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Ryu

4.0
142 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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Located on trendy Laurier Street West, RYU (隆, リュウ, Ryū “dragon”) is a contemporary Japanese cuisine and sushi bar restaurant. RYU combines Asian culinary traditions with freshly grown regional Quebec produce in signature creations. The RYU dining experience invites you to sample a variety of delectable dishes enhanced by an extensive list of wines, sakes and unique cocktails in a welcoming, chic, and intimate ambiance. A bold, enticing décor conceived by Montreal’s Huma Design makes the RYU experience a sumptuous feast for the senses for evening Epicureans. Ryu is more than a place to see; it’s a place to be seen.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Pan-Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
VALET PARKING THU-SAT
Monday-Sunday 5pm till late
Take out available
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Phone number
(514) 439-6559
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Parc Ave
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Public transit
M. Laurier, M. Outremont, Bus 51, Taxi Station.
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Special events & promotions
NEW CATERING NOW AVAILABLE
Please contact us for any special events 514.439.6559
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.3
food
3.7
service
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Overall, a tasty, and very nicely presented meal. Portions are small, but we weren't expecting large amounts, so that's fine.
There was a recurring theme of 'miscommunication' between the wait staff and the kitchen. We asked that none of our orders come with mayo in them. The first item did, so they replaced it. We asked them to make sure the next ones didn't...they also did, they replaced them again. They offered a free drink on the house which was appreciated. We just don't like wasting food, so giving it back made us a bit uncomfortable. Either way. Trendy, well presented, tasty...but the wait staff/communication-with-kitchen is a little on the weak side.
Give them a try.

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3.0Dined on October 26, 2014

Food and service not quite what it used to be, something has changed. Certain foods not the same. Now lacks the "wow" factor that made this place great.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2014

Our reservation was for 9:30 and we were not seated until well after 10pm. Our waiter was very nice and was doing his best, however he was clearly overwhelmed as he was the only server working on a busy Thursday night. Drinks took an excessively long time to make to our table. I think our poor server was also manning the bar and trying to train a new staff member at the same time. He definitely needed more help/staff.
The food, on the other hand - was fantastic. Every dish that we ordered was wonderful and came out very quickly.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2014

I have been to Ryu 2 times and every time I enjoyed being there. Good food and good service. I love the caramelized fries and the tuna carpaccio! Plus they adapted my orders to gluten-free :)

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2014

So we got there, waiter was ok, took our drink order (all came at different times) then the food, it all came out in a timely mater... Then once we had finished eating, nothing, never came back to ask if we wanted other drinks ( they were long finished by the end of the food) coffee or desert, we had to run after him to get the bill and then he was in a hurry to get paid... Witch was disappointing, if you pay that much for a nice dinner, nice service is expected...

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2014

We love coming here, that's why it was a no brainer to do my birthday here
the only down fall is, we purposely didn't bring our own cake, because we wanted the fried ice cream ... and when it was time, they told us the kitchen was closed, as it was too late... but overall the experience was good. Our server was great, he gave us some of his favorite rolls to try..
Ask for Ricky! he is always great pleasure to be served by! try the Club, the Tsunami & the spicy tuna on rice cakes ...

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1.0Dined on May 9, 2014

Terrible dining experience. 8:16 got our bottle of sake and edamame..9:25, none of the other appetizers nor sushi platters had shown up, no follow up and consistent "be right back"... I asked for my bill, and left... Heard good things of this place, but this is inexcusable... Was offered the bottle and edamame on the house, not a consolation prize buddy... Sorry...

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2014

I've been to this resto several times over the last 3 years. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has gone down significantly recently. I really hope they get this figured out as it was one of my favourite sushi shops in Montreal.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2014

our 4th or 5th time
we have been there alone & a couple of the times with others
food & service are always great
my only complaint is the $12 valet charge.....makes for an expensive evening!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2014

Excellent dinner. Delicious food!

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2014

Not sure what to expect -- were we going out for sushi or something different? Ended up being a bit of both and a nice evening out.
Appreciated the creativity and freshness of most of the plates -- the Club Ryu was fun, some very nice rolls -- the eel with lime, the Hattori Hanzo (with popcorn shrimp!) Karate Kick (with Tuna tataki) was excellent. Finished off with Warm Seafood Toban Yaki (kind of a bouillabase a la nipponese) and a few carafes of sake and all was good with the world. Room was young an vibrant -- and the service we had was excellent and some personal attention from the manager. Great night out -- we would be back.
Recommend some larger carafes of warm sake at reasonable price, would be an appreciated improvement.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2014

The food was very original and tasty. I would return

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2014

The food and service was outstanding; the maike rolls were unlike any we ever had before. The server was very helpful in making our selection. My son dos not sushi and he had the bavette and it was phenomenal, even betetr that at a steak house.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2014

Food and service was great and friendly and very pro. Great place!!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2014

Sushi was excellent! Definitely recommend the Club RYU and Popcorn Rock Shrimp as Appetizers

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2013

Loved every part of our meal at RYU. Wine,sushi and dishes were all fantastic.
Will be back soon to try the rest of the menu.

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3.0Dined on December 10, 2013

the problem was not RYU, it was Open Table, i ask for Japanese restaurant and you send me to Ryu wich is I don't know?

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2013

The appetizers were delicious! The maki rolls were disappointing, trying to overcomplicate it and too much fusion you don't taste the fish.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2013

Nous avons beaucoup aimé notre première expérience au Ryu. Le service est très efficace et le personnel très sympathique. C'est un peu bruyant, je ne recommanderais pas pour un souper romantique. La nourriture d'une grande fraicheur tout ce que nous avons mangé étaient très gouteux. Je vous le recommande fortement.

