Montecito

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1131 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Farm-to-table
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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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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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RI
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I decided to bring a client to the restaurant...Unfortunately, the food was not very good this time. The schnitzel was way to fatty, the Montecito chicken with the arugula was oily and the arugula was completely drenched with oil. Usually the meals are great, this was not my best experience. I will likely return as i hope this was just an isolated experience.

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NC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Father's day - no. Communication that there was no brunch buffet.

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P
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

If thoughts of schnitzel at the Hotel Sacher come to mind when you see it on the menu at Montecito...forget it, it doesn’t come close!

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

My waitress was poorly dressed. Service was horrible she almost spilled my drink. She looked sloppy clumsy and not confident .
I have been there several times before and had a good experience . Even though this was lunch the waitresses should dress more professional in accordance with the quality of Montecito.
I wwould still recommend this place .

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VR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Nice setting, attentive service, but the food was a perfect execution in mediocrity. The string was still on my lamb; the presentation was average at best; and the taste didn't blow me away.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Server Renee was fabulous, very pleasant and fast service, but not rushed. We had drinks, appetizers and dinner before going to a show for our Anniversary. The special touches, designer menu's with Happy Anniversary written on them, celebratory dessert, etc. were amazing. They really went above and beyond to make our night special. The food was absolutely scrumptious. Had steak tartar, and gourmet meatballs as apps and then the gnocchi and lamb for dinner. Everything tasted homemade and delicious. Would recommend to everyone to try going there for an evening. Really enjoyable.

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CA
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were fabulous!

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Z
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

The food quality was low for the price.
My expectations were higher but it was not worth to try it

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I wish I could give the food and service more stars. The staff was outstanding!

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Heather the Sommelier is outstanding as was our service (forgot her name...)

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e
Toronto
74 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A favorite place to entertain out-of-towners, the menu is solid throughout but I end up ordering the kale salad and pork chop almost every time. Both are the best in the city, so why not. My spouse always orders the chicken. Spatchcocked and delicious. The potatoes are outstanding.

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PL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My first experience was great, I decided to meet a business partner here for lunch. Great service... ordered the Farmed Trout and was honestly best I have ever had.

Came close to licking the plate... but didn’t want to embarrass anyone :)

Look forward to coming back... wanna try the tuna next!!

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A Lovely find!

LOVED the atmosphere and the food was delicious.

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TP
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pre-symphony meal; attentive service. Even asked if there were allergies, or whether we had an event to get to on time. Thank you!

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nicely decorated restaurant, good service, good food and potions well priced

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ES
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

this restaurant was amazing when It first opened, then the quality went down a little bit. BUT.... this last time we went it was a big surprise as the food was drastically improved.

Had the perfect meal and will definitely recommend the kale salad. Note: it is huge, we had 4 people and one order was enough for 4 of us to share.

Would definitely recommend again.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Cod was cold. Waiting too often to refill our drinks. Too bad. So much choice in the city for such simple things to be expected.

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DG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service on point. Wasnt my first time there, but on this particular day it was a lot of noise and people so that was the only downside. My duck dish was served just like I wanted and choice in local wines didn't dissapoint

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Mother’s Day celebration but no special greeting by staff. Service was slow despite restaurant being only 30% full. Kale salad was very good but pear salad was underwhelming. Had to request bread with appetizers. Pork chop was very good but vegetables were undercooked. Beet ravioli lacked substance and depth of flavour while the portion size was undersized for a main course.

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S
London
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for a Mother’s Day dinner. The service was excellent. The menu was not too large but a good variety to suit everyone’s needs. Nice selection of appetizers, pizza, pasta (made in house) and a selection of mains consisting of fish, poultry, and meat. I would like to go back and try the pizza and the pasta. The beet ravioli sounded delicious. Everyone enjoyed the appetizers we shared and their mains. I would definitely go back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food and service was good.

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Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated our engagement and our waitress brought us some champagne right at the beginning. That was a very nice gesture.

