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
We travelled over 400km by train and boo ...
We travelled over 400km by train and booked dinner here for a birthday celebration. The service was impeccable but some of the food was lacking. The steak was cold and undercooked. It was returned to the kitchen and was better the second time around....but that sort of ruined it for the table. For the price some of the portions were very small and some of the other meals could also have been hotter. The halibut was cooked perfect but small. The brined pork chop was good...again not hot but warm. The braised rib was very small, lukewarm and was alright but lacked depth in flavor. Overall we were disappointed but the staff was amazing and we tipped well for them only. Chef needs to step up to the plate. The restaurant was not busy as we were early (530 pm) as we were pre Theatre and and maybe he should have come to see these 4 seniors and made things right. We had negative feedback for one of the appetizers and then the steak issue should have had his attention. They did not charge us for one of the appetizers and the deduction was noted on the bill as Food Quality Issue. Thank goodness for Sarah or the whole experience would have been completely negative. They should give her a raise as she is worth her weight in gold.
Montecito is a larger than life restaura ...
Montecito is a larger than life restaurant. The noise level is high and energetic so it can be hard to hear if you're in a large group. The food is excellent. We had Meatballs, Kale Salad and Blackbird bread to start and all were delicious. The servings are on the smaller side so order based on appetite. The main course for us included the Fogo Island Cod, the Cold Smoked Rainbow Trout and a pasta dish with truffles. All were of superior quality and the presentation was very creative. Desserts were the highlight for me. I had the Spiced Cake and it was perfectly spicy and sweet. The cheesecake was equally delectable.
The restaurant had great service and rea ...
The restaurant had great service and really good food. We had the pork chops and braised beef dishes and were both very flavourful, with good portions. The tuna tartare was good, but a little small. They had a nice touch by putting my fiancées' name on the menu as we were celebrating her birthday.
Montecito shares 3-1/2 stars as does Los ...
Montecito shares 3-1/2 stars as does Los Colibros on King St. W.
I picked Montecito for its rating and the menu. It is simple, not a hundred food items, with local ingredients. Based on the previous Los Colibros experience I felt Montecito would be just as good. And it was, maybe a little better! Location is great; an excellent restaurant 2-1/2 blocks from the Royal Alexandria where we saw "Come from away".
Nothing like a good meal to start a couple's evening.
We had a great birthday brunch at Montec ...
We had a great birthday brunch at Montecito. Luckily no singing waiters but a subtle but special birthday message on our menus. I don't generally like brunch buffets, but the quality was great and the layout minimized the hassles sometimes found in that arrangement. Lovely choices of salads, cheeses, meats, omelets, etc. Etc.
I started dating this fantastic woman an ...
I started dating this fantastic woman and thought it would be nice for our first dinner to be at a new restaurant neither one of us have tried. I arrived early, checked in, and found that my table was already ready. That's great! My date was arriving a bit later so I enjoyed an Old Fashioned at the bar and watched a bit of the hockey game prior to dinner. The bartender was pleasant with small talk and very attentive. Once my date arrived, we were thoroughly attended to for the duration of our meal. The waitress proposed some drink selections as my date was indecisive (everything looked great on the cocktails menu). The dining room was filling up and thought our meals would take some time to arrive but that was certainly not the case. Our meals arrived very quickly. I had the Beef Striploin Oscar (rare) and it was done to perfection. My date had the Montecito Chicken and she said it was delicious. We also ordered a couple of side dishes: Brussel Sprouts (wonderfully prepared and full of flavour) and Montecito Potatoes (crispy with hints of parmesan cheese). We ended the experience with a couple scoops of passion fruit sorbet. The dining room was vibrant with conversations but I could still clearly hear my date quite clearly. Everything from the front door being opened by the valet staff to the last savour of sorbet was exceptional. I would gladly recommend this wonderful restaurant and I will definitely be returning.
Food was decent if not spectacular for t ...
Food was decent if not spectacular for the price, but service was excellent. My wife ordered a pasta dish that was at best underwhelming and at worst overcooked and dull. She mentioned that to our server (that the pasta was overcooked and mushy) who offered to replace it very graciously. She came back saying that the kitchen staff tasted it, and that the dish was not overcooked, so replacing it was maybe not the best option, and would my wife rather choose another menu item that they could rush out (I was basically done eating at this point). The pizza that came back was more to her liking, and we were only charged for that. Wine was good, cheese board was excellent. My short ribs were good, but I didn't get the black truffle flavour kick I was hoping for.
Good selection on the menu. Dinner was d ...
