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Monte's Riverside Inn

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903 E Norris Dr, Ottawa, IL 61350-1631
+1 815-434-5000
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 21:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for our 38th anniversary and we'll never go back. We ordered our steaks medium and told the waitress we would like it to be pink in the middle. She wrote it down, but when we finally got our meals, both steaks were entirely rare. The baked potato was so cold the butter wouldn't even melt. The waitress,... More 

1 Thank Brian D
Peru, Illinois
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Monte's has been in business for years. They have great food & wonderful servers. Some of the items are a little pricey, but they do have some specials on Friday nights which are delightful, i.e. the beef tips w/ fettucini and the cod fish dinner. They come w/ salad or soup & breadsticks. The ribeye steaks are fabulous, the pastas... More 

Thank srohrdaus4
Springfield, Illinois
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the steak dinner I had at this restaurant on the river. Its naustalgic inside, like the table clothes and cloth napkins. Reminds me of what the older dark steak houses used to look like inside. Just missing the piano in the bar.

Thank nursesrock43
Michigan City, Indiana, United States
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We took our teenage daughters here on a father/ daughter fishing trip and they really enjoyed it. They even put their phones down to eat because the food was so good! The service was excellent an Mo our waitress was very good also. We had the bone in strip and couldn't begin to finish t, I would order it a... More 

Thank Tony H
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Was here recently for a meeting. We had a private room, which was very nice. We had drinks out on the patio, and then came inside for meal. The food was good, I would not recommend this place for families with young children

Thank Marjorie N
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic food served piping hot with solid drinks. A great steakhouse atmosphere on the river. I have planned several events with Brad and he is awesome.

Thank EllieBelle2
Ottawa, Illinois
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

The food is very good and the atmosphere is relaxing. This restaurant is good for getting together with friends or having a business meeting. The lighting is low so it would also be great for a romantic dinner.The service is friendly and professional.

Thank vicki s
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food! River side outdoor seating, excellent service. Pricier than we usually go for but it was well worth it!

Thank JoyLibby
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We were in town for the 2 Rivers Wine and Jazz Fest and passed the sign to Monte's, loved the look of the vintage sign, and decided we would try it. We are glad we did. It's very dark upon entry, but after your eyes adjust you will see interesting decor that is a cross between colonial style lighting and... More 

Thank Babu2773
Channahon, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Our party had salmon, chicken parm and filet mignon. Food was delicious! Our waitress, Christie, was attentive and had a good sense of humor. we enjoyed the subdued and cozy atmosphere. We will definitely dine there again next time we are in town.

Thank Janine718

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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
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 903 E Norris Dr, Ottawa, IL 61350-1631
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 815-434-5000

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