Montecito

4.3
887 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Californian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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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What 887 People Are Saying
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4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I arrived earlier than my time, surprised that the restaurant was not even 50% occupied. I was seated immediately even to wait for my companion, whereas online reservation indicated there was no space at that time! They explained abt the allocation of online reservations but there should be a method of getting around this in order to accommodate guests and maximize your seating capacity.

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RW
5.0Dined 6 days ago

We keep returning because the food is so unique and delicious. We love how one can have a conversation here, yet music is upbeat and modern.

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MS
3.0Dined 6 days ago

We were celebrating our anniversary, we had an early reservation. Our waiter was in training I think, had another waiter following him. My wife’s fish was not cooked my steak was so so. Great rhubarb desert had happy anniversary in chocolate on plate. I asked for an Irish coffee got a cup of coffee and a shot of jamieson. Bill was $200. Dissapointed.

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EH
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food was amazing! The ambiance was relaxing. Our server Lyla was friendly, professional, efficient and helpful. We will be back! Cheers

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FL
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Came for a birthday celebration, and it was just perfect. The albacore tuna to start was divine, also tried the kale salad that was quite flavourful. All entrees were impeccable (vegetables lasagne, pickerel), but the family style served steak was unanimously a hit, perfectly cooked med rare with a beautiful spread of potatoes and mushrooms. The little touches were the best - printed menus with a personal celebratory message, wonderful service - highly recommended!

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A
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The restaurant has a stylish look, had a suitable noise level for business lunch, and I think I might have eaten the tastiest burger I’ve ever had. Very impressed.

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TM
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Had a recent business dinner there and the food was fantastic and the staff were great!. They did a great job accommodating a colleague's special dietary restrictions. Looking forward to going back soon

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b
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Our best meal while visiting Toronto, and we had some good ones! Service was excellent and it’s so nice to see the servers excited when describing menu options. Everyone at the table ordered a different entree and we all were thrilled with our choices. Five “ happy plates” went back to the kitchen when we were through. Unfortunately, we were all too stuffed to have dessert, and they sounded incredible.

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CJ
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We chose this restaurant for the 5 pm Friday special - half price champagne and $1 oysters. The champagne deal turned out to apply only to genuine champers, so at half price ti was still way too expensive. We settled for some tasty prosecco instead.
The oysters, however, were said to be superb by my connoisseur husband, freshly shucked and nicely served with some sauces. My husband would have appreciated some bread with them but contented himself with some off my plate. I am not into oysters so I had a tasty starter of cured duck, kind of like prosciutto, with some interesting salad items and fresh peas.
Our mains were Lake Erie pickerel, which was properly cooked and came with seasonal vegetables and fingerling potatoes, which were forgotten initially.
Service was friendly and generally up to standard, although our waitress had to go and check if the fish was still available, did not know the price of the bubbly, and took away the wine list far too quickly.
There is quite a nice patio along the north side of the restaurant adjoining Adelaide Street. They were wasting electricity by leaving the door open to the patio all the time so the air conditioning was continually leaking out on a very hot afternoon.
We were belatedly celebrating Fathers' Day. Most other diners appeared to be couples on dates.
Worth a repeat visit sometime.

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J
1.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Very disapointing. The food was mediocre.
The wine selection was poor.
The martinis were unprofessional.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Had the lamb shoulder sandwich for lunch, it was virtually inedible. The meat was loaded with fat and some charred pieces that couldn’t be chewed. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and our server was very good except that when I complained she tried to justify why the lamb was fatty

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OT
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Food is great. Unfortunately, service isn’t.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The ambiance of the restaurant is great. Our server was extremely kind and checked up on my partner and I quite often to make sure we had everything we needed. I personally wish there were more options to offer on the menu!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

All the food was really good and we had a nice time. I enjoyed the ambiance but my friend said he felt a little like we were in a hotel lobby which he didn’t love but over all I would recommend it

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L
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We went to Montecito before going to the theatre. They were very accommodating to our time situation. Our meal was excellent. The kale salad was perfect to share. I had the vegetable lasagne that was outstanding and my husband had a fish dish that he enjoyed. The service was attentive but not overly so. We had an enjoyable meal and evening and would go back again.

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N
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Eclectic menu, cleverly presented. We we enjoyed every bite.

