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Permanently Closed - Code Ambiance

3.9
54 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Chef Alex proposes you a new kitchen at the Code Ambiance
French inspired cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian flavors.
Code Ambiance offers you a casual experience with tasty, homemade cuisine.
For your happy hours at the Wine Bar, for dinner in a warm atmosphere or to enjoy our little late night menu.

Code Ambiance it’s Griffintown
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday To Thursday 16:30 @ 23:00 late diner 21:00
friday & Saturday 16:30 @ 23:45 late diner 21:30
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(514) 939-2609
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bastien Gerard
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Cross street
Des Seigneurs
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Parking details
Valet service available with apps https://valegoo.com. $ 10 credit on your bill.
subway station: Georges-Vanier
bus 36
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 20, 2017

Service was very nice and we enjoyed the food. I think price is pretty reasonable too

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was imaginative and tasty. Plating very attractive. Good jazz in background. Waiter very helpful and animated. A bit pricey but will return.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Excelent restaurant, ça vaut le détour, des plats savoureux et assiette bien colorée., sans compter le service. Merci à vous.
Je le recommande aux fins gourmets miam miam

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

Food are really good tasty and original. I definitely will go back :)

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Peu assaisonné. Gravlax trop sec. Tartare peu rehaussé. Je n'y retournerai pas

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2017

L'ambiance est plutot pour une clientele agée 50 ans et plus. La cuisine est très banale par rapport aux prix. Les plats sont chers quand meme.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Our waitress (who said she only works on Fridays) spent the entire meal laughing at me each time I made a request. She seemed very uncomfortable and said that she could not make any of the drinks on the menu (Except for the Gin and Tonic.) When her friend came into the restaurant for a visit (not sure who the visitor was, she was talking loudly behind a curtain with our waitress though as we ate a few feet away), she spent at least 5 minutes talking rather than bringing me my drink I had ordered prior. When we expressed our displeasure with the service , she argued with me and said that I was a rude customer. Never been treated so poorly by a waitress in my life. Food was OK, but for the price, you could get much better service going to a less costly alternative such as the Burgundy Lion (or even a chain like the Keg!)

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Overall excellent place. Great food and service. A real treat. One of the best places we've been to in a while. The onion soup was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Food was great. Wait staff was outstanding. Large selection of wines.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Je crois que nous étions ailleurs cette journée là.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

C'était leur dernière journée d'ouverture avant de fermer pour une couple de semaines. Le propriétaire était notre serveur. Le foie de veau était super délicieux.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

We actually thought we reserved for December 25th. Thank you for the points but we did not have the pleasure or opportunity to eat there yet

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2016

It was a quiet evening, few customers. Food was ok. Service was acceptable, but inconsistent. The biggest disappointment was that before I started ordering, I asked the staff to make sure that I could redeem a promo coupon. The waitress said she was going to check with the manager, who then refused to honor it, but only at the end of the meal as he brought us the bill. I find that extremely unprofessional, and did not make any effort to accommodate a new client.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2016

Quiet mid-week evening dinner. Quiet because the restaurant was mainly empty, and my dining companion ended up missing dinner due to a meeting running long. I stayed because I was already seated, and I was hungry! The bread plate had toasted "sticks" of black bread, and not-so-fresh olive bread, with a little dish of creamy chive spread. Started with the appetizer of foie gras au torchon with apple chutney and brioche. Delicious! Unfortunately, I did not enjoy my "main" of the Warm goat cheese salad with raspberry Vinaigrette and roasted pine nuts. It was more of a composed plate instead of a salad. The small mound of greens was fresh and tasty, but the cheese was plated as a cake melting atop a toasted slice of black bread (like an open-faced sandwich) and had a weird, plastic taste I could not stomach. The plate included some julienned apple garnish on the side but that could not save the cheese. Since I was still hungry, I asked for the side of a small casserole of cooked vegetables - which was very simple but tasty. I decided against dessert (I have to really be in the mood to enjoy dessert) and left somewhat hungry. Service was efficent, and I did appreciate that the waiter asked me about how I (did not) enjoy the goat cheese salad when he saw all I finished was the greens and the apple. He surprised me by not charging for the vegatble casserole, whoch was an appreciated touch.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2016

The ambiance was really nice, great for a date. The food how ever was just ok. I decided to go with the discovery menu which is four surprise meals. The first meal which was foie gras was very tasty. The second meal was octopus risotto and the octopus was over done, very tough. The third meal was beef tartare which was good and the dessert was good too. Overall the food was not memorable. Nice place good service but would not return.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2016

Our first night in Montreal we were lucky enough to find this neighborhood gem through Open Table. There is no mistaking this menu for anything you would likely find in the States without some major searching. I am not very well versed in the intricacies of French cuisine, but I found the offerings at Code Ambience to be quite intriguing and certainly tantalizing. We shared the pork terrine and the duck foie gras appetizer. The pork terrine was a fine, but paled in comparison the duck foie gras, which was prepared a la "Torchon", which I understand to be a painstaking process in which the liver is boiled in cheese cloth in stages over the course of several days, in this case with a blend of secret spices and served with apple chutney and slivers of croissant. Presentation was very pleasing and the flavors were fabulous. The rest of the meal remained at this level throughout. A fine wine list to accompany a menu of wonderfully creative French dishes. A definite yes.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2016

