were the perfect accompaniments. The brick chicken was also delicious. The chicken was very moist, and the spicy green beans really balanced the chicken and potatoes. The dish was big enough to share.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

My boyfriend surprised me with a birthday trip to Monterey, and we happen to have dinner at Montrio Bistro. Unfortunately, when we informed the server that we were celebrating she ignored us and did not offer the desert list. We had a reservation @ 8pm, and by 9pm the server was already removing our silverware and plates. Hard not to feel rushed and unwanted at the restaurant. We ended up spending a decent amount of money there considering we ordered a few drinks and food so the fact that we were rushed out was a real turn off! That being said, this a great place for food and drinks but not so much service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very good food and service. Corn ravioli was amazing as was the bacon caramel ice cream! The 48 hour bacon and Apple appetiser was good. Strongly recommend . Did someone say bacon?

We were there early and it was reasonably quiet. As it filled up it got a bit noisy for quiet conversation ...on the other hand ...it was a lively vibe

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been here several times and the food is always good. The menu, however, is getting a bit tired. An imaginative change would be welcomed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

48 hour bacon !! Came back next day for it. Almond honey butter 😋

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were in Monterey for a conference and Montrio was recommended by a colleague. Cesar was awesome and the food was equally amazing. The Artichoke and Risotto Fritters were so good, I think we ordered three times.....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

First time visit. Will definitely come back. This is not a place for kids. Definitely a great group dining place. Be prepared; it is very loud and upbeat. But awesome food

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This place is great, but it is getting discovered and busy. I recommend reservations during busy tourist times. Food is great, service is great, and ambiance is great. Not a quiet place, but don't expect it at a bistro like this. Super good location for downtown Monterey if you are attending a local event.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great place with wonderful menu. Happy hour small plates are delicious and very affordable. Highly recommend for a nice dinner out.

I think it would be OK for kids if they are well behaved at restaurants but we left ours at home with a sitter, haha. It's more of an adult restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

it started out ok, it was our 25th anniversary. Then they forgot bread on our table, Steak was not to order, when we didn't order lots of drinks, our table was forgotten. Sad, I had high hopes that we would be treated well, but things didn't turn out that way!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food was fantastic! We had found Montrio Bistro on Yelp, and were not disappointed. The restaurant is bustling and loud, but not so loud you cannot carry on a reasonable conversation. Everything we had from appetizers, to salads, entrees and desserts were well prepared with a wonderful blend of flavors. We had reservations and were seated promptly. The service was good as well. Would definitely recommend this as a place for special occasions, or even every day splurges.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The main meal and desserts where spectacular- the veggies were fresh and well prepared- however I felt the mashed potatoes were watery - with aboslutely no flavor and almost ruined the meal - this is the second time I have had this complaint- but only the first time I have said anything. I hope they will read this and move to a better quality potato- or another type...

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Our waiter was Haven. What a great server! He was fun and energetic and informative.
Overall food was delicious and they had quite a large curious selection of home created cocktails around!

I recommend this highly!!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

First time taking some friends for a birthday.

Always great service and food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It was suppose to be a special bday celebration . Visiting from CT. The restaurant put some decorations on the table which was a great touch . However we booked 4 weeks out and when we arrived we were escorted upstairs to an alternate dining space . Not great no ambience . Very dissapointing ! Have been to this restaurant 5 times before . Went back because it was a favorite . Not anymore .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Came here for our anniversary and came back again a couple of days later because it was very good. Short Rib was amazing. Being from the east coast I've never seen mussels with so much meat in them.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tapas, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of the best meals out I've ever had. The corn ravioli was delicious! Enjoyed sharing the crab cakes as well. Would definitely come back if l am ever in Monterey again! Truly one of the highlights of our trip to California.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We came for an early dinner with our 5 year old. The place is semi fancy, great atmosphere, could be a nice fancy date spot, yet they were welcoming to our child. It’s not a cheap restaurant, so I wouldn’t consider it a place to bring kids specifically, but they were happy to accommodate our little family. They had crayons and a kids menu, etc. Very friendly and informative staff. The food was excellent, with generous portions. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a unique and upscale special occasion spot. The 48 hour bacon was yumm.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Ballin cocktails; bacon is money AF

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I dined solo, so early, and the team gave me a warm welcome, as well as a great table near the hubub.

Portion sizing is generous - the kale salad has some nice additions and I had a medium plate with scallops - the chef was happy to add an extra to make it an entree plate. Absolutely delicious and couldn't fault the delivery.

My server Scott did a superb job getting the meal through quickly as I had to watch the time and he was a knowledable, enthusiastic ambassador for the cooking - perfect!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had salmon on a risotto and lamb tenderloins on lentils. Both were very good. Cook likes a hint of sour in his spices, which did both dishes astonishingly good. The Creme Brulee for dessert was the second best I ever had: Extraordinary.
The wine list is a gem, both local, i.e. California, and international wines, not overloaded, but very well selected.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The first time in the area and we tried the restaurant for the menu… We were not disappointed everything was delicious and the server was over the moon in responsiveness and personality - would absolutely go back again

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing!!! Sad we don’t live in Monterey to experience it more! 48 hour bacon and bacon chop is a must. Amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

the big rib-eye was excellent, indoor seating was loud w larger groups; we sat outside

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My wife and I have eaten here before and loved it. It was her birthday and decided to come to Monterey for the weekend. We lived the dinner and will return next time we are in the area.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This visit was a one and done. The food was just ok.

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