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About XO Le Restaurant

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 Robillard's exciting culinary imagination brings you modern, creative French cuisine.

355, rue Saint - Jacques ouest
Montréal, QC H2Y 1N9
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Modern European

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 7am to 11am Monday to Sunday

Brunch: 11am to 3pm Sunday

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

Dinner: 6pm to 10pm Monday to Sunday

Tasting menu: 6pm to 9pm Monday to Sunday

Bar / Lounge: 11am to 11pm Monday to Sunday

Cross Street:
rue St-Pierre

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(514) 841-5000

Website:
http://www.xolerestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Square Victoria Station
or
Place D'Armes Station

Executive Chef:
Julien Robillard

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

XO Le Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (9)
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Business Meals (7)
Cozy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
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Fit for Foodies (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Authentic (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Healthy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (Montreal)·Dined 4 days ago

Thank you Johanna for the great service all the time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Sommes allés pour l'événement Montréal à Table. Menu affiché sur le site de cet événement à 41$/personne. Très bel endroit, dans le Vieux Montréal, à l'intérieur de Hôtel le St. James. Magnifique ! Avons été très bien reçus. Le service est impeccable. Les plats servis sont délicieux. Seul hic: sur le menu du resto, tous les 3e choix, entrées, plats principaux er desserts, affichaient un supplément à payer. Le problème est que, sur le site, aucun supplément n'était mentionné et les 3 choix étaient inclus dans le menu à 41$. Déception et malaise...
Étant des habitués de l'événement Montréal à Table, noua regardons à l'avance les menus des restaurants participants pour faire notre choix. Certains restos inscrivent clairement les suppléments pour certains items de leur menu, s'il y a lieu. Donc, pour nous, tout est clair et nous savons exactement ce qui nous attend, sans aucune surprise.
XO a donc créé une insatisfaction en ajoutant des suppléments au 3e choix de chaque catégorie de son menu à 41$ sans préavis sur le site de Montréal à Table, comme le font plusieurs autres restaurants participants.
Mon mari et moi sommes ressortis avec une impression de s'être faits berner. ..
Dommage, un si bel endroit !

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Repas 3 services désastreux. J'étais convaincu que je ne me trompais pas en allant à ce resto dont les vedettes vont. Entrée de carottes roti farci de bacon et goûte de crème sur et abricot sans goût avec des morceaux dures. Gravlax trop mariné. Dorade portion échantillon. Joue de porc excellente par contre et goûteuse. Dessert glace de beurre plutôt crème de beurre. Café régulier 5$, il ne faut pas exagérer. Facture 205$

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went for MTL a Table, the food was very bland on the taste, but visually very nice, we received an amazing service from our waiter Gabriel, without him i think the resto would of been very poorly rated, very nice restaurant thought, music was at a good volume.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Crap crap crap not worth a penny Crap crap crap not worth a penny Crap crap crap not worth a penny Crap crap crap not worth a penny

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved the experience ! Tasty food with amazing ingredients. Fine dining. And the restaurant is so beautiful !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We came to XO as part of MTL a Table, after we've heard many rave reviews about this hidden gem. I am a food writer and a chef, so we tend to eat at some of the best establishments in the city a lot - and as someone with food intolerances, I am used to often not being able to eat everything offered. Yet the team and chef at XO were incredibly accommodating to my allergies and adapted dishes to suit my needs, even at the low price point of the special MTL a Table menu. Everything tasted good, and stand-outs included the eggplant dish and the beer-braised pork main. The cured salmon and beets starter was good, but lacked a bit more acid for perfect balance; the fish in the second main was perfectly cooked, but the cauliflower puree was a bit bland and the raw romanesco florets were a bit too hard to digest compared to the rest of the ingredients on the plate.

Speaking of the MTL a Table menu, we felt that the portions were well sized, the menu diverse, and overall it was very good value for the money. Very well done!

For us, the biggest downside was the overall decor of the place - the juxtaposition of the beautiful room with the modern XO branding, the strange plates, the red-vinyl upholstered chairs and asymmetrical candle holders left us a bit puzzled.

The service was exceptionally professional and courteous, though the server who brought us the starters (not our main server) did not know how to describe the adaptations made to one of the courses and had to go back to the kitchen and inquire about it. It would have been great to be explained the dish as it was served, and not have to wait for an explanation.

Overall, we had a good experience that gave us a taste of XO. Thanks for this!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Un plaisir pour les yeux et une explosion de saveurs . Ambiance feutrée et propice aux confidences. Nous avons passé une excellente soirée dans le cadre de l'Évènement Montréal à Table. Quelle belle initiative qui nous permet de découvrir ou redécouvrir les bonnes tables de Montréal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This restaurant is always a favorite. Never disappoints.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Service was terrible. Restaurant was understaffed and could never get our waiter's attention. Food was good but menu limited.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I booked Sunday brunch here so that we could see what the dining room and service was like for an evening booking. We arrived on time but they were not ready for us. They told us the restaurant was full - so why did they take my booking? But we were able to eat in the bar - not what we booked. We were told to go and wait in the bar area which, by the way, was also full so nowhere to sit so all we could do was stand around while staff walked around us totally ignoring us. The girl that was supposed to be dealing with our booking, and that of a couple behind us who had the same problem, was dashing about like a rabbit in headlights! There was a small table in the bar area, right in front of the door and in the way of everything and everyone that was not laid, I presume it was for drinks. I did not want to sit at that table thank you very much. We were then asked if we could wait a little longer! By now we had waited nearly 20 minutes after our booking and by then I was in no mood for anything to eat. XO restaurant, five star hotel - you ruined our morning. We left!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Exceptional food quality and service is above and beyond many establishments.
We will go back, however next time we will try the regular menu, notvthe tasting menu.
The tasting menu is ok, small portions and a bit pricey.
Wine selections are amazing.
Food menu in lounge area looks amazing.
Well done.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Toujours une belle agréable journée, la bavette de veau un délice, les crevettes géantes un must, le dessert succulent

