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Montrio, Monterey, CA

Montrio

4.5
4.5
3677 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Located in the heart of downtown Monterey, Montrio offers a comfortable yet classic dining experience, featuring fine European inspired-American cuisine. For the past 25 years, Montrio has worked to showcase sustainable seafood, fine quality meat, and Monterey County’s best produce in all of its dishes has made this renovated 1910 firehouse a local favorite.


We feature a variety of appetizers, award-winning small bites, enticing entrees, and indulgent seasonal desserts made by our in house pastry chef. Choose from Montrio's extensive wine list, or try one of our signature cocktails. Come see what everyone is talking about!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 46 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 648-8880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Sascha Lyon

  • Private party facilities

    Montrio Bistro is committed to ensure that we exceed the expectations of every guest that comes through our doors. With over 20 years in the business and a great team of chefs and wait staff, you can be sure that Montrio Bistro is the right spot for your next event.

  • Private party contact

    Ella Hrusa: (877) 920-3609

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Franklin

  • Parking details

    Convenient two tier garage parking located a half block from Montrio Bistro.

  • Public transit

    Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,677 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food is “OK”. That’s about it. Service was a challenge. There were four tables around us that had issues with the service, we witnessed each of them argue over delays, errors, and ultimately charges on the bill. We thought it was weird. Until our server didn’t come to the table for 15 min to greet us. Cocktail order- another 28 min to be delivered. (After asking twice about it). No apology, just here you go. Food comes, almost “dropped” off, and gone. No checking to see if we needed more water, no how’s the meal, nothing. Then the Bill comes, and the cocktail that took 28 min to arrive, has now doubled in cost from the one we had at the bar while we waited for 40 min after checking in and being told 10-15. I asked about it, it was amended, again no apology. Wouldn’t come back here again, food and atmosphere weren’t enough to overcome a poorly run hostess, floor, waitstaff, delivery staff, and floor manager.
  2. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    We were both very disappointed in the food. It was poorly presented and overpriced. I had the scallops and there were only three of them (I had been told that there was 5). My niece had the file mignon. Even after sending it back, it was still raw in the middle. These two dishes plus one creme brulee came to $137...no drinks or extras, and before the tip. My niece made the comment at she looked around, that no one looked like they were enjoying the food. On the bright side, our waitress (Cali) was pleasant and attentive. We both decided that we would not go back again.
  3. HC

    HeidiC

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Upscale food and we enjoyed the shrimp risotto and seafood special.
  4. SR

    ShanaRagan

    Unspecified

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Our Server was amazing but everyone else was trying to clear my plate too many times interrupting our conversation; a bit annoying. We were a bit shocked over the prices. We understand product costs are increasing but $28 for a 1 crab cake listed as an appetizer- yikes. Maybe next time we will check to see if there is a bar menu.
  5. B

    Bevin52

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always one of the top restaurants in Monterey awesome food & bar. Have been going for 8 years & it is better than ever now that have reopened
  6. NR

    NancyR

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The meal was very enjoyable. The brick chicken was great. The past with homemade sausage was outstanding. Loved the shrimp cocktail and the crab cake.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Anybody giving this more than one star hasn’t traveled and eaten, or eaten out much at all for that matter.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant! Nick, our server, was awesome. Food was delicious!!

    MontrioResponded 3 days agoThank you for the great review, and you enjoyed Nick the server.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Overpriced tourist trap
  10. ML

    MeghanL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    For the price, this restaurant service and food was not on par with expectations. Ambience was lacking as well.
  11. BM

    BlancaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, that is something that can’t be overlooked great service makes for a great experience.

    MontrioResponded 3 days agoThank you for the awesome review.

