Montecito

4.4
1017 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Californian
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  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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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Toronto
169 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our group thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. The duck, pork chop, cod and trout were all delicious, as were the broccoli and brussels sprouts sides. Everything was well prepared and flavourful. Our server was attentive and entertaining. We all had a great dining experience!

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CO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent and everything was served in a timely manner. The food was fresh, presented well, and delicious. We really enjoyed the California inspiration and farm to table cuisine.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

one of my favourites for the great food and casual california style

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We've been back many times, and it never disappoints. The Kale salad is a must. The entrees are all superb. And the homemade desserts are to die for. Lovely ambiance, and great service. Plus, all at a very, very reasonable price. What more could you want?

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, ambience and service!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice concept restaurant, beautifully designed with high ceilings and a very diverse menu. Food is delicious and service is friendly, knowledgeable, and polished.
Recommend highly!

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JG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Food was ok. Ambiance was pretty quiet,

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BP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I had a great time with the fam for my bday. They even personalized our menus with a “happy bday” msg for my brother and I (it was both our bdays). Thanks for an amazing evening!

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BZ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Food was underwhelming. Wouldn’t recommend this place.

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GT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pork chops, Duck and chicken were amazing. Side orders (potatoes and mushrooms) were a little too much food for three people but delicious anyway. Large black and white pictures of owner/director/producer Ivan Reitman with famous actors (John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Robert Redford, etc). Great ambience and service. Park at 27 Windmer St (parking lot sign shows #27, at the #21 Windmer building).

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AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Christmas present to my family before a show. Everyone loved their meal. We arrived early and they sat us in the bar area to wait where we enjoyed drinks. At end of meal I realized I was overcharged for a bottle of wine and they graciouslg fixed the error promptly. Can’t wait to return!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was an amazing venue! I’ve been a few times and there will be more times to come! Staff are exceptionally knowledgeable with the menu and they have wonder suggestions on what’s best! Love this place!

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We booked this restaurant for a business lunch. The room was quite noisy.
Our server had a senseless face and no smile at all.
We ordered the Montecito Board for the appetizer, which came on a big piece of wood but very small portions of cheese and few very thin slices of charcuterie.
All our main courses were cold. Montecito chicken was so dry and tasteless. We also ordered the steak sandwich. The bread was half burned and turned black. The steak was burned on the outside and totally raw inside. We had to return it and they did not charge us for that
The kale salad and the coffee were good.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The service here and food never disappoint. The wait staff is attentive and always does their best to take care of us. The one area of improvement is with regards to sharing clear information about the parking and what needs to be done in order to have it validated and discounted.

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g
Munich
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Very disappointing. Normally one of my favourite places but this time the service was poor, and the food mediocre and not hot.

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UX
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Hoped for so much more. Wanted something new, close to theatre, which this is. Service was just TERRIBLE. Waiter clearly didn't know the menu and we were left waiting for drinks forever. Just after they arrived, or meals arrived. SO weird. Felt like I was at Kelsey's. With so many other options, I wouldn't recommend or return.

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I’ve been before and always had a positive experience unfortunately this time 2 plates of chicken were cold and undercooked. Staff handled it well and we were not charged but for a venue such as this the food she be better :(

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v
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All was amazing

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FO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

I have bee. To this restuarant a few times.....every single time the only thing that's negative is the service. ...I never see happy faces from any waitress at the resturant

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went to Montecito for a pre-theatre dinner, three of us were from out of town. A staff member called in advance to ask if there were any allergies, or if it was a special occasion. I requested that they inform our server that we needed to have our bill paid by 7pm because of the theatre - no problem. From the moment we walked in staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Our waitress was delightful, genuinely upbeat and helpful. All four of us ended up with the same dinner and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The wine we chose was also exceptional. We had a short walk to the theatre but it started pouring rain, so we asked about getting a cab. It was a busy Saturday evening but the hostess insisted on coming out in the rain to hail us a cab. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I plan to return. Thank you to all Montecito staff!

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time, would recommend to check it out

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Was really psyched for this- until we sat down, got asked to move, got our starters and wrong drinks. Followed by just soda drinks when we asked for some alcoholic ones. Let's not add to the fact that they just kept messing up the drinks. Here comes the main course.....guess what. Dry. Dry. Dry. Your best bet is the charcuterie board, that was the only hit of the night. For the amount of money you're paying- go across the street.

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d
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again a super meal at Montecito. The best farm to table offerings in the city.

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PE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent restaurant, which we visit every year while in the city from the UK. The food is excellent, and well complemented by a great wine list. The service is excellent, and on this occasion, we were well advised on wine & time for our food to be prepared (we shared a large steak, which required extra cooking time).

I also asked to add an extra person on arrival, which was no problem at all.

I will be back next year.

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W
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome meal. Excellent service. Only disappointment was the server suggested the meatballs as a shared apple, and it arrived with three meatballs for four people.

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TC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was very tasty.
Dessert tray was a little underwhelming.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food lovely place and excellent service.

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PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Since I’ve only been to Montecito once I can’t say much more than the food was delicious (short ribs), service efficient and attentive with just the right amount of friendliness . The restaurant’s interior is well thought out and it supports having decent conversations. The whole experience was very enjoyable.

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K
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Was the perfect pre-theatre meal for foodies. The Ontario burrata was sublime, as was the beet salad. Portions were larger than expected and the pizza crust was some of the best I've had outside of Italy - light and crispy! And don't get me started on the pear ginger cheesecake. My mum who doesn't traditionally enjoy cheesecake couldn't help taking a second bite and I all but can't wait to revisit this restaurant for the dessert alone.

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N
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely! Our friends enjoyed Montercito and like us will return soon for the good food and friendly service!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

I love Montecito!! Had a great experience, except for our waiter who wasn’t very friendly.

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OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Switched waitresses in the middle of the meal without any mention to us. Waited about 30 mins to order dessert. Menu said “heirloom tomatoes” for burrata appetizer and they served regular tomatoes. That’s unacceptable.

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C
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great spot for a pre theatre meal. Interesting menu with unique and flavourful options. The squash agnolotti was delicious as was the pecan cake. The wine list, while extensive, was overpriced.

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AY
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Everything! Highly recommend and will definitely return.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excelente food and service!

My friend and I had dinner here last week. We had fresh cod. It was delicious! We needed to catch up, as we hadn’t seen each other in ages. I told our server that, and we spent at least one hour talking and drinking wine before ordering our dinner. We were not disrupted.

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s
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicous food and exceptional service. Creative organic vibe.

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C
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great unpretentious service, portion vs price excellent for quality served.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very much enjoyed this restaurant and would highly recommend it. The food was excellent, particularly the pasta which they make fresh in-house. Excellent wine list, and beautiful setting.

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Bigger portions for lunch, beautiful restaurant, lovely plates and lovely food but I left a little hungry and that is a minor tragedy.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a wonderful Birthday dinner . We had the kale salad , a must, and the charcuterie board was delicious with a wide variety of tastings . The rabbit and gnocchi was excellent and the duck was incredible !
The Black Forest cake and cocktail coffee was the cherry on top ! The cheesecake was also a hit. I highly recommend eating here if you want a memorable dining experience.

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