Monteros

Food & Drink
1106 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706 1106 Solano Avenue, Albany Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
54% of 26 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Mexican, Bakery, Latin American, American
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Mexican, Bakery, Latin American, American
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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Tips

12 Tips
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Report | 3 years ago
Monteros has new ownership and a new menu, which we didn't realize before we got the Groupon. I wouldn't really call it that much of a Mexican restaurant anymore. The food and service were okay but we were disappointed that most of our favorite dishes aren't on the menu anymore, like the crab enchiladas. We didn't get our guacamole until after the main dishes arrived. The waitress said that was because it had been freshly made, but it was bland.
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Report | 3 years ago
Incredibly noisy, even at brunch, with no sound absorption. They're changing management, per our waitress, and menu at the restaurant (unexciting but good) bore no resemblance to the interesting on-line menu. The waitress said they're about to change their name as well. The best asset was their "bottomless Margaritas" which had a different flavor with each pour.
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Report | 3 years ago
Tasty!!!!
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Report | 3 years ago
Menu totally different in restaurant than online. Not great service
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Report | 3 years ago
Terrible service.Slow. Food just OK nothing to write home about
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Report | 3 years ago
The guacamole had been whipped too much and had no spice or flavor. While the meat was tender, the side dishes of beans and rice were bland. The wait staff seemed more interested in chatting with each other than in being attentive to customers.
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Report | 3 years ago
Dirty, weak menu, never going back.
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Report | 3 years ago
More suitable for the younger crowd and not really for families with young kids. They were setting up speakers for music by noon and our table was right next to it. Servcie was very slow. The beans were way too salty.
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Report | 3 years ago
Great food fun people and my family had so much fun.
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Report | 3 years ago
We have been to Monteros many times before, though not in a while. It felt as if the ownership had changed, or they were starting a new business, because everything was pretty disorganized. The menus were photocopies where before, they'd been real menus, and there was no drink menu. We love the blood orange margaritas we'd had in the past, but when asked if we could get some were told they only had house margaritas. Ok, no biggie. Then, when we asked what types of wines they had, the server didn't know. She did go to the bar and come back to tell us, but in the end I had to go to the bar to look for what I wanted. Then, when I ordered a white wine, the bartender told me to wait, because tshe had to make sure they even had any white that was cold! There was some cold wine to be had, but that was a little strange. The food was good enough, but the paper menu seemed to have a lot less choices than when we'd been before. Our server was very nice, but the overall experience left a lot to be desired, and the quality of the food (and drinks) wasn't enough to make up for it.
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From Our Editors

Following generations-old family recipes for classic Latin-American comfort foods is only the first step for the chefs at Monteros. Instead of simply recreating familiar dishes, they add a bit of contemporary Californian flair by incorporating new flavors and spices, elevating the menu beyond the expected. The housemade tamales and savory mole sauce—made, like the Space Shuttle, using 29 different ingredients—are examples that demonstrate the chefs’ dedication to tradition. However, they also push the boundaries by adding cilantro-flavored pesto to the quesadillas and by glazing chicken skewers with a potent combination of dark rum and ginger.

With its stucco-textured walls, stout wooden tables, and earthenware floor tiles, the dining room at Monteros appears to embrace the restaurant's rustic roots. However, the youthful spirit appears in force on Friday and Saturday evenings as the nighttime crowds arrive dressed to the nines and ready to transform the cozy eatery into a vibrant dance club. DJs spin mixes of Latin pop, merengue, reggaeton, mambo, and bachata late into the night, while patrons celebrate with a margarita, mojito, or glass of sangria. Salsa dancing lessons are also available on these nights for guests looking to master the basic steps in order to make trips down down the moving walkway at the airport more exciting.

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