  12. GA

    GAil

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Shrimp cocktail was mushy. Salmon entree was fair. Farmer Salad was just lettuce. Pork chop was fatty. Very expensive meal. Drinks were fair. Very disappointed. Was 400 for 2 couples. The waitress was good but food for price was very poor. Had been there before which was very good and less expensive but something has changed and not for the better. Will not return.
  13. M

    Mjmcbm

    San Joaquin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The swordfish was the bomb; best I've ever had anywhere. My husband's scallops were fantastic too. We shared the awesome crab cake appetizer and creme brulee for desert. This was our 3rd or 4th visit here (we live about 150 miles away); will 100% be back again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service !!
  15. AS

    AlanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noise level was loud because of two men that were drunk - people actually asked to be moved - staff should have said something to them - in my opinion
  16. ES

    EdwinS

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun time at Montrio. They have decided to shorten menu and go a little more upscale (posh). Lorena was wonderful. Very attentive and friendly. A+. Food was excellent. Prices at the upper end. Can walk from hotel. Overall, very enjoyable evening.
  17. K

    Kelly

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful food, amazing ambiance. Spectacular service
  18. CG

    CaroleG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Très bon repas assorti d’un bon vin local. Peut-être aurions-nous préféré être dedans (nous n’avions pas demandé à être dehors) les soirées sont fraîches à Monterey
  19. EC

    EdmondC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine cuisine, well seasoned and cooked dishes, served warm and in a timely manner with a respect for each dish. No undue delay in being served each dish.
  20. CK

    CarmelKids

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Montrio has reinvented itself and results are simply outstanding! I have been a few times recently and each experience has been a pure delight. The quality and presentation of the food is some of the absolute best you will in the area, and all aspects of the service on equally on par. Bar and wine selections are terrific and varied- creative fresh ideas! I highly recommend Montrio, it is truly one of the absolute best restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula!
  21. SB

    StefanB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Oysters absolutely fantastic, also the fish. Nice, comfy and stylish interior.
  22. D

    Disappointment

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The food preparation and taste was poor for such exorbitant prices Presentation was good Service was excellent
  23. J

    Joel

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Been coming here for years but it’s not progressing regarding the food. Staff is nice, good drinks and wine list. The short ribs entree is nothing better than what you can buy at Trader Joe’s for $9. The pork chop was tough and not that flavorful. French onion soup for an appetizer is good but very large. Stone fruit salad with burrata is okay. Sadly I don’t see this as a destination restaurant anymore.
  24. OT

    aasOT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Attentive service and an overall good experience. Very limited menu if you're vegetarian or pescatarian was the downside. But we enjoyed the appetizers and shared an entree (grilled salmon catch of the day). The french onion soup was excellent and non-alcoholic mocktails were also good. Didn't serve bread or anything which was a little disappointing. A little on the expensive side for what is provided, but it's Monterey and an above-average ambience.
  25. SB

    SusanB

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    The food is great, but the prices have increased so much I don't feel like the experience is worth the excessive prices. One small, good crab cake was $28.00. A caesar salad was $18.00 and that's with no protein added. Entrees averaged $40.00. So, really nice food, small portions, BIG prices. Also, it's also a shame they no longer do their happy hour as it was wonderful.
  26. J

    Julie

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    2 of us had the halibut and it was dry. We also had crabcake appetizer. Not that good and just one?.....Drinks were good.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    We are on vacation around and came here to celebrate our anniversary with some expectations with good reviews. One great thing, our waitress was very nice. Patio is okay with dog. Not kid friendly, my 11 old daughter cannot order from their “verbal” kid menu. The excuse was their chef is very “particular” of kids able to order from kid’s menu…. nothing on the menu really worked for my daughter’s slightly simple taste without meat... They won’t even just make her a simple shrimp pasta… We ended up getting her shrimp cocktail and crab cake from the appetizer menu…She ate some and she didn’t enjoy them that much, she said best of the night was the ice-tea. LOL!! My wife got the scallop and it was fine. I ordered the duck, I tasted the breast first and was like rubber… not much taste also… the waitress saw my face and took care of that right the way, I got the short rib instead, and it came super quick, it was much better but not great… I have had better… Dessert - bread budding was nice with the ice cream, cream brûlée was so so… oh another thing a little disappointed for a good restaurant, the details is important. We made notes on reservation that we are celebrating anniversary and there was nothing done for us and not even a question asking if we are celebrating anything. Well, we still enjoy the time anyway, the food, not so much.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On holidays in Monterey for a few days and Montrio’s came highly recommended and did not disappoint! Fantastic food and fantastic service from Carlos, an absolute pleasure all round!
  29. m

    mariannee

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Our first courses - onion soup and Caesar salad - were excellent. However, the crab cake was notably lacking in crab flavor - the herb was most pronounced and there seemed to be more filler than crab. The duck three ways lacked flavor. So, after the first course, the food was disappointing.
  30. W

