Carambola

Carambola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://carambola.ca/
  • Phone: (450) 458-0098
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, French / Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Geiring
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: rue St Jean
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Carambola
elcome to Carambola, located in the heart of Hudson. Come indulge your senses in a new concept of fusion. At Carambola two things are of equal importance- quality food and a creative atmosphere. The blending of these principles combined with European techniques and International cuisine create a dining experience unlike any other.

Since 2002, Carambola’s passion and experience for fresh and local food is incomparable. Composed of ingredients such as filet mignon, duck, rack of lamb as well as fish and seafood brought in daily. The possibilities are endless and there are no rules. Make sure to bring your favorite wine when you come to discover what your senses have been missing.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Carambola reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (29)great for lunch (21)hot spot (14)good for groups (12)romantic (10)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • First time
    LuvfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The best calamari I have had in a long time. Great fish tacos and beet salad. Unfortunately the carpaccio was a big miss as the peanut sauce was very overpowering. We were not charged for this dish. We will be back though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG!
    twomomsdine
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had lunch at Carambola for our anniversary weekend. My wife had the pasta of the day, which she loved! I ordered the braised beef poutine. Calling it poutine was a disservice to the food! It was amazing! The beef was perfect, the fries didn't get mushy and the aged cheddar made it by far the best 'poutine' I've ever eaten. My wife started off with the soup of the day which was creamy red beet. She loved it! I had a salad, which was a work of art!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Lormac
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was great,we were not rushed out as we thought we might be but our meals were mediocre. The appetizers were okay,the tuna nachos could have used more tuna and to be honest I can't even remember the other appetizers we ordered. For our main meals,2 of us had halibut which we both found dry and the other person had the steak which was overdone. I ordered the lobster mashed potatoes which had 3 tiny pieces of lobster and honestly tasted like regular potatoes with the lobster thrown in,not quite sure what the big deal was about that side dish. It's really too bad as the last time we were there( years ago) we had had a great experience. I unfortunately would not make the drive out again nor would I recommend the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    David
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Carambola was highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed at all! It's a small neighbourhood resto with an open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work (I love that) and was really busy considering it was a rainy Tuesday night!! We sampled 5 different tapas along with a salad and soup appetizer and sweet potato fries as a side. Every dish was outstanding...a foodie's dream!!! Honestly, I can't wait to return and sample more dishes. It's a bring your own wine or beer establishment which I like. The wait staff and service was great as well. All in all a wonderful experience and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really good Restaurent
    Sylvain1212
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Good food and ambiance looking forward to go back little bit hard to find room in the weekend can understand because it is so good
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There are good and better nights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We ate here with friends in June and again in October. June was fantastic, everything was excellent. October meal was so-so. Order a few dishes and ask for them to be spread apart so you can enjoy a leisurely meal. Otherwise, there is a long wait as everything is cooked to order in their tiny kitchen and then sits in front of you to cool down The lobster poutine was a bust - cold sauce, cold fries and no taste to the sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meditator2010
    Meditator2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We brought overseas guests for lunch on Thanksgiving. We had a DELICIOUS and quiet lunch as we got caught up with one another's lives. Our friends love food and Carambola did not disappoint. We all had the same thing: halibut tempura and dessert. Everything was to die for. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem in Hudson
    Meditator2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Fabulous yet simple ambience. Superb service. The food was amazing. Prices reasonable and portions both beautifully presented and not too large
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd time!
