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Ariel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.arielrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (514) 282-9790
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner served Monday to Saturday 6:00pm to 10:30pm

    Lunch served Tuesday to Friday 12:00pm to 14:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The perfect setting and unique ambience for corporate or private celebrations, Ariel looks forward to taking care of all your entertaining needs. Our chefs and sommeliers will be happy to offer a verity of group menus and wine pairings to suit all your events requirements. Available for lunch or dinner, either for semi private or private functions the dinning rooms can accommodate groups of 16 in the gallery, 30 in the impressive atrium gardens or up to 75 guests, for fully seated service or even 120 people for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres party. A full range of auto visual equipment is available as well as wireless internet and specialty staging for dancing theme nights. Please contact us we will be happy to work with you to develop a perfect and memorable event for your special guest.
  • Private Party Contact: Dan Medalsy (514) 282-9790

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking availability is good. There is also private indoor parking lots at the Ritz Hotel on de la Montagne street and the Maison Alcan on Stanley street.
A word from Ariel
Ariel is a wine bar and restaurant all rolled into one. Set in a charming turn of the century building you will discover a bright and elegant, buzzy yet stylish atmosphere. The restaurant, refreshingly, is happy to serve up straight forward, unpretentious food, without ceremony. The service has the perfect harmony of professionalism and genuine friendliness. Our well balanced wine list offers delicious wines, many from smaller artisanal producers, with up to 20 choices by the glass. The distinctive local cuisine changes regularly, offering delectable choices like the house smoked salmon salad, the Asian beef tartare, the veal schnitzel, or the braised Kobe short rib. It's an ideal location for a quick lunch, after work glass of wine, or celebratory dinner. Whether you are alone, impressing over business, celebrating with a large party, dropping in before or after the show, or looking for that romantic setting Ariel is where you want to be.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful restaurant! Combination of excellent food, great menu choices, lovely ambiance - especially the courtyeard - with attentive, knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 7/3/2012
  • "After having my ears blown-out by overly loud techno at the trendy restaurants in Montreal during Grand Prix weekend, my friend and I were looking for a quiet local place. We found reviews of Ariel which were iffy, but we decided to try it anyway. Bottom line, if you are in Montreal do not miss Ariel. A helpful wait and bar staff, nicely appointed table area not overly bright nor dark, quiet but appropriate background music, exceptional food (we had the cheese plate, salads, veal and scallops, creme brûlée and sorbets), and a friendly owner who came around a few times to check on us. After eating at some of the more expensive hot locations in Montreal, I would much rather spend my time at Ariel. Give it a try, I doubt you will regret it."
    Dined on 6/9/2012
  • "Disappointed ! Food was not really good my friend didn't appreciate the meat . They didn't finished it but nobody asked why! I won't recommend it to friends or colleagues !"
    Dined on 4/21/2012
  • "Fantastic as always. I've been to Ariel many times before, and I continue to immensely enjoy myself every time. The food is delicious - especially the soups! - and always artfully prepared. The wait staff is prompt and pleasant; the ambiance is lovely and the noise level is never above a dull murmur. In addition the owner is exceptionally attentive to his patrons, and always makes a point of engaging with each person who walks through the door. I highly recommend Ariel - you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    Dined on 3/9/2012
  • "The food was very good. We had salmon, and steak. The steak was really tender and tasty. The salmon was good but nothing extraordinnary."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "Simple, comfortable, surroundings, friendly staff, and terrific food."
    Dined on 11/9/2011
  • "You know you're off to a bad start when the waitress starts with a long list of items that are no longer available on the menu. This on a saturday night at 19:00 and the place is empty. It doesn't get much better when she adds that yours is the only reservation she has for this hot august evening! We were a bit wary so we ordered drinks and appetizers, then we left. Some of us shared a cheese plate that was okay and I had a salad. Can' say much about the food because sh scared us away before we actually tried it!"
    Dined on 8/13/2011
  • "it was the 1st time we visited the Ariel restaurant and were worried when we found that the place was empty, except for one other table, so we thought there was something wrong with the place. but the food, wine and service were VERY good, so we felt a little sad for for the "management". we certainly hope business picks up."
