Toronto, ON M5V 1P7
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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Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
HOURS OF OPERATION
MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY 11:30AM – 11PM
THURSDAY TO SATURDAY 11:30AM – 1AM
SUNDAY 11AM – 11PM (Buffet Brunch Only from 11:00AM to 3:00PM)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
DJ takes over the night every week from Thursday till Saturday, starting at 9:00p.m. entertaining our guests, while you enjoy the dinner. Step into the after dinner mode with music and ambience of an elite upmarket and relaxed lounge.
Valet Parking is available every night.
Closest streetcar stops are King St W and John St or Queen St W and Peter St.
Closest subway stops are Osgoode Station or St Andrew Station
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Inspired by its Southern Californian namesake, Montecito offers an unparalleled group dining experience, serving a family-style spread that features the finest of seasonal products. We invite you to experience and indulge in our crowd-pleasing hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees and delicious dessert.
Montecito Ratings and Reviews
The place is a bit expensive for the quality of food they serve. We ordered one appetizer, 2 main dishes and one dessert. It was probably just our case, but the appetizer was too blend, and one of the main dishes had a lot of fat. The other one (pork shoulder) was absolutely yummy.
The ambiance is good, as well as the service. But I still think it was too expensive for what it offered.
We were delighted with Montecito! The Kale Salad was so delicious that I shall try to copy it myself! My husband's steak was cooked to perfection and I quite enjoyed the cod. Our daughter's thin crust mushroom pizza was incredibly tasty -- we loved the fresh arugula on the top!
It's a big restaurant, but despite the large numbers of people who came in to eat while we were there, the noise level really wasn't a problem.
The restrooms are upstairs and clean.
The next time we visit Toronto, we will certainly try Montecito again!
it is the worst experiment ever in restaurants. Someone gave me the wrong bill. someone tell me I can just go to front door to pick up my car. But front desk said no one told them before. It waste my 15 mins to wait. Terrible
desk and place. we were feelling we were ignored. I wont recommend any one to go there. And the food is ok to eat.
Came here for an early Valentine's celebration and absolutely loved it! Staff was very friendly and helpful. The waitress gave great recommendations for every course and really knew her stuff. The food was all absolutely delicious. Atmosphere was perfect - loved the decor and the playlist. Would definitely come again.
Good service. Personalized menu and glasses of prosecco (in lieu of dessert) for a birthday. Wasn't able to order a main off their prix fix menu which was mildly disappointing but understandable. Food was very good, not spectacular. All proteins cooked perfectly, but overall flavour was missing something. Maybe seasoning? Hard to say. Anyway, fun environment, but very expensive.
Service was very good. I've been here 3x in the last 2 months. The Kale salad and dessert (chocolate) were good but not exceptional. The chicken was very good, can't complain. I would order this again in the future. The pork shoulder was also very good.
I had the cod as well before, very good although the piece was small for the price.
I will try to go for Brunch one day and see how it is!
The food, service and ambiance is always wonderful at Montecito. This time was no exception and it is especially nice when you are remembered by the staff as is the case at Montecito where we were given our favourite corner booth table and warmly welcomed by the manager too. These are special touches that no obly make you feel welcomed but make you feel special!
Our date night was perfect! Thank you Montecito for always being spot on even during Winterlicious when other restaurants drop the ball!
My friends and I decided to try this restaurant as part of Winterlicious - it was great value for the money and we would definitely go back again. the server was a bit agressive at the beginning but then seemed to relax with us. she may have been having a bad day, but it didnt ruin the experience.
Friday night dinner for 2 couples first time at Montecito. Nice welcome at entrance and dining room not full. Noise level ok; they appear to have listened about the loud music! Our server was efficient yet she seemed annoyed and wasn't really very personable. We all had cocktails. Glasses more than half filled with very large ice cubes. My drink didn't even reach ice cubes?! No straw or stir stick. We were chatting and enjoying our drinks and server came over no less than 4 times asking if we were ready to order. We had menus out and were in full chat each time. It was getting silly. We brought a bottle of wine (their wine list isn't posted anywhere and we knew their mark up is really high). We did order a second bottle from menu too. Fogo island scallops were sublime. And they should be. 2 small scallops for $18! Kale salad was fine but no big deal. Would have been better with some veggies and other ingredients. Beef short ribs were excellent but a very small portion for $35. A few tablespoons of potato. 3 of us shared the 32 ounce steak. There was barely enough for 3. The large bone in the steak would account for a lot of weight, so this really isn't 32 ounces ... It was tasty and well cooked at medium rare. Mushroom side was in an odd sauce and not very good. Brussel sprouts were tasty but over cooked and drenched in sauce. Both sides are very small and would serve 2 not 3 and def not 4! One chocolate dessert ordered and was tasty but tiny! Served on a huge plate ... We had a great evening with friends but were not overly impressed with Montecito for price and quantity of food. I had another dinner scheduled there in 2 weeks and cancelled. Won't be back.
