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
Wonderful food. It was very busy, howev ...
Wonderful food. It was very busy, however even after 3 different servers, our order was timely , delicious, and management that stepped in to assist our 'team' - was extremely apologetic.
We will definitely return to this location.
This was our first visit to Montecito. T ...
This was our first visit to Montecito. The restaurant itself is quite beautiful in design. However, we were not impressed with the service we received. Our waiter kept pushing us to order apps and to share them, and then get a main, and then a side. He didn't even mention they had a prix fixe menu in August. It just felt like we were being sold to. The food was tasty, however the portions were fairly small for the price. For example, it would be have been nice to include a few slices of potato with the braised short rib main instead of just slaw. For an extra charge of course, $9 to be exact, you could a potato side. I wouldn't return, however am glad we checked it out.
Went on a Wednesday and it was the slowe ...
Went on a Wednesday and it was the slowest, least attentive service I have ever experienced. Since it was a Wednesday, they had half priced charcuterie and half priced wine, but only for those who sat on the patio. WTF! I guess people who sat inside weren't worthy. No standout dishes - had the duck and short rib. Terrible desserts - had the bourbon cake and the black forest cake. Never going back.
My Husband, Son and I enjoyed our dining ...
My Husband, Son and I enjoyed our dining experience at Montecito. The restaurant has a nice vibe and reminds us of when we were in Montecito, California. The food and service are good. We really enjoyed the Zucchini Fritti and the Whipped Ricotta appetizers. The Sangria was also good, not too sweet, just as I like it. We would like to go back for brunch. It also seems like a good place to host a party.
The kale salad at Montecito is wonderful ...
The kale salad at Montecito is wonderful. We have it every time! Rest of our meal was great too. Great ambience - we like the seating. Service was also great. Present whenever needed but not overbearing. We really like eating here and it is close to home!
Good experience. Waiter seemed like you ...
Good experience. Waiter seemed like you was put together, but was sometimes forgetful of things. He also took our drink orders away after we ordered, and we didnt have anything to reference when we wanted a second beverage.
Food was excellent! 1/2 price cheese and charcuterie platters!! Yum!
The food was decent, but the prices were ...
The food was decent, but the prices were outrageous considering what was on offer. Service was quick and efficient. I went expecting their summerlicious menu, but got bait and switched into the buffet after we were seated.
Nailed it again! Our 2nd visit, equally ...
Nailed it again! Our 2nd visit, equally as good as the first time. Seated right away. Waiter was prompt to the table. All food fresh and tasty. Service top notch. Kale salad is a MUST, it's big enough for 4 people. Flank steak was incredible. Perfectly cooked. Just go....and splurge.
The best part was the oysters, but the 1 ...
The best part was the oysters, but the 1 hour wait for them was far too long. Even then, we were only given a very small bit of mignonette with horseradish and nothing else. The food was rather bland and the service was very slow. My lamb was undercooked (asked for med rare, it came blue) and my friends pizza was terrible. She didn't even eat it. For the price, it was not worth it.
I would only come back for drinks and oysters, but even then, not likely.
Food and selection is very good and uniq ...
Food and selection is very good and unique. The appetizers ware good portions and the trout and halibut were outstanding.
A bit disappointed in some selections sold out at 7p.m. - not to be expected at that early hour..
We had a delicious sunmerlicious dinner ...
We had a delicious sunmerlicious dinner menu. I'm rarely impressed with summer/winterlicious fixed price menus but Montecito's was delicious, popular items chosen from their regular menu. The kale salad was huge, dressed as a caeser but less wet if that makes any sense. The tuna crudo was lovely, jw chicken was juicy and Bavette steak had tons of flavour. There was nothing about our meal that we would change. Service was top notch, very friendly, on top of everything. Can't wait to return!
Note: if you ever come and there is a tuna option on the entree part of the menu, get it. I had it months ago and it was the best I've ever had.
Went to Montecito in a Wednesday for an ...
Went to Montecito in a Wednesday for an early dinner. Half price drinks special was only available at the bar although there was noone in the bar, it was only a few feet away and the bar menu is exactly the same as the main menu. Had to pay full price if we sat at the table. We were told the kitchen coukd not do anything off the menu and we could not get something simple like a salad with chicken unless (mayyybe) you wanted half a roast chicken on top of an existing salad. Not many vegetarian options. The cheese board for 3 people had 4 pieces of bread and looked disappointing. I had the buffalo mozzarella pizza and it had some kind of chili pepper in the tomato sauce; not a good sauce. The place was empty and staff kept coming by too fast to clear glasses and dishes when we weren't quite done. The waiter was exceptionally nice but frankly all the staff seemed depressed. My friend actually asked one of the staff if something was wrong. Not a good vibe and wouldn't go again.
I chose this restaurant based on the inv ...
I chose this restaurant based on the inviting description on the internet and I was not disappointed. It was a wonderful experience from the moment we entered to the moment we left. Both the client that I brought and I plan to return.
The MOST uncomfortable booths we have EV ...
The MOST uncomfortable booths we have EVER sat in! Kale salad and zucchini fries were great. Cod and Tuna were incredibly bland and barely enough to make us full. Thank goodness we had two appetizers beforehand. Chocolate-banana dessert was mediocre.
We've been twice before but it's gone so downhill that we will likely not return.
Second time I've dined at Montecito in t ...
Second time I've dined at Montecito in the last couple of months. Good ambiance, service and environment. Thought the food was fair this time (disappointing) and the price value relationship average. Will give it another shot but in no hurry to get back there.
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