Montarra

4.8
2564 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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ChristineS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks and service by Sara. Always a go to place for a really nice meal .no need to travel outside our local area for superb food and service

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margotgn
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays. Everything was good - service, ambiance, food, . . .

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TerryM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Montarra has always been our go to place for special occasions or just to enjoy a wonderful meal. However, something has happened to end that! Our last great meal at Montarra was July 2019.

Since then, on two occasions, both my husband and my dinners (grouper and chilean sea bass) were dry and lacked the wonderful sauces and combination of flavors that were an expected Montarra standard.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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vipPams
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Have been there in the past and very happy. Our server was very nice, however once we ordered our meal took at least half an hour to come to table. My scallops were cold, but my husband said his filet was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food and service. Special thanks to Laura S!!!

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FrankB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the top restaurants in all of Illinois is Montarra located in Algonquin. Fine dining at its finest, Executive Chef Joshua Lynn's offerings are all outstanding, appetizers through desserts. Even their drinks menu is creative. I don't say this often, but Montarra is a Bucket List restaurant. Service was very good, prices are moderate, beautifully designed space... but the food is for those that appreciate the finer things in life. Five stars in every category. Montarra is as good as, if not better, than the best restaurants in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Trust me, I've been there. Thank you, Chef Lynn. You and your team are doing outstanding work. I'll be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal all around very delicious.

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JimG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service was stellar; the noise level was exceptionally loud. Still a favorite spot though.

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vipRayBarajas
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food & cocktails. Montarra is ALWAYS the perfect place to go!

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markv
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

....everything was great from food to service, only problem we were stuck by a window on a very cold night...

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience! Entrees were delicious. I had the ribeye and my wife had the lobster rigatoni. Our server Bergan, was great and very attentive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and good were great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my mom’s birthday, and they put a cute little message on the menu. Everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food (filet, tips and scallops, salads, burrata bruschetta, flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding) was delicious, drinks were great. Our server, Amy, was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I’ve ever had, the service was good and the atmosphere was very nice as well.

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SteveC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best find dining for the price. ............................................................................................&

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Samantha
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with incredible food! Our waitress was very welcoming and attentive. We will definitely be back!

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BrionJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as usual. Consistently exceptional in every way.

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ChristineS
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No need to go to Chicago for a great dinner - ALWAYS great service , food & drinks Filet Mignon is fork tender -cooked to perfection - I especially like to Duck/filet/lamb chop plate - 3 great meats done perfectly

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RickS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great - service seemed a bit slow but they were busy for a Tuesday nite. Wasn't real loud which was nice - my wife and I were able to hear each other talk which isn't always the case in some restaurants. They remembered that we were there for a special occasion.

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vipLynneW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food of course was great. The server was a little slow and ordering process took a long time which was unusual. Had to ask for bread and she never came back and asked how things were going. She needs a bit more training and tenure I think. Overall though it was great because we were with family.

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vipMarkH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Montarra is always the highest quality and never disappoints.

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DWyz
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.

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FrequentDinerCSG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! Totally worth the price tag!

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ErikB
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.

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vipGotoditkas
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.

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vipKaren
Chicago
56 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.

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vipDrLaura
Chicago
27 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.

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vipHeatherM
Chicago
11 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.

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vipJeffW
Chicago
5 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

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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DanK
Chicago
3 reviews
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

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Oregonwino
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.

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JES3
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.

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DebF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipYummy
Chicago
58 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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You can order delivery directly from Montarra using the Order Online button. Montarra also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 458-0505.

Montarra is rated 4.8 stars by 2564 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.