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Montrio, Monterey, CA

Montrio

4.5
4.5
3782 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!

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 29 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 3,782 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. F

    Foodie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food snd place
  2. M

    Montro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Waited an hour for entrees. The experience has declined so much
  3. L

    Lika

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing, the quality, the quantity, the presentation, the flavors, and the service .

    MontrioResponded 2 days agoLika, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience. We also appreciate your kind words. Don Basch General Manager Montrio

  4. D

    Diana

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fish selections are fresh, perfectly cooked and unique blend of tastes! Service is the best! A background music a bit loud but needed to overcome noise. Highly recommend this dining experience.

    MontrioResponded 2 days agoDiana, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience. We also appreciate your kind words. Your encouraging comments will be shared with the staff!

  5. Y

    Yolanda

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience at Montrio’s was fabulous as always.

    MontrioResponded 2 days agoYolanda, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience! And we also appreciate your kind words!

  6. e

    ellenmcarmel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great! The management is attentive and the ambiance is perfect!

    MontrioResponded 2 days agoEllen, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience! We strive to always improve!

  7. B

    Barb

    Central Coast

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and libations were outstanding. The rooms upstairs accommodate private events. Don Bausch was an excellent host.

    MontrioResponded 2 days agoBarb, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience. We also appreciate your kind words. Don Basch General Manager Montrio

  8. P

    sanjosePat

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated at a wonderful booth by a lovely lady named Michelle. Even though it was only our third time eating at Montrio, she made us feel like we were old friends and was thrilled that we were there. The food, especially the steak, was outstanding and perfectly prepared. I wish I could give more than 5 stars to our server and Michelle. Especially nice that it is so close to the hotel where we always stay. Can't wait to go back.

    MontrioResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you Pat for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience! And we are certainly encouraged by your kind words regarding our staff. Don Basch General Manager Montrio

  9. VC

    VincentC

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was outstanding, we had reservation for a outdoor patio seating because we had our little Pomeranian with us. The owner came by the table several times to check to make sure that we are comfortable. We ordered the Sea scallop with sweet corn and couscous was delicious but portion is a little small, pork chop with Italian sausage and radicchio was good but a little bit on the salty side. The appetizers and desserts selections were excellent.

    MontrioResponded on December 2, 2022Vincent, thank you for the 4-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience! But most of all, we thank you for the feedback you have provided regarding your dinner. We will pass along your comments to our chef. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Don Basch - GM Montrio

  10. M

    josephM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, though next time would request downstairs seating.

    MontrioResponded on November 29, 2022Joseph, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience! And yes, feel free to make a seating request anytime you join us. We are always happy to accommodate seating preferences! Don Basch - GM Montrio

  11. P

    Patty

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniel the bartender was incredible. Service and food were fabulous.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couchettes was a terrific server, professional, knowledgeable about the menu and fun. We enjoyed the evening.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing and it was really the highlight of the night. All staff was very attentive from the GM to a sweet lady who made sure we were at home. Drinks were great and the food was cooked perfectly.
  14. LL

    LisaL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant for our anniversary!

    MontrioResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you Lisa for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience!

  15. j

    jamesk

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Excellent food but the kitchen was out of control and our wait times were unacceptable; like an hour between appetizers and the main course arriving. What should have been an 1 1/2-2 hour dinner was 3+.

    MontrioResponded on November 15, 2022Good afternoon James. I must personally apologize for the delay that occurred between courses during your recent visit with us. It is obvious that we did not meet your expectations. So if you would not be opposed to it, I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the details of your dining experience that led to your review of our restaurant. Our goal is to always accept our customer's critiques as an opportunity to grow. I can be reached at 831-648-8880. Don Basch - General Manager Montrio

  16. K

    Kathy

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    The food was boring, no flavor. The Halibut ($48) was very dry, could have used a nice sauce. The accompanying sides.....corn and fregula with the scallops and succotash with the halibut , both had basically no flavor to recommend them. I didn' t even eat mine. The scallops were tasty but over priced for what you got......3 scallops - $42!