    Across
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Carambola, Food is always great, small restaurant atmosphere and a bring your own wine!! Highly recommend the Tapas style dishes to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great dining at Carambola
    scottm
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Busy even in the middle of the week but the kitchen manages to surprise and maintain high standards. There is always something for everyone on the daily specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inovative
    Duke
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Chef Scott and his team create Magic. Food is treated with respect ang imagination. Bravo to the whole team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SURPRISE!!!
    disapointed
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    WE ARRIVED AT THE RESTAURANT ONLY TO FIND OUT IT WAS CLOSED! NO EMAIL OR ANY INDICATION THAT THEY WERE CLOSED GOOD THING WE KNEW OF A GOOD RESTAURANT AROUND THE CORNER!! OTHER CAB DRIVERS TOLD US THEY HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WHEN TEY TOOK CUSTOMERS TO THE RESTAURANT TO EAT
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with friends from Toronto
    Michele
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We love taking people to Carambola from out of town so they can experience the level of eating available in our quaint town of Hudson, Quebec. Our friends thoroughly enjoyed their meal and it's presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belle découverte culinaire à Hudson
    celestine8ernest
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    J'ai réservé en dernière minute pour le brunch - une découverte à réitérer, en effet: le menu et les assiettes soignés, une belle place pour les options végé, le personnel sympa et discret, et la possibilité d'amener son vin avec une SAQ située à 2 pas. Je recommande!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • claude
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    très bon restaurant. Accueil sympa .Les menus sont variés .La qualité du repas est excellente
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    Lola
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Gourmet style grub with popular classics at very reasonable prices. Love that all of the dishes are available in small tapas versions that are perfect for sharing since everything sounds so good it's hard to make a choice! We were served quickly and efficiently with staff who had a great knowledge of the menu and all available specials. Overall it's a Fantastic little bring your own wine place. Can't wait to return and bring my mother who is a real foodie. Recommend to all! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    liberty2dine
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Appetizers were very good. We had a wonderful cheese fondu style dip; general tao and beef tacos. Entrees great except size beef cheek, more appetizer size. Dessert was a big disappointment, ice cream cookie ( cookies were frozen and a little stale) as well as the chocolate torte not fresh, hard and not enjoyable. My husband usually devours all things chocolate and we make a similar no flour torte. He left half on his plate. Addition of pop-rocks on dessert plate was amusing.. my daughter loved it. My beaver tale was the best of the 3 desserts, fresh, excellent. All in all, it was enjoyable, and a good choice for a BYOW, a little too far our for us, we will likely not return. sorry.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excellent food though a little expensive.Plates were very well presented and food was of high quality.Service was good,not excellent.No one came back to ask us if everything was ok after our dinner was served and the dessert took about 25 mi before we received it.We would go back to Carambola with our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the beef
    2costly
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was good but for the price I was extremely disappointed. I ordered the tuna salad which had 6 very thin slices of sushi grade tuna and a small salad for $16. At that cost I expect a salad to fill me not be an appetizer. My father ordered the onion rings which came with 6 onions and a small salad...also $15. Ridiculous cost!
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  • WILLIAM
    Michele
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    To have a restaurant like this off the island of Montreal is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great first experience! Everything we ordered was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HudsonNoName
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is one of my personal favourite places to dine and one that I very often bring my visiting friends and family to ---- and have never been disappointed. The prices are reasonable given the unique and varied menu but the ability to BYOB only adds to that value. The ability to reserve on line and the very friendly and professional service completes the positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Notre restaurant préféré
    PotsyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ce restaurant continue de nous satisfaire à chaque occasion. Nous y allons au moins une fois par mois depuis 6 mois et nous avons maintenant nos plats préférés comme les nachos au thon et la moelle de bœuf, et il y a toujours des surprises sur l'ardoise comme le ragoût aux champignons sauvages. Il faut réserver au moins une semaine à l'avance et nous réservons le prochain repas avant d'avoir fini le dernier repas. Je recommande d'apporter une bonne bouteille de vin car les plats méritent d'être accompagnés dignement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant par excellence
    pussycat
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I guess we are what one would call regulars. We are sometimes three,sometimes 4 and this past Thursday, 6. The service is friendly,knowledgeable, efficient and the food absolutely wonderful. Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soirée formidable
    kit4
