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Bonaparte Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantbonaparte.com
  • Phone: (514) 844-4368
  • Payment Options: AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Gérard Fort
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Salle privée pour groupe de 15 à 20 personnes et de 50 à 70 personnes Private room for group of 15 to 20 persons and from 50 to 70 persons
  • Private Party Contact: Maryse Leblond (514) 844-3510

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Notre-Dame
  • Public Transit: Station de métro Place d'Armes Place D'Armers Metro station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Trois stationnements privés à proximité Three private parking lot nearby
A word from Bonaparte
Trois salles ravissantes très fleuries et décorées avec goût, dans la sobriété du style Empire qui a marqué l'époque napoléonienne, donnent au restaurant un lustre d'intimité que les convives apprécient toujours. La cuisine du Bonaparte est tout sourire, basée sur la fraîcheur des produits. / Three delightfully decorated halls in the Empire style that dominated the Napoleonic era give the restaurant the intimate character that guests treasure. An exquisite cuisine, prepared with French savoir-faire and showcasing the finest fresh regional products.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the top restaurants in all of Montreal. The food is of exceptional quality, flavour and presentation."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I am very pleased with my experience at Bonaparte. The a la carte and tasting menus looked great (quite large for an upscale restaurant), but my party opted for the three course option. In terms of price, it is a great deal, and the menu included roughly five options per course. Everyone in my party ordered something different, and we all loved our food. The atmosphere was equally compelling. We were seated in a beautiful, cozy room. Intimate lighting for dinner time, but with natural light coming from the ceiling. Some artwork and candles lined the walls. The noise level was just right. You hear peoples' voices, but not their conversations. Well-paced service, very friendly staff. Then you're in the old port for post-meal stroll."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We dined here Sat Aug 23, 2014 for dinner. I ordered opted to order ala carte, my dining partner got the pixe priz menu. The restaurant was full, but that is no excuse for the horrible service we received from our waiter. The rest of the staff was fantastic and attentive. The lobster bisque was tasteless but the seafood gnocchi delicious. I had lamb chops which were good, not great. I never write reviews, but unless you plan on doing the large, I think it's 8 courses, tasting menu- skip this place."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in you feel like you could be in Europe! The staff is excellent and we lucked in to a private table with a window view! All the food was great but the Mushroom Ravioli was the superstar! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! Every aspect of our experience was wonderful!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Food art with amazing taste! End of night asked for a taxi for my 88 year old Mom and myself and they asked the taxi company to enter the facility and assist with "the client". They go above and beyond....my Mom was thrilled with the evening!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend. She had gone there years ago. It was easy to find. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Our seat was 1 removed from the front window seats. It was OK. I wasnt blown away by the atmosphere. But the waiter we had was excellent. My husband said he was the best waiter he'd ever had. We choose the tasting menu. Everything was delicious. They dont rush you, but everything also came out in a timely manner. Overall an excellent dinner and experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Friday evening we visited Bonaparte for our first meal out since moving to Montréal two weeks ago. Wow. We had a delightful experience, enjoyed the fireplace and ambience and the setting in the Old Port. The meal was perfect. The timing of the courses allowed us time to interact and enjoy each other and the evening. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our waiter was border-line rude and uninformed. As usual, the food was very good but the waiter was a put-off. Will probably go there again; hopefully, we won't get the same jerk."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We loved the food, our waiter was excellent. We went back for a late night dessert the following evening. It was divine!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We were looking for a traditional French dining experience, hoping to avoid the haute cuisine that seems to be the current trend in dining. In short, Bonaparte served the finest multiple course French meal I have ever experienced - in North America, Asia or Europe. The staff was exceptional, the dining area elegant and quiet, and the food was beyond anything expectation I could've had."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great fine french dinner in Vieux Montréal. Everything was great, except for the noise. There was a large group in a table next to ours, and they talked too loud, which made it a little less charming than it could have been."