XO Le Restaurant
XO Le Restaurant

XO Le Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.xolerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5148415000x292
  • 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
    or
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
XO Le Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)romantic (21)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dinner at XO
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had dinner at the XO on the long labour day weekend. It was my husbands birthday, the dinner was superb, the staff and service excellent. I would certainly recommend this restaurant for fine dinning or any special occasions. Beautiful dinning room and architecture, a truly amazing restaurant. Dinning at the XO is certainly a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had dinner there to celebrate our anniversary. The place is beautiful and we got a nice and quiet table. The service started very slow but then it moved on ok. The food was actually the low point. It was good by not great. The tasting menu had some weird combinations that were not to our taste. In the end we left with the impression that I was too expensive for what we had.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • never dissapoints....
    gourmandVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our second time at the restaurant. Just as the first time, the food was excellent, the waiting staff courteous and the wine list was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeds expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We decided to try XO, but had no idea what to expect. The room is high ceiling and very Victorian. Dramatically decorated and comfortable. Service was attentive, friendly and very helpful. The dishes were beautifully plated and all tasted wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • St.James XO Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The XO experience was awesome, a beautiful restaurant, great service and an unforgettable day! The food was really tasty and reasonably priced! The only thing was that the hamburger was a little burnt.* Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and tasty
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Their liver mousse creme brule with gingerbread was a real delight. A decent table d'hôte at lunchtime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Nobile
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Expensive though we found the experience worth the price!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took a chance
    HappyCouple
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Upscale Resto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of a kind in Montreal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Simply the best combo of location, ambience, service and food in Montreal
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated lunch
    Frankie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Opulent decor. Food was amazing. Service was top notch. Was entertaining a European client. He felt right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • montreal
    cumendaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great wine,very prepeared chef. All great,nice staff ,good ambient. No complains,to be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    5gourmands
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • toujours aussi bon
    Steven
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    un régal pour le palais (moins pour la bourse) , la longe d'agneau est un pure délice
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 182 reviews are from the XO Le Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Superb restaurant & great food.
    Perfect4BrunchVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • XO restaurant
    Zaklechar
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    excellent food very dry service although place was empty missing manager such a pity for such a place compliments to the excellent chef
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was incredibly slow..on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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..
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Most Amazing Experience
    DaMimmoLoverVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We chose this restaurant for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left after first course
    OrengoVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable evening, could have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Enjoyable evening, could have gone without the televisions.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS
    Steven
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    La pieuvre superbe (cuisson parfaite) , la bouillabaisse douce et légère . Miam
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great velvet ambiance
    LucF
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an amazing experience at XO!
    Katsi7
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something is missing
    BernardJr
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Une autre belle découverte
    Andydou
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    etaylor
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in all ways!
    Chris
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointing!
    Travelmachine
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cuisine excellente
    samontreal
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impeccable
    liftlovecheer
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was better the first time around
    Eden
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent upper class restaurant
    jjanchan
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Expensive food, but gourmet in every way. Delicious to the last. The wine list was very extensive, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening of dining
    parky
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    ebez
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again, even better
    willtravelforfood
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I do go in five star restaurants
    Shan
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful unforgettable dining!!!
    Victoria
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food and the service
    mike
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Exceptional food and the service was great. Very friendly employee's. Very special evening to end a fabulous trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.