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Cuisine: A La Carte, Fusion, Modern Australian

Often referred to as “the best kept secret in Crows Nest”, Monte Alto Eatery & Bar is a café by day and restaurant and bar by night.

This is a true food destination, with a breakfast menu incorporating a host of traditional favourites as well as some unique Monte Alto specialties (coffee-rubbed roast pork? Don’t mind if we do!).

The menu features a host of share fare items as well as burgers, pastas, sandwiches and salads, with the dinner menu comprised of tantalising dishes from smoky pork ribs to Wagyu meatballs and spaghetti.

Known for their special house-blend coffee, Monte Alto Eatery & Bar also has the largest whisky and gin collection on the north shore, and as for their signature cocktail, Dark Stirrings? Let’s just say this salted caramel espresso martini is well and truly worth coming back for more of.

Expect quality produce and fabulous customer service from this dining destination.

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Monte Alto Eatery & Bar
3/300 Pacific Highway
Crows Nest 2065

Open Hours:
Monday to Thursday. 8:00am-2:30pm and 6:00pm-9:30pm
Tuesday CLOSED
Friday to Saturday 8:00am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm

Phone: (02) 9438 2750
Website: montealto.com.au

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Monte Alto Eatery & Bar
Location: Crows Nest
Cuisine: A La Carte, Fusion, Modern Australian

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Hilde Visser

We enjoyed our dinner at Monte Alto! The food was delicious, cocktails great and the staff very friendly and personal. We will definitely be back.

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Very friendly wait staff and excellent food. We'll be back!

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Delicious food and relaxing atmosphere. Attentive service

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Kelly Dixon

We had a lovely evening- great hospitality, food and environment! We will definitely be back! Thank you!

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From Entree to main and desert, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Tried 5 different dishes and loved all of them. Really great service. Food came quickly, presented beautifully. Will defo go back to try the rest of the menu.

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Cathy Vincent

Was a special occasion full of celebrations, and Monte Alto far exceeded our expectations. A fabulous night with amazing food and exceptional service.

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This place is great. The food was excellent. The coffee rubbed pork roast was delicious and my kids just devoured the wagyu spaghetti & meatballs in no time. Both of them said it was the best tasting spaghetti they've ever had! (I need the recipe!) The salt and pepper squid was very tasty and not chewy at all.

The service is run by friendly staff and as we were the first ones there, we didn't have to wait long to be served. We will be back for sure.

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Great tasting food, nice atmosphere, service was ok.

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Fay Petrou

This is my second time at this restaurant for dinner. We had to arrive at 5.30pm which is quite early, however, it is winter time so we did not mind. You will like the space and funky vibe that the interior gives one. The menu is a mix of western and Vietnamese meals and had a great range to choose from. The meals are reasonably priced for Sydney restaurant prices. The food options were diverse and appealing. I would recommend the Haloumi fries and stuffed Zucchini blooms, followed by meat balls and spagetti or Stuffed Chicken Marsala. All were beautifully presented with some very nice touches. Portions were good size. The staff were great and friendly. What I really liked was the comfortable chairs and nice tables that one does not find very often these days in many restaurants and the noise was reasonable. What is it about restaurants these days where it is so loud that one cannot sit and enjoy a meal without being bombarded with people talking loudly mostly from alchohol consumption.
This restaurant has a lot going for it.

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Cassie Morgan

Really good food and pretty good service, but the atmosphere was lacking a lot and it was very cold in there until they were asked to turn the heaters on!

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The staff were lovely and we enjoyed our meal very much. We definitely have plans to come back!

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We had a lovely mid week dinner at Monte Alto.
Really enjoyed the tapas selection...calamari, zucchini flowers and mearballs. Mains were chicken and mushroom pasta, chicken schnitzel and a roast beef. All good but our eyes were bigger than our stomachs!! Only downside in winter is being at a table close to front door...cold blasts coming in every time someone came or went. Next time we will request a table away from door.

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Tiffany Fonseca

The entrees at this place are to die for. Zucchini flowers, halloumi chips, wagyu meatballs and more! Great food and atmosphere.

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Tecla Park

Nice share plates but Mains below average.

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Delicious! I’d recommend the ribs, the Vietnamese stew, and the halloumi fries! Everything was wonderful. The service was also very friendly. The restaurant is also in a very convenient location in Crow’s Nest. We’ll definitely be back.

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Fay Petrou

The first thing I noticed when I entered the restaurant was the very comfortable seats. These days some of the seats that are on offer in restaurants are so uncomfortable and annoying, The restaurant has a nice ambience. The service was great as was the food. We went on a Sunday night so it was quiet. An interesting menu with enough variety for the fussiest of eaters. The food was delicious, we had zucchini entree, and mains were the chicken masala, meatball pasta which was very tasty. The overall experience was great. We have enjoyed the food, service and the environment.

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Jean-Francois Simonis

Best kept secret in Crows Nest. All the dishes we’ve had at Monte Alto have been superb. Nothing to fault at all. Wish we were privy to the happy hour drinks prices too!

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Haloumi fries, zucchini blossoms and panko crumbed squid were delicious. Stuffed chicken marsala was quite good - a bit too much bacon, which overpowered the dish. Espresso panna cotta was perfect! Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Will be back!

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Remy Leonard

Food was nice, however the serving sizes were on the smaller side. Would recommend the soft shell crab burger, the ribs were nice - but small.

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Alison Lee

A family meal for four was had at Monte Alto Eatery and bar. We started off with some cocktails and they were great. Noticed they had happy hour specials from 5-7pm although because we booked with first tables we could not take advantage of this which was fine. I made a mental note to come back for drinks at another time.