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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Nous avons pris le menu degustation + accord vin sur le theme de l'histoire de l'art. Sur les 6 services (#1 palourde, #2 vivaneau, #3 pates, #4 boeuf, #5 creme glacee, #6 foret noire), deux services (#2 et #3) n'etaient pas du tout au niveau d'un menu degustation a mon avis, donc assez decu de ma premiere experience chez XO...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was good but the service was glacial

About one hour for the food to arrive

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

My fiancé and I went there to celebrate pur anniversary and everthing was perfect. We took the tasting menu (vegetarian one) and it was really worth the price. It was so authentic and delicious, wow. The chef totally amazed us. We had a great time, the waiter was so nice, the ambiance was nice as well, it was unusually quiet so we had a great spot, really romantic. Everything was beyond what we had hoped for. Obviously it is expensive, but as I said, it is worth the price for any special occasion. Thank you again XO LE RESTAURANT!! We will go back there for sure!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

made a reservation because a friend had recommended this rest--checked the menu prior to going very limited and pricey but still went
7:30 on a friday no one in the restaurant--whoever put this menu together needs some help
in this day and age no s=alads-the only fish was cobia

wen back on sat around 9 just to check and again totally empty


good luck

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

incredible food, ambiance, and service!!! Made our last dinner in Montreal something we will talk about for years to come. Thank you!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant every summer for the past 3 years when we come to Montreal. Food in the past was excellent. There was 3 of us at dinner this time and all 3 of us found that the food was not as good as the previous 3 years. Don't know if they the changed the chef or what, but we all ate different meals and all 3 of us felt that it was nowhere near as good as in the past. Service was still very good as previous years.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Peerless. The Chef absolutely defines culinary artistry.
The atmosphere is regal and unparallelled.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Maybe we came on an off night but they ran out of two entrees (the rack of lamb and the short rib). Maitre d was also acting as bartender and our waiter so service was very slow. Food was decent but just seemed like they weren't at their best.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Our wonderful brunch was very filling. Each course was beautifully presented and delicious. The restaurant itself is simply gorgeous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Major disappointment! The three colossal olives in our martinis were more of a distraction than the intended generous garnish. The cold pasta appetizer was bland and definitely not worth the carb intake. Apparently leaving most of it untouched failed to deliver a message to anyone on staff. The clam chowder, while inventive in concept, failed in its execution; "potatoes three ways" all shared the characteristic of being unpleasantly undercooked. As a departure from most of the meal, the flat iron steak was braised to perfection. The accompanying hassleback potatoes needed to be reheated as they were served stone cold. The intent of the bacon jam (aka diced bacon) stuffed crab apple was not apparent as it did not harmonize with the meal (perhaps better served with a pork dish). We were graciously comped with two desserts which were both delicious, although the mousse was challenging to eat due to its serving container - a narrow mouthed canning jar. And yes, while we are apparently outdated in that we dress up when dining, but slashed jeans on a middle aged woman and a t shirt (aka underwear) on a young man - really? XO = crossed off our list of dining destinations.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Great service and fantastic food
This is a great find and the food is good quality.
Definitely a fine dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on June 18, 2017

heavy buttery cooking . my son had French toast ,they try to reinvent some simple dish to a disaster . I had the omelette the cheese had to much of a strong taste and was really heavy cook in butter. same for rice gf had, the sauce on it was so heavy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great experience. Went during formula One weekend. Excellent professional staff. Fantastic food. Wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Fabulous dinner! I recommend the dessert! Unbelievable!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Our server was excellent, the food magnificent and ambiance was perfect! Would highly recommend and we will return on our next trip to Montreal!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Meal was spectacular. We did the tasting menu with wine pairing. Amazing dinner with wonderful art explanations.
Thank you!!!! For an amazing experience

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 (Montreal)·Dined on June 2, 2017

An absolutely fantastic atmosphere with delicious, very presented and extremely unique plates. Pricey for a normal dinner, but not unreasonable for a fine dining experience like this. The perfect choice for our special occasion (a graduation dinner). We would certainly return.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Decor agréable, mais la carte pour le brunch assez ordinaire pour un prix aussi élevé.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We absolutely loved it! We did the tasting menu along with wine pairing . The chef's artistic interpretation of the food was clever and very entertaining. Our sommelier was fabulous and our server attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Very good service, outstanding ambiente was disturbed by running television screens,
Sensational cheese plate, wunderful duck.
Very friendly and helpful staff

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

It was a nice experience to try XO restaurant, the place looks fancy, service is fantastic and all the staff are very friendly. Food is ok, their dessert is so tasty :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Montreal)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Très bel endroit. Bon service. Cuisine intéressante.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

My wife and I came in for their Easter brunch. They were serving a set menu which was creative and delicious! Our server was very friendly and helpful. My only complaint was the wine list, a few more reasonably priced bottles in 30 to 45 would be nice.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 9, 2017

I came to XO for a weekend brunch, and wasn't disappointed. The croissant was warm and delectable, and the 3-course brunch was very filling and flavorful. The restaurant itself is luxurious and beautifully decorated. It's not cheap, but great for a special occasion or tourist.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 8, 2017

My girlfriend was happy so I was happy! It was a lovely experience.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Anniversaire de naissance

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Montreal)·Dined on March 28, 2017

le repas n'était pas chaud, (chowder, morue noire)
Quantité pour le plat de pâtes insuffissante.
Bon service

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