Montecito Restaurant is a modern 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. The two-storey dining room, lounge and outdoor Adelaide Street-facing patio is located steps away from film festival headquarters at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
HOURS OF OPERATION
MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY 11:30AM – 12AM MIDNIGHT
THURSDAY TO SATURDAY 11:30AM – 2AM
SUNDAY 11AM – 12AM MIDNIGHT (Brunch 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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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 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.
Our server gave me a lecture on how I sh ...
Our server gave me a lecture on how I should have my beef done and when I got my plate it was not what I requested. Unfortunately, I could not say much since I was there for my friend's birthday and did not want to spoil the occasion for her.
Fun, well-designed spot. Went with high ...
Fun, well-designed spot. Went with high hopes as it came well-recommended. However, the desire on the part of staff to provide a great experience starts to become a cover for what I found to be imaginative, well-presented food that is good but not great. In other words, it's a little pretentious.
Great location and dinner
Went on a Saturday night for dinner. Place was about 3/4 full. Plenty of staff to handle our attention. Meal was exceptional. Wife had chicken, I had pork pasta dish. Side of asparagus and potatoes and we had much more than we could have possibly consumed. A Staypuff desert topped off our wonderful evening. Service was great, atmosphere was great, location was great. Wonderful and relaxing dinner.
We came here to celebrate our birthdays and it was a great experience. Service was especially attentive and quick. It was a nice touch of marking the occasion on personalized menus addressing us. The food was good. I had the pizza and my friend had the duck which she said was really tender and tasteful. I will definitely return with an appetite for the pasta dishes they have. Overall a great experience.
We had a good time but air con was OFF !
We sweated uncomfortably the entire time and were so hot the experience was ruined. Three or four times we asked about the incredible heat and got a few minutes of a/c and then returned to sweat box conditions. May return in fall once hear of summer has passed and our discomfortable memory has faded. Poor strategy on a day when it was 34 ° celcius PLUS humidity in Toronto.
What a fantastic experience!! first time ...
What a fantastic experience!! first time there, not last for sure!! Beautiful interior what a unique space!! food was great. I brought two colleagues for a birthday lunch and they loved it as did I. Fantastic spot, and very friendly vibe.
Too Bad Birthday's Are Only Once A Year!
Had a wonderful birthday dinner with the family. Really appreciated the concept of the menu in terms of "farm to table". The staff are extremely knowledgeable about the menu and added value in helping us decide on appetizers to share and mains. I recommend that the Kale Salad be part of any sharing of other appetizers. We had the Tuna Poke and Cheeseboard to share. The salad provides a "refresher" between samples of cheese and tuna. Likewise the sides are very generous in their portions and we just picked two (Mushroom and highly recommended JW Potatoes) for our table of four. The main courses were all perfectly prepared. The seafood was cooked to moist tender perfection.
Wine selection was very good and we were very pleased that there were a few options for organic wines to meet our needs.
Atmosphere is pleasant and "fun" with movie memorabilia tastefully integrated into the decor.
Superb in every way!
Outstanding business luncheon. Server was knowledgeable and on point with recognizing we were conducting a business luncheon. Food was amazing. Really good crowd of influencers from the city were dining at the same time....very cool. Looking forward to our next visit.
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