We came for the Friday night oyster special (in the brasserie) and stayed for Winterlicous. The service was friendly, helpful, understanding and attentive. The wine prices were reasonable, the Winterlicious menu had very nice options and large portions. We sat in the Brasserie which was upbeat and fun but the dining rooms looked lovely as well. One thing I noted was an oval table for 6 or 8...it's a small thing but seating a group at a table like that allows better conversation around the table.
I will definitely be back!
I've been to Montecito a number of times and enjoy it each time. The service is impeccable and we are always treated well and remembered. It's nice to have these special touches when the wait staff, hosts and manager are all so welcoming.
We had the usual Porterhouse which was cooked perfectly and the recommendation by the waiter to have the sunchokes was spot on!
Thank you Montecito for another great evening.
They ran out of oysters and roast beef by 1:30 pm when we arrived, although brunch is supposed to be on until 3pm. Our group of four chose the place specifically because it supposedly had seafood at the brunch bar. There were no good alternatives presented. When we spoke to the manager, the best she could do was pass along her business card and suggest we call ahead next time and she'd keep some oysters aside for us. Pretty ridiculous approach to get us to come back when we were expressing dissatisfaction with our current experience. Coffee service and table clearing was quite slow. Overall, very poor customer service and it turned out to be poor value for money as well!
Enjoyed all the food on the buffet. It was small but had a lot of selection. The marinated mushrooms were my favourite!! As well as the honey butter. My only small complaint was that the hot food wasn't hot. Overall I loved everything and recommend it to try and I personally would go back.
I have been to Montecito many times and always loved it. This was a special occasion. Group of ten. Our service was terrible. We had to get up and down to pour our own champagne from the bottle as it was in an icebucket near the table. There was major gaps in between courses. The waiter seemed annoyed, disorganized and had a terrible attitude. The food as usual was amazing. Our bill for two was $460 and we left feeling really put off. Not sure if we will return.
We enjoyed a fun dinner with our daughter. Server was very helpful. More casual than expected and music was perfect level. The food was great. Cod, artic char ( daily substitute ) and chicken. Dessert was a little disappointing ,too small to share, or even get a good bit with sauce. Will be going back.
Food quality and taste is NOTHING special! This is definitely a nice trendy spot that only looks luxury but the quality is not there! We ended up with a grumpy server that perhaps was more of a boss than a server!
Tomahawk steak wasnt even marinated. Tasted dry even at medium cooked.
Kale salad is good. Wouldnt reccomond or go there again!
We were celebrating our son's promotion, Everything was excellent, we all had a great time.
We ordered the 36 ounce Steak for the table which came with two side dishes. The presentation of this dish was amazing. The taste and flavor was outstanding.
Thank you to our server who could not do enough for us.
The wine list was pricey. The food was very good and service excellent. However this place needs to chill on the wine pricing for what you get.
I don't think I would go back bc of that. I paid 75 bucks for a okay bottle of white....same bottle in another place for 45 dollars.
Thank you so much for helping me make my friend's retirement lunch special. From the top notch service, to the branded menu and dessert congratulations, plus the great prix fixe lunch special - it was terrific! I don't dine with you often but I've never been disappointed!
We had a great time at Montecito. This was my second time visiting the restaurant. The food was good. Potatoes were excellent. The only complaint I had was the skirt steak was quite chewy. Understandable for this cut of meat, however not pleasant to eat either.
Beautiful restaurant, nice Hollywood memorabilia, very clean. Service was pretty good. The food for those prices could of been a step or two higher. I had a $20 BBQ Octopus which was pretty tasty but came Luke warm, almost cold and a $30/plate of Risotto with popcorn shrimp and split bay scallops which wasn't what I was expecting and my wife had the lamb sirloin which was 2 very fatty pieces portions of lamb at $34/plate. Finally my son had the smoked trout at $34/plate and it was delicious.
They have an extraordinarily large wine selection however I was amazed at the "markup" on their bottles of wine. Some bottles I know are between $18-25 bottle in a store were $65 and up, with some selections skyrocketing in the hundreds of dollars and up. There's a reason they advertise everything but their wine list online, those prices might scare some people away. You don't need to spend $400 on a bottle of wine to enjoy a good wine. I had to pour all my own wine as our server refilled all his other tables glasses, not sure why but I still left an 18% gratuity as it was not an unpleasant experience, just for that kind of money, it should of been a more memorable one.
The food is very good. I had the prosciutto and mozarella upon recommendation of the waiter after discussing options having a garlic allergy . Service was very good, better than most Toronto restaurants. Dessert options were disappointing. The music is just way too loud. I don't understand what it is with restaurants who cast themselves as destination dining spots but have music blaring like a night club and patrons need to yell at each other and the waiters to be heard and eventually end up with a sore throat. glancing around the restaurant of large tables of families with small children and babies dining, I can't imagine they were enjoying the sound level. I would think twice about returning for dinner, and opt for lunch.
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