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Montrio, Monterey, CA

Montrio

4.5
4.5
3734 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

7:00 PM


Booked 39 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 3,734 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. M

    Monterey

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent. She was attentive without being intrusive.

    MontrioResponded todayThank you for the 5 stars. The staff works hard to give excellent service. Glad you enjoyed your time with us.

  2. M

    Milton

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really wonderful food in a delightful space. Duck was great. Excellent onion soup

    MontrioResponded todayHappy you enjoyed your food and atmosphere. We appreciate your review.

  3. MD

    MichaelD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Selected this restaurant from Trip Advisor, and wanted something special for our anniversary. For a Sunday night, the place was relatively empty, with 2 tables occupied by a party of 3 and a party of 2, as well as us, also a twosome. One large table in our section was occupied by what looked like a business group of about 8-10 people. The hostess who knew it was an anniversary offered a couple of table options and we selected the one we chose based on its potential noise level reduction. It worked. I must say that the young lady that night was very sweet and eager to be sure that the table met our needs. Nick our waiter soon appeared and was very courteous and asked the standard questions, "Can I bring you some water?", "Have you been here before?", etc. Ultimately, we chose our entrees and a glass of wine each. My wife had the appetizer risotto which was excellent and I chose the short rib which was equally delicious. The wines, a white and a red, both were good wines at a reasonable price for the generous pour we received. The meal complete, the trio had left, and the other couple was about to leave, leaving us and the table of 8. Nick brought the dessert menu and I ordered a flan with a cup of coffee which came along with a small scoop of gelato with a candle (compliments of the management) to honor our anniversary. So up to this point, all was reasonably good but then Nick became insensitive to our needs as he tried to repeatedly try to close out our tab even though the table of 8 were just starting their beverage round. Their main course was not even ordered. I am not sure if Nick had a hot date and wanted to get out ahead of schedule but from this customer's perspective, he was going to be there for a few more hours with the table of 8. Nick, suck it up.

    MontrioResponded todayWe are very sorry to hear you felt rushed. We work so hard to make our guest experience excellent. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We will continue to educate our staff on customer service. Look forward to having you dine with us again.

  4. T

    Therambam

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Helpful, enthusiastic service. Good food all around. Place was loud but a fun building and environment

    MontrioResponded 3 days agoThank you for the review.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. The burrata salad was unique and flavorful. The bread pudding was the best we’ve ever had. We always try and stop by when we are in town. The chef brought us out our food and was very nice. Our server was very attentive and made great suggestions. We will be back.

    MontrioResponded 3 days agoWe are so happy to hear you had a great experience with us. We work very hard to deliver excellent food, and service. Thank you for the great review, and we look forward to your next visit.

  6. JW

    JohnW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience2
    Food and service were reasonable. They ran out of the wine we ordered after one bottle (party of 4) and also did not have the port listed on the menu. Due to crowds, noise level was a bit high, but not bad. Booths are a bit crowded for 4 people and we originally were going to have five. I would recommend this to restaurant to others but not without some caveats.
  7. 9

    99eats

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Came here for our anniversary dinner. The exposed brick walls and high ceilings were a plus. We ordered the onion soup, farmer's market salad, the pork chop, and the duck three ways. The pork chop was excellent. It was served with a sausage patty, roasted radicchio, and fresh plums slices. We were very excited for the duck three ways even though one of the 'way' is actually a fried duck egg over polenta. The duck three ways was a little disappointing. The duck breast was slightly over cooked for medium rare for me and thus tasted like liver/gamey. The roasted duck leg was okay . The onion soup was delicious with a healthy amount of cheese and thick piece of bread. The farmer's salad was good with fresh veggies and a tasty green goddess dressing, though a line of the dressing wasn't enough for the salad. Didn't like the glass of pinot that I ordered and the waitress was super cool about it and didn't hesitate with replacing it for a different wine. Waitress was great and friendly even though she was busy.
  8. S

    Stewart

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are holidaying on the Californian coast and have a delicious meal. Our waitress was superb, attentive and very friendly. The food was excellent. All round a great meal if a little on the pricy side!

    MontrioResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for the great review. We are so happy you enjoyed your food, and service.

