Montrio Bistro

4.5
3597 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

About

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 25 years, Montrio has worked to showcase sustainable seafood, fine quality meat, and Monterey County’s best produce in all of its 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 Montrio's extensive wine list, or try one of our signature cocktails by Anthony Vitacca. Come see what everyone is talking about!


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3597 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGeorge2
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under Covid conditions 12/12 right before shutdown, the service could not have been better, the food perfectly prepared and brought out hot (one side dish came out 30 seconds later and they apologized), waiter knew how to open the old wine I brought, sidewalk seating was romantic on a dank cool with with a heater right next to us. The duck was slightly undercooked which is much much better than overcooked, the venison perfectly cooked in fact the best venison dish I've ever had, The Meyer Lemon tart was unusual, usually they are too sweet for me, we both noticed this was not all that sweet, which is great because I'm weaning myself away from a blast of sugar at the end of a meal. Water was filled regularly which is becoming important to me when I bring wine, not only to hydrate but it also makes the wine stretch to the end of the meal, I hate washing down food with wine just because my water is empty. I was surprised by the attention to details which is who I mention them, I'm not that picky, but now I will be LOL. First-class joint as they say, especially for being on the sidewalk when the inside of the restaurant is so romantic.

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vipPamelaM
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

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MikeN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service

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RobertD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience1

Outstanding service and food!!!
Having to be outside because of issues that the restaurant could not control (COVID) the weather was freezing. The server had an outstanding attitude and recommendations

This is Becoming a weekly stop

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Livia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating staff, great food, great atmosphere even though we had to eat outside due to covid!

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KaycieC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our time at montrio. The food was good, the service was good and having a locals discount was greatly appreciated. We’ll be back .

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J9Chad
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Returned for our 35th wedding anniversary dinner, despite outdoor dining restrictions, strong heaters made it work. Every dish was delish! Caesar dressing, anchovy appetizer, 48hr bacon, (OMG!) Short rib ravioli, and the best cocktails ever!!! Lovely service too. Will be dreaming about this dinner till next time!

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vipPamelaM
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Amazingly delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb, service was excellent I couldn’t have gone somewhere better for my 50th birthday!!

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SSarGor
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

family of 3 - awesome food and service! ordered anchovies, bacon, prime beef short rib, the steak and bread pudding -- everything was so good. for drinks, the gringo and mariachi were the bomb.

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vipSressa
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside ambiance! Food was amazing. Server took good care of us. Wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining experience during the pandemic. The set up was warm and comfortable. Great beer selection. Service on point. Can’t go wrong with any items but highly recommend the duck and the short ribs for mains and the octopus as a starter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose was awesome, the food and drinks were perfect.

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VeroV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and her boyfriend visiting from Seattle

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CathyM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just great ! The bacon was amazing. Super nice server (Haven) and just a perfect meal .

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JillA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious .

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vipSdAP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. Best salmon and pesto risotto I've ever had.

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vipDonC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Monterey

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vipRathbone
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, high quality, beautiful dishes. Excellent cocktails.

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vipLinnea
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Delicious cocktails (saving private Ryan, grunge & ganja especially), venison, and salmon. Outdoor tables have heating lamps. Our waiter, Scott, was terrific.

Low star ratings for noise. On our visit (11/18/2020) there was a group of 5-6 out of towners seated at the table near us, which included a “WOOOO!” girl and other loud, obnoxious jerks. I understand restaurants are reluctant to police behavior now for fear of losing $$. Yet another reason to look forward to post-covid times!

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JulieP
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. All of it!

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ReneeS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Montrio Bistro was a great place to celebrate my husband's birthday. The octopus carpaccio was delicious and should not be missed. My duck and his ravioli in a short rib sauce was also excellent. The finale of bread pudding is something we would make a special trip to have again. It was the first thing our Uber driver told us about when she saw where we were going. They have an interesting wine list that showcases local wine, particularly pinot noirs, and then other CA wines up and down the coast. Their craft cocktails are also interesting. My husband, a former bartender, said that his mezcal negroni was one of the best he's had.

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LydiaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tops- the service we received at Montrio was speedy considerate and friendly. Our servers were Cesar and Ruben, they were the best. The food was amazing- creative, satisfying and delicious, the drinks the same, I had a Flor de la Casona and the combo of flavors was like nothing I had ever tried. Thank you to the staff at Montrio, my 50th birthday celebration was memorable and special!

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JC11
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! We were there for dinner and rhe food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice place to dine.

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Hualinh
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The mushroom medley was divine, meaty, smooth and flavorful; the duck breast was tender, juicy, perfect red meat-like texture with parsnip.
The temporary dry & warm heaven under the stairway, tucked in an alley was an envy spot for other dinners in the cool, windy and raining evening. 👌

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RichY
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this was a great experience dining. reservations were simple. we sat outside and enjoyed ourselves. the heat lamps kept us warm. when it started raining the waiter helped us move the table underneath an awning. i'll be coming back!

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PeterC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Creative, tasty menu complemented by an excellent wait staff

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SusanG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A getaway and change of scenery for me and my 87 year old mother. This was our last dinner and restaurant was recommended by a wine tasting location. By far a wonderful experience.

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vipIndyResident
Indiana
68 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everytime, the food sours - the service plus quality hasn't waned in Covid Times -- when we visit Monterey, it's more important that the tourist staples. Thanks!!

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JudyA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend the wine list be expanded to also include a local more Oakes Chardonnay

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vipNellFor
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were visiting Monterey for the first time from Houston. Unfortunately it was so cold the night we dined. Also the table near ours was extremely loud. The food was good but not what I expected for the price point. I wish we could have sat inside because the interior had wonderful decor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual! Exceptional service!

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RichS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service in a tough situation. On and off rain with outside dining. Chef spoke to us as we waited. Made putain app special for us special evening.

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Great experience we will definitely be back