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

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (56)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Good for a Date (53)
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Special Occasion (51)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Worth the Drive (33)
Cozy (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Business Meals (21)
Tapas (19)
Notable Wine List (15)
Casual (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Seasonal (12)
Healthy (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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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food5
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service5
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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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food4
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service4
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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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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 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 6, 2018

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 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 5, 2018

Awesome as usual. Delicious gourmet fine dining!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 4, 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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food4
ambience5
service4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 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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food5
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service3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food & ambiance.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 3, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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vip
 (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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·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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·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 30, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 29, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was amazing but the service wasn’t good. It took our server forever to come around to us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Tapas
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Cocktails are small for the price. I ordered the tuna, cooked medium, for dinner. It was served very rare.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have never had a bad meal here, in fact every meal has been amazing. This is our all time favorite restaurant. We just enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Eve Dinner here with the family. The steaks were cooked perfect. Outstanding Service! Enjoyed my favorite Chardonnay, Mer Soleil with the best French Onion Soup ever! Highly recommend this gem of a restaurant!

Tags: Vegan, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Romantic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

New to the area and found this gem... great small plates!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellently prepared food, very tasty flavors. Love the small plates so you can try several different dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our favorite! Great food, always consistent. We had an executive chef dining with us from LA and he also enjoyed his meal. Overall, always a good experience with great food, so happy to have found this place since moving to the area a year ago.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Unbelievable food as always. The Happy 24th Anniversary printed on our menu a excellent touch. Will be back again and again for our special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our sever Dayna was great. I had 2 odd requests for the check and she handled it perfectly. Food couldn’t have been better. Such a great dinner!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and great menu selections. The Filet was super tender.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Never been disappointed coming here for many years now. Always try a new appetizer or one of the chefs specials when I come.
Had desert this visit recommended from the waitress and it was delicious.
Keep up the quality and we will keep coming back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Amazing prime meats and great service
A hidden gem In the suburbs

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

We sat in the bar area and it was noisy. We didn't mind, however if one is conversing with a table of four, it would be rather difficult. It is Christmas time and everyone is having a good time. Therefore, I would not give them a bad mark. The food was spectacular.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Outstanding, as always!

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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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Wonderful meal

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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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