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Montrio Bistro

414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706
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Ranked #8 of 259 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $45
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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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362 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
New York City, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Naples, FL
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

You certainly pay for the quality here. Though in all fairness the food was delicious on the most part and the portion sizes were not excessive. The upmarket food was excellent and exciting. Service friendly but could be slow. Definitely worth reserving a table as it can get quite busy.

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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our time at the Montrio Bistro. It was packed, and had a good vibe (we went on a thursday night). The bar staff were very friendly when we waited for our table, and they had very unique cocktail selections. Our food was excellent. Would definitely go back next time we're in Monterey!

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Kenwood, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Our party of 16 was accommodated for a birthday party with decorations and a special dessert for the birthday boy. The food was great--we had small plates and particularly commend the artichokes and brussel sprouts. The service was great. The overall ambiance is fun times and good food. We will go back!

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Oakland, California, United States
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Dined here with the man today and had a wonderful dining experience. Started out with cocktails (recommend the Old Gringo) and the warm delicious complimentary bread. We followed with the truffle tater tots, which were very good, and the scallop crudo with avocado pana cota which was also tasty. My boyfriend ordered the steak, which was cooked to perfection and... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A great tasting menu if you want to sit at the bar. There are several great tasting appetizers that you can sample many of Montrio flavors. But the pleasant surprise was the extensive list of unique cocktails.

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Yakima, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We hit this place on 50% off wine night--I think that's every Sunday. There was a group of us, so that discount was well appreciated. Service wonderful and food really unique and beautifully pressented. I would go back everytime I'm in Monterey!

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you love a great Caesar, chilled fork and plate, coated in that thick dressing, begging for ground pepper, topped with crunchy yet chewy croutons, this is not the place. Grilled Caesar. Literally warm lettuce, tasteless dressing, crumbles of crushed croutons. So bad. On a positive note, I simply didn't eat it, and it didn't show up on our bill.... More

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