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414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706
+1 831-648-8880
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Ranked #12 of 262 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $45
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 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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English first
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

What a dinner! From the salads to the wine to the desserts, and most importantly, the service, this was a wonderful dinner experience. In my opinion, the menu seems limited, but, it was delicious. Had I known how amazing the poached egg salad was going to be (according to my colleague), I would have definitely ordered it. She couldn't stop... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Chill-out dinner with great food and in very pleasant atmosphere. The grilled salmon with citrus mascarpone risotto, Brussels sprout leaves and baked tomato nduja sauce was excellent and original. Good wine. Very good vanilla semifreddo and strawberry granite, with an interesting banana-infused whiskey next to it. Very good service. Expensive but well worth it.

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Gilroy, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A great staff, an inspiring menu, an extensive wine list, and in Monterey's Original Firehouse, how could one go wrong with this family favorite. The day after Christmas we stayed at the Monterey Marriott (which never disappoints) and enjoyed another fantastic evening dining experience at Montrio Bistro.

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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We had an amazing anniversary meal at Montrio Bistro. The meal was delicious, the setting romantic and the service outstanding. We were wished happy anniversary on our arrival and our table was decorated with heart confetti. My husband ordered the Seared ‘dry pack’ Scallops with carrot quinoa, cauliflower 'rice', raisins, coconut-curry broth. The dish was presented beautifully and was delicious.... More 

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Sonoma, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Had dinner here with my daughter. Been meaning to try Montrio Bistro for a while, as I visit Monterey regularly. We had reservation; seated us right away. Bread was delicious. I had steak and daughter had short ribs. Food was served hot, which is a must for me. There were several other dishes that were tempting. There are so many... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Excellent menu selections and wonderful service. Decor was beautiful. Loved the brick, full sized glass doors, old brass hinges and other features from the historic firehouse which was originally in that location. Complimentary limo to/from our hotel (Monterey Bay Plaza).

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Danville, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It did not help that our server appeared a bit stale with a large group. The apps were all deep fried - yuck - not what you expect in this price range. The so-called "caesar" was comprised of the worst parts of romaine (the very inner yellow center pieces" that were lightly cooked and then doused with horrible parm breadcrumbs.... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We visit the monterey area often and decided to try someplace different. WOW.... My new favorite restaurant! It's lovely inside, service was great but food was outstanding. Menu items were interesting and different. Prices more than fair for the delicious foods we ate Monday nite. The restaurant was packed so make a reservation and it's worth the drive.

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Geneva, Switzerland
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

It was christmas eve and there werent a lot of open restaurants so my family and I went there. Positive : The waiter was nice Great atmosphere The bread is good Negative: Poor Menu - few choices Expensive for what it is Food is not yummy Food isn't good at all... Maybe we didnt take the right meals or it... More 

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Monterey, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This wonderful downtown Monterey bistro has a loyal local following, great cocktails and appetizers and a Rewards Club. In addition on Sunday-Thursday it partners with the nearby Osio Theater for 'Dinner and a Movie'. I only wish more restaurants did this. You stop in at Montrio, tell them you are doing dinner and a movie, purchase the tickets and either... More 

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Additional Information about Montrio Bistro

Address: 414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706
Phone Number: +1 831-648-8880
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 45
Cuisine: American, French, Italian, Fusion

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