Le Chien Noir

4.3
594 reviews
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French / Canadian
Located steps from historic Market Square, Le Chien Noir features French bistro classics & modern 'Farm to Table' features served in an upbeat, comfortable atmosphere. All dishes are prepared using fresh, high quality, seasonal and whenever possible local ingredients.
Enjoy our colourful heated Courtyard Terrace, Dining room or our spacious Zinc Bar.
20 Wines by the glass, Craft beer, Vintage & Contemporary Cocktails.
Prix Fixe Menu, Children's Menu, Vegetarian Options.

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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BW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Extremely slow service when the restaurant wasn’t very busy. In total we had 3 different staff members take orders and deliver food/drinks. 15 minutes to get drinks and another 30 for apps. The system was clearly not working.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The shrimp appetizer was delicious, but my steak was slightly over when I wanted it medium rare. My mashed potatoes were dry and my wife’s halibut meal was inedible as it was extremely dry. The table beside us got the halibut as well and found it to be over done.

Our table was at the very front of the restaurant and placed in between two other tables. The waiter for the other table would have his rear end almost on my plate when he would take orders and this occurred throughout the meal. This made me quite frustrated.

We didn’t have to pay for the halibut meal, but it did make for a lacklustre date night.

Overall our bill was 118 and not nearly worth it.

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Travelled to Kingston to celebrate our anniversary with a great meal at Le Chien Noir. Service was fantastic. It was busy and quite loud so we were very happy to have a table at the back! Definitely would recommend this spot!

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JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Chien Noir is a great bistro in downtown Kingston perfect for a night out as a couple or small group. We had the Prix Fixe - one Steak Frites and one Mussels. Both were very good. The wine list offers a good selection. On a Saturday night the place is hopping. The main dining room may be a bit crowded for some tastes.

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DF
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fabulous!

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A
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner with my parents and children. Great food and even the kids’ menu was very good. Excellent service. Will definitely be back.

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CM
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our “go-to” restaurant for special occasions. Reliably great food and friendly service.

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FB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Small portions for the price, but great flavour and presentation

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great lunch to celebrate a graduation. The server was absolutely lovely and the food was delicious.

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BL
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Happy to see there were some plant based options.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had a nice time though because I made the reservation at least a month prior and the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived, I would have preferred a better table than the one next to the kitchen/bathroom door. Further, it took a long time between courses and the restaurant was quite cold. I did think the menu offered lots of choice and my chicken was excellent.

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PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit, family of four adults sat in a booth, a little tight fit if you are not a small person but cozy. The restaurant was very busy and there was a lot of chatter but manageable. The ambiance is very nice, very Bistro which is what it should be. Great menu, the only problem is trying to pick from all the lovely choices. We shared a poutine, it was excellent, one daughter had the tuna Niçoise salad, very inhaled every bite, other one had the chicken, she wished she had the tuna, the chicken was a bit underdone.
Spouse had the liver and raved about it and I enjoyed the lamb, it was perfect. Veggies are respected and cooked properly for the mains which is not always the case.
All in all a very good experience, and I can recommend it easily.

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C
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely prix fixe dinner. Unfortunately, there was no pâté en croute that night.
Will just have to come back to try it!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent
Can’t believe we haven’t found this place before!

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S
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great celebration of my son’s graduation. Delicious halibut dinner. Salad dressing was very good. Nice covered patio.

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GD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Starters were good. Steak Tartare , octopus and shrimp

Mussels good. Frites terrible
Duck dry and overcooked

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Seafood is not their specialty but the steak was delicious!

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CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the service and food were excellent. The server was polite and friendly, Service was prompt, and the food attractive and tasty.

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h
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant - food, ambiance, service - just simply outstanding. Live approximately 4 hrs away - our daughter attended Queen’s and from our first visit to Kingston to see her 13 yrs ago - we made sure to have dinner at Chien Noir every time we were in Kingston. Wish we lived closer would frequent more often. Definitely one of my favourites

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not quite what I was expecting - more trendy bistro than traditional French restaurant, but the food was delicious & staff were very personable. My steak was very overcooked, but management resolved it to my satisfaction. I will definitely go back if I'm in Kingston again.

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DH
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Disappointing. Never experienced a Sunday Brunch in Kingston that was so disappointing. 20 minutes after being seated, waitress came to ask us about beverages. Coffee for spouse arrived 10 minutes later, requested milk was not brought until later. My Sangria was never brought. Our simple brunch choices arrived 65 minutes later. The restaurant inside was not full, though court yard at back was, with ear piercing loud music. My side order of bacon which was ordered, arrived separately 25 minutes after our breakfasts were served. Surprisingly different from the menu given, a sliced 'fresh' green apple was on top of the pancakes. The kitchen staff probably did not wash the apple, as there was an unremoved black & white sticker still on a apple piece. My spouses' homefries which was chosen from the given menu were substituted, without any notification, for french fries. Waitress was barely around. After our meal was completed, she informed us that only french fries are served for Sunday brunches and that the new menu had an error. She did not inform my spouse of such during her taking of the order. We heard a table of 4 who sat further down, inform their server that their whole experience was ridiculously slow and inattentive at this restaurant. DO NOT Recommend.

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FC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food great as usual. For some reason we waited an hour for our food to arrive, which is kind of unreasonable for sandwiches and brunch items. Just hoping it was a fluke.

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JX
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty nice food, ideal for a table of two either for a date or for a parent-child end-of-a-period talk. We had mussels and grilled liver, and they are really recommendable. The charcuterie definitely is definitely the value, so that you can have something over the small talks while waiting for the main dishes.

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A
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! It was our anniversary so not as intimate as e would have liked. Tables are small as it’s difficult to manage everything on it. Overall a good experience!

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DF
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and awesome food!
Cocktails had a unique twist to traditional drinks that were very tasty.
Appetizers and entree's were delicious.
Thank-you for a making our anniversary dinner extra special!

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic brunch for Mother’s Day. Will be back again.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Fantastic waiter!!

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PG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Oysters were wonderful. Knowledgeable staff re wine and food pairings. Server was fun, friendly and efficient. We always visit Le Chien Noir when we visit Kingston.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

My group had mixed reviews about the ambiance. The restaurants wasn't full and we were put in back area which has two 4 people tables but is the passage to patio sand the kitchen pick up. My dad loved being to watch the kitchen but I felt like I was at a dinner to me it ruined the ambience you would expect from this place.
Service was amazing though. I'd go back and just request not that section.

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b
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in Kingston. Love the flat iron!!!!!!!!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Servers were awesome! Loved the ambience, we sat by the window and celebrated my 50th B day.
Will try something else next time.
Food was yummy!

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Naples
51 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening with a excellent waiter who made the evening great, with so very well timed serving . Nothing was rushed and wine was never over poured. Wonderful evening!

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner at Le Chien Noir yesterday was excellent. The flat iron steak was cooked to perfection, and our desserts and drinks were delicious. The service was great, and so was the ambiance. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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PA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cocktails were outstanding. Oysters and poutine were just okay. Warm carrot salad and smelt were delicious.

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TT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the evening but our meal choice was not as satisfying as the last time we ate here.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am definitely going back whenever I come visit again.......

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P
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good. Restaurant felt over crowded and very noisy.... hard to have a conversation without significantly raising my voice and the service felt disinterested.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Despite making a reservation, we had to wait another 15minutues at the bar after being told our table still had guests eating at it. The hostess then immediately sat another table of two that came in after us. The first drink we ordered was prepared wrong, supposed to include fresh blackberries and basil, was served with a single floating blueberry.

When we were finally sat, our server was lovely and sadly had to apologize for everyone else. We were seated at a table at the back of the restaurant.

The charcuterie board was a great choice although one of our meat options was inedible. We looked past that because the cheese and onion jam was amazing.

We had ordered a variety of plates and asked them to be served as they were ready, having ordered charcuterie, oysters, and the salmon tartar. Had to wait an additional 10 minutes for the salmon to be served, at a point where we were already disappointed in our experience and eager to leave. Took one bite of the salmon and it was more than enough. I don’t know if it’s just bad quality fish or how they prepare it, but I politely told the waitress that I did not enjoy it at all when she asked. It sat untouched on the table, as well as on my bill.

The last thing I must mention is that we were sat in front of the dishwashing station and although there were doors, the servers consistantly left them open which resulted in my being sprayed with the dish water when the staff used the hose.

All in all pretty disappointing experience. Won’t be returning.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Duck wings were so delicious ! I also ordered the special Caeser to drink it was the best I've ever had so flavourful. My main dish (mushroom risotto) could have had a little more flavour.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The kale salad with shrimp was amazing and filling.My hot date aka my husband had the lamb and was equally impressed!

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