Montecito

4.4
960 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Californian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post-theatre
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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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)
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Phone number
(416) 599-0299
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Matthew Simpson
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Cross Street
Widmer St
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Parking Details
Paid parking is available at 21 Widmer Street.
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Public Transit
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
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.

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4.3
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4.4
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

5 out of 6 of us have allergies which were handled very professionally by all staff & the kitchen

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JS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food, great service.
Would recommend this restaurant highly.

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience start to finish. I was called the day before to confirm my reservation and ask about any food sensitivities or mobility issues. We arrived early and were accommodated by seating us early. The menu was personalized with a “Happy Anniversary “ printed on the front. The staff asked if we were going to the theatre after dinner and made sure that our service was adjusted so that we could be at the theatre on time. The food was fantastic and the wine list is great! I will definitely return and highly recommend it to anyone.

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J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for Kath’s birthday. Everything was of high quality. Absolutely delicious.

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B
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We told our server we had a show to get to, but this did not seem to make any difference to our server. I ordered the duck breast and it needed more flavour. We all wanted coffee but ran out of time. On a good note two of our group ordered the pork chop and loved it.

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place for food, friends & atmosphere!! Great for celebrating any occasion or for a special date night. Great wine list and service. Called ahead with our special occasion and they printed it on all of our menus. Definitely recommend this dining experience to anyone.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a total of three servers taking care of us and they went above and beyond! Food was great. Half price was wine was excellent! We ended up giving a 50% tip! 😁

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EP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We attending this restuarant for their Thanksgiving prefix menu. It was absolutely amazing till the last spot. The kale salad exceeded its recommendations.

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J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

With kitchen renos underway, there was no other choice but a restaurant dinner for Thanksgiving. It was fantastic! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. I’d certainly recommend this restaurant.

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & great service! Nothing on the menu will disappoint!

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NS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

From start to finish it was bad first drinks took 30 minutes and were not correct, they brought me a gin martini with a twist no one ordered that, very slow service , the food flavours were all off some could not even eat it. Pretty room but never again!

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LH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary celebration with my sister and her husband. Outstanding champagne.

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ST
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great ambience, and very accommodating staff. Half of our party arrived late, kitchen about to close, and the amazing staff made sure we were well fed without making us feel rushed. Despite some High maintenance dietary restrictions Within some of our party, Staff made sure food was prepared perfectly. Our out-of-town guests were very impressed. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The hostess' were amazing, servers were extremely knowledgable on the food. Food is locally sourced and menu changes with the season. Meals are unique, and delicious. Made specialized menu's for my friend's birthday (we didn't request this) which was the most kind touch - On the front of the menu it said "Happy Birthday Chelsea". Highly recommend.

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TD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Montecito never-ever disappoints. The menu is always fresh and full of farm to table Ontario excellence. The service is next level personal with a crazy amount of attention to detail. Their GM, Heather, bends over backward to make sure your experience is memorable and on top of it all she is an amazing Somm so your wine experience is always outstanding!

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S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

We chose this restaurant because it was close to The Royal Alexandra Theatre ..matinee at 1:30. We arrived at the restaurant at 11:45 to allow ample time for lunch. Our orders were taken at noon but at 12:45 when we complained we were told by the waiter that because one of the orders was a medium well hamburger, it takes longer. We finally got our food . The kale salad was good, the hamburger was awful, and the pizzas were burnt. Although a beautifully decorated environment my recommendation would be to stay away.

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KR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner. Spacious place and lovely décor that slightly changes between the front bar, dinning room, patio, and upstairs lounge. No real complaints with anything one would look for in a restaurant experience (i.e. service, noise, ambience, food). It is a fairly pricy establishment, but without being pretentious. We sampled all the food and drink (i.e. apps, mains, dessert, cocktails, sangria pitchers, etc.), and all was very enjoyable, but not memorable. Menu changes more often as it is centered around a local/seasonal initiative. Went on a Monday, so it was quiet, but I imagine it would be a good location to people watch on a Thursday-Sunday (or during TIFF!). Great location (King St. West) and I think a welcomed member to the Toronto restaurant scene. In summary: I would go back.

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We were served by Gaelan who was wonderful, and really took the time to converse with us! The wait time between apps and entree was a bit long but that may have been because we took our time with the apps.

