XO Le Restaurant

4.2
434 reviews
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Modern European
The French called Canada’s main financial thoroughfare "rue Saint-Jacques", and the English "St-James Street". Synonymous with opulence and influence, it was the second street in what is now Montréal. Bordered by banks and named after Jacques Olier, the street continues to be known today as a museum of high finance. Today, Hotel Le St-James, the former Merchants Bank, sits enthroned at the crossroads of history. On midsummer nights, modern-day coachmen in top hats take us back a hundred years to a day when bankers glanced at their pocket watches while crossing rue St-Jacques to the stock exchange and central telegraph offices just blocks away.



XO Le Restaurant, situated in the former Banker's Hall, is truly a beautiful space composed of a dining room, a bar & lounge, two beautiful mezzanines, as well as four alcoves which add an extra touch of comfort and privacy. Chef Resnikov's exciting culinary imagination brings you modern, creative French cuisine.
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LT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention to detail by all staff was phenomenal and the human interactions was lovely. It was our first time going to restaurant and we felt welcomed like friends and seasoned patrons.
Just super!!!’

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Premier janvier

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V
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed. Food was not as good as it used to be.

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my fiancé, and I'm a soft-spoken person and the server we had understood everything I said and also spoke English very well. The food was amazing. It was just a perfect dinner to start our Montreal Trip together.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

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JY
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La salle a manger la plus belle en ville. Tartare de boeuf au fois gras. Wow! Merci. Joyeuses fêtes!

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JC
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had Christmas brunch at the XO. It was a first-time visit, but it won’t be our last! The food was exceptional as was the service. The venue is beautiful and confortable. The only exception to the extraordinary beauty of the place is that huge flatscreen TV hanging over the bar. Really? Does that thing have to be on all the time and on CNN showing disasters and other unpleasant news??? It takes away from the pleasant ambiance and overall dining experience.

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , ambiance!!! Top restaurant ...it is a must 👍🏻

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ML
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Gentil service mais trop lent. Plats sans relief et entrées insuffisantes. Très déçue pour le prix

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NE
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous atmosphere very old world fancy with a touch of coziness

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D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

L’endroit est magnifique très théâtral avec les colonnes et les balustrades d’origine. L’ensemble de jazz était bien. Il n’ y avait pas de menu dégustation contrairement à notre première visite.
Le service a été moyen pour le prix, attente pour l’apero, pour la prise de commande, bof! Nous célébrions un événement, nous l’avions indiqué sur la réservation, personne ne nous a demandé ce que c’était. Notre première visite à l’été avait été nettement meilleure.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT spot in an amazing old hotel. The architecture is off the charts and the food and wine are even better. The scallop gnocchi was one of the best dishes I've ever had!! Service spectacular as well :)

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MC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and restaurant

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y
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

La nourriture très bonne mais nous avons attendu 45min pour avoir notre vins (bouchonné) donc ils nous ont changé la bouteille pour au final avoir 1 autre bouchonné aussi. Lorsque nous avons interpellé le serveur pour lui dire, il nous a répondu : le goût boisé c'est normale c'est comme ca qu'il ce bois.
Malheureusement pour lui nous sommes et connaissons le vins français... Et ça n'a pas ce "goût boisé".

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great time!!!
The live jazz band, drinks and food were great!
It is a little expansive tho

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JH
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

XO Le Restaurant was a fantastic find. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The food, wine, service and atmosphere were all above our expectations.

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nous sommes allés souper avec des amis dans le cadre de Montréal à Table.
La salle est magnifique!
Le personnel impeccable!
Il y avait au menu une joue de porc qui était la pire chose que j’ai eu dans mon assiette de ma vie. Que du gras, dégoûtant!!!
Les serveurs ont été sympathiques en m’offrant autre chose et en plus ont offert un plateau de fromage pour compenser.
Nos amis végétariens ont bien aimé le risotto et la tartelette de champignons.
L’entrée, ceviche de pétoncle était magnifique.
le type de musique n’etait Pas du tout approprié à un souper du dimanche soir. Vous auriez intérêt à vous faire des bonnes listes de lectures plutôt que de confier l’ambiance de votre restaurant aux chaînes Stingray.
Une cliente qui sort et qui reçoit beaucoup

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C
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Décor incroyable, super beau. La nourriture est excellente, parfait pour un souper entre amoureux. Un peu cher pour ce que c’est, mais ça a tout de même valu la peine.

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SF
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Service was ok. Food was very bad quality. Somewhat like microwave meals. I do not recommand at all.

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P
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

À vrai dire tout est excellent! Belle découverte! Un seul petit hic il y a eu erreurs sur ma commande et on a repris mon plat sans problème mais comme nous étions 2 la personne avec moi a attendu par politesse et à du manger froid . Tiède car je lui ai dit de ne pas attendre mais par politesse il a attendu un peu .

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was the mtl à table menu and unfortunately I was disappointed of my main course. Also I find the wine glasswear unusual.
jazz band, service and ambiance were great!

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Breath taking place! And outstanding attention by the maître! Definetly a “must” in Montreal! We went with our kids 7 and 5 years old and they make our visit an unforgettable one!

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m
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was perfect exept we had to wait a long time to have our food, we were supposed to go somewhere after diner but we didn't have time as they were really long to serve. We arrived at 8pm and left at 10:30pm as our first meal arrived around 8:45/9pm .. but exept this, the rest was perfect staff really nice and welcoming, food taste delicious

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K
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband and I were here on 10/26/18 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had a reservation and were seated promptly at 7:00p. There was a live jazz quartet in the front of the restaurant and the place wasn't too busy when we arrived. Unfortunately, we were the for nearly 2 1/2 hours. Everything just took forever. We waited for drinks and an appetizer for 20 minutes, then another 45 before we finally got our entrees. Our waiter wasn't the one refilling our drinks or bringing us our food. They had a runner for that. Our waiter kept disappearing. We ordered dessert and that came out in a fair amount of time. When we FINALLY flagged down the waiter to ask for our check (we had clearly been done for about a half an hour), we made the mistake of asking if he could take a picture of us on the staircase. He kindly obliged and said as soon as he ran our card, he'd take a picture wherever we'd like. He ran the card, then.....disappeared for another 20 minutes. Finally, I asked another waiter if he'd mind taking our picture. He also obliged....right as our waiter came running over asking if we were "ready to take the picture." Yeah man...we've been sitting here, food gone, check paid, waiting for you. We finally got the picture taken, but the dinner was just SO drawn out. I was so tired of just sitting by the time we left. The restaurant was decently busy after we were there for a while, but not slammed, so the waiter should have been able to keep up. The same thing was happening to the party next to us, as well, so it wasn't exclusive to us. All that being said, the food was very good and the atmosphere was perfect for a fancy night out. I had the zucchini pappardelle (would definitely order again) and my husband had the chimichurri steak, which he said was excellent. The chocolate mousse dessert was delicious and the drinks were excellent as well. The only reason this place doesn't get 5 stars is because of the ridiculous wait time for every phase of our visit.

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FP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was almost nonexistent...empty tables on both sides of us had dirty dishes sitting there for at least half an hour....after we were seated our waiter didn’t show up for at least 10 minutes and took our drink order and after another long wait finally got our drinks and ordered dinner...another employee told us they were out of the sea bass and offered a substitute fish which I agreed to. We didn’t see our waiter until he brought our food even though we were looking to order more drinks. The sea bass substitute was over cooked and rather dry. The bread brought to us appeared to be left over from the day before - stale and unflavorable - butter was not chilled. Across the room a couple was wildly waving their arms to get their waiters attention to get their check. Another employee walked out of the kitchen eating food- very unprofessional. After eating our waiter never offered us coffee. This with only half of the tables in the room occupied.

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MJ
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went on a Friday to check the live Jazz performance while dining.
Pros:
The place is classy, nice ambience excellent service and friendly , attentive, perfectly bilingual waiters.
The food was good, work of art in your plate. Tastes good but nothing exceptionally exquisite.
Cons:
Minute portions for very high price
( for example my entree: one tiny grilled tentacle of octopus for $18🐙 my risotto with scallops had literally 3 scallops over 5 spoonfuls of rice for $42 before tax )
The place is dim ( I know it’s intended to be cozy / romantic but it was uncomfortably dim for me)

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Food wise....average (in a sense nothing exceptional, even more at that price level)
Buildind decor...well done
Not going back,

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HK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was up in Montreal for the weekend from NYC and was able to get a reservation last minute at a XO.
Gorgeous grand dining room; superb knowledgeable, friendly, on point service and delicious food and wine. Highly recommend !!

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I
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Montreal and everything just bonus!! Excellent!
I strongly recommend this excellent restaurant to everyone !

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KV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great dinner that bested our expectations. Our fish dishes were outstanding—super fresh and flavorful. The setting is beautiful and has been well-preserved. Makes for a very memorable meal.

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YK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great restaurant with amazing food . service was excellent .

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

My girlfriend is an Angel

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PS
Montreal
249 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I reserved with mention of a birthday celebration for my spouse.
Needless to say the completely forgot !
We waited at the reception for at least five minutes before the bartender decided to shout from the bar” un moment svp” not impressed! Finally the hostess arrived and said “let me see what I have” this after we called to explain that we were having trouble parking, she didn’t mention or offer any parking solution and the whole point of making the reservation is to have a suitable table reserved upon our arrival. That being said we finally were seated some 12 minutes after walking into the restaurant.
So as I’ve mentioned in the past XO is a beautiful restaurant.
We ordered the snails, Ceasar salad, shrimp cocktail & grilled octopus. One was better than the other!
Then it went south. We had two zucchini parpadella dish’s, it was peeled green & yellow zucchini with a peach sauce & pin nuts, very original. We had the grilled Sea bass on some beans, we found several scales on the skin and a few to many bones for a fillet, finally I had the rack of lamb. As it came out it looked great, it tasted great but I ordered it medium, while it was pink it was not even warm nor were the sides. I called over the waiter he said they would replace it immediately. He replaced the dish only to my amazement they just heated up the remaining 4 out of 5 chops which were now well done. I called over the waiter to express my profonde disappointment that my original dish was reheated then sent back out to me. He was shocked & offered me some cheese while I wait for a 3rd attempt at the rack of land. Wanting to savoir a nice dish of lamb on my birthday I accepted the offer and insisted that the rest of the guests at the table share the cheese with me while they were already finished their meals we were given a fish with 3 ounces of cheese for 4 guests to share. I was shocked... then the comedy of errors continues when the 3rd attempt arrived the chops were medium rare. I asked why did

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little pricing, but knew in advance. Wonderful service, fabulous lamb chops
Isabella was adorable

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E
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service. Jazz music was a bit loud for chatting.

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would absolutely recommend this restaurant! Food was outstanding and service was fantastic across the board. Staff was welcoming and catered to our every question and need. Overall a great experience

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food!

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely , the food and service were excellent once we were served but the hostess was rude and refused to speak English . I told her we had a reservation and she said in French that she had no reservation. I showed her the confirmation and she shrugged and grudgingly took us to a table . The reservation was for 4 and since our husbands had not arrived yet we sat there for a very long time being ignored. Finally I got up and asked if we could have some coffee and things improved after that .

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

super service, serveur tres respectueux
et surtout ils etait tres a l'ecoute de nos demande.

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