    Dined on 8/5/2011
  • "Loved, loved, loved this restaurant. The food was delicious, creative, fresh and unpretentious. The service was warm, sincere, and efficient. We had a wonderful experience and I can recommend Ariel without hesitation! The salmon appetizer (salmon tartare, smoked salmon, goats cheese and roasted beets) was superb. I wouldn't have thought of arranging those ingredients together, but the combination was outstanding. Three of our party had the sea scallops with cauliflower puree and chorizo - it was so good! A small flaw from the kitchen (forgetting to omit the cheese on one dish) was corrected instantly and without a fuss. We recommended Ariel to four other parties during the Grand Prix. They all loved it and thanked us profusely."
    Dined on 6/10/2011
  • "Staff was attentive, food exceptional. Would definitely go back when in Montreal."
    Dined on 6/10/2011
  • "Une très belle expérience!! Une qualité de nourriture exceptionnelle... nous y retournerons aussi pour le côté très sympa du personnel."
    Dined on 5/28/2011
  • "We had a wonderful experience in this hidden away location that deserves a lot more attention. The food was artistically presented but even more important, very well prepared. The risotto was cooked to perfection and the lobster gnocchis were incredibly delicious. The lamb and the duck main courses were also cooked to perfection. The server was impeccable. He was very patient and assisted us with our wine selection."
    Dined on 5/21/2011
  • "Second time at lunchtime at this restaurant-I should go back for diner."
    Dined on 3/10/2011
  • "Well, the bottom line is that we had the restaurant pretty much to ourselves. It was completely empty until another party of 4 arrive. The service was personable and charming. My dining companion had the "salmon rangoons" and I had the beet risotto. Both were absolutely wonderful. I then had the jerked pork belly and my companion the fish with paella. Both were very good. We were able to sit in a wonderful atrium which was a nice bit of bright light in the middle of winter. All in all a wonderful lunch. We had 3 glasses of wine between us, coffee and no dessert. Our entire bill was $100 with tip and tax."
    Dined on 1/18/2011
  • "Nice welcome,limited menu but verry good food and the service is great."
    Dined on 12/3/2010
  • "Everything was perfect! Food was fantastic an incredible wine selection and the price was reasonable! You have to try this specially to bring your love one!"
    Dined on 11/20/2010
  • "Very good food and wine. However, a little noisy at the bar (because of one person), but calm and relax at tables."
    Dined on 11/5/2010
  • "Had a very nice dinner with excellent food, good wine suggestions, and nice decor. As much as we enjoyed our meal, sadly the restaurant was nearly empty on a Saturday night. We had the duck and the scallops for our mains and were very impressed with both. Will recommend and return, but more people would make for a better atmosphere."
    Dined on 10/23/2010
  • "The menu has a wide range of choices and with moderate pricing, we'd recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 10/16/2010
  • "Food was amazing like usual. Service too. Really good wine suggest by owner."
    Dined on 10/5/2010
  • "la nourriture etait excellente.L'ambiance etait ok car il y avait pas assez de personnes."
    Dined on 9/4/2010
  • "Hello, We had good dining at Ariel... the food was well-prepared (portions are small). There is a beautiful courtyard (although not lots of light at sundown). Very pleasant, service was great."
    Dined on 7/14/2010
  • "We had a perfect dinner overall, food was delicious (great choice of menu), super nice selection of wine, only negative would be that table next to us was getting special treatment since they seemed to know the owner/manager (they were offered things outside the menu or specials we were not, had bigger wine glasses, etc.), it felt a bit rude but our server was really nice so it didn't matter bother us too much. Great place if you have family in town or friends for an upscale dinner. A bit quiet on a Tuesday though.. Decor super nice ! Would really recommend it !"
    Dined on 7/6/2010
  • "Very pleasant - very nice wine selection and superb dessert choices. Great service, very profesional."
    Dined on 7/3/2010
  • "This is a divine little restaurant tucked away down a short flight of stairs and has a tiny, beautiful terrace. The inside is beautiful as well--richly, elegantly and artfullly done. The wine list is fantastic. The meal was delicious--one of the best meals I had ever had. We started with the gnocchi which were browned in an incredibly rich butter sauce and melted in your mouth. My colleague had the scallops, which were huge and perfectly prepared. I had the lobsterwas simply the best I have had (other than at La Bernadin/NYC). It was delicate and moist, and the citrus butter the perfect companion. We finished with espresso longues and creme brulee--both divine. It was a flawless experience."
    Dined on 5/29/2010
  • "Very friendly staff, and a menu in both French and English. The wine list has something for everybody. The food was great! Note that this is not a handicap-accessible restaurant (there are several stairs)."