    William

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there. We had a great time, service was wonderful. Great interior.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was friendly and helpful and the food was great!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific service, delicious food, worth it
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time. We were outside with heaters. For appetizers we had oysters and steak tartare. None of us cared for the oysters but the steak tartare was some of the best I’ve ever had! I had the ribs for dinner. Everyone else had the duck. We’d definitely order both again. The service was excellent. They were a busy and a little behind. Our waiter apologized. Honestly we didn’t care.
  34. DB

    DanB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    We have participated in the produce convention in Monterey every year for the past 20 years. We always end our visit with a trip to Montrio - and in the past, we have always looked forward to it, and have always been very satisfied with our experience. This last trip we made our reservations and again were very much looking forward to our visit to Montrio. Unfortunately - our evening was a disappointing one. We were seated upstairs, even though I told the hostess we would prefer to be downstairs. There is zero atmosphere upstairs, it is sterile, and has none of the buzz of the main dining room. Our server looked to be on his own, and was slow in taking drink orders. We ordered appetizers (we were disappointed that the calamari had been removed from the menu). We had to ask for bread (other tables around us were brought theirs) when we received it the bread was burnt - it looked like it had been thrown on the grill. We found the wine list limited (as compared to previous visits). Our appetizers had barely reached the table and our entree's showed up shortly after - before we could finish the appetizers. The food was of good quality, but for whatever reason, lacked the wow factor we usually have at Montrio. The dessert though was excellent. Overall, a very disappointing visit - service was slow and clunky, and the atmosphere left much to be desired.
  35. S

    Shred

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience3
    Service is terrible. Our server was friendly and professional but largely absent. I cannot say if this is because she was serving too many tables or if the place was short staffed but I did see her hanging out at the bar chatting when we needed attention. A place with such excellent food really needs to have matching service. Cocktails were poor. Food here is excellent but it is failing at being the complete package.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall great dinner experience. Great menu options with detail to presentation of each dish.
  37. GA

    GayA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Nice ambiance, extremely slow and, at times, inattentive service; overpriced and over spiced cioppino for two, delicious pork chop, pretty good onion soup. Not our best option.
  38. KS

    KeithS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great high end dinning, Everything is fresh, and amazing quality. Highly recommend

    MontrioResponded on July 29, 2022Hi, we thank you for enjoying Montrio when we know there are so many other dining alternatives. We are glad our food, service and ambience provided a five-star experience and look forward to your return. Thank You!

  39. A

    Alman

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing. Excellent cocktails and wine list. Excellent service. The main dining room looked really nice with the deep red upholstery and iron grapes adorned cornice. The lights above the bar are artfully done in glass and the mid-century modern hanging lamps above the booths are really nice. The dining room is energetic. Unfortunately, we were seated outside the main dining room next to the kitchen and waiters station sharing in the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and waiters going about their business. Hoping next time we will enjoy the experience the main dining room offers.
  40. C

    Clouso

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and our waiter was fantastic. The owner came to our table to check on it. Very nice!!

    MontrioResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you very much for your five-star review. Our team works hard to create a unique and exciting dining experience for every guest. We are sincerely happy that we were able to provide an excellent dining experience for you.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Montrio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 648-8880.

Montrio is rated 4.5 stars by 3677 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 46 times today
Google Map for Montrio

414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Franklin

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Convenient two tier garage parking located a half block from Montrio Bistro.

  • Public transit

    Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Sascha Lyon

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 648-8880

  • Private party facilities

    Montrio Bistro is committed to ensure that we exceed the expectations of every guest that comes through our doors. With over 20 years in the business and a great team of chefs and wait staff, you can be sure that Montrio Bistro is the right spot for your next event.

  • Private party contact

    Ella Hrusa: (877) 920-3609

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