Monti Ristorante Italiano

4.6
180 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
In 1974, Papa’ started working in the family business at the age of nine by doing some small jobs with his dad. When Nonno saw Papa’s talent, love, and passion for the job, he gave him the chance to take over the business at the age of 17 in 1982. In the same year, Papa’ met Mamma Sabrina. It didn’t take long for him to fall in love with her. She was a beauty! After a long courtship, Mamma finally fell for him, too. In 1995, they had a son whom they named Enrico Jr. At a young age, he had worked with them in the shop after school. He then decided to move to England and follow his dream of opening a restaurant.

After five years of hard work, Enrico Jr. finally found the right place to fulfil his dream! Papa’ and Mamma decided to sell their business in Rome and come to England to support his dream. This is where the concept of Monti started—a real family-run restaurant, where good food meets good people, and happy memories are made!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 180 people are saying
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4.6
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vipMartinN
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

3 problems this night, portions were very small, the seafood special GBP 22 was at best appetizer size - about 8 pounds worth. The side dishes each a fiver were tiny - 6 chip size fried courgettes! The spinach not much better. The carboanra had a few pieces of pancetta and a simple cream/wine sauce without much flavour, but it was at least reasonably priced. Service was slow an hour between starter and main.

Expected much better.

Monti Ristorante Italiano
Responded on December 17, 2020

I can only write 500 Letters so I try to make it simple( I have left a better and a complete one on tripadvisor for you I have no replies to your comments, 8 pound worth Cannelloni with fresh Seabass and King prawns? Carbonara with cream and wine you can only find it in the worse cheap restaurants around, as the original recipe is with raw eggs and black pepper, that was not a pancetta but guanciale. Please stay safe and don't worry about us, we are doing fine with out your custom. Tx

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JessS
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic evening and the service was second to none x

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GrantT
London
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff really friendly. Nothing too much for them. Engaging and made us feel at ease.
Food lovely.

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RachelP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monti is such a lovely place to have dinner - it's amazing food, great atmosphere, friendly staff and good value. Cannot recommend it more highly!!

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Jessica
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantasy service and vibe, the decorations for Xmas made it beautiful! Beautiful food and great price

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JacobP
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant. Incredible food, wonderful funny staff and a brilliant ambience. Truly a little taste of Italy in Southend!

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AlfredK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been customers since Monti’s opened. It has a great menu plus a number of nightly “specials”. Not yet had a meal I wouldn’t recommend.

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DebbieK
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so lucky to have this restaurant within walking distance! Food was amazing and service was quick too! Definitely recommend this restaurant x

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 1st visit here for a date night and we loved it .. the tables were spaced out enough for us to enjoy our conversation and the food was great, there was a fantastic selection of menu to choose from and the service was attentive and un intrusive too.
We will be definitely returning and have already reccomend this restaurant to others.

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DeborahM
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and amazing food served by friendly and efficient staff

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Ace111
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome birthday meal. Love this place. Best around? You bet.

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Paula
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly efficient service. Recommended.

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steviet
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall an enjoyable evening with very nice food only downside was made to feel slightly uncomfortable by members of staff after being totally ignored between courses for 25 mins . When I mentioned it got a slightly frosty reception

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JacquiL
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Food is outstanding and the service was perfect. A little on the noisy side but that kind of chatty ambience was what I expected to be honest. Very tempting menu, will be going back as there are other things I want to try. The seafood risotto was yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well looked after by staff , food very nice , very clean and comfortable, will definitely return again soon

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LouiseE
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time visiting Monti’s and will definitely return. Great old style Italian service, food and vibe with a modern twist. Can’t wait to be able to visit with family!

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Samantha
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is not cheap but is of fantastic quality. The staff are friendly and helpful, I will be visiting again

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SamB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely seating areas inside and out, food amazing.

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VeryanK
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, cooked fresh and the front of house service was perfect. Definitely be returning

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Lindz
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st visit and certainly won’t be the last. Went at a lunchtime so not over busy, food delicious and lovely lady serving us, very enjoyable. No criticism thought everything was tasty , be interesting to go of an evening for comparison.

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JadeW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a fabulous evening lovely ambiance, amazing food and first class service as always.

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ChrisB
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic staff and a really nice atmosphere feels like a real Italian home. Food is fresh and tastes amazing highly recommend this place to eat!

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KatarzynaK
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit at Monti as we were spending weekend away and what can I say... ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Food was delicious and decor of the restaurant breathtaking. All waitresses very attentive and our orders were served with a blink of an eye. Definitely will be going back there on next trip to seaside.
5 🌟 for you guys!Keep up the good work
Katie,Casper and little Hannah xx

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So warm & friendly and made you feel very welcome and relaxed in these difficult times

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NicoleJ
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing first time dining there fab staff very friendly amazing food definitely will be recommending it and definitely will be back

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing , Honey cheesecake was to die for

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Jules
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend a meal at Monti restaurant. The staff are always so friendly and welcoming. The food is all home made and very delicious. You pay a bit more but it is a really high class restaurant so it’s worth it. They also do delicious cocktails.

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Ruby
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely Italian where they looked after us really well, plenty of choice.

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PaulR
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, lovely food, well presented.

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janetb
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I loved the food and the service was generally good and friendly but I'm not sure I will return at this present time, because I felt it was too busy in the current climate and not socially distanced enough. Also, the masks the staff were wearing were useless. They are visors that only covered half their faces, but were so loose that when they looked down to take orders etc they did not cover their noses at all and not much better protection round their mouths. It"s a shame, as food was lovely, but I just didn't feel very safe .

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AlanH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal out For a long time.
Service and food was great.

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Claireabelle
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal, very attentive staff who would do anything for you. Not the cheapest of meals however worth every penny! Shame we don’t live nearer or we would definitely visit again

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TimK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and professional service, a decent menu and first class food.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods was amazing the fish stew one! Meatball was a bit disappointed but pasta and sauce was lush so that made up about the meatball. Garlic bread with cheese OMG and cocktails was very nice.

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Trev
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic! Great food and amazing service. We really enjoyed our evening here with it being the best place we ate during our stay in Southend.

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Lippo
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great atmosphere, staff are very friendly the bosses wife had just had a baby so they were dishing out free champagne which was very generous of him.
The staff could have been a bit more attentive and the time between course was too long. Once we had our food it was very tasty and good quality.
The restaurant was very busy and had a great atmosphere.

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PeterW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our sons 13th birthday and everything was spot on. Food was lovely and I loved how they stuck with what appeared to my untrained traditional Italian food throughout the menu.

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Caroline2
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was mediocre. The lasagne was good but the salad was limp and on the turn. The calzone was really greasy and the desert (tiramisu) wasn’t very nice either.
None of the staff wore masks and we had several different waiters bringing our food over. Customers switched tables and the tables weren’t wiped down. Menus were passed around. No provisions were made for the current pandemic at all.

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Vict
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely people, the ambience is perfect - you feel like you’re at home.

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, with great food and friendly service, appears to be family owned and run which shows they really care, If I'm ever in Southend again I would definitely return.

FAQs

Monti Ristorante Italiano does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Monti Ristorante Italiano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01702 467793.

Monti Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.6 stars by 180 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.