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

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (54)
Romantic (49)
Special Occasion (49)
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Good for a Date (48)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Worth the Drive (35)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Bar Seating (27)
Cozy (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Business Meals (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Casual (16)
Tapas (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Healthy (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (7)
Authentic (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

It was for my nursing school graduation and the food was excellent! Our waitress was very friendly and helpful

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food, great service, and nice atmosphere. We will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

We always enjoy Monterra. The food was terrific. The chef accommodated my wife's vegetarian preferences by creating and off the menu item that was outstanding. The service was truly excellent. The wine and beer selection was quite good as well. Overall a great dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Spouse and I really enjoyed our first time here. Decor is nice, restaurant noise level a little high...but still easy to converse at our table. We had skirt steak and grouper...both dishes along with their sides were well prepared and tasty. We will definitely come back here.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good food and small portions , and pricey! Noise level was very high. I had a hard time hearing anyone at our table of 6 had to say.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was a great date-night; the food, the service, the restaurant...Top notch!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Loved the atmosphere, but the food is superb! Never have we had a bad meal there!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful as always! My favorite on this visit was Indiana duck confit small plate. The sticky toffee dessert was really good too.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic spot for friendly, attentive service, combined with fine food!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

There must have been a problem in the kitchen . It took extremely long time to get out food. When it arrived some dishes were cold. My wife's filet was supposed to be medium and one half was blood red rare while the other was well done. Disappointing ad we usually have had a good experience. Seems like it is going downhill and for the prices charged should be much better

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went on our anniversary, which was recognized when we arrived.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This was our first visit, and we were not disappointed. From the food, to the atmosphere, to the impecable service. It was a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary! We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for a pre-Thanksgiving meal with the family on Wednesday night. Hugely disappointed in the food. Our server was friendly but the service was really slow. The meal was not something I would rush back for. Overpriced and just so so. Ordered the filet. It was dry with very little flavor; could have done better myself at home. On a positive note, the ambiance was nice and it was great to spend time with family.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was an all around fantastic experience. I provided flowers beforehand to surprise my fiance with, which well elegantly displayed on the table when we arrived. Also recommend dessert!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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