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Chez Piggy Restaurant

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68R Princess St
Kingston, ON  K7L 1A5

(613) 549-7673

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4 star rating
December 14, 2011

Just off Princess Street in a complex of renovated 19th-century buildings, this remains one of Kingstonians' favorite restaurants despite the death of its flamboyant creator in 2002. Out front is a paved dining courtyard, and inside are a long bar with director's chairs and an upstairs dining room enhanced by Tunisian rugs. Dinner possibilities include rack of venison, rib steaks, duck leg... more

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4 star rating
A very pleasant surprise
May 28, 2014

The restaurant was recommended by the lady at the B&B we were staying at and she had explained the history of the restaurant. When we entered the restaurant we thought it was going to be quite expensive but were very pleasantly surprised by the prices on the menu. The restaurant is gorgeous and the food was excellent. Would love one... more

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4 star rating
Great food, tables are a little crammed in
May 27, 2014

I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant last week. The meal was great, the service was helpful and the setting is pleasant. I wasn't really happy with the way so many tables are crammed in the top floor. This is my only complaint tho. It's a place worth going to.

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4 star rating
Nice place for a bite to eat
May 16, 2014

We had a group of 5 on a Saturday afternoon. The service was good and the food options are plentiful ranging from smoked trout pate, wild salmon platter, lamb burger, to steak frites. All of the entries were perfectly cooked. The restaurant owners also own a bakery called Pan Chancho. They serve fresh bread from the bakery while waiting for... more

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4 star rating
OMG! Go here! It's a well hidden gem
May 11, 2014

This place is located upstairs in a tiny courtyard of buildings dating back to the sixteenth century. At first, I thought it was pub grub based on its name. But boy oh boy, was I ever wrong!
The menu had things like fiddleheads, ostrich loins, cheeses that were our of this world and a wine list to knock your socks... more

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4 star rating
Zal would be proud
May 10, 2014

I've been visiting Chez Piggy for over 30 years as when I have the good fortune to be visiting Kingston, or passing through on the way to destinations east. This visit was in honour of my daughter's 25th birthday and once again, Chez Piggy provided a memorable meal.
For those who don't know, Zal Yanofsky, of the famous rock group... more

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4 star rating
Good, but not great
April 29, 2014

I went there for lunch about a month ago. It was my turn to pick a place to go for lunch with my team from work. I walked in and seen someone from work, so I joined him. Waitress eventually came over, but didn't say a word when she got to our table - no greeting, no can I get... more

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4 star rating
You'll never have a bad meal
April 16, 2014

Hilarious name, great food. The bread is baked in the sister store (pan chancho) and prices are reasonable. No trip to Kingston is complete without Chez Piggy!

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4 star rating
Not bad for a Horse Stable
April 16, 2014

Dining in Kingston doesn't get any better than this restaurant. I remember going to this restaurant 30 years ago for one of my most memorable evenings out. The food is great and back then you could visit the kitchen...kind of unheard of now! It is a beautiful limestone setting tucked back off Princess Street. I still enjoy going and that... more

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4 star rating
Top Notch At Chez Piggy
April 14, 2014

Food is absolutely delicious and service is excellent. The decor is stunning and the menu is very inviting! Man, woman or child will love the experience!

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4 star rating
Always Surprisingly Good
April 14, 2014

My go-to place in Kingston and a restaurant I'm proud to recommend to other people. They have a wide variety of food and there's always something for everyone. I've never picked a meal and then didn't like what I got. The specials are always wonderful. Amazing wine selection. The servers are knowledgeable and mature and laid-back, friendly and many have... more

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4 star rating
Perfect food and inconsistent service
April 08, 2014

I ate lunch here on two consecutive days while in Kingston for business. If the service had matched the wonderful food, I would have happily rated eating at this restaurant as a five star experience.
The service issues:
-- offered bread the first day but not the second
-- my waterglass was not refilled at all on my second visit... more

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4 star rating
Great great cannot be beat
April 01, 2014

We took our out of town friend there as part of touring Kingston and Wolf Island. Waitress was soooo good and helped us with both lunch and drink selections. We did not know what type of beer to have so she offered a taster. Did not like that kind but settled for Hops and Robbers. Nice bitter with a punch.... more

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4 star rating
Still a good reliable dinner stop
March 30, 2014

Whether before or after a show. This restaurant has been a Kingston standard for over 30 years and despite some ownership changes it is still a great stop for dinner, desserts or drinks. Staff are accommodating and helpful and will always try to make room for one more table whether you have reservations or not.

