Montarra

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2482 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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JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent.

GG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday with the family and enjoyed the atmosphere and the food!

KD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful.

DD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always looking for spots for quiet romantic dinners. Montarra fits the bill, and has excellent food and service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice evening and the food was very good.

JN
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always!

SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, perfect pacing, excellent service, divine cuisine.

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

The food was fantastic, the service impeccable, and the specially printed menus shouting out our anniversary were a welcome surprise. Everyone knew about it, from the hostess to the waiter. Outstanding!

ML
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wonderful overall reviews are well justified. Our food was very good, the ambiance is really nice, and the service was excellent. We will be back.

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Our second visit this year, first one was great. This one was very good but the kitchen let us down a bit. Still loved the foie gras and grouper tostadas. The berries and toasted buttered brioche with the foie gras was outstanding with the Sauternes wine. The skirt steak was delicious. Unfortunately the mixed grill order was not stellar. The duck confit was extremely dry, appeared to have been in the cooler a few days before reheating, the filet, ordered MR was served rare, cold red center but very tender, the lamb rack was MR. Side dishes and sauces were very good. Sorry but a restaurant of this style, service and price point should not let a plate leave the kitchen that is not spot on. 9 oz wine glass is a great choice instead of a bottle.

o
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal and service. Definitely lives up to the hype.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food drinks and service

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were exceptional and the service was impeccable.

DP
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, worthy of the price point. Service could have been a bit quicker.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We almost always get the filet mignons here because they are so good and cooked to perfection. Service here is very good.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The customary Parmesan crisps were unavailable, other than that everything was wonderful and status quo for Montarra. Good stuff.

B
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Just spent 2 hours on a meal. Over an hour to get entre served. Very good food spoiled by terrible service. Fix it!

e
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I always go for special occasions birthdays anniversaries etc. the food and the atmosphere is always fabulous this time I think our waitress was newer that’s why I did not give it a five star. Always recommend it to family and friends one of the finer restaurants in the area always very excited to go

DZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. Monica was a tremendous server! The appetizers and entrees were excellent and cooked to perfection. The cocktails were amazing as well. This place is great and I will surely return!

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