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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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "My husband and I go to Montreal once a year. We try different restaurants (there are so many to choose from) but every year we choose to go back to Bonaparte's as the highlight of our trip. The service is superb, the food delicious and the presentations are beautiful. We have now been going to Bonaparte's for 20 years."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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
  • "Had the lobster bisque and red tuna steak. Best tuna ever!!!"
    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
  • "Excellent food & wonderful server. The only down side was the noise level as it was full and there was one large group next to us."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "One of the best meals i have enjoyed. Could not find any fault with this meal experience. Lobster stew was exceptional. Service and ambiance excellent. Great value. Will absolutely return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The ambiance in the restaurant is not my favorite - it feels a bit like a high-end (older) hotel restaurant. The nice aspect is that it's not loud. But, it's certainly not a hip restaurant. Nevertheless, the food is outstanding! The fois-gras in particular was amazing (as were the scallops). The creme brulet was also lovely. For the quality of the food you get, the price is very reasonable. The portions were perfect - given that there were several courses, they were not too big, but, not pathetic. I left feeling very satisfied. The service was very attentive, but, not intrusive. Definitely a lovely meal."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Dined at Bonaparte in late June. We began with a glass of Chardonnay that tasted like vinegar. The onion soup was delicious. We had two different entrees, one with scallops and the other with filet mignon. Both were tasteless. The dessert, purportedly a key lime pie topped with merengue was strictly so, so. My sense is that Bonaparte has had its day."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "If you are looking for excellent food in a great atmosphere, then this is the place for you. The "menu degustation" was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Made plans on traveling to Montreal with friends for my 60th birthday. We were a group of seven so wanted to make sure we had Saturday night reservations somewhere. I selected Bonaparte based on Open Table reviews and was not disappointed. We had a leisurely dinner. The food and service was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves and this was the best part of our trip."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very interesting menu focussing on local seasonal ingredients. The staff were prompt and knowledgeable and the ambiance comfortable and quiet. The Lobster bisque was very good and the portions allowed for desert. This is a great resturant for a special evening out."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food and excellent service! Definitely will be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "FOur of us who attended college together met in Montreal to celebrate our collective 70th birthdays and thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu. It could not have been better."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. The food was absolutely outstanding and so was the service. Will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had a great time there and the good was fantastic. Service was spot on and the staff was attentive (without being annoying) and extremely friendly as well as somewhat comical at times. Definately would go back. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Everything was perfect from start to finish. Very welcoming atmosphere. Service was prompt and courteous. We had the 6 course tasting menu and it was delicious from start to finish."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant for a special birthday. We were a party of 5 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. Starters, main courses and dessert were all delicious. Service was exceptional, all the servers worked as a team to take care of all the tables. It was an exceptional dining experience "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food and service at Bonaparte is top notch. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "It was quite busy the night we were there with a large (and unfortunately loud) group of 20+ arriving just ahead of us, but while our waiter was busy between that group and a few other tables besides our own, the other wait staff did a good job of checking by and filling in the gaps. The food was quite good, the rooms well appointed, and the standard of service admirable, with the only detraction coming from that group's noise level (at no fault of the restaurant). I would return, but hopefully on a quieter evening."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Perfect choice for my son's graduation! We had taken him here last year and this was his wish for graduation dinner. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet, but I believe it was because the Canadiens were playing hockey that evening. The service and food were exceptional!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to enjoy a great meal. My son chose the 5 course pre-fixe. The rest of our group chose the 3 course pre-fixe which we all thoroughly enjoyed - and we fely was quite a value. My son's filet mignon was prepared perfectly. I had the bison stew which was outstanding. If you have a chance to go here - DON'T miss it!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Very good food at a reasonable price.The restaurant is located in old Montreal and quaint location."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were party of 6, and had placed a reservation several weeks in advance asking for a quiet spot. We're placed in middle of large room that was very noisy. Food was very good with lovely wine list. Service was unacceptably slow; 45 minutes before our order was taken, and 4 hours before dessert. Had to request twice that our server come and update us. A great meal ended up being completely overshadowed by unacceptably slow service. Often hard to hear due to noise."