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4 star rating
Overpriced and bland
March 25, 2014

Disappointed. Expected much more since I have frequented it's sister eatery, Pan Chancho, many times and love their food. Chez Piggy does not compare. Spring rolls are greasy and uninspiring. Husband's mushroom coated steak was quite flavourless and mushroomless. Very expensive for such unimpressive food.

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4 star rating
Wonderful warm meal - on cold winter night
March 06, 2014

We usually try to make a visit to Chez Piggy on our infrequent visits to Kingston. Always wonderful. The starter - spring roll salad - was ordered as a half portion and even that was immense (too much, really, though very tasty. We enjoyed salmon filet and an ostrich loin - both wonderfully prepared. The dessert was especially great as... more

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4 star rating
Good food, beautiful location
March 05, 2014

Celebrating 35 years in business, chez piggy is a cornerstone of the downtown restaurant scene. Food is eclectic and well prepared, menus change seasonally.
Last visit I had their "Canuck plate", a composed plate with maple cured salmon, duck prosciutto, cured venison and local cheeses with assorted other goodies -- inventive and delicious. Their chowders are always good, cha gio... more

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4 star rating
Not a favourite
March 04, 2014

Many people consider Chez PIggy to be a great Kingston institution. I think it rides on this reputation and has stopped earning its reputation. I used to go there from the time it opened. After many years away from Kingston we returned in the summer of 2010 for a birthday dinner. The food was undistinguished and overpriced. The service was... more

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4 star rating
Chez Piggy3
March 03, 2014

Chez Piggy is wonderful. Spring rolls are home made & my favourite - I guess everything is homemade & fresh. You don't get a lot of food but everything is so tasty, very well presented but a little pricey.

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4 star rating
Does not live up
February 15, 2014

Valentine's dinner on Saturday February 15th. They have upstairs and downstairs. I reserved downstairs. Our table was ready but in the middle of the aisle right next to the stairs almost an add on as the only table right there. Waiter was vey "casual" as if we were in his way of the regulars. Caesar sald had a nice dressing... more

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4 star rating
Good
February 14, 2014

Being honest I just stopped for a soup. Best soup I ever had. This looks like a nice friendly place where you and a date would be treated nicely.

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4 star rating
Charming
January 06, 2014

I love this place but more for the idea of it; decor, location, menu than the product delivered. Food is sometimes awesome and sometimes dull. Service is attentive but on our last visit the server brought the wrong daily special with our order. A sign of less-than-caring service. I had oysters in the half shell at lunch and the treatment... more

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4 star rating
Very yummy
December 25, 2013

Beautiful restaurant, good food, service was alittle slow. Pricey for what you go, but very tasty. Casual or dress up. Fun walk to get to the restaurant, wish we could have eaten out on the patio. Would go back for sure

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4 star rating
One of the nicer restaurants in Kingston
December 22, 2013

One of the nicer restaurants in Kingston, although if it was in a 'bigger pond' it might not stand out as much. Decor is eclectic. Service is friendly. Decent Cocktails. Decent+ food. Good variety in the menu. Slightly pricey. Worth a visit if you want something above average in the neighbourhood.

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4 star rating
Overrated and Overpriced
November 30, 2013

We visited at the end of November on a Friday night. It may have been the food I got that made this visit less than desirable but it was a highly suggested restaurant from the locals, so I guess I expected more. We had wine, beer and iced tea for drinks and the duck poutine for an appetizer. The duck... more

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4 star rating
great surprise
November 26, 2013

Not going to lie - wasn't sure what to expect when I heard the name :) I am SO glad I went. Gorgeous decor, great service, and a delicious lunch. We ordered scallops, the club and curried chicken sandwich. Everything was absolutely delicious. It was a little on the pricey side for lunch, but I would highly recommend going and... more

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4 star rating
A Kingston institution with an eclectic menu
November 15, 2013

Chez Piggy has been around forever - I remember going there when I was a student at Queen's in the early 1980s. The decor is little changed during the past 30 years (it could use some updating) but what hasn't is an eclectic offering of fresh, well prepared dishes. There aren't many restaurants where you'll find Vietnamese dishes, pasta and... more

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4 star rating
Comfortable atmosphere, wonderful menu
November 01, 2013

Had a wonderful lunch with a new friend: I had a Vietnamese-style salad that was full of flavor, fresh and healthy; he had the Carne Asada special and it looked terrific. The service was attentive. I'd go back!

