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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (65)
Good for a Date (61)
Special Occasion (57)
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Romantic (53)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Worth the Drive (37)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Bar Seating (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Business Meals (20)
Cozy (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Tapas (17)
Casual (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Healthy (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Seasonal (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food and waitress were excellent. We were seated at our reservation time

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Steaks were excellent. We all got filets and i got the Montarra stuffed bourgine filet. All excellent. Forgot our asparagus but that stuff happens. They brought it out later but didnt charge us for it. Desserts were great too. Went well with a glass of Rombauer Zin.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great atmosphere, food was fabulous, and the service was excellent. Always a pleasure dining here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always one of our favorite restaurants for date night and special occasion dinners! The goat cheese croquettes and the bacon wrapped dates were to die for. Our filets were cooked perfectly and the grilled cauliflower was amazing! If you’re celebrating a special occasion, you can make a note when you’re booking your reservation and they will include a special menu for you to take home to commemorate - a simple note at the top but it’s a nice touch!!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

As always, Montarra never fails to provide a delicious meal in a lovely setting with great service. We are always welcomed and seated in the area which is most comfortable for us.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food and service in a comfortable seating location. It was a bit noisy during our meal though since it was a busy place with lots of customers!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was my husband's birthday and Montarra had printed a special menu withing him a happy Birthday with his name on it, very personalized, and unique. That was the first on many lovely things to come, we had many small plates and enjoyed every one immensely..all food done to perfection, great service, lively atmosphere , and a beautiful dessert with more birthday wishes--such a perfect celebration-thank you so much for making it special!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I only have one issue from our dinner last Saturday......it is so loud in the restaurant. The restaurant was so crowded and we were seated very close to the table next to us (I have a feeling this couple was listening into our conversation, which was very awkward).

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As always, Montarra exceeds expectations. Bartender is the best ever. Food is always magnificent. First class as always. Like downtown without the drive!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was good but we had poor service. The waitress actually reached across me to grasp a wine bottle. She was slow to take our drink and dinner order. They brought out three dinners and the final dinner plate didn't arrive for nearly five minutes later. Not what I would expect from a restaurant like this. It was a busy Saturday night to be fair. Tables are close together which amplifies the noise.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We did a collection of small plates. Was not disappointed in any of them, and there was more than enough food for sharing between us.
Great food, service can be a little slow, so not for a quick bite, which is probably better experience overall.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday and they put the birthday girls name on the menu!! Such a nice touch. The food was excellent!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Yummy versatile and unique small plates lets you try different foods instead of a full entree type meal. We ordered 4 small plates for 3 people (stuffed mushrooms, lamb lollipops, scallops and petite fillets) and we were all stuffed. It was perfection and felt like gourmet dining.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Casual, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and great service. May get a little noisy during peak dining times, but the food and service are well worth the additional noise.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food, service, ambience! It's a long drive, but worth it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. The food is exceptional. We have been to Montarra before and would go back again. The atmosphere is very nice and the serving staff is considerate and does not intrude when you are having a conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was great!always something special on the menu that we love!
The staff greets you with a smile & they are willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have a great night.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our evening was perfect in every way. Pricey but very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Another awesome experience. They never fail to impress!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The service at Montarra was excellent. Our server was very familiar with the menu and made several good recommendations. Our food was superb. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The occasion was a Birthday for my fiancé. As soon as we came in the door and were greeted by the Hostess my fiancé mentioned that it was her birthday. The hostess sardonically said "Yeah, we know". The steak was excellent but way overpriced given the fact that salad is not included and the 3 ounces of mashed potato and 2 ounces of vegetables are hidden underneath the steak. Again everything tasted great but the $/oz. of food ratio makes the restaurant way overpriced for the amount of food that you get.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Live Sports
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was so delicious!!! My husband and I both had steaks and everything on the plate was so flavorful!! The service was really good too. Our waitress was super nice and came by at all the right times to check on us.

It was a little on the noisy side but the ambiance made up for it. I would highly recommend trying this place out!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere! Great food! Only wish they would have let us bring and open our own wine. Village ordinance....I wish the village would reconsider!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Second time here, and both times were great. For an unassuming place in a strip mall, montarra keeps pace with some of the high end steakhouses in Chicago, and is better than a few of them. Give them a shot, you will not be disappointed.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent! I eat at plenty of higher end places, and this place did not disappoint. Best in the area for sure. We will be back.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I am not aware of more high class restaurant in this area.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We arrived an hour early and despite there being open tables, we were seated at our reservation time. Our appetizer was "stolen" by another server so we waited about 30 minutes for the appetizer. The server was apologetic and did credit us, but she was clearly flustered that the appetizer continued to not arrive. Overall the food was good, but not amazing. I would give them one more try.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Not there best night. My pork chop was undercooked, sent it back, and although the new one was cooked to my liking, it was about 40-50% fat. Our side of Brussels sprouts was less than exciting. Soups were excellent as usual. This is certainly not the norm here, but it was not the anniversary dinner we had hoped for.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was a little bit amiss tonight. Have always had amazing service here. I think tonight our server was not at her best.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Always fantastic!!

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The staff made out special occasion even more special! Great service. Never felt rushed. Food was excellent. Dining room was a little too dark for my liking but otherwise a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great good and excellent service. The chef is amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This place was good not great but good, the biggest issue we had was when we asked to be seated in a booth the hostess made it seem like it was a real inconvenience for her and with that in turn she stated that we would be waiting 45 min even though we were about 15 min early for our reservation. We told her it wasn’t an issue and that we would wait, our wait ended-up being 5 min.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Exceptional food and service. Dinner at Montarra is always a treat and they never disappoint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

We use Montarra on special occasions. It is "pricey", but worth every penny, The service is excellent and the food is delicious. The menu offers a great variety to choose from in the way of seafood, steaks, fish, soups and salads. We love to go here when we can. The ambiance is wonderful - low lighting and comfortable seating.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food, service and environment - what more could you ask for??

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Casual, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Amazing absolutely loved it

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great restaurant, but noise level took away the enjoyment of our nicely passed dinner because we couldn't hear each other speaking without shouting. We've dined here a few times, but this was the first time we remember not being able to have much of a conversation due to all the chatter! Such great food, it's too bad they have this issue!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was very good. Our server was delightful and quite capable. The service however was choppy. Either she had to many tables or the kitchen/bar was overwhelmed. We read that they did such a great job with special occasions but all we had was Happy 40 th anniversary on our menu. Maybe my expectation was unreasonable after reading reviews etc . I thought something with a candle would have been nice 😍
Overall it was a nice experience and we would go back!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server was outstanding. The cocktails and food were delicious as always!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic
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