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
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.
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!
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