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4 star rating
Pleasantly surprised
October 30, 2013

Well I wasn't expecting too much, but was definitely pleasantly surprised.
Food was excellent, service was good, décor was nice as well.
Would repeat and recommend.

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4 star rating
OK but overpriced
October 29, 2013

Food is good and service was fine. Place was not very full on a Wednesday. Salmon was average, not badly cooked but not super good and skimpy on vegetable. Chocolate cake ordered by one of group was judged somewhat dry. Hard to justify $30 per entree. There are other choices in town that offer better value.

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4 star rating
Touch of European Flair in Kingston - Nice
October 28, 2013

We love Kingston and have enjoyed many fine , dining spots, but wanted to try something new and had never been to Chez Piggy despite its long history in Kingston. There are two access points to get to the restaurant that set the tone. The entrance from the West (off Brock) is longer and windy with a short arched tunnel... more

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4 star rating
Still yummy after all these years
October 27, 2013

Chez Piggy was my favourite restaurant when visiting in Kingston (over the course of about a decade). As fate would have it, I haven't managed to go back for the last 5 years or so. This past weekend, I had the chance to take my son.
The atmosphere is still lovely and warm. The menu offers something for everyone. The... more

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4 star rating
Thanksgiving at Chez Piggy
October 25, 2013

The 5 of us were treated great!! We started outside and came in from the rain. They made us welcome both places - no fuss about transferring to different waiters. The service was the best part. The Emu was very good and the grilled calamari app was huge and lovely. The special was a baked whole fish stuffed with serano... more

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4 star rating
Simply delicious
October 24, 2013

Having frequented Kingston many times over the course of several years we finally dined at Chez Piggy. What a treat. Wonderful seasonal cocktails to start, an excellent wine list and an outstanding selection of appetizers and entres. It was a tough decision but I settled on the sea scallop salad and was very impressed. My partner had the fresh fish... more

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4 star rating
A Kingston Institution
October 23, 2013

We were in Kingston for Homecoming and visited Chez Piggy three times: for a quick bowl of soup; a late night dinner and brunch on Sunday....all visits were more than satisfactory. Homemade soup accompanied with homemade bread was our very late lunch; fisherman's soup and lamb shank were our main courses for dinner; again well prepared and served with enthusiasm... more

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4 star rating
Delightful restaurant
October 20, 2013

Twenty years ago I dined in Chez Piggy several times while doing some work at Queen's. It was summer, and I invariably sat outside while enjoying the first-rate meals served to me. The patio was nice but nothing unusual. This time our friends and I were upstairs inside, and found the place to be quite delightful. We were there for... more

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4 star rating
World class dining experience, and fun
October 20, 2013

We visited Chez Piggy for their 'School of Fish' tasting event, which was 6 creative seafood dishes paired with 6 Canadian wines.
For $95 a person this was an absolute steal for excellent food, and what turned out to be extremely generous wine refills.
Placed at a round table with other people we were initially put off, but quickly loved... more

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4 star rating
A 'must' when you're in Kingston
October 17, 2013

We were impressed: having stopped by for a drink at the bar, we decided to stay and dine as soon as we scanned the dinner menu. This is a totally unpretentious restaurant in which delicious food and beverages (we liked that the wine was available by the glass, half litre, and bottle) is served by knowledgeable, efficient and friendly staff.... more

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4 star rating
Interesting menu
October 14, 2013

My wife and I have dined at Chez Piggy both inside and on the outdoor patio. Great patio. The menu offered some different choices which was nice. Service was excellent and the food was very good. Some may consider it a little pricey but we will definetly return.

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4 star rating
Great ambience, excellent service, a real treat
October 13, 2013

Had a fabulous meal, wonderful ambience and excellent service, there is no ordinary run of the mill food here. The decor is not to be missed either. If you are visiting Kingston you should make plans to eat at Chez Piggy. Not to be missed.

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4 star rating
Yummy brunch
October 13, 2013

We had brunch with a bigger group. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was all delicious. The service was a bit slow but that may have been due to how busy the restaurant was.

