Steps away from the film festival headquarters at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Montecito Restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy great dishes and a wide variety of drinks any day of the week.

By: Olivia Iaboni 

Bringing a California state of mind to the heart of the entertainment district, chef Guillermo Herbetson draws from his Mexican heritage and his travels to the rich terrains of Spain and Mexico to create simple and honest dishes with a modern twist. Showcasing the unique profile of Californian cuisine and combining it with the avant-garde movement, Herbetson’s dishes highlight the very best in local Canadian produce, meats, and seafood. Sample menu items include Ontario lamb cavatelli, rougie farm duck leg, Panzanella salad, and coconut rum panna cotta.


The Palm Lounge, an extension to Montecito, is an intimate bar and lounge space with a wrap-around patio located inside the restaurant. Offering a selection of signature cocktails, along with delicious snacks and bottles from Montecito’s extensive wine list the Palm Lounge is the perfect spot for a glass of wine after work or a signature cocktail to start an evening out on the town. Daily features include Wine Wednesdays, Let’s Sea Thursdays and Classic Fridays. Guests can also enjoy live music on select Fridays!

At Montecito, you are able to pick from an impressive list of bottles sourced from some of the world’s top producers and renowned wine regions. Whether you’re a newcomer eager to explore, or a seasoned professional searching for something special, you can enjoy premium wines at a reasonable price in an unpretentious, welcoming space.

With 12 000sq ft. of space, let Montecito help be a part of your future events. The restaurant has a variety of private and semi-private spaces able to accommodate groups from 8 to 400 people. A dedicated event planner will help you pick from an array of menu options to match any occasion and to make sure every detail is considered. Whether it be for weddings, birthdays, fundraisers, or corporate events, an event at Montecito Restaurant is sure to be unforgettable.

The menus of delicious dishes and drinks along with the fantastic ambiance and amazing staff make for a great experience of casual elegance in the heart of Toronto.

Montecito Restaurant is located at 99 Adelaide St W

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