    Dined on 4/17/2010
  • "The restaurant was about half-full when I arrived. It took 20 minutes before the waitress took our order, another 20 to get our appetizers and, finally, after another 30 minutes, we asked to have our meal "to go" because we would not have time to eat in the restaurant. It took another 15 minutes to get our meals "to go". So, overall, it took 1.5 hours to get a take-out meal. By the time I was able to eat my meal (1.5 hours later) the food, obviously, was sub-standard. However, the appetizer I ordered was extremely good."
    Dined on 3/19/2010
  • "The food at Ariel is top notch! Our group of 4 enjoyed a delicious degustation type meal with delicious wine matched by the owner. Favourites were the salmon and dessert treats! An excellent meal - congratulations to the fantastic chefs."
    Dined on 2/20/2010
  • "I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a wine bar for their exceptional list and overall knowledge. For the food, it is good without being exceptional. Someone who does not go out a lot, I guess it's fine BUT for somebody who has a lot of experience....there are definitely places where you will have more for your money!!! Bar et Boeuf for example... Again, nice decor, very attentive staff who knows wines but food....it's good without being exceptional..."
    Dined on 2/13/2010
  • "Always have a great experience here. Food is good and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 1/7/2010
  • "Great atmosphere, with exposed stone walls, cosy nooks. Food was delicious. We were there on a Tuesday night, and there were very few diners. Overall good experience with only two problems: we wanted to share an appetizer and when the waiter (perhaps a little inexperienced) brought us the plate he brought one plate with a tiny helping, and no plates or cutlery for sharing. A few minutes later. looking a little sheepish, he came out with the other half portion - he didn't realize the appetizer had been split in the kitchen and he had to bring out both plates at same time; we wanted to order a half bottle of white but the restaurant seemed to have run out of white in half bottles."
    Dined on 12/15/2009
  • "This is a lovely restaurant. We went for our anniversary on a visit to Montreal & Quebec City and enjoyed it so much we decided to return on our last evening of our trip. The food is interesting without being weird - just top quality local ingredients well-prepared & presented in a clean, elegant style. The service couldn't have been more friendly & welcoming. The owner is very enthusiastic & knowledgeable about wine and on both visits spent a good deal of time with us chatting about what wine we might like. He never tried to push us into ordering a wildly expensive wine, just wanted us to find the right wine. Ariel is an attractive restaurant - like the food - pristine, elegant, but also comfortable. It's also a quiet place."
    Dined on 10/2/2009
  • "We had a very nice experienc at Ariel. It is a very cozy restaurant, perfect for a romantic dinner. The food was excellent, service friendly. I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 9/26/2009
  • "Slow for a Friday night-all seated in the bar section with the TV playing. Waiter was friendly but lacked knowledge about menu. Bartender/Sommelier came over with wine advice and offered us a small taste of one to try. He left and started talking. mixing drinks and helping other diners. He didn't return until we waved him down and asked him about the wine which he brought over without apology. We enjoyed our appetizers and entrees and up to this point things weren't going too badly. We ordered dessert and waited. Finally told us with a shrug that the chef had lost our dessert ticket. Dessert came 30 minutes after ordering and wasn't as described. Bill came without apology or adjustment."
    Dined on 9/25/2009
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. Great food, service and decor. Will definitely come back again."
    Dined on 6/25/2009
  • "We had a fantastic dinner at Ariel. We were celebrating our engagement and had an early dinner prior to Cirque de Soleil. The waitress was phenomenal, the food was spectacular and they made our night. Truly the people and food of Montreal are both very special, I'd highly recommend Ariel and I'd highly recommend a trip to Montreal."
    Dined on 6/6/2009
  • "We had read positive reviews of this restaurant on-line and we were not disappointed. Our friendly server was efficient and knowlegeable about the items on the menu. I had the shrimp appetizer, which was delicious, followed by the sea scallops, which were served with the most amazing squash and almond ravioli. Both were beautifully served and absolutely mouth-watering. The restaurant has a lovely soft ambiance. The night we were there they were playing a selection of 80's music, which suited us to a tee. I would definately recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a delicious meal featuring fresh ingredients, uniquely prepared and beautifully presented, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/5/2009
  • "One of the most memorable evening we have ever had, thank you to the staff and all their wonder recommendations, a definite must dine when in montreal. Bravo!!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2009
  • "we had a wonderful time , the food service and ambiance was excellent . We had abeatiful evening ."
    Dined on 2/13/2009