Montarra

4.8
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2540 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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4.8
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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first experience with Montarra was very pleasant. I've lived in the area for many years but hadn't had the opportunity to visit until this past Saturday night. I had reservations for my wife's birthday and 4 of our friends. Our table was ready when we arrived (early) and the staff was very, very nice. Our menu's had a happy birthday message for my wife, something I didn't request; Montarra took it upon themselves to call it out. What a nice touch! My wife was very surprised. The atmosphere is fantastic, and my group commented about how low the overall noise levels were. It made for a great environment for conversation. The food was fantastic all the way around. All of our guests were happy.

FD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food quality and service. Dark and loud. I’d return to the bar for drinks and small plates, but too loud for pleasant dinner conversation the night that we were there.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! Totally worth the price tag!

EB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I have been eating here for years, with quality food and service. I believe I won't be back, two of the four meals my family ordered were borderline poor. The beef tips were so chewy that they were almost inedible. The scallops were good but, sauce ruined them. The other filet that was ordered was also chewy. I'm not one to complain at restaurants, I just don't ever go back. There are just to many others options out there.

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and presentation are impeccable. Staff is always attentive but not overwhelming. The experience is consistently far above the bar.

K
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a birthday for our friend and their first time here. Everything was amazing. Cocktail at the bar then at our table.
Food was delicious service good, but, disappointed no dessert for my birthday friend. The birthday menu was fun.
On the whole we love your restaurant and will return.

DL
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The server was very friendly. The salad and soup we order to start were good. They did forget the crispy bread initially, but once we brought it up they brought it. My partner really enjoyed his scallops. My side veggies were delicious. I wish they had more regular vegetarian options on the menu although the chef is more than willing to make special entrees. The chocolate cake was good, the crust was just a little over cooked.

HM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Montarra Grill many times. They never disappoint. Their filet mignon and ribeye are always both fantastic. They have other options such as fish, pork chops and chicken as well.

Ben the bartender makes an amazing pomegranate martini. Ben is a great representation of Montarra Grill who is very personable/professional. The servers are also very nice too.

Montarra Grill is the best hidden gem in McHenry County. I will definitely always be back.

JW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I would recommend Montarra for a special occasion. The restaurant is quiet and romantic, with an interesting selection of meals not found in many other locations

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last year we tried a new restaurant on each date night. This year Montarra was the first restaurant that we went back to and we were not disappointed!

DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went there New Year’s Eve for my wife’s 60th birthday the food was awesome as it always is service was a little slow

O
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat at a high top table near the bar. In the past we have been seated in the middle of the restaurant and the tables are very close together. The high top table gave us much more room with much less noise. We shared some of the small plate options and had a couple cocktails. Very enjoyable evening. We will be back more frequently than we have been in the past.

JE
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had and excellent meal on our 5-party visit on the day after Christmas. Our server Cindy did a great job of taking care of us, including ensuring that appetizers ordered for sharing were sufficient for all to sample.

DF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never had a bad meal. Best tasting steaks and appetizers.

Y
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food here has been and continues to be outstanding. We try something new each time we visit and have not been disappointed. However, the service wasn't as special as has been past experiences. Understanding that everyone has an off night, the waitress was cordial, but fell short of expectations. The carolers moving and singing about and around the tables was a nice holiday touch. We will dine here again. It is always a real treat for us.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 12th or 13th birthday spent at Montarra! It will be my next as well! The absolute best food around!

MA
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my first time eating at Montarra and we opted to order small plates. We had the french onion soup (awesome), duck flautas (delish), scallop and cauliflower special (great) and the lamb lollipops (not my cup of tea). I think for 2 people we could have ordered one or two more plates but we decided to get dessert instead and went with the flourless cake. It wasnt the best I've ever had but it was good. I will definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The table behind us was so obnoxiously loud we couldn’t hear the people sitting next to us. The staff would look at the people at the table but did not ask them to quiet down. Very disappointing.

VM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classy and relaxing dining experience with a diverse menu and attractive presentations

RB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic. I would not go here for the atmosphere, especially in the center dining room. For a special night out like this, I want the atmosphere to add to the experience. The physical surroundings were less than I would want, and a family was walking a baby all around our table area. I don't know the solution to the second issue, but it was an unfortunate part of our evening. Our waitress Pam was excellent. We will be back for sure and choose to sit in a different room.

c
Chicago
214 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as usual, and the service was fantastic.

CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food . Great service .

LS
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I had the bacon wrapped dates, it was very good, but you should expect it to be on the sweeter side. Noise level in main dining was a bit loud, so convo was tough.

N
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks and service. Makes me think of somewhere I’d eat in the city.

m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and drink are wonderful here! my only small complaint is the noise level. Not conducive to conversation as somehow we always manage to be seated near a large loud group. but overall highly recommended as there are not a lot of upscale good restaurants in the area.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Luckily our table was far from one of the larger ones where a lady was talking and laughing as though no one else was around for miles. I felt bad for the people closer by. I think management should maybe do something in these situations and I'm just glad it wasn't as disturbing across the whole restaurant where I was seated.

JF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 1st time there! From the minute we walked in, it was Awesome
The food Amazing!!
Service was Spectacular
Everything we ordered was so good
Cooked perfectly
We Will be back!!

AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.
Great service.
Nice place.
Highly recommended.

MG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly service, and great atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice little restaurant, but i felt the grouper, and the sea bass we ordered was cooked too well done. The fish should flake off, and not come apart in chunks. Very good flavoring and sauce though.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good and the service was excellent. We will certainly dine there in the future

MF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was excellent! We always have a great time here!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing from food to service.

JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best meal in the Northwest Suburbs I have had since moving out of the city 5 years ago. My wife and I came here for a date night and were blown away.

This is the best Filet Mingnon I have ever had. Normally I prefer Ribeye because it's jucier, but after 1 bite of my wife's Filet I immediately knew I ordered the wrong steak (keep in mind, the Ribeye was still solid).

The appetizers, drinks, service, desserts, and ambiance were everything we had gotten used to in the City and more.

I'm so glad we found this place as we will be back for years to come.

KM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this place, great food, great people..... ambiance is fabulous, a little bit of everything for whatever you like. We did all small plates and bottle of wine this time.

RB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite place to dine. Outstanding service, food, drinks

JH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the greeter to our server herself. Always good food and drink. The unique specials on the menu are tasty and worth trying. Can be a bit noisy but not such a distraction that it can’t be overcome. We would recommend Montarra. Reservations are a good idea.

RB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional food and service at Montarra.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!