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
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!
I frequent Montecito often, as I live in ...
I frequent Montecito often, as I live in the adjacent building. I am generally extremely impressed with the service, however this time I was underwhelmed. It took far too long to place the first drink order and those thereafter had to be ordered from any server that passed by as we were not checked on at all. The table was a table of ten, and while I recognize this is a large group, the automated gratuity of 18% should have warranted a better effort. Appetizers that were requested before the meal were brought at the same time, and a surprise dessert was cancelled after I (not having known) asked for the bill so we could make dividing costs easier and therefor a quicker process for the server.
I chose Montecito for my Birthday dinner because I have always been impressed with all the elements they provide for a great meal (service, ambiance, food, drink etc.). I hope this was a one of and that others experience a better time than I did that night.
I took a long time to finally go eat at ...
I took a long time to finally go eat at Montecito because of the mixed reviews it was receiving. I'm so happy I finally did! The food was outstanding- great wine list, amazing steak, fantastic desserts. The service was flawless and the restaurant is beautifully decorated. This is one of the better meals I've had in Toronto. Also the valet parking option is great for downtown!
During Tiff ,a birthday dinner . Appeti ...
During Tiff ,a birthday dinner . Appetizers were excellent . But the entree which was Fogo Island cod was a huge disappointment . Having recently spent time in Nfld . , I have never seen such a anorexic piece of cod and at 34.00 too . Such a let down .
Let me preface this by saying my score n ...
Let me preface this by saying my score not to recommend this restaurant is for their Sunday Brunch. For $39 PP I expected so much more. While the food quality was very good, the service was great, the lattes outstanding, we were quite disappointed in the limited food choices for the high price of the brunch. We also found it very odd that there was a choice of one type of bread in addition to tortillas and corn bread which seemed unusual for a brunch buffet. We only saw the croissants at the dessert bar which was in an entirely different section of the restaurant a little too late.
With a confirmed reservation we had to b ...
With a confirmed reservation we had to be very firm in getting a decent seat in the restaurant. Even with that they stuck us upstairs and they were not that busy, had the tables been full and a line OK but that was not the case. The table staff was fine, the ladies at the front not so much.
The service was so bad that even if the ...
The service was so bad that even if the food were excellent it would have been a bad experience. Our server was slow (it was 20 mins before we met him), frenzied, and self important. The food ranged from meh to meh plus. The best thing we ate was the homemade butter, which was excellent. No thank you, Montecito.
The restaurant is beautiful and the feel ...
The restaurant is beautiful and the feel is upscale. The server was very pleasant and efficient but not knowable. We ordered the bread with cultured butter, which apparently comes from Kensington Market. It was delicious, but expensive at $7. We both ordered the skirt steak, rare. It was OK but chewy. The flavor of the steak was completely overwhelmed with soy sauce so that was disappointing. I expected better from this restaurant.
Food was for someone on extreme starvati ...
Food was for someone on extreme starvation diet. Nicoisse was a joke. It was over airconditioned, and cold and in the main dining room the acoustics are lousy so it was hard to hear anyone at the table over the din and hum of noise.
Montecito was a big disappointment to me ...
Montecito was a big disappointment to me. I was there for a business lunch during the film festival -- the location was convenient, the room was beautiful and it had a little buzz. On the plus side, it was very comfortable and the service was excellent. There weren't many in there for lunch at 1pm which I should have taken as a warning. Our waiter was attentive without being in the way and I was expecting a good meal.
My guest and I both ordered salads and we were both disappointed. He had the B.C. Prawns and I had the Albacore Tuna Nicoise. Considering the price of the salads - $22 and $20 respectively - we were both a little surprised at how tiny they were. He had a small pile of shrimp and a few greens. I had a lump of what looked like upscale canned tuna, half a boiled egg, four green beans and a little lettuce. I think the biggest shock was the tuna - I was expecting a piece of fresh tuna and got something that looked like it came from a can. The salads were okay in taste (except for the tuna itself) and quickly eaten since they were so small.
So - go for the ambience or the convenience or don't order the salads. Maybe some of the other dishes are better but it felt like a ripoff to me.
We have been to Montecito on numerous oc ...
We have been to Montecito on numerous occasions and always had a pleasant experience. Regarding our last visit, however, I would like to make a small constructive criticism. When we arrived, we were seated near the bar under a speaker. I asked to be moved to the dining area and was accommodated, but was initially told that all other tables were full. After we were seated in the dining room, I couldn't help but notice many empty tables, including two-seaters, and other couples who arrived after us were seated at four-seat tables. Other tables remained empty for the duration of our visit (under 2 hours). My suggestion is that seating by the bar should always be a LAST resort, or for people who are only enjoying drinks and appetisers. Everything else was very enjoyable, and we will continue to come to Montecito
Went with two friends. In short, the se ...
Went with two friends. In short, the service was excellent, the place looked very nice inside and out, the food was pretty good. My friend had a hamburger that was very tasty, but a little sloppy - the bun didn't hold up to the moist beef and fell apart half way through. She ended up using a knife and fork. Tasty, but messy. Another friend had the pizza which was great - thin crust and crispy. She also had the daily soup - corn chowder, which was delicious. My gnocchi was very disappointing. I was hoping for light fluffy balls of potato-y goodness. Instead it was a dense, tightly rolled tube, and was pretty much tasteless. The sauce was a very basic tomato-olive oil based sauce, which was pretty bland and did nothing to save the dish. Too bad....I was hoping for a replacement for Noce's gnocchi, which used to be outstanding.
Sunday Brunch. We was me, my wife and m ...
Sunday Brunch. We was me, my wife and my 3yo son.
So on the menu there was write that up 6yo it is free (Moreover our 3yo son ate something like one slice of cheese from our plate...he is 3YO!!!)
They charge the price of "teenager" Brunch.
So it is not for money, But if You read FREE below 6yo should be free. Moreover that "slice" of these cost us 19Dollar, It is totally lack of professional.
Luckily we have no money problem, but You can consider this serious?? We realised after we paid.
if restaurant told us before gave us the bill clearly was NOT a problem for us (in case considered that that slice of cheese was too much to consider free!) but charging on Bill without saying anything ..oh well it is really lack of professional.
You will never see us again.
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