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M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I love the concept - farm to table, everything on the menu from Canadian farmers! But unfortunately, I don't understand why on earth they would serve me a pork chop so thick that I could barely get my knife through it - let alone my teeth. Literally my plate was wandering around the table from the sheer force of me trying to slice this pork chop. It looked beautiful - but had little to no flavour. The cauliflower on my plate was interesting and exciting and delicious - how could the same restaurant that can do that to cauliflower fail so spectacularly to make a pork chop? Similarly, Look I get that it's all canadian stuff so you had to serve canola oil on your burrata instead of olive oil. But it brought literally nothing. No taste. All I could taste.... ALL I could taste was the almost burnt toast that accompanied the burrata. Also why put the pear jam mixed in the salad? Why not leave me a nice little clump on the side to smear with the burrata and taste them together? Just some really confusing choices here. Look the atmosphere here was good, the service was really excellent, the food is really great in concept and it was fine to go before heading off to a show. But for that price and those premium ingredients I had hoped the food would be better than "fine".

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Renee and shadow server were extremely attentive and helpful. She made a couple of suggestions for drink and food which and were all excellent. Trout and duck entrees were so tasty. Surprised that our anniversary was acknowledged during dessert. We had theatre tickets and Renee was very mindful of our timing . Thank you for a great evening..will definitely be back.

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CR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I really enjoyed Montecito, the service was excellent and the food was very good. I had the kale salad it was amazing and I loved the pear and blue cheese pizza. The layout is very nice and cozy

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Montecito could be such a good restaurant; the service is good and the space is beautiful, except it falls short when it comes to food. This was my third time visiting the restaurant and for the third time I was wholly let down by my bland lamb shank and undercooked root vegetables. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone, unless they are looking to take advantage of some of the good wine deals they have.

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

consistent food - great location - service usually ok but this last visit was not on par

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BA
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Wonderful food, great staff, lovely ambiance

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good food the staff really pulls together as a team for good service.

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AC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As is always the case - food, ambience and wait staff - fab.
It really is one of Toronto's best.

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PK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great overall. We loved our food and waitress. However, because of a big event, our food came too late, around an hour.

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good and service was attentive but we had such a long wait between appetizers and main dishes that made the dinner less enjoyable.

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food, good service, nice ambiance, appreciated not having blaring music.
We did find the wine list pretty pricey.

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DW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at Montecito, but it won't be our last. We were going to the theatre so we were under some time constraint. Our server, who was very professional and friendly, said, no problem, we'll ensure you enjoy your meal and make it to the theatre on time. The restaurant was spacious and very comfortable, the food was excellent and the service exceptional. I would highly recommend Montecito.

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MP
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. Fantastic service.
Just dissapointed about the food. Two of the three sides we ordered were a fail. The mushroom were terribly salty. Just takes one dish like that to ruin most mouthfuls of a meal, and the duck cabbage, regreted that too. At 12$ Each, it hurt. Unfortunately, i dont think i will return though i love that place, its too expensive to risk another fail. Boo.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great time. Perfect environment

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A good treat yourself meal! The food is fresh, the cocktails are strong and they are very mindful of any time constraints you may be under (shows etc). The complimentary coat check is a nice touch as well as the gender neutral private washrooms.

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VS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Went to Montecito on a Friday night for the oyster special. Made reservations for 8pm and we were seated in the lounge but was told it was last call for oysters. Well our waiter didn't come see us quick enough to even order and we didn't make last call and didn't get any oysters. There was only one waiter in the lounge considering it was pretty busy. Montecito shouldn't really advertise $1 oysters starting at 5pm with no end time when there is actually an end time. It was false advertisement and we were disappointed as we specifically went there just for the oysters. We ordered the tartare and the pork belly appetizer instead. Tartare was delicious. Chips that came with it were made fresh and were nice and crisp.

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MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a pre-show meal. The waitress asked when we arrived if we were seeing a show and told us she would have us out at a specific time. We walked out at exactly the right time. We both had the duck which was perfectly cooked. Everything else was very good, the meatballs, craft beer selection, gluten-free dessert. I would absolutely go back.

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SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Montecito is an excellent place for a date night. the atmosphere and service are excellent. and the menu is great. the food was very good and the portions are quite large.

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