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As non-French speaking tourists, this gem of a restaurant in Montreal was delightful. The staff was professional and accommodating without the typical stuffiness we've experienced in other French restaurants. My husband and I chose the À table sous l’empire tasting menu (a menu based on dinners served at the ‘Tuileries’ and Joséphine’s Château Malmaison in 1809 ) along with the wine pairing option. Our children ordered a la carte. The food was beautifully prepared and not over-complicated. If we ever visit the Montreal area again, Bonaparte will most assuredly be part of our dining itinerary!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Really glad we booked at Bonaparte for our weekend away in Montreal. We chose the reasonably-priced tasting menu and enjoyed an excellent array of tasty and well presented dishes. Service was very welcoming and some nice half-bottles allowed us to vary our wines accordingly. Considering the prices compared to other top Montreal restaurants, Bonaparte is a little gem. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent quality food and service. Would certainly eat here again."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner here on our anniversary and it was the perfect meal to honor our special day. I requested a table in one of the four little window alcoves, so we looked out onto the street. The servers were polite, attentive and accommodating. The food was fantastic and there was amazing attention to detail--for example, even the garnishes were lightly salted and dressed with olive oil. It was a pleasant surprise! My lobster with vanilla muscat sauce was divine, and the kitchen expertly translated my husband's ambiguous request for his filet to be cooked "between medium and medium rare." They nailed it and he was very happy. I should note that we also stayed at the hotel for 4 nights and the entire experience was fantastic."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "A classic Classic French restaurant located in the incomparable Old Town. A must if you must have great cuisine, service and ambience at at a cost that is acceptably high. But you absolutely get what you pay for."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The chefs special tasting menu had collection that were over-the-top. Service was almost perfect A little pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is a 'Must Go' restaurant. I have been to Bonaparte more than 5 times. Both food and service have consistently been great. I ordered the tasting menu every time. The menu didn't change much yet I will continue to have the tasting menu. My favourites are foie gras crème burlee and chocolate soufflé."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is a perfect spot for a romantic dining experience in old Montreal. Ask for a window seat with your reservation - usually window seats are for two people. Food is outstanding. Have been a couple times and first time was three years ago, both were excellent. Service is exceptional as well."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Visiting Montreal for a congress I selected Bonaparte for a dinner with some friends from US and Portugal. We were very impressed with the food, service and selection of wines. Definitely will return next time I am in Montreal and would highly recommend to any visitor to the city. Located walking distance from the Congress Center."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The reservation was in place with excellent communication from Bonaparte. The food and service was impeccable."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had made a reservation for 2 for our anniversary and showed up dressed to kill and expecting the best Montreal had to offer. We were quickly seated, despite there being several other open tables, at a four-top adjacent to the servers station and essentially in the doorway to the back room where a small wedding reception was being held clinking glasses and all. We asked to be moved and with what seemed like some reluctance we were placed at a very nice table in another room. We had already heard te specials and received water so out server was slightly thrown off and the rest of the night seemed slightly uncomfortable. The food was excellent and would have been exactly what we were looking for had we been seated there originally."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A nice spot for visitors from Toronto to find for a dinner on a one night stay in Montreal. We were staying at the hotel so the restaurant was very convenient. The food and service were excellent. And the bartender was very skilled."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was top drawer as usual, however service left a lot to be desired."