About us




A Sizzling Start

Housed in the historic city’s first firehouse built in 1910, we opened our doors in 1995. Through the years we’ve gone on to win numerous national and regional awards for excellence (from the likes of Wine Spectator, Esquire, Wine Enthusiast and the American Culinary Federation). Most notably Montrio has been voted “Best Restaurant in Monterey County” for 10 years and designated a Sustainable Seafood Watch Ambassador.


Our team has embraced sustainable and
environmentally-sensitive practices in every way;
• Near-zero waste operations
• Full recycling and composting
• Renewable energy credits
• In-house reusables
• Over 40% of food served is organic

“Feel good about what you eat,” has always
been Chef Tony Baker’s motto. Now it’s even easier
to do so.

Our pet-friendly parklet features an outdoor sidewalk
patio, perfect for summer dining (and people


Dear Friends,

At Rio Grill, Tarpy’s and Montrio, the health and well-being of our employees and guests are our first priorities. Our hearts go out to those who have been personally impacted.

As part of the hospitality industry and members of our amazing community, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to help prevent the spread of this virus.

We have temporarily closed our restaurants to ensure the safety of our teams and guests.
We will keep you apprised of our plans and look forward to seeing you when we reopen.

On behalf of all of us, I wish you peace, blessings and safety.

Tony Tollner and the entire Downtown Dining family