Bistro Licence IV

3.6
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CAN$30 and under
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French
Licence IV offers France to Old Montreal, a bistro and an atmosphere of French tradition. A unique know-how and an artisanal production that makes everyone rediscover the classics and simple French cuisine.
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.4
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3.8
service
4.1
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3.5
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PS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was less well conceived and for some in our group quite poor heavily contrasting the high and consistent quality of the food at its former location on Notre Dame.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite and the service was top notch. They accommodated our large group (10), and our experience was great.

JS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Personnel attentif et disponible le tout dans une ambiance branchée et souriante.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Service:
1. Extremely understaffed, had to wait at the door for a good 20 min even with reservation, and wait another 10 min til I actually get a drink
2. The server poured water into my unfinished whiskey

Food:
I had half dozen oyster, snails, salmon tartar, and steak.
1. I had a mouthful of sand in my oyster. The quantity of the oyster was spectacular tho.
2. Snail was nicely prepared but maybe a bit too oily given how much cheese is on the plate
3. Salmon tartar - bland and nothing special. You can get something really nice in nyc with that price.
4. Steak was nicely prepared.

JS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Unfortunately, this was a very bad experience. The restaurant was beautiful, but they have packed in too many tables, and the numerous wait staff and hosts sort of crowd around the tables which makes you feel spied on. The service was very long. I waited nearly thirty minutes for my meal - they got my order wrong, and assured me they would bring a desert in order to compensate for the mistake. Desert never came. We also waited a long time for the bill. Not recommended.

d
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

a bit expensive and the service was bad as they were very short staffed

F
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Already went back twice after. Looking forward to going back again.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food quality is really poor. waitress forgot our order of main dish. Oyster is pitifully small, as small as a small blueberry. unbelievably disappointing.

DB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We were so disappointed with the food quality here. Both appetizers and entrees were lacking. Had to send two items back due to poor taste/burnt food. Service was slow. Will not return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good value, but slow and ok at best.

I
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

La qualité du service laissent à désirer, service très lent et serveur arrogant.
2h d'attente pour avoir nos plats.
Attention!! Leur carte sur leur site n'est pas à jour. Les plats sont décevant surtout les portions.
Il y a d’autres restaurants à Montréal qui sont meilleurs avec un bel accueil et moins dispendieux.

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We have been multiple times to License IV when it was located on Notre-Dame. We went to its new location last weekend and I must say that we were disappointed. While the location is maybe better, there are way too many tables for the size of the restaurant. The waiters were constantly bumping into each other and hitting the chandeliers because of the lack of space. Also, while the DJ did play some good songs, the music was too loud. We could not hear each other speak. Apart from those two comments, the food was as amazing just like every other time we had dinner there!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Le restaurant n’est plus effectif. On s’est présenté à un restaurant tapissé de papier et barré d’un cadenas. Décevant de pouvoir réservé et qu’il n’est plus en service.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Good ambiance a bit too loud the music but the food was horrible. Everyone on the table was not happy, not sure if it’s because it was granprix but the salad was oily and it was just the mix salads u buy at maxi with no tomatoes or anything . The same mix salad was put in the burgers which was odd.. the meat we asked for well done but came pink. Tartar was bland. Too bad the food was not good cause the resto seems nice.

M
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

I put one star for service,but should have been no star. Service was zero. After asking us (2 women) if we want dessert, we asked for 2 hot waters. After waiting 30 minutes we realized he just decided to blow us off. Never came back. Never acknowledged us again. About 15 minutes later we decided to just stand up and put our jackets on. Then he took notice and brought the bill. We asked for one bill and decided to split it on 2 credit cards. He said “but you asked for one bill “. He was not happy. We actually had to give him the amount divided by 2 to punch into the machine. Then he made very inaaprioate comments to us while we were paying asking us where we were going from there. Will Never come back ! Beside the inappropriate behaviour of our waiter and the terrible service , the Food was average. Oysters good. Onion soup very little flavour. Goat cheese salad had a very small amount of goat cheese on it. Could barely taste it. The only positive is the decor.

M
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation confirmed.
Opening hours well written on website and on the door.
Arrive there for the Mother’s Day Brunch with all the family and it’s closed.

Thanks for this, much appreciated!

S
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

L'endroit est beau,ainsi que l'ambiance mais c'est le service qui n'est pas satisfaisant.
Malgre la reservation on a attendu au moins un bon 15mn avant de nous installer 10 personnes sur une table qui ne peut recevoir plus que6 a8 personnes au max!!
Cote saveur plutot bien, mais
Les plats servis par intervalle et pas tjrs chaud,pas tres genereux en plus des plats sur le menu qu'il ne peuvent pas servir par rupture de stock

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The place used to have great food and amazing ambiance. Unfortunately the quality of the food has deteriorated and the quantities became mich smaller. Used to love going there at least once a month but unfortunately this past weekend was my last!

M
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super ambiance !!! On va revenir avec nos amis avant la fermeture... déçue que le resto quitte notre quartier

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Y
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbe ! Ambiance incroyable et service de qualité

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IL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Wow. That was so unbelievably bad. From the terrible service to the very average food, it was a complete disaster. Overpriced. Bad dishes. Dismal servers. The only good thing: great decor.

MD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Le décors est formidable, mais le brunch de Pâques moyen... surtout pour le prix...

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Très convivial, l'esprit français est là 😉🇲🇫

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SP
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Notre expérience a été terrible. Lorsque nous sommes arrivé le resto n'était pas plein. j'avais fait ma réservation pour 20h et lorsque je suis arrivé le serveur m'attendait pour 20h30. ns avons attendu pour que la table soit prete. une fois assis nous avons attendu 30mins avant d'avoir le menu. le serveur n'arretais pas de faire des va et vient ce qui gaspillait beaucoup de temps. il a fallu que je demande a 3 reprises pour avoir de la glace. lorsque nos assiettes sont arrivées il n'y avait rien d'impressionnant de plus que l'assiette de veau était froide :(. Le serveur s'est excusé une vingtaine de fois durant la soirée mais cela n'excuse pas le fait que je n'ai pas profité de facon plaisible ma soirée. Je suis décu de la gestion des serveurs dans ce resto... le serveur ns a dit qu'il était nouveau...sachant qu'il est nouveau il aurait été bien de l'associer avec un autre serveur surtout pour un samedi soir ou lachalandage peut etre non negligeable! nous sommes parti a 11h45PM ca pris quasiment 4hrs a avoir tous nos plats... tres décue du service et des plats!

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D
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I love this place and have a great time usually! This past visit was disappointing with bad service and long waits. The meal was not as good as usual.

S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service! Le personnel était aux petits soins avec nous. Nous avons passé un très bon moment, nourriture délicieuse, servie dans une vaisselle de qualité. Nous attendons de pouvoir tester la terrasse cet été !

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S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Le service impeccable, bon rapport qualité prix pour la nourriture seulement la carte des vins est limiter à la région de la France (je comprend que l’origine du resto soit Française ) mais une plus grande variété serais apprécié avec des prix plus variés ... le prix de la bouteille la moins dispendieuse est de $70 !!

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P
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nous avons souper un vendredi où il y avait une chanteuse de jazz ce qui a apporté beaucoup à l'atmosphère génial du resto

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M
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Le service était terrible, on avait l'air d'embêter le serveur, tout était super lent... Nous étions pas mal tous déçu par le service reçu malgré que la nourriture soit très bonne!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were a group of 14 and the star of the evening was Frédérique our waiter- he was exceptional and made our experience seamless

DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great service, but ordinary food. The noise level is high.

MO
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Très bon restaurant. Super ambiance. Personnel très courtois.

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OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service: Our table was loaded with dusty decoration. We had to ask 3 times to get rid of the wine glasses and still yet we paid the bill and the wine glasses were still on the table...... we had to force a busgirls to take out the huge decanter even tho she said I will be right back and as I was saying the wine glasses stayed on the table until we left. If you think that’s the policy, Nop we looked at everyone around us and the other waiter took away all his table wine glasses if the clients didn’t have a bottle of wine.The waitress is nice but she is really not delicate we felt her so rough, walking to our table , dropping our plates. At our main course arrived, 4 of us had steak, she comes back with only 1 steak knife and 2 of of these 4 ppl doesn’t even have a fork anymore because the previous person took the ustensiles away. We had to wait like 5-7 mins before we can stop someone to get a fork and somehow any kind of knife at this point. We ended the night with 2 steak knife and 2 butter knife to cut our steak.

Food wasn’t wow either. Steak was tender but so thin. They use so much herbed butter to cover the steak, u could only taste butter more the steak itself. The crab cake was so hard like if it was over frozen and over battered fried. The same balsamic spring mix salad kept on coming back on all the dishes ( as a plate decoration and a main dish side ) The lobster ravioli tasted like frozen, there was so much water coming out of the filling and I taste no lobster, and as for the sauce they used the lobster bisque soup to pour it on top. A very ugly dish that came out of that kitchen. Like if I poured out a can of Chef Bogardee Ravioli.....

Drink: their cocktails was amazing. Gin,syrup,lemons something was excellent.

This place is banned from our dining places but for sure one day will go back for a cocktail.

A
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huitres à 1 dollars le mardi soir je recommande et Le personnel est excellent!

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c
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Une vraie carte Bistrot français , avec des plats authentuques et remarquablement bien cuisinés , le tout dans une ambiance "Soft" et reposante .

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F
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Mauvaise expérience. Service très long. Nourriture quelconque.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

C’était bon mais pas à se jetter par terre
Il y avait un spécial sur les huîtres rockefeller. Le spécial était 5 huîtres et un verre de bulle mis je ne bois pas d’alcool... je n’ai donc pas pu manger de ses huîtres que j’aime tant vue que le spécial contenait le verre de bulle.
Facture 175$ deux personnes 1 entrée, deux plats et un gin.. un peu cher pour ce qu’on as eu.

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VT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The place is really nice. The service was good but the food was not. We ordered the oysters. They were tiny and complained that it had shell pieces in them. They replaced it for me and my friend but it was the same when we got new ones. The calamari was good. The tartar was all right. The lobster ravioli was too seafoody not just for me but for my friends as well. We as to return them as well. We weren’t happy with it. Too bad the place is nice and the food isn’t.

DL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

La nourriture était bonne. Le décor bistrot d'époque est amusant. J'y retournerais pour leur spécial "huitres à 1$". Toutefois, certains aspects mériteraient à être revus. Le serveur a complètement oublié d'apporter les frites qui allaient avec les moules. Quand je le lui ai rappelé, il est revenu en catastrophe avec les frites destinées à une autre table. L'homme de ménage a lavé les salles de toilettes avec un désinfectant très fort dont l'odeur a envahi la salle à manger ce qui nous a chassé. Au moment de sortir, nous l'avons vu secouer le tapis, à quelques pas de clients qui étaient en train de manger. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi le personnel l'a laissé faire son ménage alors que des clients étaient encore à table.

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go there. I love the atmosphere and the service.
Food is excellent