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at Bonaparte on a Thursday night. It was our first time there, and only our third time ever in Montreal. The food was excellent! My wife had lamb and pronounced it the best she had ever had. It was extremely tender and flavorful. I had scallops on a bed of mushrooms and that, too, was wonderful. The room where we were seated had 15 or so tables, and was mostly full, but even with a large party directly behind us, the noise level was never an issue. We could talk in regular conversational tones. If we come to Momntreal again for a special occasion, we would definitely come to Bonaparte again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We can't say enough about this restaurant. The food was wonderful and the service was great. As English speakers visiting Montreal we had not as warm a welcome in other places. The ambiance was very Old Montreal and the noise level was fine to carry on a conversation. Top food choices - I had the table d'hôte with game terrine, haddock and creme brûlée for dessert. Amazing. The lamb, the rabbit confit aslso were delicious. The preparation was elegant and artistic and the portions just right. So far our favorite place in Montreal"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Superbe nourriture, superbe service, lunch memorable en saveurs. Bravo au Chef!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great food, down-to-earth professional staff, great location. Thank you for a memorable experience!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This restaurant feels like something from another era. Classic French food, beautifully done, with excellent and friendly service. Duck confit, foie gras, yum."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary with their 7 course tasting menu. All of the courses were excellent as was the main man Christophe who took care of us throughout the evening. His gracious attitude along with the wonderful food and great table by the window made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I highly recommend the Bonaparte."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Ambience was great. Service was very good. Maitre d' took full responsibility for two bottles of red wine that had to be sent back due to secondary fermentation. Food was only fair. In fairness, our table all ate from the Table D'hote which was very reasonable at about $35/person. The a la carte menu was much more extensive and expensive and perhaps this is where you have to go if you want to taste the kind of food you would expect from such a well-respected restaurant. With so many outstanding restaurants in Montreal, the food simply did not cut it and despite the other desirable characteristics of Bonaparte, we will likely not return."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had a great meal. Two different tasting menus (actually good value) on the same table. Highlights, mushroom ravioli, sole, veal, terrine. Saturday night was busy and at one point the food service was slow - the waiter came with a glass of champagne for us all and that saw us through very well. Will definitely go back when looking for a good meal in the old port."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Overall the evening was great. The service was excellent, knowledgeable wait staff, attentive also. Room was upscale, and we had a great table with a nice view of Old Montreal. The food was very good, and really the only complaints we had were that the smoked salmon in one of the dishes was a little too salty, as well as one of the fish dishes was a little salty for the person who ordered it. The lobster bisque was great, the crème brulee foie gras was exceptional, the warm goat chese in filo, was also a hit. For the mains, the duck, lamb, and fillet mignon were all done perfectly, the only miss was the dover sole."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Wonderful from beginning to end. Friendly, efficient service in charming atmosphere. Food perfectly prepared with great presentation. Menu degustation worth every penny."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food here was outstanding as was the service to detail. We chose the tasting. We started with Lobster Bisque & Crispy Goat cheese & salad. Both full of flavor. Next up was the Creme Brulee of Foie Gras & Escargots & mushrooms. Both outstanding. Mains were Lamb Rack & Filets of Dover Sole. Really nice. From there we did the symphony of desserts, which consists of small tastings of their desserts. Very nice. Portions are a bit small, but this is a tasting. For larger portions, just "choose" Al a Carte. We do plan on dining here again upon our return. Many restaurants in the "Old Port" are more or less tourist traps. This place was truley outstanding,as many reviews will point out."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Had the lobster bisque and red tuna steak. Best tuna ever!!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Very good food, the duck was excellent, and so was the chicken with brie. Nice presentation and attentive service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a great moment at this restaurant for my girlfriends birthday. We were very well received. We took the degustation menu and all meals were awesome. The timing for the servicing was perfect, not too short not too long. The only deception was the desert for the degustation menu which was really good but not as good and impressive as of the rest of the meals."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We returned to the Bonaparte nearly 10 years after our last visit, and it was everything, and more, that we remembered. The mushroom stuffed ravioli appetizer were paper thin - the lightest past I've ever tasted. The Dover sole was exquisite, and the lobster (in a vanilla-Muscat sauce) with a "swirl" of pasta was an unusual preparation that married all the flavors together. The wine list included some much appreciated half-bottles. Our waiter, Jason, was knowledgable and very helpful. Can't say enough good things about the Bonaparte. JUST GO."
    Dined on 7/1/2014