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4 star rating
A not to be missed, Kingston Landmark
October 09, 2013

This is lovely restaurant with home cooked gourmet meals. We were a group of 8 and everyone was thrilled with their meals. I am gluten free and I had many choices. My friend tried Ostrich and loved it. Our waitress was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth. We split the bill and it was about $55.00 per person with... more

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4 star rating
Chez Piggy for dinner before the Gananoque Theatre
October 09, 2013

We decided to dine at Chez Piggy for dinner before taking in a show at the Gananoque Theatre and felt we made an excellent choice. My husband and I started with a plate of oysters which we quite enjoyed and they tasted so fresh. We both couldn't resist ordering the Thyme Shallot Marinated Ostrich Loin (not found on too many... more

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4 star rating
Lovely lunch, recommended by a local
October 05, 2013

My husband and I were on a first time trip to Kingston and didn't know where to eat. While enjoying the Farmers Market, we had a nice visit with a vendor, and she recommended Chez Piggy for lunch. The parsnip-pear soup was particularly delicious. Our waiter was excellent, and we were seated upstairs where we could appreciate the building's architecture.... more

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4 star rating
A nice Sunday afternoon in Kingston
October 05, 2013

We sat behind the restaurant in the terrasse area. It was a beautiful day and so nice to sit outside. The terrasse is comfortable and inviting. People even had well behaved pooches. The food was very fresh and very good. We enjoyed the "Good-Ah Burger" and the farfalle. The beer was recommended by Sara, our server, she suggested Mill Street,... more

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4 star rating
Charming spot off the beaten path
September 29, 2013

Took a day trip to Kingston coming over on the ferry and couldn't decide where to have lunch. Stumbled upon the sign leading us down an alleyway into a nice little garden. We took a look at the menu and noticed oysters on special, so I was sold. Sat out in the patio/garden and enjoyed a beer before ordering. Beer... more

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4 star rating
Came for the hockey. Was amazed at the town
September 28, 2013

Hidden down a cobblestone path that opens into a quaint courtyard. A few heaters could let patrons enjoy the outside and not have to endure the tiny noisy inside. Chairs were uncomfortable but the room was adorable worth a look inside. Food was adventurous

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4 star rating
Excellant Dinner
September 18, 2013

What a wonderful location for a restaurant. Our server Hilary told us it used to be an old stable. Hilary even went inside (we ate in the courtyard) and brought out a picture of the before and after renovations. Hilary couldn't have been a more helpful or nicer server. Two people had the Pollo Mojito, one had the Fish Special... more

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4 star rating
Like a fine wine? - Nope
September 14, 2013

Do great restaurants get better with age? Like a fine wine? Not this one :-(
It has been an institution in Kingston for years, and for good reason, but standards can and do, - and have slipped.
Even the frites, ( which are really potato strings), which were legendary, are now in the 'good but not great' category. (He sighs... more

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4 star rating
Terrific lunch
September 12, 2013

We ordered two lunches and split them. the first was the Chez Piggy Club sandwich with hand cut potato chips and the second was the GOOD-AH BURGER served with a terrific cabbage salad. This was the best tasting burger I've ever had. It was juicy, filling, but not fat or greasy.
We usually have our larger meal off a lunch... more

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4 star rating
Worth it for the atmosphere
September 09, 2013

Adventurous dishes and great atmosphere, but too expensive for my taste. Great for lunch on the terrace.

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4 star rating
More Than Disappointed
January 22, 2011

My husband and I heard several reccomendations from numerous people to go to Chez Piggy. We can’t really afford to eat there but decided to try it on a special occasion. The atmosphere was great and out server at first seemed very helpful but after we ordered, we hardly saw her. After what felt like at least 40minutes, Our food was delivered, we both ordered the three course meal of venicen.... more

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4 star rating
It was a lovely dinner, longish wait for "Al Fresco", the...
August 21, 2007

It was a lovely dinner, longish wait for “Al Fresco”, the waitress was clueless, but the food was superb.

Al had a margarita, Hannah had a daiquiri and I had 2 (delicious) mojitos with lots of fresh mint.
Al and Hannah thought the mojitos tasted like grass.

Al had the caesar salad, which he pronounced delicious.
I had the roasted tomato bisque with crab (excellent). Hannah had the Warm... more

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4 star rating
February 19, 2005

A nice spot, tucked away in a quiet setting! They have great specials and a nice patio for the warm weather! A nice spot to have an intimate drink!

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4 star rating
January 13, 2001

As the name says :-)

Nestled in a quiet courtyard off Princess street in the
downtown core.

Good European dining with daily / weekly specials depending

on the season. Intimate sittings or a lunch out with the office

for the afternoon. Patio sitting available during the summer

barring rain. Standard wine list selected by the chef and beers

on tap are usually from the Micro Brews... more

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4 star rating
January 13, 2001

As the name says :-)

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August 06, 2013

Chez Piggy Restaurant offers these services: aliments, restaurant, take-out food.

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May 21, 2012

Chez Piggy is a Continental and French restaurant where most Menuism users came for a romantic date, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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