Taberna MTL

3.9
107 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Portuguese
Taberna is a friendly and unpretentious Portuguese tavern meant to discover the classics of Portuguese cuisine. Taberna is a homecoming and a concept inspired by the "snack bars" of Portugal, bringing Portuguese "comfort food" to Old Montreal.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Barbecue, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(514) 282-3336
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Our dining room is perfect for hosting your groups and diverse events. It is possible to book for a group of more than 11 guests or even to rent the restaurant exclusively for a private event. The restaurant can accommodate 75 guests for a cocktail party or 50 guests for a sit-down dinner.
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Private party contact
Manager: (855) 403-5368
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Catering
Want to make difference at your next event? We offer catering and our "grill" is transported to cook Portuguese chicken, chouriço and bifanas on hand to make your event a memorable success. For more information on our catering service, please contact us at: info@tabernamtl.ca
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
St.Pierre
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Public transit
Metro: Square Victoria
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Wine
What 107 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good - grilled sardines, tomato salad and chicken. Casual, great service and ambiance.

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CC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Délicieux, endroit charmand mais bruyant. Service A++.

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m
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Portuguese style chicken in old Montreal. The chicken is well seasoned + fries are really good too. Quick + friendly service. Very reasonable prices, especially considering their location.

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NM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Nous aimions leur poutine "à la portugaise". Les deux dernières visites ont été décevantes. La poutine est ok, mais elle n'est plus unique et ainsi plutôt cher.

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ST
St. Louis
58 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We shared a soup course and the salad (which was delicious). We then shared the special salmon entree. Very tasty, well prepared, and a good value for the amount of food we had.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Taberna on a visit to Montreal earlier in the summer and loved the place and the food so much that on a return visit to Montreal in September we introduced it to our son who just moved from Toronto to Montreal for graduate studies. It's now been added to his favourites list as well. Excellent value, very welcoming staff, relaxed atmosphere and DELICIOUS chicken! I would highly recommend Taberna!

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WC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Unbelievably slow service. Mediocre food. The floors were incredibly slippery, felt like the entire restaurant had been coated in a thin layer of grease. Was recommended the chorizo sandwich, which was bland-ish chorizo on stale bread. Friend had Piri-Piri chicken sandwich and said it was OK, but her bread was very stale as well. Tomato Salad was pretty good, so not entirely negative.

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MT
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After spending $25.00 on a taxi to arrive on time.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were told that they were closed because they ran out of chicken.
Dear Open Table,
I will no longer use your services until you can assure me that this will not occur again.
Be well,
Masaki

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N
Montreal
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual delicious, great service. Love this place, any occasion is good to show up!

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N
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Essayez le 1/4 poitrine de poulet avec frites ou salade. Et en dessert : les beignets avec leur sauce au caramel, vous ne serez pas déçus

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ES
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

A Portuguese restaurant with not much Portuguese inside.
Food doesn't taste like Portuguese food.
Chicken was average and fish tasted "old freezer".
None of the personnel was Portuguese, not even the cook!
The servers, the 2 girls and the bearded guy, were all very kind.
Restricted red wine choice and expensive.
Not even Portuguese music.

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BJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Amazing food, but the experience was spoiled by the waitress at the end of our meal. Our tab was $25+ tax. We left cash $5 tip and she informed us that it was a poor tip and that we needed to leave more. She was very aggressive and rude. By all calculations that is a 20% tip for mediocre service in a city where 15% is the norm. It was very alarming, and we will choose other places for lunch in Old Montreal in the future!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

All was great! The server was amazing- friendly and very efficient. The issue was the heat that was unbearable - no AC

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Pas d’accueil, ignorance totale des serveurs, pas de bonjour. J’ai attendu 35 minutes avant que l’on m’apporte mon plat. C’était ma sixième visite à la Taberna et ma dernière.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was not busy but the service was super slow. Half the menu was not available and the kitchen closed few minutes after we sat down even though they didn’t close for another 2 hours. The food was limited but decent. Restaurant is pretty but the service and food are mediocre at best.

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FP
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Pas d’air climatisé, ce qui peut être un problème par les chaudes journées d’été.

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, the food was amazing and our very kind waiter made the evening perfect.

