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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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (67)
Fit for Foodies (66)
Good for a Date (64)
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Creative Cuisine (62)
Romantic (52)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Local Ingredients (45)
Fun (42)
Notable Wine List (38)
Worth the Drive (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Authentic (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Casual (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Business Meals (22)
Cozy (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Tapas (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Seasonal (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Healthy (12)
Great Beer (11)
People Watching (11)
Organic (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Music (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Stellar food in nice quantity. Excellent, friendly, relaxed but attentive service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

Impeccable and attentive service, with great menu . Restaurant was full before theatre performance, but no sense of being rushed or ignored.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Definitely my new favorite place been waiting to stop in for a while and finally did waitress was amazing and very helpful can’t wait to come in again

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was our second time at Montrio Bistro and it did not disappoint. What a fabulous restaurant! The service is exceptional from the hostess to servers to bussers and, of course, kitchen staff. The food is absolutely delicious and the menu is extremely creative. As a matter of fact, our party of 4 dined there 2 nights in a row because it was located across the street from our hotel. After long days of sightseeing and shopping, we were excited to relax with a cocktail at Montrio and look forward to a scrumptious meal. Highly recommend!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Try the oatmeal encrusted brie and 48 hour bacon to start then add the short ribs and you will an awesome experience at Montrio Bistro. Food, service and wine are top notch.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great place for a night out or special occasion. Our friends were already waiting for us at the bar. I’m just as happy at Denny’s, but my wife wanted a night out & was very pleased. I had the boneless ribs & it was delicious. Our waiter was awesome. Eating out in Monterey is expensive these days, so the food & service needs to be up to par.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 4, 2017

THE WAITER WAS WONDERFUL AND THE FOOD WAS GREAT. WE WERE CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY AND THE HOSTESS DECORATED THE TABLE FOR US. ALL IN ALL A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This place is a wonderful place to have a wonderful meal and also kid friendly. Good quality food and drinks. It’s become an annual tradition to come here when we make our annual trip to Monterey.
The staff is also top notch. A true gem in Monterey.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Really nice food with cool people working there.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This place has become my husband and I’s Go to restaurant for date night. A few times we have not had a chance to make a reservation. Busy as they might be they have always made room. Fabulous food and superb service.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, service and ambiance. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Server was rad. Runner was warm. Bartender nice. Hostess attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful, tasty, innovative take on comfort food. Love the small plates, generous portions to share. The 48 HOUR BACON was amazing. Loved the ARTICHOKE RISOTTO FRITTERS. The DUNGENESS CRAB CAKES were delicious and packed with crab, not too heavy on the breading. Also enjoyed the bead pudding for dessert. The presentation of each dish was lovely and creative. Great service and a good wine list, the sommelier was very helpful as well. Nothing pretentious, just down to earth good food with a very creative flair. Fun and lively atmosphere, great cocktails. This was our second time dining here and will definitely go back when we’re in the area. So many more wonderful dishes to try.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Been to this place a couple of times- came back for my birthday and brought my friends. Great experience- our server, Haven was fantastic and we all loved our food. I took away 1 star on service because the server who brought out the bread with oil and vinegar spilled it all down my husband's pant leg and didn't notice until he had to tell him to stop. They were super apologetic and offered to pay for any dry cleaning needed and even brought out a rag with dish washing soap to start working on the spot right away. Small hiccup, but we didn't let it ruin our fun. Still love this place and would come back again and again. Oh and good news- the stain washed right out of my husband's pants, so no dry cleaning needed! =)

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service, food, and wine were excellent. The short ribs were particularly good. The sommelier is to be commended for finding us just the right red wine to accompany the meal. We plan to return soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

If you have not been to Montrio Bistro do your self a favor and stop by, I just can't say enough about this place but "GREAT FOOD GREAT RESTUARANT"

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Fun, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were there for a Bridal shower dinner.the host came over and added hearts on our table, nice extra touch. The waiter was awesome and took great care of us. The drinks and food were amazing. I would recommend this place.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome from beginning to end. Food was excellent and service was great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had read previously about Scott being a superb server and he did not disappoint. He had excellent recommendations on the food and also had great recommendations for wines to accompany the dishes. Went with his recommendations and could not have been more pleased.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Year in year out, one of my favorite restaurants in the area. It’s a beautiful restaurant, with fantastic food, and excellent service. What more you want.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent cuisine and service (thanks Rachel❤️), wonderful cocktails and wine list. Huge hit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We picked Montrio Bistro based on all the positive reviews and we were not disappointed. The 48 hours bacon is a must have for any meat lovers. The honey bacon just melt in your mouth and the acidity from the pickled apple offer the perfect balance to the dish. And the crab cake is meaty and the sauce is delicious. For dinner, we have the lamb tenderloin, short ribs, wagyu burger, short rib and butternut squash risotto. They are all perfectly cooked and the flavors are very good. For dessert, we have creme brûlée, bacon ice cream and bread pudding. The bacon ice cream is super creamy and just the right amount of bacon flavor so it's not over powering. We all love it, but again, what's not to like about bacon! The bread pudding is out of this world, it's crunchy on the top yet super moist inside. You definitely don't want to miss that for dessert. We absolutely loved the food, and will definitely come back again next time we are in Monterey!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We ate here on Friday 11/17 and were pretty disappointed. It was very noisy and we felt lucky to get a table off to the side. Service was mediocre. We were seated quickly but it was six or seven minutes before our server appeared. When we ordered wine she brought mine 5 minutes before my wife's. Our appetizers were both pretty good (salad and sauteed mushrooms). My wife also enjoyed her entree, scallops with quinoa. I had the duck breast and it was inedible. Both the duck and the accompanying broccolini had an overpowering smoke flavor with a nasty chemical taste, like they had been doused in gasoline. Unquestionably the worst meal I've ever had in a restaurant. And our waitress never checked in to ask about the food. So although some of our food was good, it could not redeem the noisy ambiance (which some might like), the overdone decor, the poor service, and the inedible duck. I am not a food snob or a picky eater, but this dish was truly awful. Also, it was very overpriced, especially the wine. Very few selections by the glass, mostly uninspired choices, and all priced per glass for what a bottle costs retail.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We really REALLY like Montrio Bistro, make sure we visit every time we are in town but this time the noise level was SO HIGH it made enjoying the meal difficult, stressful. It was THAT loud. We hurried to finish and leave...never a good sign. They still have great calamari and drinks but we may pass next time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and service. It was the best dining experience I've ever had. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the entire menu. The food was incredibly delicious. Highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is by far my favorite restaurant in downtown Monterey!! There is nothing bad about it!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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