About Montarra

Montarra the "hidden gem" of the Northwest Suburbs is located in Algonquin. Whether it is our Prime Aged Steaks, or our delivered daily fresh seafood, Executive Chef Dave Perlick, 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. Our extensive wine list of over 100 wines, includes 30 wines by the glass and representing more than 10 countries world wide, is sure to give even the most discerning diner an array of choices to accentuate Chef Perlick'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 "chihully" 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”.

1491 S. Randall Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Lounge open later nightly Closed Monday

Cross Street:
County Line Rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 458-0505

Website:
http://www.montarra.com/

Catering:
Montarra can accommodate catering events up to 150 people. Chef Dave Perlick will be more than happy to customize any menu you desire.

Parking Details:
Well lit, paved parking lot just steps from the front door.

Executive Chef:
Dave Perlick

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Wine Dinners. Wine Tastings.

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Montarra 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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (51)
Good for a Date (50)
Special Occasion (50)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Cozy (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Business Meals (21)
Bar Seating (21)
Tapas (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Casual (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Seasonal (12)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Authentic (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for Valentine’s Day. Everything was wonderful! I love how the French Onion Soup is served in an onion. And the filet did not disappoint!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Best place in NW suburbs. You put this in Chicago and it’s worth triple.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

As always, excellent.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Took my boyfriend out for steak for his birthday. Monterra is his favorite steak hands down. Service was beyond excellent, food was amazing and drinks and dessert were all delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

We've dined at Montarra numerous times. The service is always friendly, but the real draw is the food. The menu has a good variety and the food quality/preparation is always excellent. The restaurant is located in an unassuming strip mall, but a great dining experience awaits inside.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We went for an early Valentine's dinner and ordered from the special menu. The filet mignon was excellent as always and the wine paring suggested was perfect. Also ordered was the lemon chicken with potatoes that was delicious. Beet salad was wonderful as well. We finished with the berries in Chambord with vanilla ice cream and the baked apple with Carmel and ice cream deserts. Our server Jennifer was friendly, offered great suggestions, made our experience one to remember. Montarra is our favorite place, and we were not disappointed. We will return soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Sat us in the middle dining room just behind the hostess stand. Everytime a customers came or left cold air blew across our table. All the need to do is put up a four foot wide piece of glass and about seven feet tall to block the the air and it would look nice. Third time I sat there. I will I only eat there in the warmer months and spend my $300 elsewhere. Food is great and our server was excellent She gave us a drink for our trouble. Not her fault that a simple fix would make their customers happy. Hope the other unhappy people told them on the way out.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Timely and friendly service. Always a good place for a relaxing dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was exceptional. Meal was amazing Simply couldn't ask for more. Thanks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent food and service. We were celebrating a birthday in our party and the menu's first page had a happy birthday greeting for the person in our party. This was our first visit to the restaurant and we were very impressed with this first class organization

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful server Pam and great food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

First of all, our service was amazing from the minute we walked in. Everyone was helpful and gracious...the hostesses, bus people and our waitress were amazing (Amy I believe.)
The filet & ribeye were wonderful and cooked perfectly. Risotto was delicious. Thank you

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Montarra continues to an all time favorite, however, even more so as my husband and I recently adopted a Vegan diet and Montarra did a great job at preparing the yummiest of meals with black rice, grains and a variety of veggies. Bravo!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first time at Montarra. We were a group of 4. The server was excellent and responsive. Food was delicious and prepared just right. We had the steak au poivre, the halibut, the berkshire porkchop and the petite fillet. Definitely would go there again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Consistently exceptional

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

It’s been a long time since last visit. I am happy to say that our rexperience did not disappoint in any way. The only disappointment was that the bananas foster dessert is no longer offered. While the sticky toffee pudding WAS very good, still missed the old dessert option.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We took some customers out for a business meal. The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was very creatively prepared and just as good to eat. The steaks are cooked to perfection, and very tasty. The help was alert and the service was also very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I’ve been wanting to try this place for years! Was a last minute decision and I can’t say enough how amazing it was. Food was beyond phenomenal and the service was one of the best I’ve ever had!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing service, excellent food, great date night spot

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Delicious food, friendly service. Contemporary decor, diverse menu options. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellent food and service in a quiet, intimate environment. Conversation for the 2 of us was not a problem at all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

A wonderful spot to share celebrations and enjoy creative and delicious food. We are always treated exceptionally well from the host, to the waiter and wait staff. Recently we celebrated a birthday there. Check out our custom menus!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Tried the mixed grill

A little disappointed in the duck, little too crunch.
lamb was a little rare, fillet was great
my wife loved the shripmp and scallops dejong

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great date night place to go, food is excellent, stickie-pudding desert is to die for! Quiet ambiance, great service, filets are out of this world! Certainty not an inexpensive outing but worth it for that special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was excellent, service was bad. Waitress didn't have a wine list and it was really noisy. Would go back for the food but would probably try to sit in the bar area.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent quality of food and service! Wouldn’t go anywhere else

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great place to eat. If you go there, request Ashley. She was super attentive and made the dinner that much better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Awesome as usual. Delicious gourmet fine dining!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always great food at Monterra. Went on a Wensday night with my Dad to celebrate my birthday and found the experience a little below previous visits, which is why I didn’t give it all 5 stars. Grouper tostadas were a little salty and waitstaff was a bit curt. My previous experiences have been excellent however and I highly recommend Monterra for a nice dinner or special occasion. Great cocktails, wines, small plates and steaks. Staff is typically helpful and attentive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We loved the food but didn’t feel the service really matched the prices. It’s expensive on par with wild fire or bob chins etc... but not mature. Additionally , we went for my wife’s birthday and noted it on the reservation but they didn’t recognize it at all. It’s the attention to details that was lacking.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food & ambiance.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We went there for a birthday celebration for our daughter who is about to deliver her first child. The server made sure everything was perfect for her special day. Everyone had a great meal and I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We made our first visit to Montarra on New Years Eve, having just moved to Algonquin. The restaurant was bustling with pre-party diners, but our server Crystal made us feel welcome and provided a good experience, and our meals were prepared perfectly. We will certainly be back on a regular basis!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Great service. Had reservations for NYE...seated next to a window. Had to place my coat on my date's legs so she wouldn't freeze. It was also very loud in the dining room, mostly due to amateur drinking night I suppose. Aside from that, this place doesn't let me down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredible atmosphere. Hidden gem for sure. Outstanding drinks, food and service. A must try!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

the tacos are the best I ever tasted, we have never been disappointed every time we have eaten there, the wait staff couldn't be nicer, just a great place to have a great meal.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Temperature was cold inside. Place was chilly. Husband was very uncomfortable and had to wear coat to eat

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

All steaks cooked very well and all plates very well done!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We love this restaurant. We use for our dates, and special occasions. Their food/drinks never disappoint.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Organic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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