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XO Le Restaurant
XO Le Restaurant
  • Address:
    355, rue Saint - Jacques ouest
    Montreal, QC H2Y 1N9
  • Cuisine:
    Modern European
    Price: CAN$51 and over

XO Le Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.xolerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (514) 841-5000 x292
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 7am to 13am (Saturday)

    Breakfast: 7am to 11am (Sunday to Friday)

    Brunch: 11am to 3pm (Sunday)

    Lunch Table d'Hote: 11:30am to 2:30pm (Monday to Friday)
    [Also available Sunday and Monday night]

    Tasting menu: 6pm to 9pm (Tuesday to Saturday)

    Menu à la carte: 6pm to 10pm (Tuesday to Saturday)

    Menu bar: 11am to 11pm everyday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Julien Robillard
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: rue St-Pierre
  • Public Transit: Square Victoria Station
    Place D'Armes Station
  • Parking: Valet
A word from XO Le Restaurant
The French called Canada’s main financial thoroughfare "rue Saint-Jacques", and the English "St-James Street". Synonymous with opulence and influence, it was the second street in what is now Montréal. Bordered by banks and named after Jacques Olier, the street continues to be known today as a museum of high finance. Today, Hotel Le St-James, the former Merchants Bank, sits enthroned at the crossroads of history. On midsummer nights, modern-day coachmen in top hats take us back a hundred years to a day when bankers glanced at their pocket watches while crossing rue St-Jacques to the stock exchange and central telegraph offices just blocks away.