  9. JL

    JudithL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We expected better cuisine of a former Michelin restaurant. The crispy crab cakes were dry and not succulent. The Halibut fish was overdone and not moist. Finally, the short ribs were overcooked to the point of being burnt! Our family were visitors to Monterey and were celebrating a special occasion. At the end of the meal, the quality of the food left a bitter aftertaste.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unexpected gem.

    MontrioResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  11. l

    lavishmctavish

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were royally looked after in Montrio. Got a cozy table opposite the bar and we were entertained and served some great wine and drinks from Daniel. Food was top notch and portions were great for us. Would def. reccomend and will visit again if we’re in Monteray again!

    MontrioResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review. We will make sure to tell Daniel you enjoyed his service. Hope to see you back soon.

  12. JM

    JohnM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Tuesday night, so not too busy. Great food and the service was excellent. A little expensive, but what restaurant isn't. Definitely recommend.

    MontrioResponded on September 27, 2022Thanks John! We appreciate your great review. We work very hard to deliver excellent food and service. We are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us.

  13. k

    kadidiac

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A little loud, but both food and service were very good. I wish it was possible to go out to eat at a more reasonable price but I guess that's wishful thinking these days regardless of where you go. We had two appetizers that were very good, a burrata salad with stone fruit and a pork belly. personally, I would not put peaches and plums on my burrata salad but it worked very well, the freshness of both cheese and fruit played off each other nicely. My husband ordered the elk special - very well prepared. I had the duck three ways. I do not often order duck in this country because most places truly do not prepare it well. I also ordered it medium rather than their customary medium rare and was a little worried about that, but the duck was crispy on the outside and cooked perfectly on the inside. We ordered the creme brulee and butterscotch pot as dessert - both also fabulous. My only criticism is that it's difficult to have a conversation at your own table because of the noise, the interior decoration - while nice - does nothing to dampen the high ceilings.

    MontrioResponded on September 21, 2022Thank you for the review. We appreciate your business.

  14. J

    Joey

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are from out of town and didn’t realize how cool it would be to sit outside. The very nice hostess graciously found us a cozy booth inside, during the busy Friday night dinner hour. Excellent service from Carlos! Delicious food and friendly atmosphere . Best meal we have had so far in the Monterey/Carmel area.

    MontrioResponded on September 21, 2022We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us. We will certainly let Carlos know you enjoyed his service. Thanks for the great review.

  15. d

    dawnjuan

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend the cioppino for two!

    MontrioResponded on September 21, 2022Thank you for the great review. I will let the chefs know you enjoyed the Cioppino.

  16. JI

    JoanI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience as well as a fantastic meal -- from the front desk greeting, throughout the meal, everything was delicious, perfect and comfortable. Will be back for another celebratory dinner!

    MontrioResponded on September 21, 2022Thank you for the excellent review. We try very hard to make every experience memorable. Can't wait for your next visit.

  17. c

    coffeeboy

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very lovely dinner outside with our dog. The food was delicious I had the brick chicken and my wife had a risotto with shrimp. The outside area is isolated and heated and very nice and quiet. Excellent restaurant

    MontrioResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you for the excellent review. The patio is a great spot to dine. We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit.

  18. LL

    LilyL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband & I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Montrio last night. We were both very impressed with the delicious food: Gil said his steak was 'stellar'. Liza was our server; she was delightful. You will not be disappointed when dining at Montrio.

    MontrioResponded on September 15, 2022H Lilly, I'm so very glad you both enjoyed dining with us. It was also very nice talking with you. Please come back and see us again soon. Debbie Edwards

  19. BC

    BonnieC

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My husband’s scallops were excellent. My halibut was a tad on the dry side and I did not care for the veggie bed underneath the fish.
  20. IR

    IndyResident

    Indiana

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everytime that we eat at Montrio, amazing at not only the quality & preparation, but the consistency throughout the menu - they take ownership!

    MontrioResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you so much for the great review. We appreciate it!

  21. SR

    StephanieR

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Choose this bistro as we’ve been there a few times before. Parking lots are close by and free after 6;00pm if worried where you’ll park in this busy area. Started with brown-butter old fashioned (delightful). The steak tartare was delicious-perfect to share. Main courses: short ribs and duck three ways. Fabulous!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The prices are astronomical but no complaints about the quality of fish and preparation

    MontrioResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you very much for the 5 stars

  23. GH

    GregH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & drink was great and service was very attentive.
  24. H

    Hammy

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service, but sidewalk patio was very cramped.

    MontrioResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate your opinion.

  25. b

    beachlovers

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent venue in the old Monterey fire house, service was great, food was exceptional...overall was a great choice when looking for a new place! Will return when we have the opportunity.

    MontrioResponded on September 15, 2022Glad your dining experience with us lived up to your expectations. Thank you

  26. LS

    LiliaS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were very good and staff very friendly.

    MontrioResponded on September 9, 2022Thank you for the excellent review. We work hard to make sure your experience is perfect.

  27. D

    Diner

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My wife and I had dinner here over the busy Labor Day weekend and we totally enjoyed the evening. The ambiance was really nice, our server Snow was excellent and took great care of us. The orcchiette pasta was amazing, as were the shisito pepper appetizers. The wine list was interesting but on the very pricey side. Overall a very nice dinner.

    MontrioResponded on September 9, 2022We are very glad you had a great experience with us. Snow is an outstanding server. We will let her know you enjoyed her service, and the food.

  28. M

    eMac

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent filet, great service, great drinks!!

    MontrioResponded on September 9, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars.

  29. l

    ljzc

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary

    MontrioResponded on September 27, 2022Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the review.

  30. MM

    MMMgood

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary

    MontrioResponded on September 9, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review. Happy Anniversary.

  31. J

    Johnson

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Kitchen was understaffed. A party of 15 effectively held up the entire rest of the patrons getting their meals. Waited nearly 45 minutes to the entrees being served and they came out warm, not hot.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We will definitely go back.

    MontrioResponded on September 9, 2022We appreciate the great review and are very happy you enjoyed your time with us.

  33. PT

    PTJPTJ

    San Francisco

    475 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    475 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant is good, not perfect but definitely above average and certainly worth a visit. Service was very attentive and staff was accommodating; in fact, four hours before 7:00 I doubled the reservation size (from four to eight people) and they had no hesitation in confirming. The food was well portioned and superb. Not one person disliked a dish. Finally, the decor is really nice.

    MontrioResponded on September 9, 2022Glad we could accommodate you. Thanks for the feedback

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our reservation was late, the restaurant was supposed to be closed, but the owner told us it was not a problem and they would make our visit comfortable and cook whatever we want from the menu! Awesome experience, the stuff was very kind and the food was excellent. We made it just in one hour to not keep them too long at work,it was 10:00 PM!! Thanks again!!!
  35. KS

    KatelynS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were in town just for one night and wanted a nice dinner. Montrio was the perfect choice and our server was lovely.

    MontrioResponded on September 3, 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. We hope to see you soon again.

  36. KL

    KenLee

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service, great food, overall great experience.

    MontrioResponded on September 3, 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!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience3
    Service sucked!

    MontrioResponded on September 3, 2022Thank you very much for your 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. We hope you return so we can show you how we can elevate your experience to five stars. Thank You,

  38. BC

    BCA99

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food service and friendly atmosphere makes the dining experience a joy. Love Montrio!

    MontrioResponded on September 3, 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. We will definitely make sure Snow is acknowledged for her excellent work. Thank you

  39. IR

    IndyResident

    Indiana

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food, in fact, better than great! Quality & ownership by the entire staff is consistent, and that's really hard to find. Make a reservation...

    MontrioResponded on September 3, 2022Thank you very much for your review and your strong recommendation to others to enjoy all that Montrio has to offer. 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. We hope you return so we can show you how we can elevate your experience to five stars. Thank You,

  40. S

    Shelly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I was expecting more with a $300 bill. We had the crab cake, shrimp cocktail, ribeye and short ribs and a glass of wine. That’s it. The food was good nothing blew me away. We had a reservation and still had to wait for them to clear a table. It was a bday celebration which I mentioned in the reservation but nothing special was done. Table next to us used foul language and talked really loud about their breakup.

    MontrioResponded on September 3, 2022Hi, thank you for your review and I am very sorry we did not provide a positive dining experience. Of particular concern is the observation about neighboring guests not providing respect to everyone. This is our responsibility to address, and we apologize. As well, your special occasion should have been acknowledged. I am sorry this did not happen and wil be ensuring that the staff are reminded of training and service around special occasions at all times. Thank 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 3734 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 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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