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“One of the better restaurants in Ottawa”

Monte's Riverside Inn
Ranked #13 of 92 Restaurants in Ottawa
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Illinois River Valley
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“One of the better restaurants in Ottawa”
Reviewed February 4, 2012

The food is good, service is okay. I disagree with their description of JUMBO shrimp, which are quite small, actually. You get value for your money, especially on the Friday fish specials. It is EXTREMELY dark inside the restaurant, which you may or may not like. I also feel that after the food is served, someone (host or server) should come by and ask if you need anything, or if your dinner is to your liking. This usually does not happen. It is one of the better restaurants in town, but there is not much competition.

Thank curious_diner
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
244 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Awesome Small Town Restaurant!”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

I have been eating at Monte's since the late 70's. It is about 65 miles from my house, straight down Interstate 80. We dine here every December during the Christmas season. The prime rib is simply out of this world. Martinis are perfect. Steaks and seafood are wonderful too, especially the Walleye.

The ambience is so cozy and comfortable. Service is always topnotch. They have great breadsticks & sesame seed gourmet crackers, which they serve with a tasty cheese spread. Salads are always delicious, too. It takes us a little over an hour to get here, but we just love it for our once a year Christmas treat. Right on the Fox River, too. And plenty of free parking. Just a couple of miles south of I-80---not hard to find at all. Nicer than many downtown Chicago restaurants.

  • Visited December 2010
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Thank mathgenius
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