Make a booking

Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 5/23
Time
11:00 PM

Montecito

4.4
859 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Californian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Special Occasion
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.

Have you Discovered Montecito?
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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)
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(416) 599-0299
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress Code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive Chef
Matthew Simpson
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross Street
Widmer St
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking Details
Paid parking is available at 21 Widmer Street.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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.

View Private Dining Details
What 859 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 4 days ago

The duck breast was overly hard and chewy

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food and ambiance . Definitely would return.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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!!!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great food and atmosphere

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Fabulous all around. Our server Richard was helpful, knowledgeable and fun. Everything we eat was delicious. Amazing kale sale. Fabulous chicken and outrageous mushroom side dish - my fav!! And to top it all off a beautiful classy setting.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We had a delicious meal pre theatre. The kale salad was fantastic as was the pickerel main dish. Very fresh foods, great presentation. Service was superb.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Nice decor and professional service. Great kale salad. Meatballs a bit disappointing.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Not the first time I've been to Montecito and definitely not the last!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Excellent Food !!! Wonderful service, especially from Galen who looked after us . His suggestions and kindness were appreciated. Would definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Excellent!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very nice space. Attentive service. Solid food.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Fantastic What great attention! Actually went above and beyond

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food was lovely. Smaller portions but perfect for pre-theatre. Excellent wine list.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent chicken (spatchcocked, but no indication whether it was consentual) and best pork chop in the city. Montecito potatoes and kale salad are musts. Only drawback could be the active sound level and inconsistent lighting (house lights go up and down at random).

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Loved the house made sausage and pancakes! Thank you for a wonderful meal!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Service for our table was very slow, despite uncrowded venue; New menu- maybe the kitchen staff wasn't well practiced and delays occured; 3 of 6 main meals came to table cold; 3 people finished eating before we received the replacement meals; second round not much warmer; we did receive a discount on the bill, but weren't actually told this would occur via the apology from a floor manager.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service. We will certainly return. Thank you.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My wife and I had Montecito reservations and theatre booked for our anniversary. We arrived at the restaurant and informed the hostess that we had theatre after dinner. She assured us we had enough time. We ordered as quickly as possible. Odd that a restaurant that bills itself as Californian has no glasses of red wine on the menu. After an hour our first courses (roasted beet salad and carrot salad) arrived. Both were ok. I am unable to provide a review on the main course as after more waiting we had to inform our server that we needed to leave or we would be late for the theatre. She checked with the kitchen but our food was not yet ready. The manager came over and indicated we would not have to pay for our wine and salad. While we appreciated the gesture we would have appreciated having dinner more. Thank goodness for emergency granola bars. It is unlikely we will return.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food was outstanding. We had to wait 15 minutes before anyone served us.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Celebrating work accomplishment

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 10, 2018

There were four us for dinner. One of the guests asked which pizza the server recommended he suggested the newly added pizza was good. It wasn’t. And when she commented to him he replied that he had tasted it and thought it was ok. Why recommend then? When the pizza shared by two people had over half remaining and the guest shared that it really wasn’t good. Nothing was done.

As well our meals were not hot. Warm at best.

We accept that we didn’t say anything as the waiter let us know it was his third shift and we wanted to support him.

This restaurant was recommended to me by a good friend who works in the financial district.

I was the one who arranged the evening and was very disappointed.

The meal was to be honest very very disappointing.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great food - Kale salad was wonderful

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

What a fun spot for a girls night! My friends and I came for Wine Wednesday (half price bottles of wine in the bar) and ended up staying for hours! We had dinner, which was delicious, and the vibe was awesome.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Ordered the short rib because the last time I had it there it was fantastic. This time was a disaster. They eventually brought out my plate and it was all fat and no meat. I sent it back and they brought me a new plate that was as bad as the first. The other two people I was with also ordered the short rib but it was also a disaster. The staff were great trying to make it work but we ended up going to Figo next door for some food we could actually eat.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very expensive for what you got. Very little veggie or “fresh” options. Disappointing

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is the third year we’ve taken our son and grandkids to Montecito for Easter brunch. The food is delicious and well prepared. The only thing missing was fresh fruits. My husband loves the fried chicken! The dessert selection may seem limited but there’s a lot of high quality cookies and cakes that are so delicious! Service has always been excellent. This year Richard made us feel like we had our own private server! He was very personable and extremely attentive to all our needs. The manager also takes time to walk around and make sure everyone is well looked after. I highly recommend Montecito.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Ryan was absolutely amazing! He made us feel so special, most importantly, the birthday girl. The added small touches on the menu and the glass of bubbles to celebrate was not expected. Thank you so much for going the extra mile. Haven’t had that experience in a long time. Thank you!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very underwhelmed by food and service. Beautiful restaurant though.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Been here many times, the food is always a high quality and the service is excellent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I had a wonderful lunch at Montecito. My friend and I tried different cocktails (beers for him), shared the Kale Salad as an appetizer, and had our own mains. The meals were filling and creative, and I love that they are made with local ingredients! Our server was attentive but not intrusive, and we enjoyed out dessert and coffees without feeling rushed out. It seems like it's also a popular place for business lunches, with large tables and not too noisy!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This is the second time we have celebrated an event at this restaurant. Have never been disappointed in the food or the service.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
22

Tweets by Montecito