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About Bonaparte

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.

443 rue St-Francois-Xavier
Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Monday to Friday, 11h30 am to 2h00 pm
Dinner : 7 nights, 5h30 pm to 10h30 pm

Cross Street:
Notre-Dame

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(514) 844-4368

Website:
http://www.restaurantbonaparte.com/

Parking Details:
Three private parking lots nearby

Public Transit:
Place D'Armes Metro station

Executive Chef:
Gérard Fort

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

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Bonaparte Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (131)
Romantic (128)
Good for a Date (115)
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Good for Anniversaries (98)
Tasting Menu (75)
Fit for Foodies (74)
Quiet Conversation (64)
Notable Wine List (64)
Authentic (63)
Creative Cuisine (59)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Cozy (46)
Neighborhood Gem (46)
Business Meals (42)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Worth the Drive (38)
Local Ingredients (26)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (7)
Seasonal (7)
People Watching (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Casual (5)
Scenic View (5)
Healthy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (London)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Classic French cuisine. Elegant decor. Excellent service.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A very special restaurant!
As the first sentence indicates, Bonaparte is a very special restaurant. Located in Old Montreal on a quaint cobblestone street you enter a world of elegance and sophistication exemplified by white table cloths, cordial service and fine dining.

We selected the Table d’Hote menu and both had the salad which was delicious and a generous portion. That was followed by a steak in peppercorn sauce for my wife and the duo of lamb shank and smoked pork belly for me. All of these were delicious, especially thanks to their sauces. The side dishes were also delicious and the presentation was first rate.

The wine list is deep and broad with good selections at all price ranges by the glass, by the carafe and by the bottle.

For dessert we both selected the citron taste (a lime tart) and coffee both of which were delicious. I neglected to mention that there was a basket of white and multigrain bread that likewise was delicious.

Service started off fantastically well but at some point went a bit off track, with longer periods of inattention than would have seemed appropriate (one should not have to ask for refill of an empty water glass or coffee cup) but despite these gaps it was a special dinner in a special a elegant restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent service, ambiance and food. Our server was amazing, and we really enjoyed the tasting menu. Looking forward to returning on our next trip to Montreal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were in Montreal for a long weekend and have to say this was our favorite restaurant. All were wonderful but Bonaparte was special. The courses were simply elegant yet unique and very tasty. The recommended wine paring was delightful. Our courses included lobster bisque, French onion soup, lobster stew, and broiled fish. Desserts are usually not up to par in most restaurants, but the torte we shared was very nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The service is excellent and the view is good.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We have been there a couple of times and unfortunately this time wasn't as good as the last one. Steak was very under cooked.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

J’aime la circonstance, le restaurant se trouve proche le vieux port. Enfin bref, la nourriture est bonne

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Best meal, selection and service we have had in many years. We would highly recommend them to all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great experience

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Best meal and service that we experienced in Montreal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Been to Montreal three times and always try new restaurants. This is one of the best I've sampled . Very good service and excellent quality . Highly recommended

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

So charming and delicious. The perfect French meal in a beautifully French neighbourhood. The service could not have been any better.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Food was delicious. Service outstanding. Great experience. Very highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

We are mexicans we have great food at home but ... we loved the seafood here, specially the vanilla shrimps and scallops such good flavors..; a really nice experience and taste of Montreal

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Lovely setting in old Montreal! Lives up to its descriptions.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very disappointing meal. Lobster bisque was tasteless
Dover sole was dry and poorly prepared
Duck confit was dry
Staff was pleasant
Would not return or recommend this place

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I submitted an online reservation request and noted how my disability could be eased with the proper seating. Upon arrival, my wife and I were welcomed by the Maitre d' , who escorted us to a table that was absolutely perfect for my condition. My reservation notes were read and acted on. I recommend the veal chop with the wooded sauce. Wait staff and service, along with food were impeccable. Thank you for such a memory.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious dinner in Old Montreal. Three course dinner specials for $42. Appetizer, choice of entree, dessert with coffee. Generous servings, attentive service, and lovely ambience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Second time to Bonaparte and it exceeded expectations! Its on the expensive side but worth it. Creative menu - impeccable service

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely European ambiance. Prefix menu was diverse and service was impeccable. Merci for a beautiful evening.

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food and experience were fantastic. The waiter was very attentive and personable.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Amazing service and great food. This place was really a great example of the Old Montreal that our friends have been describing to us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The menu is wonderful. Highly recommend the duck confit. The wine list is extensive and the waiters are extremely knowledgeable and professional. We've been there three times for special occasions and every experience was perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Second time dining here, and it did not disappoint. My only grievance is that I ordered a carafe of Italian red for $28 and was charged $40 for a French Red. I mentioned this to my server but he said I ordered the French. Both of my dining companions said I ordered the Italian. He should have changed the bill and not make feel as though I was ripped off!!!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was very good, but food was better. We were very pleased with out tasting menu. I requested a quiet table for my wife's birthday dinner and the restaurant didn't disappoint, it would have been nice to have them bring out a cake or other pastry with a candle to recognize my wife's birthday.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was very delicious! Salad with maple syrup dressing was mind blowing. The restaurant is strategically located in the hearts of Old Montreal. Highly recommended for people visiting Montreal.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our first waiter Jason was wonderful, but he was then replaced by another gentleman. After having asked for a slope of pie to celebrate a friend's birthday we asked for the bills and specified each their own. The waiter returned with 3 bills. He had assumed that we were splitting the bill for the fourth person. I thought that was an odd assumption to make.
Overall, it's a quiet, old school spot, where they seem to host mostly tourists. As a local this wouldn't be my first recommendation.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Superb restaurant! Really good for a date. The food is amazing and the service is very good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 15, 2017

A fine restaurant with an attentive staff and great food. We couldn't have been happier dinning there.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

We're there to celebrate wife's birthday and us getting married.everything was excellent

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We had a lovely evening, the last of our Eastern Canadian adventure.
The lamb was exceptional and the salmon was a lovely plate of food, beautifully balanced and well presented.
The staff are excellent and our particular waiter was superb

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

The service at Bonaparte is outstanding! We arrived a little early and the barman was friendly, welcoming and helpful as we picked our cocktails during the short wait for our table. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and very attentive! We had the fixed price menu which was great value considering the great quality of the food! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was outstanding. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was particularly helpful .We ordered some cocktails and they were done Perfect by the bartender. The restaurant was packed but the noise level was just right. Next trip back to Montreal we will be eating there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

A great restaurant, table was fantastic in the window and the food superb, a really good find. Service was excellent and staff very friendly. Loved it!!!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Un superbe restaurateur avec une excellente cuisine, un service haut de gamme et une atmosphère chaleureuse et romantique. Ma femme et moi avons passé une merveilleuse soirée.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Elegant. Delicious food. Excellent service. I shall return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The foie gras Creme Brulee is worth the trip. Also, fabulous Grand Marnier Souffle. Order 1 for 2 people, it is huge. We had dinner here 4 years ago and so once again in Montreal we dined there again. Just as wonderful as before. Great service. Also stayed in the small hotel attached. Request table 1 by the window.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent service and food. We really enjoyed the tasting menu.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

J'avais entendu parler de ce resto et mes attentes étaient très élevées. Elles ont été comblées et je dirais que c'est un des repas que j'ai le plus apprécié à vie.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

A wonderful meal and good value for money. Plenty of choice and provided options for an allergy Service good - would recommend this and will certainly come again if I come back to montreal

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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