I will return to BIS
We chose Bis for its proximity to the Bell Center (concert night) and its interesting menu. On arrival, I was greeted like a friend who had been expected. The manager and waiters, as well as the young woman at the coat check, were welcoming and charming.
The cocktails were lovely, the wine was delicious and the food was excellent. I had the eggplant dish - unexpectedly light and delicious! My friends were also extremely happy with their food (spagetti carbonara; caprese salad). Service was professionally handled and fast, perhaps because we mentioned our time limits. We spent one hour and a half at Bis, and we enjoyed every minute.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic service, great filet,
Fantastic service, great filet, my wife enjoyed the seafood. Highly recommended.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Great Discovery
Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Food is fresh and very tasty. Excellent service. There were five of us and we were well taken care of. Will definitely go back.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was there for the first
I was there for the first time. The food is very good but it's noisy at lunch. Maybe because we were 2 and the next table 8. I would go back.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A must when in Montreal!
We discovered BIS Ristorante a little over a year ago and now we make a point of going there every time we're in Montreal. Great food, great wine, lovely ambiance, and outstanding service. We love it!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Italian restaurant.
Authentic Italian restaurant. Third time in three years during our annual visit to Montreal, and excellent each time.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
would my review be useful
would my review be useful in helping a friend decide if the restaurant is right for their dining occasion?
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great all the way around
Wonderful food, choices, and willingness to modify menu items. The service was exceptional and I never say that. I travel extensively and spend way too much time eating out. This restaurant is one of my top 10 world wide.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for diner...
Dinner was very good as was the service. The music did not fit the atmosphere. They were very accomodating to our children.
I found it to be on the expensive side.
Overall very good, but pricy.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Somewhere between Good & Very Good
Our overall experience at BIS was good. My first impression of our waiter was not great. Although the place was far from busy, he seemed a little rushed and abrupt. But, once we were seated things smoothed out. He was helpful with menu and wine selections and the service was prompt. We opted to sit inside, near the window overlooking the street. They do have a street side dining area.
Our meals were tasteful and interesting; Cornish Game Hen, split and served over spinach; Calamari appetizer with an anchovie dipping sauce (really great); Eggplant Rollatini; excellent house-made Taramisu.
Good food, reasonable prices (for Montreal).
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Traditional Italian Fare with Flair
If you are looking for a comfortable, old style italian ristorante that serves excellent food with a wonderful ambiance, then look no further than BIS.
Good service from experienced waiters who are charming and knowledgeble is another asset.
From appetizers to fresh fish, pasta, veal etc. all the choices are delicious, not to be missed are the Profiteroles for dessert.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian restaurant in Montreal
Amazing food. nice terrasse , good service. I highly recommend.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the perfect lunch for our party of four. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was great. We will definitely be back.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was perfect!
I chose BIS as the restaurant to take my 11 year old nephew for our big night out while in Montreal. The entire staff treated him like a "rock star." They complimented his attire and treated him like a little gentleman. He could not wait to tell his parents about his experience. In addition to the service, the food was excellent. I had the risotto and my nephew had penne in vodka sauce. Both were outstanding. We had the caprese appetizer and everything was fresh-fresh-fresh! Delicious. The desserts were also wonderful. They have a list of coffee options to accompany the dessert. During our dinner our waiter broke out singing Italian songs. His voice was beautiful. Overall 5 star experience.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Fine!
Came to Montreal from Burlington to take our daughter to Trudeau. She was headed to Paris for the next year for college. Went to BIS before the emotional departure. The staff and management were outstanding and made our meal an absolute pleasure. Food was delicious and we were encouraged to mix-match and even order off the menu. We were assured if the kitchen could do it, they would! Had a very nice veal entree and two wonderful pasta dinners. Will go back again and again and would highly recommend BIS to others.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best in Montreal
BIS is a real good fine italian cuisine restaurant in Montreal. Cozy, intimate with great menu and wine list.
Good choice for upgraded italian restaurant, especillay for a romantic dining or for small group. Not a place to make noise.
You can talk, laugh but not screaming. That's a good new for decent people looking for a decent place.
We were 8 people. We were all satisfied about our choice. Everybody were served at the same time, no error, hot plates. What should we ask more?
Service is honnest.
A little expensive but the result justify the prices.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Extraordinary find in Montreal!!!
37th anniversary trip and we were in the mood for authentic Italian. We were surprised by finding BIS Restoranti 6 blocks from the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont. Atmosphere was quaint. We started with antipasto; wonderful special of buffalo mozzarella on tomato half; mushrooms on urgula, prosciutto wrapped fig and the best calamari ever tasted. We ordered scallopini in truffle cream sauce and porcini. Also, saltimbocca both with a light spaghetti. Both were excellent, but we exchanged dishes after tasting both. To me the saltimbocca was the best I had ever eaten. Finished with profiteroles and cappuccino. Service was out standing. The owner was very attentive. Recommend reservations. Five stars in my book.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We most definitely enjoyed the total experience from the service, the food and even the singing. At least it wasn't your traditional birthday singing by the waiters but rather from one waiter that really had a voice. Will go back real soon.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful place. We have always enjoyed it. The service is outstanding.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Evening & Mealwô
My wife and I had a fantastic meal, made even more outstanding by the friendly and courteous service throughout the meal, from arrival until finish. Thank you for such a great evening.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
fine dining at its best
from the moment we stepped inside we were delighted with the hospitality, decor and service - and the food was great! We had both dinner & lunch.
