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Montrio Bistro

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$$$
American, French, Italian, Fusion
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414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706 (Franklin)
Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro
+1 831-648-8880
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 36
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A delicious dinner in a fun atmosphere

In downtown Monterey, in a former firehouse, 3 of us had a wonderful dinner. We had a chance to chat with the owner, who was most gracious, and even helped us find a hotel after our reserved hotel turned out to be a disastrous. With a full bar, a good wine list, and a an excellent assortment of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
JoaninFrance
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Irvine, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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419 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Irvine, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

In downtown Monterey, in a former firehouse, 3 of us had a wonderful dinner. We had a chance to chat with the owner, who was most gracious, and even helped us find a hotel after our reserved hotel turned out to be a disastrous. With a full bar, a good wine list, and a an excellent assortment of choices, we... More 

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Lewisville, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

These guys get it. And get every aspect of dining right. Glad to see they go the extra degree with everything they do. High quality ingredients, prepared to perfection, with wonderful service. They make you feel right at home so the comfort level is at its highest.

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Sonoma County
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Terrific day before Valentine's Dinner in the midst of the annual AT&T pro-am. We had the grilled artichoke in an olive oil/Basalmic sauce with tomatoes and more. Tender, moist duck breast in a cherry sauce with a spicy corn meal muffin. A Mushroom Bite over Polenta, grilled Shrimp wrapped in bacon and scallop in a spicy creme Fraiche sauce (I... More 

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Fresno, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The food and service are excellent. Prices are very reasonable. The ambiance is unique as this was a firehouse

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rocklin
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130 reviews 130 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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
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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
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706
    (Franklin)
  • Public Transportation: Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-648-8880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 45
  • Cuisine: American, French, Italian, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?