Cozy restaurant. We took the surprise dinner and it was excellent

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2016

Bon, mais sans plus. La carte des vins est très belle, mais avec une moyenne assez haute. Dans un contexte de bar à vin, je me serais attendu à une plus grande liste de vin au verre.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

The owner manages to personally attend to every table. His wine list, which he is happy to talk about, is chosen with unusual care. The menu is a mix of traditional dishes and innovative ones, all of them successful.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

really nice place to go with your girl friend family and friends.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Vous cherchez un petit coin sympatique loin du bruit assourdissant? Les tartares sont toujours délicieux et bien apprêtés. Demandez au propriétaire de vous suggérer un vin...il ne se trompe jamais.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Everything we had was gr8, homemade foie gras torchon, beef tartare, veal cheeks....then onto the mains. The salmon was lite & tasty as was the Babette. Both perfectly cooked !
The desserts were also good, baba au rum & the Cree brûlée.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Booked dinner for two picky eaters and myself. Both were pleased with the options and enjoyed their meals very much. Booking online was easy, our waiter was very accommodating with descriptions and making sure we were comfortable.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Nous avons beaucoup aimer l'endroit, rapport qualité prix très bien, nourriture et service excellent. Très tranquille pour un samedi soir par contre.. nous étions 3 tables et on se demandaient pourquoi! Je recommende ce restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2015

The evening did not start well since the restaurant had no record of our Open Table reservation (suggest that you call the restaurant to confirm!). Nevertheless, and although the restaurant was full, the staff found us a small table (for 2 - we were 3) and endeavoured, throughout the evening, to make us feel welcome. On offer was a special, limited, dinner menu (three courses, $31 per person) with only one vegetarian option (fish). Overall, the service was excellent, the food good although not outstanding (the tuna was overcooked for our taste and we were not asked how we wanted it prepared), and with a good selection of wines. Ambiance and noise level very acceptable for a relaxed evening.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2015

Great restaurant! One man running the whole place and he was awesome! Food was also fantastic and the ambiance(pun) was just lovely.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2015

Code Ambiance! Un super endroit pour une très bonne bouffe, un ambiance chic et sympathique! Situé ds un très beau quartier, facilement accessible en auto et en metro à 10 min du centre ville!!! :)

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2015

Tartare lamb excellent ( not often in other restaurant )
The other tartare were very good too !
Pork stew very tender
Dessert good
Very very good wine list !
Server , sommelier ( same person ) was excellent , answer all our questions patiently and very knowledgable about his food and wine .

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2014

The venison was the best my wife has ever had, and my sea bream was also excellent. As an appetizer we had the scallops which were also delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2014

We stumbled upon this understated "boite" partway between the two ends of the "hip strip" that Notre Dame West has become and have become regulars, thanks to the elegance of the French-inflected cuisine and the fresh local ingredients. On our last visit, the catch of the day was eperlan -- smelts -- from the St. Lawrence River, beautifully prepared. The scallops from the Iles de la Madeleine and the duck are also reliably delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2014

All dishes were excellent beautifully presented and sized for a multi course meal. When it was time to order dessert everyone selected a dish. the atmosphere was relaxed and quiet and the service was excellent. Not everyone in our group was comfortable in French and we spoke English between ourselves. The waiters switchEd back and forth between languages and we were all given English menus. The message was we are here to make every effort to ensure our customers are comfortable and at ease. Great food great service in a restaurant where you do not have to shout at your companion to be heard. We had a relaxing wonderfully evening and will return.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2014

CA is a small, quiet, stylish space with an excellent kitchen and Maitresse D' who is on top of everything. Bistro fare with a bit more "haut cuisine" than most. Portion sizes are perfect. Easy street parking nearby. A great place to go with foodie friends with whom you want to have a conversation, because the noise level is appropriate for dining, and is not a night-club scene.
I have also had lunch and they do a good table d'hote if you are looking for a full meal/business lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2014

Friendly owner, good food, nice ambiance, quiet, nice wine list. Silver forks, Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2014

Excellent, agréable, bon service. Pour le lunch, super. Faudrait essayer en soirée.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2014

C'est toujours un plaisir d'aller au Code Ambiance.

Le menu du soir est exquis, les choix sortent de l'ordinaire des restaurants montréalais, le tout en demeurant très abordable.

Bastien et Nathalie savent vous faire passer un moment agréable. Un endroit dont on ne se lasse pas.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2013

What we really liked was the most items can we ordered at an appetizer or a main course.
We ordered 3 appetizers which enabled us to try more
Loved each dish! Tatar salmon, scallops were wonderful

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2.0Dined on September 24, 2013

Service is poor: we had to wait for our bill until the owner and the waiters finished their lunch!!! They finally came after we went back to them a few times asking for the bill. Sorry, that's a no no...

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2013

A wonderful experience. Food, ambiance and knowledgeable, friendly staff made the evening special. We will go again.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2013

Excellent contemporary French food and very attentive, personal service from the owner. We were very well taken care of and he made the evening feel very special. Modern interior design with a lovely bar area where we enjoyed excellent cocktails before dinner. All In all a great evening. Will definitely be returning.

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2013

Plates were not creative, side was the same for fish or meat meal. Waitress kept trying to sell us extras because they are clearly struggling to stay open. We were the only customers. Too many good restaurants nearby, give this one a miss.

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