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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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Toronto, ON M5V 1P7
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've been going to Montecito for a few years, always good. This time, I booked my daughter and her 2 friends a table as part of their 'prom' celebration. They stayed overnight at a nearby hotel, and I treated dinner.
They arrived on time and were seated. Server RUSHED them. It was 7.30pm on a Saturday. They were looking forward to a nice experience.....the server wanted to be sure they vacated the table quickly. That was the impression they got. Likely because they were not drinking alcohol (under age). They said they were made to feel inadequate. They were in and out in 30 minutes.
They also mentioned the servings were way too small.
I went to Montecito for a friends batchelorette party, I told them in advancen in case there was anything special they could do for her. When we arrived they gave us special menus that they had printed with Congratulations on it. The service and food was amazing and they also surprised her with a special dessert. Would definitely recommend and go back next time I am in Toronto!
4 of us, lunched here before our Theatre date. It was a great locale in proximity to the Princess of Wales theatre. 3 of us ordered the Full Monty, because of the value. What we didn't know that the portion sizes were very large. 2 of us could have easily shared. With that said, all courses we had were superb. The ambience was lovely, and the staff were very attentive. One drawback, was the choice of music when we first arrived. Rap music just didn't fit in with this restaurant. However someone must have noticed because the music choice changed. I would recommend this restaurant, in a heart beat. Also, enjoyed the live action video window. Brought the outdoors in. Lovely touch, for sure.
Surprisingly large restaurant with many groups of young people. Food was very good - we chose it as near the theatre and pleasantly surprised at creative dishes. Found the menu a little eclectic though with Fogg Island a key supplier. They charge for bread! Nice cocktails
Our first time back since the fall. They welcomed us back at the front desk, as did the waiter, who remembered serving my wife last year. Kind of cool, though they may have a system!
Food was good and it's great to see pizzas back on the menu. We sat in the bar, but as the weather improves, we'll be outside next time. We like the place.
My most recent dining experience at Montecito was for a business meeting during the week. However, my wife and I are frequent visitors on weekends, since Montecito is in our neighbourhood. There is always something new and inventive on the menu, which, as a point of pride, highlights locally sourced ingredients. The atmosphere is relaxed and upbeat. The staff are very friendly, efficient and passionate about food!
Great place for a business dinner. Excellent service, like the Canadian sourced options (Fogo Island cod), and the Kale salad is the best ever!The desserts are appropriately sized and light and tasty.
I found the music a little loud, and would have appreciated bread at the table without charge, although many would probably like not having the temptation.
I always enjoy dining at Montecito! The staff are friendly and engaging and the food delicious with nice sharing options and variety! The location is excellent for downtown entertainment and the staff and kitchen willing to accommodate your time accordingly! The ambiance of the restaurant ensures a positive dining experience!
The wait staff was completely inattentive. After ordering a bottle of wine it took almost 1 hour for the bottle to arrive at the table. The waitress opening the bottle had no idea how to open the bottle and as a result broke the cork.
It was over an hour before the food arrived and this was only after complaining to the wait staff and the kitchen staff in the open kitchen. We were told they weren't expecting the restaurant to be so busy. I don't think half the tables were occupied.
This was my third time at this restaurant and the first time I've had such dismal table service
We did early Mother's Day here, and it was great. Loved the appetizers: meatballs, soup, kale salad were all excellent. Service was fantastic, they really worked as a team, we had drinks at the bar ahead of time, and we loved our server in the bar especially. She was so gracious.
The decor is really beautiful, and my mom is older, yet she could still hear pretty well given the nice high ceilings.
This visit was a chance for Montecito to redeem itself after the management took numerous details for a celebration dinner last year and then never followed up with reservation details. (We ended up making a last minute reservation elsewhere.)
This time it was a Saturday night dinner.
The food is very, very good and the wait staff totally professional and on point. The atmosphere is lovely, though noisy with the high ceilings and all hard surfaces.
But to have this experience you need to get past some of the most inhospitable, officious and arrogant front of house staff I've encountered.
When calling to confirm the 8:15 reservation, I was told we could be asked to leave our table after two hours so other guests could be seated at 10:15. Give me a break.
Clearly, there's still work to do on treating customers as guests.
We booked this restaurant for a Saturday night over 2 months in advance. When our party of 4 arrived for our 7pm table, the hostess advised that we would have to be done by 9pm. This is a policy which should be made clear when booking or at the very least when confirming, but not upon arrival. Then she proceeded to seat us next to the bussing station when 3 perfectly fine booths were available. Why? Apparently because the server for those booths just had 3 other parties arrive simultaneously. Unacceptable on so many levels. After a lengthy check with somebody out of sight, we were seated appropriately. Ironically, the server was the only part of the evening which was acceptable. The food was definitely not. The duck special for 2 was barely edible as it was very tough and undercooked. My wife went home hungry. The bill ultimately was about $250 per couple (with drinks but no bottle of wine) which is in line with decent downtown restaurants but this one surely did not qualify. And the 9pm requirement was moot because there was no point in time after 8:30 which saw all main dining room tables occupied. I don't review often and when i do it is typically positive. Not this time. There are way too many good restaurants in this city to have their client base diluted by a wannabe.
The food and service were excellent. My wife had the short ribs which were extremely tender and tasty. I had the strip loin which was done to perfection. The service was excellent. They were slow in bringing out a side dish we had ordered so they took the charge off the bill. We definitely would go back.
Great open room, noisy but not TOO noisy, menu changes regularly but them make sure to cover all the basics (big read meat, fish, pastas, pizza). This is well above average food served by true professionals who know how to roll with the punches regardless of the clientele in front of them.
Mixed drinks are exceptional, 'family style' red meat and fish are GREAT, the kale salad is one of the best in towns and the deserts are well worth the effort.
Service is professional without being stuffy.
Great ambiance. The room is really nice and well designed. Food and service are top notch. Wine by the glass list is weak but pricing is fair. Perfect spot for before or after a show. If this was in the financial district you would never be able to get a table
I would not recommend this restaurant!!
We were a table of 4 adults, the service was slow!!
Also 3 of our entrees had to be returned(cold food)
To the kitchen and we waited a Very long time for the meals!! I don't know how this establishment survives!! Mediocre food, slow service, not what we were expecting!! I will not be speaking highly of this restaurant!!
Took a group of 8 business associates. Food and atmosphere was great.
Service was polite but on the slower side and not as attentive compared to previous visits. Entrees arrived 2:15 after we arrived. Luckily the company and conversations were good. Coat check process was a bit of a gong show.
Booked dinner for close access to Princess of Wales theater. Appreciated the valet parking option. Also liked how extra food not eaten was neatly packed up for pickup after the show. The Montecito chicken dinner was superb. Sides of potatoe and brussels sprouts were also very tasty !
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