Bistro le SAM - Fairmont Château Frontenac

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Bistro
Bistro cuisine reinvented in a friendly atmosphere. Lunch menu, cheese boards to share, casual happy hours and creative cocktails.
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Karen
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not our first visit and certainly not our last.

We love the vibe, the food, the drinks and the service.

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LouiseA
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!

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mommyesq
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The delicious diner and views were the perfect way to relax at the end of a long day of travel. Our waiter was fantastic and made a special effort to take good care of our daughters, ages 12 and 5. Bistro le Sam was no small part of our overall special experience at the Frontenac.

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PeterC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Recommended when in Quebec City. Located in the Chateau Frontenac Fairmont hotel, walking in and through this majestic property is an experience in itself. Views of the waterway and view of the neighboring city Levis. We were 4 adults and 2 children and we enjoyed the experience.

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SylvieJ
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing table overlooking the water. Beautiful view and great service!

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JackB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine's day dinner was delightful and extremely delicious. Seating at a window seat with a beautiful view and the multi course special meal were a treat that far surpassed our expectations. We'll be back for sure and thank you all very much!

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vipDallas3
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to start our holiday! Fantastic table, meal, and service! Thank you!

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ChristianM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love that restaurant. We had a nice view of St-Lauwrence River. The food is great.

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vipRoselle
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky enough to dine twice at Bistro le Sam during our stay in Quebec City. First, we had a scrumptious dinner on Saturday evening after we arrived at the Chateau. From the before dinner drinks to the coffee and Bûche de Noël (and everything in between) Bistro le Sam did not disappoint. In addition to the delicious cuisine, the service was outstanding and the view overlooking the St. Lawrence was beautiful. A wonderful way to begin our holiday! We ended up stopping in for lunch the following day and the wild mushroom soup and cheese board complimented with a Quebec Riesling was the perfect start to our day of sightseeing and window shopping. Can’t say enough!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food
Good service

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FalMarME
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had 6:15 reservations but waited 15+ minutes to be seated. But then we’re seated at perfect window table with view up the river. Attentive service, great food, wonderful spot for a night out with friends. Also, before dinner we had drinks at the Frontenac bar next door where we had lovely service from a friendly & helpful young bartender.

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BHak
London
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well cooked food and tasted very good. Helpful and friendly staff.

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HoracioS
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good entry level for a visit to the city, excellent views, excellent service, good ambiance and low noise lets you carry a conversation. Food too salty (for me) and small portions, but we ate everything. Alcohol way overpriced, 2.2-times the cost to the public at a liquor store (SAAQ in this province), which lowers the overall value of this restaurant. In spite of the critiques, we had a good time, and recommend the place.

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Peninsuladiner89
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal great ambience overlooking St Lawrence river, attentive waitress short wait on wine but overall very good

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Menoum
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pour une première visite et bien que, normalement, nous trouvons que le type bistro soit assez bruyant, nous n'avons pas été dérangé par le bruit. Un endroit où nous avons bien mangé, où le personnel était souriant et qui mérite d'être découvert par tous!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Michael was a fantastic waiter. The drinks were great. Food good but not memorable except the French Onion Soup which was very good.

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frank1246
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wonderful location. Service fine. Food average. Over priced.

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Farah
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

On a passé une excellente soirée dans ce resto, le menu enfant est gratuit. Personnel très attentionné...

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vipDoryD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Great food. Great service. Great view. A bit more relaxed than the more upscale sister restaurant next door and more to my liking. Ask for a table by the windows and you can watch ships and ferries go by on the river and pedestrians walking along the boardwalk below.

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NeilD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food with an amazing view. The service was just fabulous.

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AndreaS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, David, was exceptional, as was our meal. Crab cakes, Caesar salad, onion rings, for lunch what more could one ask for? Oh, and an amazing view. Perfect!

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viptrieditlikedit
New England
47 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Duck confit wings were excellent! Burger was nothing special. In fact it was dry. Did not come with mayo/mustard and arugula as described on menu.

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vipOTGal
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Disappointed

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CharleneM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you know you made the perfect choice. Food, service, ambience were fabulous!

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EmilieV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! We went two years in a row for our wedding anniversary and we always get a nice table with a view on the Terrasse Dufferin, the service is really good, the atmosphere is quiet and the food is simply delicious! Planning to go back again next year!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El servicio excelente! Michael el mesero es el mejor! La comida es simplemente deliciosa! La vista... uff privilegiada. Tienen una cava muy completa. Nos gusto mucho el restaurante

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Jfood99
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le SAM was outstanding! We were greeted pleasantly upon our arrival and seated at a table with a beautiful view. Our waitress went above and beyond when she offered to go to the restaurant next door to get an item le SAM didn't have on the menu. The food was so delicious! This is number one on our list to return to.

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LindaS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant right above the St. Lawrence river.

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LouiseL
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Belle ambiance, vue superbe sur le St-Laurent.
Un peu onéreux pour un lunch du midi , mais bon....on est au Château Frontenac.

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vipfarley
Vancouver
103 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service from Hughes. The food was very good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The servers were really nice and professional. The food and presentation were great too. However, the overall experience was not excellent. The menu, tables and glasses are obviously not maintained so it reduces the value of what is supposedly a high end experience.

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vipgreatlakesgirl56
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch here last week and enjoyed the view and the whole experience. We made reservations with Open Table and were seated within 5 minutes. The menu is perfect for lunch. I enjoyed shrimp and my husband had a fish and chips entree. The bread served with the meal was also very tasty.
The restaurant was busy and we had terrific service from our waiter. He was very attentive and helpful. The atmosphere is upscale and trendy. I like the restaurant furnishings and the bar was quite attractive. A great place to eat.

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CaroleR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess quickly accommodated a request to be seated a half hour early. Waiter Marc was exceptional as was the view from a window table. The food, especially the fish special, was wonderfully prepared and presented and the cost very reasonable for excellent quality.

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vipLuke61
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal and service. A beautiful restaurant. It was especially nice that they had gluten free dinner rolls which my wife said were the best she had ever had. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had an incredible dinner at Bistro Le Sam while on vacation. The food, service, and view were outstanding! We highly recommend eating here if you have a chance!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent. Would highly recommend as a place to have dinner if you are in Quebec.

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KarenS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went back a second night because we enjoyed our dinner so much. We had outstanding service, amazing appetizers, dinner and dessert. They even accommodated our picky daughter. We also enjoyed the speciality cocktails.

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vipMike
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Top 10 Charcuterie boards I've ever had but the service was awkwardly slow. A soup came out stone cold and was sent back. The manager came over and offered a drink on the house but still charged for it. All in all lots of potential but the service was so bad, we would not go back.

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vipKristinaR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation with my daughter, we had dinner here our first night. I’d eaten here 3 years ago and it was even better than I remembered. We are both vegetarians and the options were impressive. The veggie burger is delicious and the ginger-cashew tempeh was amazing. From the White Cosmo cocktail to the Honey Crème Brûlée, everything was perfect. My coffee came with freshly steamed milk! The service was perfect, the views are breathtaking. Cannot say enough.

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