Montecito

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Farm-to-table
Montecito Restaurant is a restaurant collaboration between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Toronto-based Innov8 Hospitality. The vision for Montecito has been from the beginning to create an environment that captivates a wide audience and brings them together in an exceptional space.

Like its Southern California namesake, Montecito combines a casual elegance with effortless sophistication in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. Our two-storey dining room, lounge and outdoor patio is located steps away from Film Festival Headquarters at TIFF Bell Lightbox. While our Farm-to-Table menu highlights various purveyors from across Canada and changes weekly based on seasonal availability.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place was great, service was great our server was very friendly and helped out with our selections in the best possible way. Food came out pretty quick for how busy it was, and tasted great. Highly recommend this place

GS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening with great food and attentive service.

j
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

good, food is nice and all, my sis want to have the main course and the salad tgt, the waiter took the salad away without asking. is not his fault. but asking if she want is would be better. that just me picking the needle. But overall montecito was fantastic. go try it out for sure.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an excellent experience and I look forward to coming back

SC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great winterlicious experience. Price was decent and menu options were great. I have the smoked salmon salad and loved it.

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Worst food I’ve ever had at a restaurant especially for its price

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of us are vegetarians and the servers were very helpful and accommodating our dietary requirements.

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and team was fantastic. Went for my mothers birthday- they even printed out personalized menus with my moms name which was such a great touch! The wait staff was fantastic, the recomendations were on point, and the food was great. We had the scallops-- and they were TO DIE FOR....they accommodated the allergies. The mains were fantastic and very unique. Overall, thank you to the chef and to the team. Never disappoints!

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived,through the meal ,till we left, the staff made us feel both welcome and special. The food was delicious, different and we left feeling quite full. A great evening !!!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary and were delighted when we saw personalized celebratory menus. Our server was wonderful, the food was flavourful and the atmosphere was great!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team of staff looking after us. Beautiful space. Cozy but not sitting on top
Of your neighbour. And great food. Lots of interesting selections. And my favorite - a wonderful wine list. We’ll be back soon

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Beet app too sweet (sugary)
Cavatelli troppo al dente

s
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An expensive meal but it was delicious. Service was great and table very comfortable with lots of room between diners.

JC
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and venue is amazing. The offer to obtain discounted parking didn’t work out. I ended up getting charged for parking by the restaurant and a $70 ticket by the private property. Now I have to deal with the restaurant to get this ticket paid. Quite inconvenient.

ER
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classy and modern setting with excellent service and fabulous food. Add in the Happy Hour specials and it the makes of an exceptional evening.

M
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal! Nova Scotia scallops as a starter and perfectly prepared Fogo Island turbot....best I've had anywhere. Server was knowledgable and just the right attentiveness. Never had a bad meal here

VT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice evening. Good for and service. Great for client dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

They didn’t have the duck so recommended the pork which was impossible to chew. And it was like $30. I gave them that feedback, and although they offered something else we didn’t have time as we were watching a show. Charged me anyway.

JM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great destination for a business lunch. Food was terrific and service was friendly.

S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The venue was very inviting, great lighting and pleasing decor. For the price, I feel the sides should be included with the meal and I’m sure any Chef worth their salt would agree that they should coordinate the flavours, not the customer. I sabotaged the lovely, 30+$ Duck confit with the limited few sides I had to choose from; crispy Brussel sprouts (that I’m sure had a hint of horseradish) and deep fried potatoes. I could have ordered mushrooms but I would never would have served it that way if I cooked it myself.
If I have to pay to design my meal then a much more complimentary variety of choices is imperative and perhaps a recommendation from the chef. So I just can’t suggest this restaurant to others until this is remedied but it has great potential.
Our server was very pleasant.

OC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Waiter forgot about us a few times, but otherwise a typical great dinner at Montecito!

S
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We received excellent service. Our server was top notch with honest recommendations and pairings. The food was only so-so. The beet salad was delicious and beautifully plated, the anchovy salad was more of a slaw and overall was unappealing. The lemon ricotta pasta was underwhelming and felt like it was missing something. The fish dish was also so-so. We felt that a place like this should have been packed on a Friday night but it was very empty. We'd definitely return of there was an update to the menu, but keep the beet salad!

CV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

For a quick bite before the theatre or for large groups, great setting. The food was okay. We had the lamb dish but saw most people eating pizza or pasta so we probably should have ordered that instead.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

This was a special dinner with friends from out of town. Once we were seated, apart from water (30 minutes later) we were not noticed by a server for another half-hour. We ordered drinks and our meals immediately as we were not certain that this service would improve. Waiting an hour to be noticed with just water on the table is not acceptable. We had wonderful scallops to start but the mains were mediocre at best. The highlight of the evening was our server (once he finally arrived). This dinner was a great disappointment.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic and so was the food. We were celebrating a birthday and the menus had happy birthday on them. It was a perfect evening

CL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

A middle of the road experience with a expensive price tag.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family celebrated a New Year’s Day dinner and had a great evening with great food and great service. Will definitely return.

AW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top options for fine dining in Toronto. Food, service, and music were top notch. I would definitely dine here again!

EA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. I have never had beef that tender in good before. Loved every second at Montecito.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Friendly service
Wine arrived at end of main course - no apologies - and the restaurant was not busy
Meat ball appetizer was tough and unappetizing
Lobster pasta had too much pepper
Poached pear dessert was dry and tough
While overall food was good the above issues affected overall enjoyment materially

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The place is nice and the ambiance is pleasant, but the food wasn't good at all.

RS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date and dinner. My date had been there there the week before for a holiday party and was happy to be going back for dinner. Great food, atmosphere, and service! Will return!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was quite nice!

RF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We waited over 10 minutes to be offered a drink. And it was freezing that night in the restaurant- our waiter tried to turn the heat up but it didn’t warm up before we left

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we were expecting. Loved the experience. Food was fantastic...wasn't cheap but was worth every dollar.

JE
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was mediocre. Decor is dated. Service was decent. For the price I expected better.

SD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait man was superior—a good listener and professional in every way. In particular, we enjoyed the complementary drink as we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary ❤️❤️❤️Sam Dragich, Windsor

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Server was terrible. Food on the pricey side for quantity

H
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an outstanding brunch!! Virtually every restaurant in Toronto is full for brunch or has a lineup BUT Montecito not only takes reservations, it produced one of the beat breakfasts I have had. Don’t waste time going anywhere else!

AT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was very slow. Wine was ridiculously expensive by the glass. Small food portions.

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