Bonaparte

4.7
2455 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
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  • Good for a Date
Three delightfully decorated halls in the Empire style that dominated
the Napoleonic era give the restaurant the intimate character
that guests treasure. An exquisite cuisine, prepared with French savoir-faire
and showcasing the finest fresh regional products.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch : Monday to Friday, 11h30 am to 2h00 pm
Dinner : 7 nights, 5h30 pm to 10h30 pm
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Phone number
(514) 844-4368
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gérard Fort
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Private party facilities
La Verrière, for groups from 15 to 20 persons.
L'Impératrice, for groups from 26 to 40 persons.
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Private party contact
Martin Bédard: (514) 844-4368
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Notre-Dame
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Parking details
Three private parking lots nearby
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Public transit
Place D'Armes Metro station
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 2455 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.8
service
4.6
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4.4
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Location is ok. Food is a little bit blend and lacks creativity. Meat (filet mignon) was not tasty enough. Nothing really special. Seems to gather mostly to tourists. Not a lot of local people were dining there (like us). Plenty of other restaurants in Montreal with better food.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was expertly prepared and service was outstanding

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MJ
5.0Dined 7 days ago

One of our finest meals. Unhurried pace gave us plenty of time to fully enjoy the variety of their tasting menu. Sophisticated & elegant presentation of the main course will entice you into taking pictures with your smartphone, but sharing these on social media will look like extreme gloating unless you also share your Chipotle burritos and Wildfire steaks there, too. Napoleon wishes this level of excellent cuisine could have been his legacy. Bon appetit!!!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent French style food. Wonderful service. I would return in a minute.

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LJ
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Overall a great experience, from the atmosphere, the food and the service.

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L
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The restaurant is nice, the food was delicious, the staff is very friendly.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Possibly the best meal I’ve had in years. The service was also absolutely fantastic!

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h
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Wonderful. Our waitress, Katherine, was engaging, helpful, and served us beautifully.

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D
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We each had the sampler menu. I have to say it was one of the best meals we have ever had! They allowed us to end with soufflé,which really topped things off. We wish we lived in Montreal so we could back and back to Bonaparte. Tres Bon!!!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Overall pricy for the quality of the food. Expected tastier meal and better presentation. Filet mignon was tender but nothing exceptional same for the lamb chops. Would not go back.

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F
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Muy descuidado el local.
Deberían exigir código de vestido. Gracias

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WH
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Such an elegant restaurant with linen on the table. The service was superior. The food and drinks were top of the line. Easily a great French Restaurant, (we had the scallop linguine and fresh Nordic shrimp) sorry we didn't have time for desert.

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C
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Excellent preparation of fresh ingredients and prime meats in the French tradition yet in very creative new ways. Sauces and reductions, the hallmark of French food, were richly flavored with full-bodied texture that bathed the mouth in complex flavors. Their Foie Gras Crème Brulee was a playful as well as delightfully flavored. We have eaten at many of the best restaurants throughout Europe and much of the world, and Bonaparte would fit right into that august group!! For an amazing meal don't miss the Tasting Menu!

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J
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Excellent for special occasion... wonderful meal and service.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The food was delicious and our wait staff was super nice and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

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NB
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

For the second year, my wife and I had our anniversary dinner at Bonaparte. I cannot say enough good things about our experience. The service was very attentive, without being intrusive. The food delicious and beautifully presented. Each dish was surprising in a delightful way. Cannot recommend more highly!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The service and food were impeccable.

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ES
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Outstanding service. Delicious food. Lovely restaurant.

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T
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Our last night in Montreal we decided to try someplace new, so found Bonaparte close to our hotel. WOW, are we glad that we did. This spot is absolutely wonderful, food, selection, service & presentation. In every way it was a delight. We had concert tickets so had a time limitation, but we would definitely return to try the tasting menu. It has now been listed as one of the must sees.

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MG
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Simply awful. We had eaten here last year and it was pretty good. This year (on our annual Montreal trip) we decided to try the restaurant again, and boy, what a disappointment. The food was very mediocre - no, it was plain awful. A lobster bisque that tasted of only salt, Dover Sole that looked like flounder and was curling along the edges (from sitting under a heat lamp?) But what really turned us off was the clientele. Mostly tourists, dressed in McDonald's Casual. I can never get over the fact that restaurants (not all, by any means, but many) do not have a dress code, and if they do they do not enforce it - chasing the revenue. Anyway, I do not recommend this place and we will not return.

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MK
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We were visiting Montreal for Canada Day and booked Bonaparte for the food and location. Service was excellent. Attentive and helpful but not doting. Cocktails and wine were spot on. Both our starters and entrees were delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Bonaparte has been consistently wonderful over the twenty years we have been eating there.

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b
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent classic French cuisine
Lovely dining rooms
Great service

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Everything was fabulous. I would highly recommend!!

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MK
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

One of my favorite places. The experience is always wonderful

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t
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Everything here was amazing. Service, presentation and of course the wonderful chef who creates fabulous food. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

My 10-year-old daughter and I dined at Bonaparte during our vacation in Montreal. The restaurant was highly recommended to us by a friend who is a frequent visitor to the city. Bonaparte did not disappoint! My daughter ordered the duck confit and I ordered the duck breast. Both meals were delicious. Service was excellent as well. Wine, appetizers and dessert were also all wonderful. It was a special night out and prices seemed reasonable to us (we live in NY) for the level of food and service that we received. We will definitely return next time we are in Montreal and have recommended the restaurant to other friends visiting Montreal later this summer.

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SN
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Absolutely spectacular meal! Everything was perfect. The soufflé was a thing of beauty!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

My wife and I visited Montreal for our 1 year wedding anniversary. I looked online for a restaurant and Restaurant Bonaparte stood out from the crowd. The service was excellent from the time we arrived to the time we left and the food was exquisite on all levels. We couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary meal. When we return to Montreal we will be back. Please - look no further than this restaurant if you want high quality dining at excellent prices. There’s no better place in Montreal.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Chose to have dinner at Bonaparte for our last night of a four day Montreal vacation. I picked it because I wanted to end our trip at a typical French restaurant. Bonaparte did not disappoint. Everyone loved their appetizers and main courses and the service was pleasant and well paced. Standout appetizer was the onion soup. Good escargot also. Lobster with pasta was a hit but the duck, filet mignon and chicken were all enjoyed. A solid choice for good a good Frdnch dinner.

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KM
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Prior diners at our table were running late but the maître d kept us well-informed on the status of our table and assured us the location would be worth the wait, while also offering us a different table if we wanted to be seated immediately. Our original location was by the window and perfect and we were glad we waited for it to be vacant. We waited at the bar and enjoyed cocktails and wine. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable about cocktails, wines & food on the menu. He recommended the lobster stew entrée and it was delicious!

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JS
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We arrived on time and were seated in the rear of the restaurant. We noticed an empty table near the large window overlooking the beautiful cobble stoned street. Even though we had ordered our wine, we asked the waiter to move us. He checked with the Maître-D, and was moved with no problem. The food was wonderful, service was great, and we dinned for three hours. The waiter assisted us with wine and food choices. We are world travelers and this was hands down the most perfect dinning experience we have ever experienced. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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PG
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Service was outstanding. Food delicious. Friendly ambience.

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M
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Exceptional service, great wine list and amazing food. We enjoyed our special family occasion together here.

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A
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Fabulous food and excellent presentation of each dish. Service was exceptional.The best meal in Montreal, without question and appropriate, very fair pricing. I am recommending it to all my friends and family.

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RS
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Outstanding restaurant in a city with many fine ones. Superb food, excellent wine list and very attentive service. All in very attractive surroundings with excellent street views. Quite remarkable.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

A little overrated for the price. I expect food to be exquisite and creative at these prices. It was good but not exceptional.

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RM
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food was excellent, and the service was better. Was only in Montreal a short time and Bonaparte was one of our highlights

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TB
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

requested a romantic table a month in advance to celebrate 35th anniversary with my wife at 6:30 on a Saturday night. no problems with the reservation and we were seated at an acceptable table promptly upon arriving - although there were other tables that I felt would have been more romantic, we sat where we were directed.

reviewed the excellent wine list - many good Bordeaux options appropriately priced. less depth from the Rhone region and Italy and other new world / old world wine regions, but given the rich foods found on the menu and the fact that this is clearly a French restaurant, its not surprising to find a focus on the Bordeaux. we picked a 2011 Margaux and it was very smooth and full flavored.

Dinner menu included a Table d'hote, an a la carte menu and a tasting menu ( 6 small courses selected from groups of 3 or four options in each group )

we ordered from the a la carte menu - Mixed green salad, Lobster Bisque, Foie Gras Crème Brule and Medallions of Venison with Mushroom Ravioli.

Bisque was smooth and rich, very enjoyable. The Crème Brule Foie Gras was epic ! have never had such a dish, and we applaud the chef's creativity and the dish as well - it was delicious. our server recommended the Venison be ordered Medium Rare, so we took her advice and the dish arrived perfectly cooked. I recall a cognac sauce was included and this added flavor to the dish, but I felt for my own taste the dish needed more seasoning.

only complaint was that it took I bit too long to be presented with our bill and the opportunity to pay it and depart.

overall a good job by the kitchen and serving staff on the evening of our visit.

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BW
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

2nd visit. Had the tasting menu, it was amazing! The servers were very attentative. I asked for a window table which they obliged and even had sparklers on our desserts because we were celebrating an anniversary. Will definitely continue to go back.

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