    MontrioResponded on November 15, 2022Good afternoon Kathy. It is obvious that you had a less than desirable dining experience with us recently. We have shared your comments with our chef. No doubt under-seasoned cuisine is unacceptable. With that, our goal is to always accept our customer's critiques as an opportunity for growth. So thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. If you are interested, you are more than welcome to reach me with additional comments at 831-648-8880. Don Basch - General Manager Montrio

  17. BG

    BrianG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service! Love this restaurant. The food is fantastic and you'll be surprised at the amazing presentation. It's not cheap but worth every penny!

    MontrioResponded on November 15, 2022Brian, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience. It certainly helps us to know how we are doing!

  18. W

    Winewalkabout

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal where the both the food and the service was excellent and the setting was very nice. A great date night spot to impress that special person.

    MontrioResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for the 4-Star rating and your kind comments! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience. Please let us know how we could earn a 5-star rating from you in the future! Our goal is to continually improve. Cheers! Don - General Manager

  19. CR

    CindyR

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience! Yummy provocative menu. New remodel ambiance is fantastic. Going back!

    MontrioResponded on November 15, 2022Cindy, thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience! And thank you for the kind words!

  20. r

    rogerb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The waiter ,service, and food were excellent. For locals there needs to be a happy hour for mixed and food/dessert. Way too expensive.

    MontrioResponded on November 15, 2022Good afternoon Roger. We are definitely in-line with your train of thought. Coincidently we have had discussions in developing a menu that will satisfy the needs of someone looking for lighter-fare small bites early in the evening. So thank you again for your helpful comments. Our goal is to always accept our customer's critiques as an opportunity to grow. If you have additional comments, feel free to call me directly at 831-648-8880. Don Basch - General Manager Montrio

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, loved the browned butter old fashioned.
  22. DI

    DavidI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    No server intro to specials, things they were out of, descriptions of some of the vague things (e.g. trio of oysters). Every question I asked, it seemed the server was ready to go. Our reservation was at 7:30 and by 9, they were already doing last call. Entrees were $35-$45

    MontrioResponded on November 15, 2022Good afternoon David. We are sorry to hear that you had a less than ideal dining experience with us at the restaurant this past Saturday evening. So if you're open to it, I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the details of your dining experience that led to your review of our restaurant. No doubt we did not meet your expectations. Our goal is to always accept our customer's critiques as an opportunity to grow. I can be reached at 831-648-8880. Don Basch - General Manager Montrio

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and mocktails. Awesome ambience and warm people working here. Will definitely be back.

    MontrioResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience!

  24. KR

    KarenR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and wine choices. Excellent service! Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
  25. PD

    PatrickD

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Seemed like a rough night when I was there, perhaps due to some staffing issues or a big crowd, but they were struggling to keep things staged. Service was very pleasant and menu perhaps read better than it tasted but still very good.

    MontrioResponded 2 days agoPatrick, thank you for the 4-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience! But most of all, we thank you for the feedback you have provided regarding your dinner. We take all input from our guests as an opportunity to grow. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Don Basch General Manager Montrio

  26. L

    Late

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived on time, and an hour and 15 minutes later we were still waiting for our entrees. We had to leave without dinner in order to get to the show at the State Theater. You guys really need to coordinate your staffing and reservation system when events are going on downtown.

    MontrioResponded on November 7, 2022Good afternoon. We are sorry to hear that you had a less than ideal dining experience with us at the restaurant this past Saturday evening. So if you're open to it, I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the details of your dining experience that led to your review of our restaurant. Our goal is to always accept our customer's critiques as an opportunity to grow. I can personally be reached at 831-648-8880. Thank you. Don Basch - General Manager Montrio

  27. ML

    MicheleL

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably delicious

    MontrioResponded on November 7, 2022Michael, we are so pleased you enjoyed your dinner with us this past Saturday evening! And thank you for the 5-Star rating! We appreciate you taking the time to review your dining experience!