XO Le Restaurant, situated in the former Banker's Hall, is truly a beautiful space composed of a dining room, a bar & lounge, two beautiful mezzanines, as well as four alcoves which add an extra touch of comfort and privacy. Chef Robillard's exciting culinary imagination brings you modern, creative French cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Expensive though we found the experience worth the price!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our first time to Montreal. I used OT for reviews, menus and reviews. I decided to take a chance on XO and I am so happy we did. The service was outstanding, our server was very timely, she paced the dinner well, she knew when she was needed and gave us quiet time until needed. The food was 5star. We ordered off the menu, the tasting looked great, but there was items we wanted al a cart. The wine list was outstanding. If and when we make it back to Montreal, XO, will be revisited."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The service, ambiance and noise level were all fine. The food was quite rich and both my wife and myself loved it going down but needed Maalox for a day following. All in all, a great experience despite the post meal discomfort which we attribute to old age ( 70's). I wopuld certainly recommend the resto for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Simply the best combo of location, ambience, service and food in Montreal"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Opulent decor. Food was amazing. Service was top notch. Was entertaining a European client. He felt right at home."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great wine,very prepeared chef. All great,nice staff ,good ambient. No complains,to be back soon"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had a large table set off to one side, so had good privacy. Some tables on the main floor area did not have this. Food excellent and waiters were very helpful. My brothers from UK were very impressed overall, and they have considerable dining experience. Seems to me you had plantings to divide tables in the past. It added to the ambience. Will certainly return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "un régal pour le palais (moins pour la bourse) , la longe d'agneau est un pure délice"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is my absolute favorite brunch place in Montreal. The restaurant itself is stunning, the decor is perfect, the service superbly professional and food is on par with the rest of the experience. I simply love this place."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "excellent food very dry service although place was empty missing manager such a pity for such a place compliments to the excellent chef"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "It was incredibly slow..on an evening when there were only 20 or so diners, an hour between entree and main course is far too long.."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We selected the 'Themed, prix fixe menu' with surprised chef selections. NOTHING could have prepared us for what we would experience over the next two hours. The five course meal accompanied with the four wine parings was only the beginning. It began with a broken stem glass permanently adhered to the side of the plate. What we saw next on the plate appeared to be a broken egg shell with it's yoke laying next to the glass. In reality, the shell was made of a candy shell, the yellow colored yoke was a mousse, and a clear syrup completed the illusion. Every course after that had a similar tasteful illusion. We are not giving away any secrets here. By the time you read this, this theme will change to a new one, each season. "
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for a special occasion, particularly for the tasting menu experience. The cost of this special meal is as advertised and in my opinion was worth it. It was without a doubt the most amazing, enjoyable dining experience of my life so far. The food was unique, delicious, well paced, well presented, well served in a comfortable pleasant environment. We had the wine pairings with the meal and this also was wonderfully done. Definitely a special occasion kind of night but fabulous from start to finish. Having also glanced at the regular menu I am sure we will return next time we are in Montreal. Thank you XO."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but someone had brought an infant. This was at 20:30 in the evening !! After repeated requests, the staff refused to ask the parents to remove or silence the child. So I left."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Enjoyable evening, could have gone without the televisions."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "La pieuvre superbe (cuisson parfaite) , la bouillabaisse douce et légère . Miam"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We were 2 couples and felt like great food but also a place where we could concentrate on our conversatiions. The table was large enough that the girls and the guys could chat together while sometimes it would be the 4 of us. Service was nothing short of impeccable. Food was extraordinary and overall was less pricy than I would have expected. Great place. The St-James Hotel with the XO restaurant is really and nice venue."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is consistent in the service, quality of food and ambiance! It has been added to my top five in Montreal when I tried it for the very first time two years ago for a business supper. If you want to always be wowed go and experience XO!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We had great expexctation for this restaurant. We are familiar with tasting menu and we might be very critical. We found that the menu didn't create the "wow" effect. The wine pairing was good, but the wine stewart was laking of interest and passion. It was like if he was reading a little text. We didn't not feel like if the tasting menu was made to please us. Considering all these elements, the price is too high for the value of the dinner. It was also too long, we were there on a thursday night and it took a little more than 3 hours for the 6 services."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Dans le cadre de Montréal à table, nous avons pu découvrir ce restaurant très agréable et romantique. Très hâte d'y retourner pour un menu dégustation complet !"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "First time at XO and it wont be my last. The service was superb. The food original and delicious. Decor inspiring. My risotto was a little to salty for my taste, butit was still very good."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "We had a 9:30pm reservation so that we could freshen up from our 11 hour train ride from NYC. We were delighted that Taste Montreal began that evening and we enjoyed a wonderful, delicious, "Top Chef"-like 3 course meal for much less than it was worth. The restaurant sits in what we supposed was the lobby of the St. James Hotel - high ceilings, columns - wonderful ambience. The service was impeccable and very friendly. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine food!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "If you are looking for a beautiful room with great ambience, a place to see and be-seen, this is your place. But if you also want great food, go elsewhere. While the service was first class, and the architecture and ambience superb, the taste experience fell flat. Appetizers, main courses, and desserts were all equally bland.. Their focus was clearly on service and presentation. Of the 5 different menu selections we made, all 5 were excellent presentations on the plate but all were equally bland tasting. I would not recommend a single one of our menu choices to other diners and do not recommend this restaurant. The dishes were imaginative but the execution fell flat. Within a week we will have forgotten we were ever at XO."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Menu gastronomique découverte absoluement splendide, avec de belles découverte, une parfaite maitrise des saveurs et des assemblages. Le service est par contre beaucoup plus confus, voire amateur. Mas l'expérience est magnifqiue dans un cadre superbe."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Top restaurant with knowledgable staff, outstanding (seasonable) menu. Posh and romantic with lovely alcoves. Wine list not only has some beautiful choices, but priced reasonably."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "It was my second visit at the XO and as usual the food and the presentation were outstanding. I was a little bit disappointed by the service. Water was spilled all over the table every time our glasses were filled up and it was the samething with wine."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Expensive food, but gourmet in every way. Delicious to the last. The wine list was very extensive, as well."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We tried the tasting menu which was excellent excepting possibly the bison which didn't quite come off and was a little bland. 8 courses over close to 3 hours but the spacing between servings was just about right as we never felt we were waiting too long. Getting started can be a little slow if you are hungry as you can wait a while before the menu arrives but overall the food and service were excellent from that point onwards. Would definitely return for a special occasion."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "very nice table, good food and service, everything ok but the last dessert that was not interesting. a tendency to use powderized products in many dishes. once is fine, several times seems like a trick. not that it deserves the taste or the meal quality but it decreases the expected surprise with each dish in such a place"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "My wife and I celebrated her birthday and we were treated like royalty. Our second time in 3 months and we were remembered, greated by name and then we enjoyed an extraordinary tasting menu with exquisite wines. Magnificent meal!"
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "Friendly efficient service. Interesting menu; not too wide a range. Excellent presentation. Two of us had the cod but were not blown away. The lobster and swordfish were excellent. Desserts and appetizers were also enjoyed."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "I do go in five star restaurants quite often and I have to say that this was in my top 5. The tasting menu was simply amazing...there are so many details in the plate that makes all the difference."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Just simply great restaurant and service. Lots of attention to details. Most beautiful place for dining in Montreal. Highly recommend their tasting menu with wine pairing. Really great choice!!! We celebrated our daughter 14th birthday and she was really impressed. Definitely will go back. Perfect for special occasion or romantic dining."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Exceptional food and the service was great. Very friendly employee's. Very special evening to end a fabulous trip."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Modern elegance exudes from the decor in a fun quirky way. The service was impeccable and the food refine and flavorful. Hospitable touch: I was offered reading material as I was dining solo, current issues of Vanity Fair, National Geographic and Vogue, nice touch! A simple menu selection with exciting flavors served with modest flair made choosing wonderfully difficult. Server was knowledgable and allowed me to enjoy my dining time. XO will be a must dining stop when I return to Montreal. Thank you for the pampering."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "The tasting menu was phenomenal. The scene is quiet. The staff is impeccable. The only thing that was discordant with the experience was the two TV's mounted on the wall that played old 3 stooges movies over and over again. This was a peculiarity that I did not quite understand. I don't know if that was supposed to be a trademark but I did not get that aspect of the restaurant"
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "We had the 5-course prix fixe dinner. It consisted of an oyster appetizer (good), ham and egg salad (excellent), asparagus risotto (very good), filet mignon (very good), and a mango dessert (very good). Service was excellent. The place was beautiful in an old-fashioned, opulent way."
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "It was a terrific meal! The evening was wonderful! Excellent!"
    Dined on 5/15/2013
  • "Excellent spot for foodies. Had the awesome tasting menu - worth every penny!"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "XO offers a very special dining experience , the staff is very professional without being cold ,friendly smiles are everywhere. The menu contains some very interesting choices and presentation is excellent . I would certainly make this a repeatable location ."
    Dined on 5/4/2013