XO Le Restaurant

4.4
405 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7 am to 11 am Monday to Sunday

Brunch: 11 am to 3 pm Sunday

Lunch: 11 am to 2:30 pm Monday to Friday

Dinner: 6 pm to 10 pm Monday to Sunday

Bar / Lounge: 11 am to 11 pm Monday to Sunday
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Phone number
(514) 841-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Oleg Reznikov
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Cross street
rue St-Pierre
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Public transit
Square Victoria Station
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Place D'Armes Station
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 405 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
235 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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T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding choice while visiting Old Montreal. The ambiance and elegance of the architecture complimented a truly outstanding dining experience. The service was perfect and the food and wine were outstanding. Tables are nicely spaced for private conversation and the noise level was quiet even while the bar was fully occupied.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The decor is majestic, It was fantastic the best filet mignon , escargots and crème brûlée I ever had ... will definitely go again

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JD
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was absolutely amazing! The service was beyond exceptional. Our host was beyond any other host and made my special occasion ten times more special! Food was delicious. Definitely a five-star restaurant all around!

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Extremely mediocre food that’s extremely overpriced. Clueless waitstaff. My girlfriend had the lamb, I had the scallop risotto. Both were highly touted by our waiter, & both of us only finished about 1/2 our dinner, despite being ravenous when we first arrived. Classic case of hunger going away because the food sucked, NOT because we were filling up. And I had to pay $200 USD for the pleasure.

Want an amazing, beautiful meal in Montreal? Go to Au Pied de Cochon. You’ll pay about the same & be much happier. Don’t waste your time @ XO.

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A
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I was actually very disappointed and unhappy in the end because I had mentioned that this is for a one year couple anniversary and had asked for a special decoration or a candle or something. I was told that it will be, plus a special assiette and we have got nothinh at all, any of these!! Very very disappointing.
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Anyway!
Thankyou
Aurelia

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we arrived the staff was extremely friendly. Every part of our meal was top notch and we did not have one complaint about the food, except that we wished we could have eaten more!

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

*Date visited: 8th July 2018

*Reason for a visit: we celebrated our engagement 3 years ago and this time we had a birthday celebration

*Ambiance: simply beautiful! Gorgeous high ceilings and incredible decor modern baroque style, red colour in furniture. Definitely rich and attractive place to be at and have a great meal over a nice conversation in a circle of close people. SO PEACEFUL!!! We stayed almost 3 hours and didn’t notice how the time passed by!

*Food & beverage: simply excellent!!!
Main course: duck breast, lamb chops, scallop risotto and vegetarian pappardelle were very much to our liking.
Starters made us very happy as well: we had shrimp salad and oysters (oh those were good!). Ask for wine pairings unless you know exactly what you would like to have :-)
Desserts were also amazing: ice cream sandwich, cream brûlée, Irish coffee and coconut cake, as a surprise for a birthday were all so good!
Nice limoncello, a compliment from the restaurant Manager, Massimo, crated a beautiful finish to an unforgettable evening!

Service: TOP! Bravo to an excellent and attentive waiters and huge merci to Massimo, who made our stay so incredibly pleasant!

Summary: can’t wait to be back!! :-))

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J
Montreal
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We come to Montreal every summer and always look forward to having dinner here. This year was a disappointment. The restaurant has changed chef and food is not what it used to be. Service is still excellent but our meal was just average.

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j
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

So disappointing. With all the great restaurants in Old Montreal, we ended up here. The food was bland and lazily plated, service was friendly, but slow. Beautiful room, but that alone isn’t satisfying!

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O
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Très bonne nourriture et excellent service le tout dans un cadre magnifique. Le menu dégustation est très recherché et très fin. On aurait juste aimé avoir un peu plus de vin lors de l’accompagnement des plats :)

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

Was really good atmosphere and amazing scenery but very pricey but the food was very tastey

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BR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, food, and service is exceptional at this restaurant. The bonus on Friday was the incredible JAZZ band!! Whenever I visit Montreal, I will always go to this restaurant!!

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GS
Vancouver
43 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room is elegant and luxurious, the food delicious without being too clever. Staff are polished and very happy to please. Tasting menus are fresh and portions generous. One of the jewels in the crown of a city spoiled with excellent dining options! Complimentary valet parking.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally the restaurant gave us a surprise! A big plate with “happy anniversary ” . We felt very nice.

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JH
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Too stuffy and the food size was tiny and not that great. Would not go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Je suis venu avec une amie pour vivre une expérience totale dans votre magnifique lieu.
Le charme du lieu, la nourriture était bonne mais le service était très moyen pour un hôtel de votre rang. Je suis déçu vraiment car cela a gâché en parti ma joie de découvrir ce lieu historique et vivre l’expérience gastronomique.
Voir le serveur dansait avec les clients, devoir se resservir seul du vin, être oublié pendant plus de 45 min,mais quel manque de professionnalisme.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing! The tasting menu was great and we enjoyed it so much. Only thing to comment on is the fact that the service was pretty slow and there were only 3 other table there. Otherwise all was good!

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NA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met loads of friends food was awesome and the Jon Bon Jovi wine on sale was a hit with all ..

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I would recommend this for a special occasion for several reasons - the decor is formal and feels 'fancy', dishes are presented beautifully so it feels special, it's cosy and intimate from the moment you enter the door of the stylish boutique hotel ...downside is service is slow and menu is a little on the pricey side, esp considering that the most expensive item on it arrived at room temperature served on an equally cool wooden board...

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E
Montreal
75 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious at the XO. Service is stellar. Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant.

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L
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant met my expectations. I live in London UK and I am in Montreal for family visit and it was the perfect setting for gown ups and great conversation. The food is on point. Service to perfection. Ambiance is great, quiet. Staff very nice and always ready to accommodate. The decor is absolutely beautiful. Love the place. At the heart of Montreal.

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MF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu, fantastic value!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Bonjour,
j'ai adoré mon arrivée avec un valet très aimable, en entrant le resto est extraordinaire l'effet des grands plafonds et la déco etait impressionnant. La nourriture exellente ainsi que le service était parfait.

Le seul hic par contre c'est j'aurais aimé un coin tranquille parce qu'aller manger avec sa conjointe en amoureux n'est pas la place, nous voulions discuter et c'étais impossible étant dans une grande piece avec beaucoup de gens, la table trop grande que nous étions un peu loin de l'autre. Pour un souper amoureux je ne pense pas que c'est la place. Il pourrait être possible d'agencer quelques tables plus discret mais c'est une opinion.
Je pense revenir mais en groupe avec des amis mais pas en amoureux.
Merci

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pour le petit déjeuner, la dame qui nous a servit, nous lui accordons 10/10.

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

Food (brunch menu) and service was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Accueil chaleureux pour un excellent repas dans un lieu d’exception. Bravo et merci !

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

30 mins to get served a drink at the bar. Food really wasn’t good and trying to pretend something its not. Only saving grace is how beautiful the room is... we won’t be returning, unless we hear of a change in restaurant management and / or chef.

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MB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Endroit remarquable, décor chaleureux, cuisine savoureuse et service exceptionnel.

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