  28. j

    joshuak

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Incredibly overpriced for what it is. Sells itself on being in a firehouse that has been almost completely covered up. Service was terrible and food extremely late with little attempt or effort to make things right, instead just a bunch of sorries. I’m sorry too, sorry I went there.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. The bartender was overwhelmed and sometimes drinks were slow in arriving. Good bartender, but needed help.
  30. D

    Diner

    Dallas

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Debby, the manager, was very informative about the restaurant and staff. Bill,our waiter, was excellent- knowledgeable about the menu - both food and wine
  31. DF

    DeeF

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very nice experience at Montrio. They were accommodating when my friend decided to sit inside which I think is better since they actually have a nice decor and ambiance. The food and the service were both great. The only reason why I did not give a 5 is the way that they pace the serving of our food. I felt the servers wanted us to eat all our food and leave. For a fine dining experience, I like to savor and linger on each course but in Montrio I felt rushed and pressured to go to the next course. Otherwise, it was a lovely evening.

    MontrioResponded on November 1, 2022Good afternoon Dee. We certainly enjoyed having your party in to join us Sunday evening! I apologize for missing the mark though as it relates to the pace of service that night. We value input such as yours, which always helps us to know where improvement can be made. And rest assured that rushed service is not acceptable at Montrio! We will share your comments with all of our staff, with the ultimate goal of always providing 5-Star service. Thank you again for the review.

  32. P

    Ptoast1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good, and the service was great. I definitely recommend the onion soup, and as someone who doesn't drink, I appreciate that their menu included quality mocktails. I definitely recommend.

    MontrioResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience at Montrio and for the 5-Star rating!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Braised Short Ribs were perfect. The Pork Chop was outstanding. Extremely large wine list… like a giant book.

    MontrioResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for taking the time to review Montio!

  34. RD

    RyanD

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Halibut was dry and flavorless, but other meals were great

    MontrioResponded on October 28, 2022Ryan, thank you for the review. We are sorry you did not enjoy the halibut. It's usually a favorite. Please talk to Don, or Andrew next time you are in. We will make sure your meal is perfect.

  35. P

    Pearly

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started with the Caesar salad—tasty and generous portion. The short ribs are incredible! The mushroom fricassee is perfection! Talley Chardonnay was wonderful too. Montrio is a perennial favorite in Monterey!

    MontrioResponded on October 27, 2022Thank you for the 5-Stars! We will let the chef know regarding your comments about the mushroom fricassee!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a delight to have an intimate date night with my husband here. Our server was super attentive. She made sure all our needs and wants were satisfied. The food was phenomenal! The wagyu beef and fillet mignon were cooked to perfection. They are so tender you can even cut the meat with your fork. You can definitely tell that the salad and seafood were fresh! Highly recommend!

    MontrioResponded on October 27, 2022Thank you for the awesome review. We appreciate the details of your review. We will forward our your kind comments to the chef!

  37. L

    Leslie

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, but $38 for chicken on a salad is quite high. Not really many choices under $40 for dinner. Service was good. But we ended up at a tiny corner table without legroom, and we are both tall. I would return, but they should offer some lower-priced entrees.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was very delicious. And the staff very kind. But we felt rushed. As soon as we sat down we were asked what wine we wanted to order. We weren’t sure as we wanted to look at the menu first. While we had a cocktail and appetizer we continued to discuss what bottle we wanted and felt pressure from our waitress as well as the manager to make an order. As soon as we did they took the wine list. It felt as if they needed the list back for someone else. Everyone was nice but it felt weird and rushed, and that we should know what we wanted right away.

    MontrioResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you for the review. We are so sorry you felt rushed, I'm sure that was not our intension. Please reach out to Andrew, or Debbie on your next visit. We will make sure you have an excellent experience.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Will definitely come back!

    MontrioResponded on October 25, 2022We are happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Thank you for the 5-star review.

  40. I

    Iowrya

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were looking forward to our first visit and ended up very disappointed. The short ribs were overcooked such that we chewed and chewed and ended up placing the wad of meat on the edge of the plate. I hope this was a sign to the kitchen about the quality of the meal. We are easy to please folks that were very let down with our experience. Hope ours was the exception.

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 3782 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 29 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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