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Montrio Bistro

414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706
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Ranked #7 of 258 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $45
Cuisines: American, French, Italian, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin
Transit: Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro
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85% Recommend
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I had a lovely salad and our family enjoyed all their dishes. The service was excellent, and we got some free appetizers with a referral from our hotel. I loved the ambiance and would go back, as the menu is very interesting and there were lots of fish offered.

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Toronto, Ontario
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We stayed 3 days in Monterey and this is really the only restaurant I would recommend. Everything was fresh, well presented and tasted great. We had the watermelon salad (excellent), calamari (good), lobster BLT (ok) and crab cakes (very good) for apps. The mains were salmon (amazing), roast chicken (very good), kobe burger (also very good). The desserts were all... More

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kathy s, General Manager at Montrio Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the detailed review...we appreciate your comments and hope that you will be able to return soon. More

Malmo, Sweden
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We stopped in Monterey on our way up highway #1. Truth be told, Montrio was the highlight of our visit to Monterey - the rest of the town didn't really do it for us. The restaurant is reasonably downtown, and we were accommodated with a table off the street without reservation. We asked for the waiter's advice, and chose to... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My wife and I used to love to eat at Montrio. They had some fabulous appetizers, but they seem have lost that special touch. We returned there after a two year hiatus, and found the portions small and not really very appealing. Something has slipped. Maybe they have a new chef; I don't know. The waiter was not very friendly... More

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kathy s, General Manager at Montrio Bistro, responded to this review

It sounds as if something definitely went wrong. No personnel changes have been made. Food portions have remained intact. If you should decide to return I would love to know in advance and make the next dining experience one to remember. More

california central coast
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We loved everything! The ambiance is luxury. The service is fantastic. And the food was exquisite. We started with the mushrooms with polenta and the truffled tater-tots. The mushroom dish was creamy and delicious. The tater-tots were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The flavor was amazing. Next, the butternut squash, arugula, burrata, candied hazelnut salad was... More

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Monterey, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Monterey, such a beautiful atmosphere and gracious service. Great place for a celebration with friends!

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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by a B&B I was staying at. The service was excellent and the wine list was extensive, the nite we dined the wine was half price. It was nice to see families as well as a mix of ages. The artichoke appetizer was so good and all of us enjoyed our meals. There is a lot... More

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A renovated firehouse is the locale of this wonderful restaurant. We were seated promptly with a view of the open kitchen. Our waiter was friendly and had a good knowledge of the menu. We had the wood fired artichoke appetizer. Fantastic a large meaty well cooked fire roasted preparation with a super tasty sauce. I had the duck breast which... More

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kathy s, General Manager at Montrio Bistro, responded to this review

We appreciate the kind words and you taking the time to let others know about our little gem. Thanks again and hope you can visit again soon. More

Naples, FL
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were extremely impressed by the variety of creative dishes that were offered (maybe the best calamari I've ever had), delicious salmon and a nice desert menu ... a "must try" in Monterey!

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Very good dinner. I had the pesto rubbed steak and it was done to perfection. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Everyone at dinner said their food was very good. They even kept the bottle we brought on ice. I think this restaurant was quite kid friendly for a more adult type restaurant. They have very nice kids menus,... More

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