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SA
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating as the entrance to the restaurant was not wheelchair accessible, but the staff gave us a lift to get our friend into the restaurant. That in itself says a lot. The manager said that they would look into getting a ramp. The food was really tasty, well-prepared and the sangria is just to die for!!!!! Just be careful when walking as the floor is a tad slippery !!!

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AM
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great find in old montreal , tasty food, nice ambience

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WB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 5 out to celebrate a birthday and was great because the restaurant was cozy and quiet so we could converse without shouting. Also the food was very good and the service friendly and professional.

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SR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance for a reasonable price :-) Isabelle provide us with excellent service! Will return that’s for sure!

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CL
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nous sommes alles au Taberna pour une sortie entre filles un mardi soir.
Le rapport qualité prix excellent! Service parfait, la Sangria blanche vaut l'essais!
J'y retournerai volontier, je vous le recommande!

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent spot tucked away on a very charming narrow Old Montreal street. Super moist chicken done Portuguese style, a great value including olives/chick peas to start and a very nice side salad and/or fries combo. Extra piri-piri sauce on the side adds an extra zing, though it's not at all burning hot (there is plenty of Tabasco on the table for that!). Decent and reasonable wine list, and one Portuguese beer in a bottle. Deserts are tremendous, especially the home-made doughnuts with caramel sauce; also available, a creamy chocolate mousse and a Portuguese cream tart. Overall, an excellent dining experience, reasonably priced, and in a charming old building with exposed stone walls.

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FJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juicy, fantastic chicken. We were very happy to dine here and will return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great piri piri chicken salad and fries

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MB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit slow at first
Menu was missing a lot of items
Waiters ended up being very fun towards the end of the meal when restaurant got a lil more empty

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N
Montreal
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the service was great and the food awesome! The poutine is absolutely crazy good!

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N
Montreal
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, as usual! Love it, will come back anytime

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Was very noisy, food is good

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. New Years Eve Dinner with family. At first was disappointed it wasn’t the regular menu but a special menu. Did not disappoint. One of our best meals ever anywhere!!!Creative and delicious! Suckling pig👍Unique atmosphere too with comfortable tables for groups.

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OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and outstanding food

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f
Montreal
36 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently Delicious Portuguese chicken with fries & salad. We have been there several times and never disappoints. Good value on their Portuguese wine selection. And natas for dessert

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D
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to relax in good company. Great, simple honest food. It was recommended to me and I already recommended it to friends.

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N
Montreal
30 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best in Old Montreal. Food and service are awesome. The place is ideally located and beautiful.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Will not be returning. Service was lacking, we asked for drinks twice which never came and then were charged for them! They also forgot to bring us two appetizers we ordered. My main course, the chicken salad had a strong fish taste (sardines).

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, large selection, reasonable prices, exceptional service. Ambiance is warm and comfortable. Restaurant fills up quickly and everyone including us were having a great time. Great decor and layout. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Offered amazing choices. A couple in the party were vegan and had nothing but great things to say about the dishes that were crafted for them. Great find!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an enjoyable meal in a large group (7 people) with excellent and attentive service. We especially enjoyed the piri-piri chicken and the grilled octopus appetizer. The dining room was cozy and comfortable with good acoustics.

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D
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Only 2 negatives: The Air Conditioning was not able to handle the job, it was therefore extremely hot in the restaurant (in a suit we would have left), then the waiter was a bit too energetic taking our plates away (no we are not finished!). That aside, this place is awesome, outstanding simple comfort food. Our second visit, and not the last for sure.

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JJ
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We paid a lot for the food/experience we got. The main dishes were good and well priced, but the appetizers were small portions and overpriced. The charcuterie plate was overpriced at $20. The grilled octopus was a very small portion uninspired and overpriced at $13.00. It was hard to find the cod or shrimp in the Croquettes. The tomato salad was extremely disappointing and expensive at $11.00 for a serving of a few slices of unripe tomatoes. (It is a shame to serve unripe tomates when, at this time of year, the markets are full of plump red juicy tomates) Overall an OK restaurant, but would not recommend the appetizers. On the good side the service was great and the wine recommendation was great.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

we had a simple birthday lunch here and it was perfect. kid friendly, inexpensive, yummy!

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