The owner was both warm and charming, as was our waiter, Marcello who provided impeccable service. The food was remarkable - not the typical Italian restaurant's offerings but freshly authentic nonetheless. The minestrone was outstanding - I had it at both meals. Hailing from the San Francisco area I can say that I know good minestrone from the common..
The stuffed eggplant (aubergine) was marvelous with a very fresh tasting and appearing crushed tomato-based sauce. Both veal dishes we had (marsala and scaloppini) were perfectly done, with very fresh and tender veal.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, as was
Food was excellent, as was the service! Waiter provided great (and fair) advice on wine choice.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful dinner with corporate guests from across Canada and the U.S. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The service was very upscale and professional. Food was outstanding. Location is great downtown location within walking distance from most hotels.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great and the service outstanding, i'll be back for sure. I'm looking forward to be back in Montreal
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is excellent. There were 4 of us plus an 18 month old. They do not have highchairs, but did provide a booster seat. We all had different entrées and they were all delicious. We had to veal with cream sauce and veal piccata. We had spaghetti with a lamb ragu and spaghetti Bolognese. The veal piccata was the favorite.. The calamari appetizer was also excellent The owner was very attentive to all the patrons. We ate early because of the baby and it was very crowded because of the Montréal Canadiens game. See, all the locals know where to eat!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time experience. Food
First time experience. Food was excellent, wine list is great. Noise level is loud but tolerable. Would recommend this restaurant, service was excellent.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the moment we made the reservation the experience was fabulous. We were warmly greeted by Aldo and had a lovely spot. The antipasto was amazing and the calamari the best we've had. The gnocchi special was ok (bit disappointed) but the veal was like butter. Service was brisk and attentive. The serenading tenor was a delightful touch and made the evening that much more special.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Think they gave our table away
Got to BIS on time for our reservation only to find our table had people still at it (I could see the seating chart on the computer screen). The Mater Di did everything he could to get us seated. It was a very busy night at max capacity. 15 minutes later we got a table for 2 right in the middle of the main aisle.Less than ideal, but the staff worked as best they could to get us reseated as soon as a more desirable table was available. After about 20 minutes, we were reseated, and the rest of the night-food, service, ambiance- was excellent. We were comped our desserts and after-dinner drinks. A gesture that was appreciated.Sometimes things are beyond a restaurant's control. We would recommend this establishment. We will come back again.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Most of the people appreciate a very good service that also means not over what it needs to be confortable. Here we can have the perfect balance for service, meals and prices.
So, if you're looking for a great italian intimate restaurant in downtown Montreal, you must try this one.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Italian Dining
We had a large group of 12, and we were accommodated well with a reservation made in advance thru Open Table. Confirmation was prompt, and special requests identified. The food and service was exceptional with personal attention provided throughout our visit by the wait staff and management from door to door. The BIS Ristorante would come very highly recommend by myself and each of those that attended our dinner event, advising they experienced a dining event they will remember for some time with an ambiance that was friendly, and attentive. Thank you for a wonderful evening, we will be back soon!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a great experience. Food was incredible, wine list was extensive and service was fabulous.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Could be the best Italian food
I travel quite a bit for work. BIS was one of the best Italian restaurants at which I have ever dined, including throughout Italy and in New York City.
The food, while not overly fancy, was impressive in presentation. More importantly, the quality and taste off he meals were off the charts. Our waiter was extremely attentive yet not over-bearing in any fashion.
I wish I lived in Montreal so I could frequent BIS.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the moment you enter you feel like an old friend. The service is wonderful! The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is warm and friendly! The little meatballs brought to your table for a sampling were mouth watering. The fish special was excellent and the veal done to perfection. In today's day and age it's refreshing to go to a restaurant and honestly feel appreciated for your business. Kudos to BIS - it's our new favourite!!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great little Gem!
Absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. The food was excellent as was the service.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at BIS
After recommending BIS to business associates several times we finally go to enjoy it first-hand! Food was excellent. Service very attentive and not "over-pressing". There was a very loud party next to our table which did detract from the overall ambience and enjoyment....and, we would go again when in Montreal!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
A timeless favorite
My husband and I have been attending the Formula 1 race in Montreal for 20+ years. Every Sunday after the race, we have reservations at Bis (which wasn't named Bis when we first started coming here). This year, we were pleased to see that they have expanded their dining room to an outdoor space in front of the restaurant. The service is top notch. The food is even better. Aldo and his well trained staff treat every diner as if they are personal guests and part of their family. My husband had the stuffed veal chop special that her raves about every year. I had a simple but excellent penne in a spicy tomato sauce.
We have recommended Bis to many of our friends who have been lucky enough to visit Montreal.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM