Worth the extra $$
For those who are worried about it being too pricy here needn't worry because there are several items that are wallet friendly. I was from out of town though so I decided to splurge and it was definitely worth it. Best meal I've had in a long time. Also, if you're a fan of Chuck don't hesitate to ask your waiter to meet him! He's awesome :)
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chuck Hughes' Day ON!
Chuck Hughes is a rock star. This restaurant lived up to my expectations and then some. Staff was cool and friendly and knowledgeable. The food was over the top creative and very very very delicious. Any foodie would be happy (but probably not my granny since the music is loud). And it's an interesting space: obviously a very old building (from the days when Montreal was new!). The chandelier is amazing: looks like a UFO with a thing for Louis Quatorze design--definitely something you might see on Dr. Who.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, great atmosphere and amazing dishes!! :)
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
My gfs & I were seated in the back by the deco mirror. We had the signature cocktail & shared the lobster poutine. DIVINE.In fact EVERYTHING was AMAZING. The best thing is you expect it to taste a certain way & that's when you're hit with a burst of flavours. The key is to take a lil bit of everything on your plate in one bite. We had perogies, ribs, char, lobster paella & scallops. MAGNIFIQUE! Toward the end of our meal we ordered tea & lattes.We even met a new 'montreal' friend who joined our table. I will definitely be back! Being an avid watcher of Chuck's Day Off has proven this guy really knows his stuff He deserves to be successful! The staff were so cool and friendly despite the busy crowd. I wish they would open one up in Toronto.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met my expectations 100%. I would love to return, all the food and drinks that I tried were fantastic and I recommend it to anyone !
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing, amazing, amazing. A group of 6 made the trip from Ontario specifically to visit Garde Manger, and it did not disappoint. Hands down the best food I've ever eaten. Ever.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
we were hoping to actually get to meet the owner, chuck, but unfortunately he wasnt hthere that night. I took my daughters there and we enjoyed to atmosphere. lots of laughs,
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, I strongly recommend the lobster poutine and the lobster risotto. I will definitely return next time I'm in Montreal. Make sure you book in advance,
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service! Make sure to have their Bloody Caesar!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Eats !
Good with food with lots of flavour. Great ambiance and excellent service.
Interesting combination of flavors and textures. Just a little on the pricey side.
Good experience overall.
Would recommend for special occasions; however, you need to book way ahead !
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile...finally my sister and her husband were in from BC, we made a reservation and enjoyed our evening thoroughly...The icing on the cake would have been if Chuck was there but I would go back here to eat in a heartbeat. Food was fresh, delicious and the whole experience exceeded my expectations.
Fifteen on Ten for me
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time at Garde-Manger and I was just as wowed as my first time. We were a party of five and we all had different dishes... how delightful to have such a wonderful choice of foods and to know that, no matter what you order, it will be exquisitely prepared and a true taste sensation. I cannot wait to go back!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Garde Manger was truly a delight! We were worried that with having a late reservation (9:30) the music gets turned up a little. But the energy was high, the staff was having a blast, and it was a great bunch of fun! The low lighting and eclectic decor made the evening comfortable and yet interesting. The food was, well, with one word....WOW! Would go again in a hearbeat.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the ambience; there
I loved the ambience; there was a very intimate feel. The signature Garde-Manger giant Caesar lived up to it's rave reviews. There was an extensive wine list and the food from the cold seafood platter, entrees and main courses were original and delicious. Everything was absolutely perfect.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding and our sever Claudine was so nice. Obviously the lobster poutine is a must!! And for the main course I would recommend the chicken it was so delicious.
Even if you are in Montreal only for one night Le Garde Manger is a must.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time to food heaven.
The flavours that the staff put together is impeccable. The service was very friendly and VERY prompt. Atmosphere was very cosy. Don't plan on a quick meal here, plan on a relaxing time to savour the amazing food and atmosphere. I will definitely be back when in Montreal again.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice and cosy atmosphere,
Very nice and cosy atmosphere, great music. A very interesting menu offering a good choice. Excellent wine card.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sensorial experience was fantastic. Thanks for all.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
long time coming.
amazing meal. one of my best seafood experiences.. Lobster poutine, scallops with bacon, seafood platter all incredible.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great night out
Everything we ate was delicious! If you don't like seafood, fish or mushroom, you're in trouble otherwise you're golden. Excellent service from Brieanne rest of staff was fun and gave the restaurant great ambiance. Yes it's noisy, yes it's pricy, but I would go back in a heartbeat.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I both turned 60 this year and we planned a trip to Montreal around restaurants we wanted to go to.
We were not disappointed with your restaurant.
The ambience was outstanding.
We were extremely happy with the menu and food.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was alot different than I expected it to be but it was a very fun and energetic place to be. Chalkboard menu is awesome as the chefs can always change items around. Was not blown away with the food the way alot of friends and other review sites said it was. Maybe that gave me really high expectations so it might have been hard to meet. I just kinda expected more from a restaurant that everyone talks about and is always fully booked. Thats also probably because my friends and I are from Toronto and made a long trek to try this place. It sure is a place that I would go back to again to give it another shot.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service & we met Chuck
Food was exceptional and all of us enjoyed our dishes ranging from fish to ribs. Escpecially the lobster & scallop appetizer
Icing on the cake is Chef Hughes came out & talked to us.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time.. Even had the chance to see Chuck in action.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely loved it!
So absolutely glad we decided to eat here. Would DEFINITELY be back again. The food was definitely superb but I'd say the ambiance even tops it. It's casual and classy and refined and easy-going all at the same time. Rarely do you feel this comfortable in a "fine-dining" establishment.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Phenomenal food - best oysters I ever had! The only thing that would have made it better was if Chuck Hughes was there himself!!!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Atmosphere and great food
very friendly staff!
A daily blackboard menu blends traditional Quebecois and modern styles for a full on flavour trip.
A fun evening!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lived up to the hype!
My daughter works in the restaurant business and suggested this spot. I checked the online reviews and decided it was worth a try. It was all that and more. We tried the signature lobster poutine which was great, my daughter had the beef and broccoli, the beef tasted like a perfectly prepared filet mignon, my wife had the walleye, melt in your mouth delicious, and I had the lobster risotto, best version I have ever had.
Finished with dessert and coffee, way to go Chuck Hughes!
Menu changes often, so be prepared to try the server's suggestions.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Garde Manger, the service was excellent, our waitress took the time to explain in details evrything on the menu. I highly recommend this place for a special occasion, food was great but watch the $$$ it is very expensive.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good (lobster poutine
Very Good (lobster poutine was surprisingly good) and worth trying but it is on the expensive side !
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really great ambience - we sat at the back bar and we chatted with the staff and all were very courteous and friendly. I highly recommend it and the noise level was fine. We heard some complaints from our hotel concierge but the main front room may be a bit loud. We loved it and would go back.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A bit disappointed, better before
I always loved this restaurant, but I hadn't been there for at least a year, and I was disappointed. OK, the menu changed a bit, it's normal, but the size of the meals too. I remember sharing the lobster poutine with one of my friend because it was so big. Now, I wouldn't have. Same thing for the main course. It's not a fancy french restaurant, it's a restaurant with meat, fishes everything, so I expected a bit more for the size, because I was used to it. But, I still think everybody should go there and try this place.
But for me, I know I won't go back for the next months.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had big expectations for this restaurant after having gone to Le Bremner. Although Garde Manger is very good, I prefer Le Bremner. I would however, still go back.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Experience at Garde-Manger
It was our first experience, and our waitress talked to us about the Menu Degustation. It was a very nice way to taste many different plates and enjoy. We loved the beef salad, the seafood platter ( 6 oysters, 2 scallops, smoked salmon and smoked makerrel), the short rib and the lobster risotto. For the rarebit with an egg and crab, for us, there was too much of different flavor. It was good but not like the rest in our opinions.
The bloody ceasar is certainly a signature drink.
All the staff were very friendly , helpful and the service was excellent and fast.
We will go back and I will recommand this excellent restaurant.
It's a bit loud for a romantic dinner but the ambiance is good in general.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
So impressed. This restaurant is everything you hope for in a montreal dining experience. Top to bottom, we thoroughly enjoyed the meal, service and the recommendation was more than accurate.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really wonderful food --best
Really wonderful food --best restaurant meal I've had in a long time
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bonnie's Day ON!!!!!
I have NEVER eaten food this amazing! The food is just one component of the overall experience though, service was incredible and the atmosphere was the bomb! The waitress knew the menu inside and out; when my niece expressed a dislike for seafood but an interest in the risotto on the menu, she immediately offered a vegetarian risotto that was not even on the menu; my niece LOVED it! EVERYTHING we ordered was to die for; I have never in my life had a dining experience like this. My sister wanted to try a raw oyster; the server sent one immediately to the table for her, the presentation was beautiful. When it arrived, the young lady took the time to describe to my sister how to eat it to maximize the experience, it was so memorable!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were very happy to finally visit Garde Manger. There is a good buzz to the place and has a warm feeling to it.
Our meals were very good but not excellent.
In all fairness, we ate at Joe Beef the night before , so that was still on our mind and was hard to measure up to that.
It is a good dining option in Old Montreal.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chuck's not here (was his day off)
We celebrated a family birthday at Garde Manger and thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. Too bad Chef Chuck was not in the kitchen that evening, but that did not detract in the least from our meal. The four of us shared orders of several dishes: oysters, the crowd pleasing lobster poutine, perogies with crab, rarebit and risotto. I could not begin to select one favourite dish - all were wonderful.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I don't happen to go fine dining that much, so this is one of my first occasions. But as a cook myself, it was an experience that I'll remember for a while. The service and atmosphere were great, and the food inspired me a little, not having tried many things like it. Thanks Garde Manger. My girlfriend and I had an amazing night.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We visited due to meeting
We visited due to meeting the chef at an event in PEI. It is small and dark and would have a nice atmosphere except that the music was too loud. It was interesting to name the hits from the 80s.
Good food with seasonal influence, well presented and served quickly and politely. At $250 for a meal for 2 with 2 glasses of wine each rather than a bottle made the very good meal 'value for money'.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing!! The service fabulous, thanks Jose! The only thing we didn't like was that the food was not served hot, in our opinion, plates have to be very hot when they leave the kitchen. We were there for our 49th wedding anniversary, and if go back to Montreal the same time next year, we will go there for our 50th.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Phenomenal Food and Service!!
There aren't enough characters permitted to describe our experience at Le Garde-Manger. We were there recently for my friend's bachelorette party. We were a group of 5 ladies from out of town and were surprised by the trendy and intimate atmosphere. We were greeted by the owner himself (Tim) as well as our lovely waitress who knew the menu inside out and had awesome recommendations. Our group ordered the shrimp risotto, scallops and pork and were kindly offered complimentary oysters and shots. The food and wine was absolutely phenomenal! Most importantly, nothing can beat the outstanding service that we received from this restaurant. You MUST try Le Garde Manger. Make sure to book weeks in advance since the tables fill up quickly!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything just seemed delicious
Everything just seemed delicious and worth trying!
For the appetizers, we shared a small lobster poutine and lentil bruschetta. I would wholeheartedly suggest the bruschetta. It was fantastic! I had big expectations of the lobster poutine, unfortunately it didn't quite hit the spot. I didn't find a single chunk of lobster. The fries tasted great, so did the lobster gravy, but I want some lobster in my lobster-poutine. C'est tout.
For the mains, we ordered the walleye fish and the pork chops. While the walleye fish was good, it was a little on the salty side. However, my pork chops were mind blowing. I was skeptical, as I often find them to be overcooked and dry, but WOW. Moist, tender, and flavorful are all I can begin to say about them.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
There is nothing bad to say about this restaurant. period.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Twice the Charm
Its our 2nd time there and it was awesome! The atmosphere was super energetic! The menu keeps changing but the dishes that make this restaurant special remain ie: Lobster Poutine and the Braised Short Ribs. You have eat here, an unforgetable experience and the staff is the best.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing. We had the tasting menu. Our server was not only warm, friendly and efficient but also coordinated us having a phone in the kitchen with the staff, we didn't even ask for it. And Chuck happened to be there for our picture. Everyone was friendly and attentive. Some of the best service and food I have ever had.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful first experience
4 girlfriends in Montreal from Toronto. Had heard great things about Garde Manger - definitely exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious - we had the lobster poutine, seafood platter, crab legs & risotto. The atmosphere was awesome. One of our favourite things was the service! Our server, Claudette was absolutely wonderful. She was very helpful with helping with the menu (as we do not speak fluent french.) The kitchen staff was awesome, too - they let us come back there for a picture with them! We missed Chuck by a few minutes we were told! Would highly recommend this spot & definitely going back again.
Thanks Garde Manger!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bucket list restaurant
I planned a trip from Ottawa with a group of friends and it was worth everything.
Food surpassed all my expectations, great night and great times!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
All the food that we tried was amazing, really tastfull, cooked perfectly and Alex did really good on the service side and bring us good wine. The price was good too but it was worth it, I would be able to do it often but on special occasion like my wedding anniversary it was perfect. We really enjoy our evening!!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM