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.
Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1
Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Monday to Friday, 11h30 am to 2h00 pm
Dinner : 7 nights, 5h30 pm to 10h30 pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Three private parking lots nearby
Place D'Armes Metro station
Private Party Facilities:
La Verrière, for groups from 15 to 20 persons.
L'Impératrice, for groups from 26 to 40 persons.
Private Party Contact:
Martin Bédard: (514) 844-4368
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
Bonaparte Ratings and Reviews
We were visiting Montreal from the US; coincidentally friends from home were visiting at the same time. We planed to meet for dinner at 7. Our friends got lost; arriving 45 minutes late - the maitre d & waiter were no problem at all & even got on my cell phone to give directions, despite the fact that it was a busy night. When our friends arrived, we settled in for a wonderful night. Excellent cocktails and appetizers, it was so hard to choose. Lobster bisque was a creamy delight; foie gras was sinfully rich. Lamb chops were perfectly cooked and lobster in the lobster salad had that delicate snap you expect when fresh! Duck with berries - amazing. We left at midnight! Could not have been better.
On our last night of a two week trip through Quebec, we found ourselves in Old Montreal on Canada Day which was also the 43rd wedding anniversary of our travelling companions. We made a reservation at The Bonaparte and were treated to the best meal of our trip.
The food was exquisite, the service impeccable and the room quiet and romantic.
It was a perfect ending to a lovely trip.
The food was good but certainly nothing exceptional. Service was adequate , nothing more. The ambience was charning though. Overall, IMO, highly over rated. And doesn't anyone in Montreal own a tie? At a restaurant of this (supposed) caliber? I've seen better dressed people in a diner. Shame.
The Bonaparte caters to a mix of tourists and locals. It's a pleasant introduction to the exploration of Old Town Montreal. Meals are mid-range in price and nicely presented. French cooking is the primary fare, and dishes are well-prepared. We were there in the early evening and then did a walk about. A very relaxed way to introduce yourself to the city.
From the moment we entered the service was impeccable. Our meals (shared game terrine appetizer, then duck breast and filet mignon, followed by profiteroles and chocolate soufflé) were delicious and exactly the right sized portions. I highly recommend it. The ambiance is lovely - elegant without being pretentious!
The restaurant is in a lovely building in Old Montreal which is worth the trip for the architecture alone. However, the food exceeded the beauty of the setting. Our table had lobster bisque, mushroom ravioli, and vanilla shrimp and scallop. All were excellent but the shrimp and scallop dish was creative and truly exceptional. We had filet mignon, tuna, and scallops entries which were all perfectly done. Creme caramel, chocolate mousse, and creme brulee were all wonderful but I had the lime meringue pie which had meringue that was closer to marshmallow and was simply divine. For a group that is not inclined to choose a french restaurant, we could not have been more pleased with the entire experience. Highly recommended.
This place was so good that we went back the next night for another dinner. I don't think I've actually done that in my entire life but we knew we were only in Montreal for two nights and there was no way we were going to find anything better so why not? Be sure to try the Mushroom Sage Ravioli and the Lobster with Sherry sauce. Yummy!!! Also, fantastic service
The Emperor never ate here, but I think he would have liked it. The location is great, and its on a quiet cosy street. The food is not over the top nor is it spectacular. What it is is good. good food and good price. Service was very good. There is nothing to not like about Bonaparte.
This is our fifth year dining at Bonaparte during Grand Prix weekend and the restaurant did not disappoint our fond memories. We were warmly greeted by the host and seated at a lovely table where the old world street scene could be enjoyed while dining. Our service was attentive and professional but not overbearing. Our server even remembered us from our prior visit and that recognition is meaningful to a patron! The menu was diverse and interesting yet traditional enough to befit the restaurant's name and surroundings. The meal, from first to last course, was beautifully presented, delicious and timed exactly to our preference.
I love Bonaparte, recommend it and look forward to returning next year for the fabulous experience of Montreal, F1 and this restaurant.
My work colleague and I enjoyed Bonaparte on the last evening of a business trip. Bonaparte was perfect to celebrate our success. She and I each ordered different entrees so that we could each experience a little more. The mushroom raviolis are a must. The green salad with pinenuts was very simple, but satisfying. She ordered the duck confit - while I ordered the Dover sole - both were excellent. The desserts too were satisfying and we were happy that we indulged. I would love to return for a dinner with friends or with my husband.
We were very pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. The food was outstanding (I had duck, but also tried the filet mignon and lamb). The phyllo-crusted goat cheese appetizer as simply to die for. I didn't partake in wine myself, but my family all tried different wines (suggested by the server) with their meal and raved about how good they were.
We've been going to the Bonaparte for years, every time we visit Montreal. The food is always superb, and though we were quite disappointed a year ago to find that the manager had left, we were overjoyed this past week to find that the owner has brought him back. Martin is the heart and soul of the Bonaparte, and he runs the restaurant with elegance, warmth, and grace. Bravo to the owner for bringing him back, and to chef for keeping up the quality of the meals for so long. (Don't miss the mushroom ravioli, the duck, or the lobster bisque - all are fantastic!)
It was our first dining at Bonaparte, recommended by a friend to try the foie gras brulee which was figured in their 5 courses menu. Wasn't as good as we expected. We had a very high expectation on it. The 5 courses was not bad, but the foie gras brulee wasn't good at all. Overall not bad, but we sat behind a loud party, which was very noisy!
Pros: the service was attentive, there were plenty of menu choices and conversation was easy, even when the room filled. Con: the food was just "meh." I really wanted this to be a better dining experience, but the food just didn't do it for us. We had some fabulous Montreal dining experiences, but this wasn't one of them.
There were three of us, three generations, sitting together for dinner out for the first time. We felt welcomed. A long list of food allergies from one of us was received with grace and concern. A special meal was arranged for the youngest of us. There was an interesting wine recommended for us. When we asked, we heard about the winemaker, Catherine Benard. A little noisy at our table due to a group nearby. Many would not find it noisy. Wonderful evening.
My husband and I decided to celebrate our 5th year wedding anniversary at Bonaparte after reading the great reviews. We had an 8:00pm reservation on a Saturday and although we were early, we were seated right away. The restaurant has a cozy feel, but the tables are spaced out enough that diners don't feel on top of each other. I was actually quite surprised by the noise level in the restaurant. I wouldn't consider it loud, but vibrant. There were a few groups of poeple dining that night and it looked like they were having a lot of fun. I'm not sure if it's always like that, but we didn't mind the noise level.
My husband and I opted for the 7 course tasting menu and we're so glad we did. The Lobster Bisque was amazing. The waiter had said they recieved a large shipment of fresh Lobster in preparation for the Lobster Fest and I must say this was the best Lobster Bisque I've tasted. It wasn't too creamy like most Lobster Bisque's in which you lose the true taste of the Lobster. It tasted as if I were taking a bite out of Lobster! The starter salad was refreshing and the duck fois gras a smooth finish before our main course. I ordered the duck and my husband the steak. They were both cooked to perfection. I ordered the duck medium rare and my husband ordered the steak medium well. The 7 course tasting lasted 3 hours! The group next to us had also ordered the tasting menu and had complained that the service took too long. My husband and I didn't mind because we loved taking time to savor the dishes. Plus, there was so much food we needed the break in between!
Overall, this was a great restaurant with top notch serivce. Even though the restaurant was full and busy, the waitstaff was always attentive to our every need. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone going to Montreal and wanting a formal dinner experience.
I had to book a last minute birthday celebration and was coming in from Toronto. I picked this restaurant first for the reviews and then for the tasting menu. We were not disappointed. Everything was above and beyond expectations. Highly recommend the tasting menu gives a taste of every tasty item and reasonably priced for 7 courses. The staff were extremely accommodating and very pleasant.
Thanks Bonaparte for making this a truly lovely experience
Two couples on a rainy humid night pre-theatre. We were treated to an excellent meal with outstanding service. The room was towards the back and had a skylight and beautiful stained glass. It was cold when we arrived and we asked to have the ac turned down a bit. They actually listened and the rest of the evening was way more comfortable. Appetizers mains and desserts were all delicious. Service was outstanding led by our main waiter, Jason, and complemented by other wait staff so that all mains came within seconds of each other. Prices were very reasonable. In summary, an excellent place in Old Montreal for dinner.
They were surprisingly busy on a Monday night in the very beginning of the season but they were able to manage and provide great service. Great atmosphere, great food, compliments on bartender who made a proper! "sidecar"! Def will be suggesting this place for all who visit Montreal!
Did my homework and on-line reviews and "locals" did not get this one wrong. An amazing experience from start to finish. Food and service were best of class. Thought menu was going to be limited but was not, with ample choice for all palettes. I would definitely go back.
Bit pricier than others near by but you get great value for what you spend.
If I could suggest one thing it would be the wine list. They had lots of selection from $45 to $105 and then a bigger selection from $400 to $2000+. I felt that there was a gap in the$100 to $250 range. Maybe that is were there clients are - individuals and business clients. Other than that I can only say - Keep Up the Great Experience !
If you're in Montreal please go!!! The experience was wonderful at the Bonaparte restaurant. Although advertised as expensive & luxury, which it absolutely is, the overall meal cost just slightly more than many of the tourist-based options in Old Montreal.
We had the Dover sole, maple duck & wrapped salmon as mains which were all equally delicious, followed by the soufflés which were to die for.
Please go and enjoy. The waiters were all hilarious and charming too. 5*'s!!!
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