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Notre deuxième visite à ce restaurant a été épatante. Nous adorons la formule tapas qui nous permet de goûter à plusieurs plats. Les portions étaient plus généreuses que la première fois. L'atmosphère du restaurant est plutôt à la fête et aux belles rencontres (on oublie le souper romantique). Nous y retournerons sûrement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Awesome dining experience - a true treat to the palate! Any foodie's dream
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    pontia
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very good selection and interesting combination of flavours and textures. Nice ambiance, wallsmay needsome fabrics to buffer chatter from diners. Not good for romantic as you cannot hear other person talk. Service a bit slow but very knowledgeable. I would go back to try more menu items. I would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in Hudson
    jimsue
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first time at the Carambola and it was an enjoyable experience. We decided to have the Tapis menu as it gave us the opertunity to try a variety of dishes many of which were also available as main dishes. All the dishes we had were delicious and well presented although I thought they were a little overpriced. BYOW helps to keep the overall experience reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and the service was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excelent for his kind
    differtfromTheRegular
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    referred by a friend ,we tried on several times to reserve with no luck, eventually i had the chance to reserve with OPEN Table ,this time were lucky to be accepted at late sitting ( 9.00 pm) our choice of food was opted for the tapas stile,and I have to admit it was a regal,also the staff was very attentive and cordial,unfortunately even tough it was late it was very noisy to my taste . overall it was a memorable night for two, and I think i will return but with a reservation done ahead of time and at a more regular Dinner time
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Instant favourite
    Carl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great food, great service, will be going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go to restaurant!
    Westislandfoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Carambola on Saturday night to celebrate my girlfriend's son's birthday (he is a foodie). It was astonishingly good! Presentation was fantastic, the food was beyond belief good. We ordered 9 plates in total - 8 of them were spectacular - there was only one that was "so-so" and that was due to our taste preferences not the quality of the food nor presentation. For sure you will need to make reservations so do so and enjoy! - We will for sure be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    scottm
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Carambola seems busy 7 nights a week and service is sometimes hit or miss but what comes out of the kitchen makes it worth the wait. Bring some extra wine and order a sweet potato fry to tide you over until the plates come out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Wonderful dining, as always. Innovative new taste combos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but pricey
    Nevadagirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I went to Carambola this past weekend with 3 friends. The food was excellent as was the service but there is a choice of tapas (appetizer size plates) for $16 on the average or main dishes around $30-$35. To get a full meal for a man, they needed 2-3 tapas a person which gets too expensive. We ordered 3 tapas for a couple and that wasn't enough food for the men in our group. The selection is very good though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food!
    3bonssoupers
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It has been our third time at Carambola and each time the food was very good. We only wait for our next dinner at Carambola. Thank you for the great service and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Carambola reviews archive.
  • outstanding as always
    luvtryingnewrestos
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    it was my second time here & everything we tried was fantastic - four of us shared dishes & desserts all tasted amazing & the presentation is awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BYOB or you will drink water!
    GlfngalVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Somehow we missed it was BYOB only. We are visiting from the U.S. and found this on open table. There really isn't a wine store open next door so my husband had to find a place - 20 mins later - we were able to order. It was worth all that stress! The tuna nachos, foie gras, bone marrow, scallops... Everything was amazing! We went back w friends 2 days later only this time brought wine. Again, food was fabulous! We had early reservations tho and the service was VERY slow. Seemed as if she took care of the other 4 tables and ignored us. That was the only dissapointing thing I can say. I can't say enough about the food- a must go to place. And make sure you Bring Your Own Wine!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    PapaJayVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Met four friends for lunch and found this restaurant on Open Table. Liked the reviews and booked a reservation. All four of them had been there before and were really happy I had booked it. Turned out that the open table reviews were right. Excellent food and service. Great lunch time experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    epmck
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The tapas menu is original and very tasty. The crew is spot on and friendly. We intend to return and enjoy the full experience Carambola has to offer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb dining
    Kulta
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Carambola is an incredible restaurant. The tuna tartare nachos are scrumptious as is the bone marrow (we order it every time), not to mention the seared foie gras, which is worthy of fine dining in Avignon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.