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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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Henry, Illinois
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Fine dinning atmosphere, waitress was attentive but not overpowering! I had broiled grouper and it was the best broiled fish I have ever had!

Thank bethen3
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Was a little let down with the food quality and presentation. The server was efficient and very friendly. The restaurant was quite chilly and of course very hard to read the menu with the lighting being so dim. Not sure we'll be going back anytime soon.

Thank Leslie S
Wheaton, Illinois
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This is the darkest restaurant I have ever been in. The president could be having dinner in the next booth and you would never know. If you want not to be seen, this place is great. Do not let them seat you near the front door. That is where the "host" answers the phone and takes carry out orders. You... More 

1 Thank IloveJan
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

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 

2 Thank Brian D
Peru, Illinois
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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
Reviewed 22 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
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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?