Montarra

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2501 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Montarra, called the "hidden gem" of the Northwest Suburbs, is located in Algonquin. Whether it is the Black Angus Aged Steaks, or the delivered daily fresh seafood, Executive Chef Joshua Lynn, using the finest locally grown produce and locally raised beef, has created a menu of Contemporary American Cuisine with International influences that is sure to please everyone. With an extensive wine list, including over 40 wines by the glass and representing more than 10 countries world wide, it is sure to give even the most discerning diner an array of choices to accentuate Chef Lynn's amazing menu to create a most wonderful and memorable dining experience. Come in and enjoy Montarra, with its relaxing "water wall" and its two "Chihuly" inspired chandeliers, and experience downtown Chicago without the drive! Discover for yourselves why Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune gave Montarra “* * *” stars and wrote, “If Montarra were closer to the city, I would dine there often”.
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and served at an appropriate pace that allowed us to enjoy our time in conversation while also enjoying our meal.

J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montarra has always been our favorite restaurant in the county. They never disappoint. I had the red grouper last night and I’ve never had a dish were the flavors were so fresh. It was absolutely delicious!

MM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little tool loud but food & service excellently

P
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our better experiences at Montarra. Food was very good, and our server, Casey, was prompt with service.

JE
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Montarra in several years. The menu had a wide variety of offerings. The food was excellent and the service very good. The restaurant was busy so the noise level was a a bit high for quiet conversation. Definitely planning on a return trip.

EC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always think of Montarra when it comes to celebrating a special occasion. It. Never. Disappoints. New chef Joshua Lynn...you’re pulling it off beautifully! The only suggestion that came up in our party was that maybe implement a seasonal dessert choice, although the existing choices are still spectacular!

j
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent and the service was very good. The only slight hiccup was that it was a little noisier than we were expecting it to be, someone at the next table having a love affair with the "F" word, but we realize that is not the restaurant's fault.
The servers were attentive and we would recommend your restaurant without hesitation. Thank you for acknowledging our anniversary on the menus and on the dessert plate. That was a nice touch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wedding anniversary

MU
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always . . . a perfect dining experience in every aspect.

The bouillabaisse was overwhelmingly spectacular.

BV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love celebrating special occasions here!

HM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed with the food. Server was attentive and friendly. Did not enjoy the "bread" basket. It was filled with some type of strangely seasoned chips that had an unusual smell and were not tasty. No choice was given for another bread. My daughter had a ribeye which she said was ok. "OK" is not what we were looking for. I had shrimp and scallop "De Jonghe". Best I can say is "so-so". We had a dessert. It was an apple dessert and neither of us was blown away. I don't consider myself difficult to please but when a restaurant presents itself as special and has higher than usual prices, then I expect a special meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrea, Ben, Gina and all the staff treat you like family. Always top notch service!

D
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We have been celebrating our anniversary here for several years and this will be our last time. When we got seated we were waiting 20 minutes for a server to come to our table. My husband had to get up and ask the hostess. When she finally came she complained that the kitchen was backed up - something that we shouldn't have heard about. She came by about 4 more total times and that was it. For those prices and a special occasion and as repeat guests we were sadly disappointed. We had ordered appetizers, a bottle of wine, and 2 highly priced meals. Wish it was a better experience. The past 2 years it has been like this.

SE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful double birthday celebration. Great daily specials and server suggestions.

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montarra clearly goes above and beyond in preparing their food and seeking unique flavor combinations. We had several small plates and I have to say the fish tostadas may have been the best thing I have eaten this year!

JK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly not too overbearing. Food had a great taste and presentation. Yes, we would come again.

Thanks

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food not cooked correctly twice had to send it back

LD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. We were there to celebrate a birthday which I
noted at the time of the reservation. When we arrived and were given our menus, all of them had Happy Birthday printed on the menu. What a great experience.

T
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and terrific service.

JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Orders were wrong, food was cold. Server was slow service was slow and it wasn’t that busy. Food was under cooked. Got charges for a meal we didn’t order

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Our 2nd time at this restaurant. 1st time was superb, sadly this time was disappointing. I ordered the bouillabaisse and it was very bland. Had a tummy ache afterwards. My husband ordered the sea bass dish and was very happy with it. With the high ceilings, the noise level made it difficult to talk over our table for two.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. We would definitely dine here again. If at all possible, it would be helpful if some type of sound absorbers could be mounted on the ceiling, we traveled about 40 min and would again because food and service were wonderful.

KD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent.

GG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a great meal, but our server was not very friendly, and her attitude was the only negative in an otherwise wonderful meal.

W
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The people at Montarra Grill, from the moment we walked in , then to the bar for cocktails, and finally to our table, were great. The food excellent! I had Waygu beef and my wife the Sea bass. Both done to perfection. The only issue, and it was more ours than Montarra was the noise level of the place. They were very busy with several large parties. So, as I say the issue was ours. Everyone was having a great time and so were we. Top marks for a fine restaurant that we will again patronage soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food!

LJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best meals I have ever had. Delicious! I was there for my Birthday with two others. Everything we ordered was great! No leftovers because we ate it all. So very good. The menu said “Happy Birthday “, nice touch. The only disappointment was that they did not provide a Birthday treat. Three people spending over $300.00 should warrant the Birthday girl getting a scoop of ice cream. Not a deal breaker but something would have been nice. I am already looking forward to returning to try different offerings. This place is wonderful.

RB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed, ALWAYS a great night with exceptional service from Sarah and delicious food and drinks.

LL
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious steaks, nice ambiance

BP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is very good. Mac & Cheese is usually excellent, but tasted like it was from a box this past time. Steak, risotto, onion soup, and everything else was excellent. Service is always 1st class.
Only thing I’ve noticed over time is it has gotten much louder & much more casual. A lot of people dressed the same as going to Burger King now. Food as always was great.

K
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. We had an amazing evening. The restaurant was beautiful. The service was wonderful. Our waitress, Kasey, was delightful and very attentive. We look forward to going there again.

e
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful meal and a wonderful evening! Would recommend Montarro to all!

SI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite meal. Fantastic service. Can’t wait to come back.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great server....very noisy where we sat. Will ask for different area next time.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

H
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Montera! Food was wonderful- the only thing that was a bit of a disappointment was that we were never given the delicious crackers- Not sure if it was because we sat down at 8pm but I was telling the person I was with how good they are and then we never received...I forgot until writing this-;)

KM
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We visited for the first time a few weeks ago and can’t wait to return! The atmosphere is romantic, dark and artistic...which, I love. Our server was very knowledgeable and helped with choosing the perfect wines to pair with our entrees. We couldn’t stop talking about fabulous the dishes tasted...Truly a great find!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filets are always outstanding. And the sticky toffee pudding is incredible.

ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

One of the better restaurants in NW suburbs but not on par with downtown restaurants.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Fantastic wine selection. Daily specials were innovative and delicious. Service was fantastic and the dirty martinis were the cherry on top.

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