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3.0Dined on November 29, 2013

Food was to salty and over priced

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2013

The waiter was very helpful picking out our sushi and drinks, will go back with friends again soon!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2013

Went with my family for my birthday and I have to say everything was perfect. Waitress was super nice, food came out in great intervals, and the food was just prefect. The manager came to our table after to ask how our meal was which was really nice. I will for sure be back.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2013

The sushi was great and creative. Nicely presented and good selection since very accomodating for modifications for dietary restrictions. Two buts: 1-service was very slow on a saturday night. 2- the manager made sure to advise us that the table was only reserved for 2 hours, only a few hours prior to the reservation, not giving us much of a choice to change our reservations for another more lenient restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2013

I loved the place. The decor is beautiful and the food is just simply amazing. I would only improve the service a bit ; our waitress was kinda weird and it's the second time I notice it. But overall, it is an extraordinary place that I recommended several times before and will again.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2013

veeery tasty! amazing flavors.
Also very happening, the place was full when we left. Great spot to hit before going out :)

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2013

Love this place, great food, service and ambiance. Have the daily cocktail to start, speak to Jeremie or david concerning the wines they have some great selections. Black cod and beef tataki and carpaccio are a must

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2013

Ryu must have the best sushi I've had in a long time. The tuna on crispy rice was delicious. I strongly recommend the LOTUS, the TAKERU and the HATTORI. The TAO was excellent too! I can't wait to go back! One big plus was also the valet parking.... I didn't have to break my head looking for parking!! What more can you ask for!

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2013

Jérémie the owner is à great host

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2013

My only complain about the good was the Asian pear salad. The Asian pear was lost in the huge appetizer plate of lettuce. Too many lettuce and too finely sliced Asian pears!! Not what I was expecting!! Really nice place- clean and good borne but my only complaint is that it is way too loud! It's a small place so not the best spot to catch up with friends!!

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3.0Dined on September 11, 2013

I had been looking forward to trying RYU for a few months, so when an out-of-town friend asked where we should go for dinner, RYU was my first choice.
The maitre d'hotel seated us quickly but then ... vaporized.
The waiters were well-intentioned but unskilled, and the food - which was really very good - paled in the face of forgetful or nonexistent service. I noticed the owner looking at food that was ready to be served on the pass (between the kitchen and the restaurant), and leaving it there - while tables were clamouring for their meals, or their drinks... Not cool.
While the food was definitely first class, the service was below second rate.
I will not go back.

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3.0Dined on September 6, 2013

So I really love this place, been a couple of times and i find it is one of the best Sushi places I have been to in Montreal. I was very disappointed this time though by the way we got treated at the end. We ordered a specific sushi on the menu that was priced at 10$ and on our bill they charged us 15$. Well one of us realized getting the bill and we told our waitress. She came back saying the boss says its 15$ so we said that isn't really acceptable since the menu says otherwise. She ended up coming back handing us our new bills with the right price but no sorry or nothing. She didn't say anything. The manger didn't come say sorry either he just watched us leave after. The food is great however but service this time was disappointing.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2013

THE best sushi I have ever eaten. Great service by our knowledgeable waitress Sarah, who made wonderful recommendations on both food and wine. My first and definitely not last visit there!

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2013

I have been hearing fabulous reviews about Ryu. Finally got to see for myself what it was all about!!! It is a pretty small place & they pack the tables & people in. There were so many choices. As the plates are small we were able to try 5 items from the menu & they were all outstanding. My only complaint was that it was a long wait until the 1st plate arrived but after that they all came one after the other. Would go back in a heartbeat!!!! Definitely worth the wait & the price!!!

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2013

Original and mouth-watering sushi served in a very cool ambience with well-versed and attentive staff.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2013

LOved the chicken salad and carpaccio appetizer and pop shrimp. Surf and turf and other dishes very tasty, ( sorry can't remeber 2 others )however, when combining our three mains, a little rich. Enjoyed the meal tons, great service. Were there on a Monday so maybe not quite typical as it was quiet. would probably order one or two more traditional maki. One order of filet was great.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2013

Je suis un amateur de sushi et je suis parti de Quebec pour aller a se resto car j'avais entendu dire que les sushis etaient vraiment bon et c'est plus que le cas....ils sont vraiment incroyable selon moi les meilleurs au quebec tout amateur de sushi doit y aller

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2013

Loved my experience at Ryu
The black cod dish is my favorite in the city. Rolls are creative and deliscious.
The vibe and service was on point.
Will return soon. Must try!

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2013

The sushi at this restaurant tasted great and the presentation was very unique. I enjoyed eating here and will definitely visit again. We ordered a bit too much and were not advised by our waiter that it was too much, which is what he did do for the others in our party. The service could have been better as the waiter seemed uninterested in serving us. But, all in all, it was a pleasant experience with great food.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2013

The food was outstanding, there's nothing to be said about that. The service however was a completely different story... We had to wait about 20 minutes before being served, and about another 20 minutes before getting our drinks. As if that wasn't bad enough, we had to wait yet again for our food to come. The least that could have been done was to give something on the house, you would think???
To top off our evening, the valet lost our friend's car keys. You would think he would have felt bad or whatnot, instead he was giggling and being non chalant. This was sooooo unacceptable.
Based on our overall experience, I can't recommend this resto. It's really too bad because the food was really excellent. So fresh and creative.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2013

I would definitely go back for the hot and cold plates. Their rock shrimp is to die for! However I'd skip the sushi rolls. We were 4 people and we each ordered a different sushi roll, and they were just okay, waste of money really. Nothing to drool over. The appetizer called Spicy Tuna on Rice Cake was honestly the best I've ever tried, so be very selective!

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