We ordered scotch eggs, calamari, halumi fries and grilled mussels for starters. My favourite was the mussels, they had really great flavour.

For mains, pork ribs, Vietnamese chicken salad, salmon and seeweed salad and a soft shell crab was ordered. Everything was tasty but my favourite were the ribs. Sides of onions rings and wedges were also ordered and loved the generous serving of wedges.

We did not order dessert as my son has a nut allergy. We will definitely come back for the food and relaxed ambiance!

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Restaurant was clean, relaxed and accommodating of children. Very tasty food, my children enjoyed both their meals and the chocolate brownie dessert.

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The waitstaff were extremely friendly and helpful and the food was simply sublime - the Wagyu meatballs melted in the mouth and the chicken & mushroom linguine was delightful as were the haloumi chips. I am a non drinker but was seriously impressed by the range of alcoholic beverages on offer and my lemon, lime and bitters didn't come from a can! Definitely a great place for cocktails and whisky, gin etc. Will definitely be back.

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Brooke Pryor

Food was wonderful and the service was just as good. The zucchini flowers are to die for!

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I would never have considered this restaurant if not for First Table and I am so grateful to now know if it. We shared a number of dishes that were all truly delicious - haloumi fries, zucchini flowers, Vietnamese chicken salad, scotch eggs and calamari. The service was efficient and friendly. All in all a wonderful start to our night. I've already recommended Monte Alto to two people.

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Took my mother in law and husband here. My MIL absolutely loved it. The prices were very reasonable, big portions and wait staff attentive. They were kind enough to let us doggy bag when we couldn't get through the mains. On the drive home, MIL kept saying we should go back, and the next day suggested it for dinner again. Well done Monte Alto!

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Everything was amazing! I would highly recommend this place. The quality of the food & service was A1!

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Cherry Chang

Great food and drinks. Interesting conversation with staff, lots of laughs as we try to teach staff Spanish. Was a farewell dinner for friend’s mother - what a memorable way for her to remember Sydney (the awesome crows nest and all that it has to offer) before she returns to Colombia.

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A lovely meal - one of the best steaks I've ever eaten. The staff were so pleasant and obliging.

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Kevin Tan

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This was my familys first experience with First Table, and we loved it! The food was beautiful, as it was early, we were greeted warmly and served our food very timely, and we recommend MonteAlto for intimate dining, social night, big groups and a great neighbourhood gem! Thank you to the staff for a great experience!

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Carla Alexander

I loved this place it’s a delicious and they have interesting takes on meals

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Staff were very welcoming, starters we had delicious haloumi fries and salt and pepper squid, delicious then mains, coffee rubbed pork roast scrumptious. Food fantastic will come back again.

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Adrien Ho

Great booking concept and food experience! Would definitely recommend First Table! Food was nice and the kids enjoyed their spaghetti wagyu meat balls. Usually hard to feed them but in this instance they cleared their plates. ✌️

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Loved the Haloumi burger!

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Manuela Owiti

After reading all the previous rave reviews we were anticipating good food and service and happily we were not disappointed. We chose the haloumi fries and salt and pepper calamari as our entrees, which we shared. For me it was a new taste experience as I had never tried either before, and I found them to be delicious. My son however, who is more of a connoisseur, said it was the best he had ever tasted.
For our mains, we ordered the Veal Scallopini and the Wagyu Beef and Bacon Burger. Once again, we were very happy with our choice. The burger even had beetroot, which is a big plus in my book!
Our waitress, Lara, was extremely friendly and gave us service with a smile.
After our very pleasant dining experience, I can highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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Camille Reed

First time using First Table for a lunch booking - couldn't be easier! A last minute decision to catch up with a girlfriend. Monte Alto was the perfect choice. The food surpassed my expectations and the service was super friendly.

We enjoyed a long lunch, choosing the Vietnamese Salad and Eggs Benedict with slow cooked pork. The serving size was perfect as I was super hungry! The salad was light, tasty and fresh. The ambience during the day felt like an upmarket café - peaceful and relaxing enough. I can't wait to go back and try their dinner menu!

I also chose this restaurant based on their feedback - it's accurate and a must try venue. The food is scrumptious, the drinks are yummy and the service was excellent!

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Paulet Coetzee

Thanks for a great experience - venue, service, food & music.

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Lizzie Stabler

Very accommodating and helpful service, without being pushy. Love the vibe - we’re so keen to return for an evening sitting. Food was tasty and coffee was great!

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John Calderone

I dont normally leave reviews, but felt I had to for this one. The attention to detail on the food was outstanding and excellent. My wife and I ordered an entree each, and a main each.
We started with the Halloumi fries and the Salt and Pepper Calamari. The halloumi fries were really good, and come highly recommended. They looked like fries. but were really strips of halloumi that had this great green sauce on it with pico de gallo tomato on the top. Even the salt and pepper calamari was pretty damn good. We usually get salt and pepper calamari as an entree, but this one was better than most.
But what impressed me the most was my scotch fillet main. It was perfectly cooked. But the best thing was the quality of sauces it came with, It had a red wine jus sauce served with it, that was great. And on the top of the steak was this green herb sauce that was delicious. The combination of the 2 sauces was a treat. The attention to detail on the food was very impressive. The dish was also came with a side of corn cob, and mushroom and asparagus.
My wife got the salmon, and i didnt try it, but it looked great too. It had a red romesco capsicum sauce on it. We also got the rocket pear salad as a side which was great.
This restaurant is definitely a gem of a find. We will no doubt be back, we highly recommend it

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Kathryn Miller

The food was sublime and we were really well looked after. A hidden gem and we will be back!

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