About Montecito

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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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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)

Cross Street:
Widmer St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 599-0299

Website:
http://www.montecitorestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
Paid parking is available at 21 Widmer Street.

Public Transport:
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

Executive Chef:
Matthew Simpson

Additional:
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

Private Dining

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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Good for a Date (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
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Pre/post-theatre (30)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Business Meals (25)
Group Bookings (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fun (20)
Romance (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (17)
Authentic (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (13)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Brunch (8)
Organic (8)
People Watching (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Neighbourhood Gem (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-Night Find (4)
Paleo-Friendly (4)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Erica was a wonderful waitress! She made it very special for us.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great lunch with my wife. Really well prepared food with excellent wines available by the glass. Our server Karon was very knowledgeable about the food and wine.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Server was terrible, condescending. Surprised and disappointed to have been treated like that especially after I had a great experience the last time I dined here. Don’t waste your time or money here, lots of places to go with stellar service for in the area.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Savannah)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We ate there on a Monday evening in January, so it was quiet. The service was impeccable and our server was very helpful in guiding to us the right selections. And she paced the food wonderfully, so we were able to savor the experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Hampshire)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great service, fab menu and everything tastes great. Wine choice awesome. Great relaxed and cosy atmosphere.
Popular for pre theatre meals

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great atmosphere, super happy that they noticed my request on my reservation.
Food was really tasty and even though it was a bit late I understand that something happened in the kitchen.
The only thing I would note is that the lady with the curly hair at the welcome desk was a bit moody. Not very nice first impression..

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went with friends for the New Year's Eve Prixe-Fixe menu. Delightful! We ate very slowly just to savour the tastes. Highly recommended.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 30, 2017

Took my wife to Montecito for her birthday. We enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

James always takes the best care! The food was phenmenal and service on point

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 22, 2017

Quite possibly one of the best dining experiences I ever had.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service very attentive, staff very friendly, and food tasted amazing!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 21, 2017

We found the atmosphere quite pleasing and the staff very welcoming but the menu was short and serving size lacking. I had the chicken, it came with nothing.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Good service good drinks a tad expensive

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 20, 2017

Thank you we had a lovely lunch and my clients that had a much shortened luncheon were thrilled with the service. I also with a upset stomach was extremely well taken care of.

Definitely a great place - and love those orange shoes!

all the best Fiona Macrae

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was delicious & service was EXTRAORDINARY! Highly recommend

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on December 17, 2017

Montecito is a gorgeous restaurant with amazing food. Their bar selection is extensive and the service was good. Overall a really good vibe!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was fine. But if you’re looking for something intimate, special or unique this isn’t it. I’d compare it to a nice Milestones.

Tags: Fun
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 13, 2017

I've been a couple times, both with work. Great cocktails. Both times we ordered a bunch of appetizers and entrees and shared. Great way to sample a lot of the menu.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The kale salad always keeps us coming back. As usual, great service and food. Solid pick for a date but even better for medium sized groups.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Christmas lunch with staff, everyone enjoyed being at Montecito's this year!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Organic
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best kale salad and best pork chops in town! I think there are other things on the menu but I always order the kale salad and the pork chops!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 4, 2017

They made sure we have a very special experience on our anniversary. Great food, staff and service.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a great meal with my wife on a Sunday evening. It was a relatively a quiet evening in terms of crowds. The music was a great blend of classic oldies and new music that kept us dancing in our seats. The food was delicious. Portions were filling without overwhelming.

I would highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

Overall, this restaurant exceeded our expectations when it came down to service, ambiance and quality of food. I liked that they had a coat check at the reception desk when we arrived- I was even more surprised when I saw a menu placed on each plate with a Happy Birthday (my name) printed on the menu. It was the sweetest thing any restaurant has ever done for me.
We were there for Sunday brunch and their menu, although limited in option, was fantastic. Everyone raved about the food. There was a slight misunderstanding (on our end) when we were ordering and our waitress handled the situation really well- professional service at it's finest. I wish I got her name so that I could personally applaud her.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for top notch service and food. The interior decoration was definitely the cherry on top.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had my birthday dinner here for 6 people and they put us in a private alcove. The waitresses were extremely friendly and professional. Great ambience. Delicious food and cocktails.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Healthy
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and ambiance but overpriced

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely restaurant,professional and friendly service , tasty food , excellent ambiance

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great decor and friendly staff. Food was excellent and well executed. Our table was close to the kitchen, which you should avoid. The staff yelling orders and prep lingo was very intrusive and made our table converstion impossible.

This is the only reason for not giving the restaurant 5 stars.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very happy with service and quality of meal. Would recommend and I will be returning!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic Food and Service - very charming server made for a special evening out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
Food3
Ambience3
Service5
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great waiter Dylan who was very attentive.
We all had the Fogo Is. cod & it was cooked nicely but tasteless (we did omit the bacon) I am not a big eater but it was a very small serving with a wide slice of sweet potato which was good! I think that was it!
The 3 scallops were v. Good & Burrata app. Good.
Music too loud & at beg so was the kitchen, which can't be helped...
Our friends own a home in Napa, Ca & he knows his wines. He felt your wine mark up on California wines was similar to The French Laundry restaurant! Way too high! He ordered an Aussie red instead but normally likes California wines!
Restaurant is lovely to look at but not enough to return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant. We were seated near the open kitchen. Interesting but do not choose this area for a quiet meal.
The staff were outstanding. Knowledgeable.
The price point is at the high end but I would say worth it.
We will return.

Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The portions are tiny for the prices they charge. There’s a reason there’s so much availability on prime nights out.

Food3
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Entrees took to long to come

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Perfect date night place. We ended up in the bar area which is really beautiful with its art deco vibe. The food was so delish, I can't wait to go back!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I had been to Montecito a handful of times in the past and always loved it, but this last time they went above and beyond. Food, atmosphere, service were awesome as usual, but this time they surprised my table by printing a personalized happy birthday to my friend on our menus. It was a really great touch that we've all been talking about all weekend. Can't recommend this place enough.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Healthy, Casual, Fun
Food1
Ambience5
Service5
Value1

 
·Dined on November 8, 2017

I ate your schnitzels before and they were good. Yesterday, however, after stripping the breadcrumbs, both orders of the rubber sole schnitzels were left uneaten. The only reason I didn't make a scene was our excellent server. I really don't phantom why such a professional would work for you.

Tags: People Watching
Food2
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

A disappointment was the portion size on each of our entrees, very skimpy so I would consider their executive Chef team to consider adding another creative side to the menu entrees. For 30 plus per dish our group of seven kinda laughed and did double takes after ordering different dishes. We seriously all considered going directly to the Queen street A&W right after leaving this place.

Ambience was cool and a smarter choice of new music mix variety (indie, rnb, pop,) would compliment the experience.

Cheers

Tags: Good for a Date
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The setting is exciting, beautifully designed; the atmosphere is lively, has the required 'buzz.' Service is very good as well as friendly and informative - our waiter explained the menu well and made recommendations when asked. For the most part our food was good, but I ordered the skirt steak which evidently came from Cumbrae - it was tough (I couldn't chew my first bite enough to swallow) and overdone. Maybe best to order steak at a steak house. Other than that, we had an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and ambience. The service was extremely friendly and attentive with good humour. The food was fresh with unique flavours. And...great seasonal cocktails. I will be back.

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun

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