Beautiful, sophisticated, modern interior design with a spunky film-buff flare, and a very warm ambiance. Loved the variety of booth, bench, high top, chair, bar, event space seating etc. The restaurant has way more room than you'd expect from the outside, it was a really nice surprise!

I live in the neighbourhood and will DEFINITELY be back for the food, atmosphere and drinks. This would make for a really fantastic date night spot, group birthday, family dinner or business meeting. A really impressive range.

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place. Beautiful ambiance, incredible food, and amazing & very tentative staff. Would recommend to family and friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was pretty good. We had a main server and then someone who was training and they kept double teaming us. One would offer dessert and then 5 seconds later the other would come up to us and offer dessert. Overall great food but just not the vibe I was looking for on that particular night

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MJ
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We loved the kale salad, would definitely come back for salad. It was very big as an appetizer, shared it between 3 of us and we all had 2nd servings. Fritatta was ok, not what i was expecting. It stuck to the skillet and was not as fluffy as most brunch places we've been to.

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c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our go to restaurants in the city. After watching a film @ TIFF, we went for a birthday dinner. As always the food, service and atmosphere were excellent. I would highly recommend Montecito.

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M
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great place to eat with good food and atmosphere.

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SR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great waitress and sommelier! Food....hit and miss. Forgo island cod was great. Pork chop was so fatty. You were lucky to get two bites of actual meat. Sorbet was absolutely terrible - all four order were not edible!

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FO
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great Oyster deal on Fridays & delicious Pastas.

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Shortly after dining at Montecito one of us became seriously ill that required an ambulance and and taken to emergency hospital. After contacting Montecito on two separate days to advise them of what had occurred, we were advised on both occasions that the General Manager would call us back. It has been a week since then and no one from this restaurant has contacted us. Truly disappointed as to the way this was handled and a terrible way to do business and treat your patrons. We will never return.

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M
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The Kale salad is the best thing on the menu and the pizza is great too! We also had the schnitzel, pulled chicken salad and gnocchi and they were nothing special.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is around the corner from Prince of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres. Perfect place for a pre-theatre nosh. Plus, was able to park underneath.

A great theatre location.

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LH
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent evening as always. My friend and I have made this our standard spot.
Only complaint is that the bar (our preferred area) was reserved for a TIFF event, so we had to move to the restaurant and they wouldn't give us the "Wine Wednesdays" discount there!

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For me, as a single woman traveler, it is one of the best places to . Great food, lovely and attentive wait staff, cozy, warm atmosphere. I would eat there every time I visit.

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s
Toronto
80 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent. Pork Wiener schnitzel was undercooked and sent back. It was replaced without any trouble. Would go back there.

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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Montecito was one of our favourite restaurants before our experience with the Sunday brunch. The brunch which featured a good variety of salads, meats and seafood did not appeal to one of my friends who was expecting more breakfast fare. The alternatives offered were pancakes or an omelet. She ordered the former. One whole grain single pancake arrived too cold to melt the butter on top. When asked by the server if the pancake was satisfactory, my friend replied that it was not. Although the server offered to bring her an omelet, no alternate choice was offered nor was any effort made to recompense my friend. She did not enjoy her $39 plus tax and tip pancake. Even the dessert table was a disappointment. What appeared to be a caramel mousse with chocolate shavings on top was virtually tasteless.
Although the rest of us did enjoy the buffet, there should have been worthy options for my friend.

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LD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been here several times and it never disappoints. This time it was for brunch before a show during TIFF week. Although we prefer their dinner and lunch menu the food was still of high quality

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and friendly staff...the food was delicious as always!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

No servers to help us - 3 different people to take care of us and took a while to get drinks.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meal was great and so was the service. Best dining experience I have had in a while.

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h
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

This was during tiff. Food was good but extremely slow. We were there for two hours and had to gulp down our food to get to the movie on time. Had to take part of our meal to go.

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AP
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We visited this restaurant on a quiet evening and a bit late; it has a nice menu and its location downtown allows a fun sidewalk dining option. Very friendly and attentive staff; very glad we found this place

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G
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was amazing. I love that the menu changes with the season but the Montecito potatoes are always available and a must have with any meal!

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and excellent service.

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