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JB
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Booked a table and sat outside, enjoyed a delicious well-priced salad with unique ingredients and had great service. I would definitely return.

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J
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Fabulous food and great service!

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PB
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Host was very accommodating in changing our table. Excellent signature dish of roasted whole trout.

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D
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great service. It was our date night with dinner and a show. Our server asked if we were attending a show and planned our timing of when to serve our orders. Very considerate.

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V
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We shared rainbow trout, which was absolutely phenomenal!

It is our second visit to the restaurant, this was post theatre and last time for family brunch upstairs. Both times the experience was very enjoyable and we will continue coming back.

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AM
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food was very good but $4 for plain bread plus $5 for optional butter or oil seemed excessive. Good and reasonably priced wine by the glass.

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LM
4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The service was friendly, low key and attentive. The server's knowledge of the food and food source was helpful. Wine choice was good and the food was great - perfect serving size for lunch; aroma and appearance were appetizing. I would definitely have future business lunches here.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Service was mediocre. Forgot my wife half of her order, didn't bring butter for pancakes and when asked for it, they brought it too late. Didn't ask to refill drinks. Food was good.

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DG
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We had a business meal there for a dozen clients. It was amazing. We asked the restaurant to put the meal together for us based on the kinds of things we might like and they mixed and matched from the menu and paired some great wines with the meal (on site sommelier!). The ambience is really nice with a bit of an homage to Ivan Reitman films and shows (he is an owner). I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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EH
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was phenomenal, but service was a bit spotty. Had a newer server who probably could of used some hands-on support, but she was lovely otherwise.

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S
4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Sign says "Oysters" on the way in - but they're just for the bar patrons!

Hint: Get more oysters!

The rest was really good, though. We'll go back for sure.

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OT
2.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Good food, we think, but a service disaster. Had tickets to a play so were on a schedule (told them this when we made the reservation, when we arrived that evening, also told the server). Received 1 app to share and our wine. Despite requests, mains were very late, arrived as we had to leave, too late to eat. Mains came off our bill, but a half-hearted response by the manager. Very disappointing

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F
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The duck breast was overly hard and chewy

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LT
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Wonderful food and ambiance . Definitely would return.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent mostly. My steak was a bit tough but everything else was delicious

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D
2.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Service was slow, food was disappointing, med rare burgers were well done, rare tuna over cooked, pulled chicken salad was ordinary and maybe 2 ounces chicken. Manager seemed unconcerned about our 45 minute wait for main courses.

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PD
4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great food, the service was slow, but it was a Tuesday

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i
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Slow service.
Dessert wasnt good, was like 3 timbits on plate

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T
1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I was honestly disappointed. There were no table settings, just a napkin, fork and knife. The waitress was nice but barely waited for us to finish our requests before walking off and got it wrong three times. One, she brought bottled water when we asked for ice water; two, she forgot the milk and sugar for tea; three, there was pork in the omelette when we requested it to be removed.
The buffet (mother’s day) was half empty. I didn’t get any oysters. Went up twice and there was no one there and I couldn’t bother complaining. There weren’t any healthy vegetarian options (everything slathered in creamy dressing). I did enjoy the desserts but unfortunately that was not enough to make up for all that went wrong.
Just not a good dining experience overall.

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JM
4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

It was a good time went for oysters but it was too busy, they had an amazing staff but they didnt have enough. Food was great as well as the accommodations!

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TG
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The bar area is really great but the 2 men (MANAGERS) that were dressed in the black suits were rude and obnoxious. They just bossed the already busy waitresses around and at one point one of the men made our waitress leave the floor and she did not return.

The restaurant should really look at who they have as managers because it will drive your customers away!!!

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OT
3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The ambience was nice, but the food was so-so

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SG
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Had a group of 6. The waitstaff were very accommodating. The food and wine list was excellent. Only minor complaint is one of the desserts was very sour and we were not apprised of this ahead of time.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Two of four dinners arrived cold -one was remade, one reheated making it (fish) rubbery. No follow up if second version was better. And - having half your party eat while you wait ruins the atmosphere.

To say sorry for cold meals we were offered one free desert - beignets were selected. Tim Bits are much better and a tenth their price.

Wine by the glass or bottle is incredibly expensive. Cheapest bottles on list not in stock.

One nice touch - the menu was personalized wishing my wife a happy birthday.

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