Good selection on the menu. Dinner was delicious. Service good for example, the servers waited until everyone finished eating before clearing the table. This is basic good manners. However, in the vast majority of restaurants, servers start clearing dishes when one person is finished. So it is a pleasure that this staff has received proper training and waits for all to finish their meal. We would all definitely return.
Suggestion/tip: Go on Wednesday to the bar for half price wine bottles.
We celebrated my daughter's 16th birthda ...
We celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday. Our waiter, Dylan was very attentive and they even personalized the menu with birthday greetings to her. Good food recommendation from Dylan to help us decide our selection. Lovely evening - thank you!
great atmosphere with really attentive s ...
great atmosphere with really attentive service and great kale salad to die for to start, ( order one for two people as the serving is large)
pasta was delicious and came out at right temperature to our table as I like it fairly hot,
wine selection was spot on however a little pricey for the 9 oz glass
overall my wife and I really enjoyed the dining experience and would return again as we also like the fact that the Princess Wales theatre is very close
Enjoyed our cocktails and oysters in the ...
Enjoyed our cocktails and oysters in the bar on Friday evening. Disappointed in the restaurant. Service very slow -- waited over an hour from time of ordering until receiving hot food (we had theatre tickets for a show following our dinner) -- and the restaurant was by no means full. Cauliflower steak disappointing when considering the price -- we ordered this to share so we could try it. It was nothing special. Would have liked to have more vegetables served with the mains and portions were very small. The three main dishes -- beef and two fish -- were tasty. Felt that wine was overpriced for the quality. Had a better glass of red at the theatre later for only $8.50. Not our first visit to Montecito over the last few years prior to theatre, but not sure if we would return to this restaurant.
I am allergic to fish so very limited ch ...
I am allergic to fish so very limited choices for me. There are anchovies even in the salsa verde that came with the chicken so I was left with just the plain chicken breast. It was flavourful though and the potatoes are amazing but not many options for non-fish, gluten-free or vegan.
The staff was very friendly and the atmo ...
The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was comfortable. Bread and Kale salad for starters were great. Main dishes of Lamb Sirloin and Cod were good if a little on the small side. My only complaint was I had to ask for wine and was offered the house cabernet. I was shocked to see the price on the bill of $34 for a glass of wine, more expensive then my entree. My fault for not checking the wine list I guess but I did think this was gouging at it's worst.
Great first experience! We dined a littl ...
Great first experience! We dined a little late (8:45pm) on a Friday so we were lucky enough to sneak in their Friday night special of $1 oysters:) We also enjoyed the cheese and charcuterie board, as well as their Kale salad. Our waitress was excellent at explaining any questions we had regarding the menu and history of the restaurant. Would be happy to return there again.
We've been here 6 or 7 times in 6 months ...
We've been here 6 or 7 times in 6 months, they've dropped their pizzas, why? Half price wine night, I ordered $100 bottle, didn't have it, they suggested another, I couldn't hear, turned out to be $200, not happy! Won't be back for a while.
Very enjoyable meal and superior service ...
Very enjoyable meal and superior service. Gorgeous squash appetizer Prices seem reasonable ($32 for skirt steak) until you realize the meal is meat with some garnishing greens. Just be aware. Server suggested the brussel sprouts and great - Now I have to go back for more - yum! Delicious staypuft chocolate bar dessert. Beautiful setting and the most comfortable seating for a restaurant. Attention to detail by the staff is just fabulous. Fans of Ivan Reitman's films will have plenty to look at too. Will absolutely be back!
Loved the kale salad and the meatballs.. ...
Loved the kale salad and the meatballs... loved our main courses also. Room is quirky in a fun way, only critique was the raised volume of music at 8:45 - felt too clubby eating such refined nosh while listening to ODB AND Mariah, Followed by other dated hits like "gold digger"... need to update the playlist and lower the volume.
Montecito was both good and not so good. ...
Montecito was both good and not so good. We liked their bread and kale salad. The wine was also fine. However, our main courses were only OK: their signature dish is a roasted chicken that was dry and expensive! The pasta (agnolotti with butternut squash ) was also OK but a bit bland with runny filling. What made it worse was when we asked for some parmesan cheese; the waiter said he had to ask the chef (if it was OK?); the same thing happened with we requested no truffles on the pasta. Finally, their expensive desserts were ridiculously tiny.
Entertaining a friend from Los Angeles, ...
Entertaining a friend from Los Angeles, we each had a different item and were thrilled with the creativity, taste and presentation. Started with a charcuterie board that was well paired. Kale salad a must - as was the salmon. We tried the specials...yellow fin tuna and homemade ravioli with butternut squash and they were outstanding. Our server's timing was impeccable as was her knowledge. We will return as will our travelling friend!
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