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Montrio Bistro

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414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706 (Franklin)
+1 831-648-8880
16:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Oakland, California
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95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and drinks. This is my favorite downtown restaurant. I usually come here for work and have attended dinners and cocktail hours here. Try the special it's always good.

Thank Neville V
Bend, Oregon
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been to Montrio Bistro multiple times and have never had a truly bad experience. However, when considering food quality, service, and ambience, there are other restaurants in Monterey which we find to be consistently superior to Montrio. Again, we like Montrio and would recommend it as a restaurant worth going to; we just do not find it to... More 

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Bay Area
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113 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time at this little restaurant! Our server was amazing and the food was just fun. Try the small plates and you can get a sample of various farm to table experiences.

Thank 1CaliforniaBoy
London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So here's the thing - you visit the number one restaurant in the town, and feel sad when you leave. Served by unfriendly lady who just took order and left us to ourselves. No conversation and no attentive service. I felt that unless you were a larger group of 4 or 6, you were left alone and abandoned . My... More 

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Richmond, Va
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Montrio Bistro was recommended to us by the bartender at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. We were looking for something away from Cannery Row and this was the perfect spot. The restaurant was lively as it was Halloween, our waiter was fun and engaging and the food was fabulous. I highly recommend the Wild Caught Salmon. There were 4 of us... More 

Thank dhk923
Monterey, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a lively place with great food and wine selection. We went there for our 40th anniversary. The service was exceptional.

Thank Laurie B
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120 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and service. We loved the duck and lamb. The popcorn duck confitte was fun and tasty.

Thank VA-beer
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a variety of small plates and desserts in the bar area. Excellent food and good service. Chocolate dessert with house made mint chocolate chip ice cream was as good as the bread pudding!

Thank Ellie Z
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in a former firehouse in downtown Monterey, the menu at Montrio Bistro is full of intriguing choices. We enjoyed the unusual white sardine potato chip small plate. My favorite mid size plates were the roasted artichokes with eggplant relish and the Dungeness crab cakes. The almond cake for dessert was so delicious and plenty to share. The wine list... More 

Thank MareO
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90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant richly deserves its high TripAdvisor rating. Last things first: do not on any account skip dessert, because the bread pudding is fantastic. We shared a helping, but next time I expect us to order one each. Prior to that, I had the duck breast - cooked rare, a difficult thing to pull off - and my wife had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$45
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2706
  • Public Transportation: Monterey Airbus and local Bus Transit near Montrio Bistro
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-648-8880

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