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "my opinion, today Bonaparte is one of the very few great places to dine in all of Montreal, the beaver club is no longer, le cafe de paris at the ritz is something of the past... thank you Bonaparte"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Great location, good food, but nothing extraordinary. I wood expect more creativity from established French restaurant. We tried menu inspired by Josephine and weren't impressed. Service is lacking for a four star French restaurant. We waited 5 minutes for the waiter and menus after we were seated. Also, the table wasn't combed for crumbs between courses, which is in my book is inexcusable for any real French restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I found the restaurant very nice. The staff was very attentive to our needs"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I was looking for a supper spot where my friend and I could catch up, hear ourselves talk AND enjoy good food. All of this was possible at Bonaparte. The food was very good (warm goat cheese/foie gras crème brulee as entrées and breast of duck with syrup and berries/filet mignon with brandy and peppercorns). We were seated by the window which was very pleasant. Service was good with my only comment being one I had read about prior to booking..our server changed shifts and didn't tell us someone else would be taking over..as a courtesy, I feel we should be informed when told a new server is taking over from the original server."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Yes we had reservations (booked on open table). No, we were dumped next to a large noisy group while just across there was an empty quiet available table next to the window. We had to ask and ask again. Why do restaurants play this game. This is not our first visit to Bonaparte."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The crowd is older and the setting is a bit more formal than I care for. The menu items were traditional french cuisine -- not overly creative in description -- but everything was well-exectuted and tasty."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The onion soup was wonderful as was the pork chop with Dijon sauce. I'd go back in a heartbeat. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This is a kind of weird place from outside, even checking the recommendations during the day I passed in front of it and it doesn't look so good ... We went in for dinner and it was great ... food excellent and wine great also .... Service good no complains considering they were full ..... Interesting place worth a try ... more than that .... go ... no regrets"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We enjoy trying new restaurants and choose from a variety of cultural and classic cuisines, and price ranges. Bonaparte has always been an old favorite of ours--especially since Les Halles closed its doors (so sad!!). The atmosphere is very classic--not trendy or edgy, but the food remains consistently delicious and impeccably prepared and served...not too many restaurants can say that! They always feature seasonal items (this time maple syrup was featured as it was maple season), and everything was incredibly fresh and tasty. Wait staff all seemed new & young this time, so the service was not as "tight" as in the past (but still good--they make an effort to please!!). "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food is decidedly classic French, the menu extensive, the space lovely, and the price, while not inexpensive, is a wonderful bargain. Guests can dine ala carte or choose from three prix-fixe options, with one being little more than the price of a main course at neighboring restaurants. I loved my foie gras appetizer. The food was as good as most I had in Paris. My husband liked Bonaparte so much we returned two days later and ordered different items. A cousin of a Canadian friend recommended this restaurant in Old Montreal. I'll be forever grateful. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I was in Montreal for a week and by far the best meal I had. Great service and the food was impeccable. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "My friend and I were up in Montreal for our yearly trip and Bonaparte is always on our must do list. Yet again the food and service were simply out of this world. Highly recommend the Lobster Bisque with any meal there. I had the lamb chops and they were delicious but you would be hard pressed to find a meal that isn't. We plan to continue this tradition next year! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Bonaparte is great for a nice dinner before the theatre. We typically go once or twice a year, and we can always count on a good meal and service, and not worry about being on time for the show. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Whenever I get to Montreal I make it a point to dine at Bonaparte whenever my itinerary permits. The food is New-World French style. On our most recent visit, my wife and I both opted for the tasting menu- We shared Lobster Bisque, Salad, Foie Gras Crème brulee, Mushroom Ravioli, Shrimp and Scallops, Roast Duck and Rack of Lamb- Everything was delicious- and the Foie Gras Crème Brule is truly unique- Next time I'll probably order a-la-carte so I can get the full portion of foie gras. Wine list prices ranging from moderate to ultra-expensive- I wish there were more selections at the moderate price range. Service is always excellent. Montreal is a great town for foodies, and if you haven't tried it, Bonaparte should be on your list. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Just the perfect bland of ambiance, great food & convenience."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I have been going to Bonaparte for many years and I always return because the food is exceptional. I dine alone and have found more and more that the better tables and even more accomodating service is given to groups. Great attention is paid to large groups and single diners are just brought their food and left on their own. I dine alone all the time and usually have some interesting conversations with the waiters. Not do here-I get more of the feeling that it's eat and run. At least the great food makes up for it-I always have the confit de canard and it is outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014