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Le Pois Penché

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1230 de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montreal, QC  H3G 1M2

(514) 667-5050

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March 05, 2013

Le Pois Penche perpetuates the imitable style and spirit of Paris in the 1940s, the quintessential French Brasserie experience that taps into the immortal and universal notion of French cuisine as  comfort food . A nostalgic concept that recreates the fondest memory from one s past, Le Pois Penche appeals to a mixture of young and old, trendy and traditional, capable connoisseurs in the fine... more

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March 03, 2013

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Le Pois Penché perpetuates the style and spirit of Paris in the 1940s, where brasseries perfected the concept of French cuisine as ‘comfort food’. Mindful of its legacy, Le Pois Penché appeals to a mixture of young adventurous diners, seasoned connoisseurs, late-night bon vivants, tourists, and local habitués, always eager to spark conversations and chance encounters over a... more

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February 28, 2013

Le Pois Penché perpetuates the style and spirit of Paris in the 1940s, where brasseries perfected the concept of French cuisine as ‘comfort food’. Mindful of its legacy, Le Pois Penché appeals to a mixture of young adventurous diners, seasoned connoisseurs, late-night bon vivants, tourists, and local habitués, always eager to spark conversations and chance encounters over a glass of... more

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3.5 star rating
August 20, 2015

We got to Montreal after 3.5 hour drive on Wednesday, we were hot, tired and needed seafood. Concierge at the Omni recommended le Pois Penche. WOW it was excellent. All in our party were impressed. The cold pea soup (petit pois droid) and oysters were the best. Excellent service, beautiful restaurant.

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3.5 star rating
August 14, 2015

My wife and I discovered Le Pois Penche while touring in Montreal because it was near our hotel. Even though the meal was a bit expensive, we benefited from a positive currency exchange rate. The restaurant is conveniently located on a corner near the art museum.
The service was attentive and courteous. It was a bit strange that, about 3/4 of the way through our meal, our server told us that... more

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3.5 star rating
July 20, 2015

Oh this was so so Good. You talk about great French food, this needs to be on your list. The service was great and everyone I talked to was originally from France. All of the staff was friendly and inviting. I had the shrimp as a starter and they were so fresh it is like they just pulled them out of the water. I had the Duck leg as my meal and it was cooked to perfection and so tender. It came... more

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3.5 star rating
July 11, 2015

The salad, filet mignon and crème brulée were delicious.

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3.5 star rating
June 23, 2015

Great location, but otherwise a waste of money and time. Their "signature" scallop ceviche was so salty, it was not palatable. Their over priced shrimp cocktail had small shrimp that were not even deveined. Save your money.

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3.5 star rating
June 13, 2015

Referred by hotel concierge. Other suggestion was L'express. Slow service. Ordered one salad but got two. Salty duck leg. Ordered Americano but got charged for cappuccino. Server forgot fries for mussels. Bad wifi to look up tourist info. Had to get another one with different SSID and password. After mentioning the slowness, I was told both salads will be on the house but charged for one.

Very... more

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3.5 star rating
June 08, 2015

We walking in at 4:50pm and were told that it was after 5pm so we had to have the formula 1 dinner menu. I showed her the time on my phone which was 4:50pm and she said it didn't matter.

After ordering it took 45min for the 2 salmon entrees we ordered to come out. They were both undercooked. I sent it back and it came out under cooked again, one was clearly grilled while one may have been... more

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3.5 star rating
June 06, 2015

Great atmosphere and they have. A nice patio overlooking the street. We had the seafood platter for two and it was quite enough for two. The only problem was there was a piece of crab that was disgusting - brown, dirty stuff on it so we didn't eat that one. They should look at that before putting it on someone's plate and wash it clean and don't serve it at all if it doesn't come clean. Service... more

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3.5 star rating
May 27, 2015

Great bar, great food. 1st night in Montreal we pulled up to the bar and had a great meal. The wine list is off the charts.
If you like food and atmosphere you'll like this restaurant.

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3.5 star rating
April 28, 2015

Our experience at Le Pois Penché was far from being bad. However, we just didn't feel the "it" factor. Even if the food was bland and its presentation was a bit off, the staff was nice and the ambience of the restaurant was pleasantly Parisian enough. Will I go back? Probably not for brunch. Montreal is filled with brunch spots in the same price range and the competition is pretty tight. Le... more

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3.5 star rating
December 31, 2014

We stopped here for brunch after a single night in Montreal. The food was excellent. My wife enjoyed the oysters, and I loved my Lobster Benedict. The service was great as well, but the kitchen was a bit slow for a restaurant that was nowhere near full. If we had been in any kind of a hurry, this could have been a problem.

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3.5 star rating
November 05, 2014

Hubby and I came here for restaurant week and this is definitely not the place you go to if you're looking for a quick bite. Ambiance, and attitude of staff definitely promote for diners to relax and go at your own pace. In fact, neighbouring diners were seated shortly after we were, but they were finally ready to order by the time we were done with our 3 courses. Please note that I'm not... more

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3.5 star rating
September 26, 2014

I hate to do this because I wanted to come here for such a long while, having read some fairly decent reviews. This establishment is a bit too pretentious. The servers and host were fumbling about to seat us (though the place was pretty empty). The water glasses were dirty with debris floating in the water, even after replacement. The service was very slow, and our server told us that parts of... more

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3.5 star rating
September 22, 2014

Worst meal ever. Everything I ordered was bad and it was really expensive. The Latte I ordered was cold and she ended up microwaving it instead of making me a new one. The Tar Tar was gross. Eek! Methinks not.

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3.5 star rating
August 05, 2014

I came here with 4 other girls for a bachelorette dinner. The décor and ambiance was French Modern with class and loved the big comfy red couches. Our waiter was attentive and responsive. Price was reasonable and many items on menu to choose from.

I order the Cuisse de Canard (Duck Leg Confit) for $26 and 6 dozens of raw oysters for $22 from Nova Scotia. I loved the oysters but you can't mess... more

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3.5 star rating
July 30, 2014

We had a delicious meal here.

We went here on a Sunday night. We had made reservations for 7:45 but the place was pretty empty so they were likely not necessary. The restaurant filled up more as the evening went on. We sat outside, which allowed us to enjoy the summer night and people watch while we waited.

We ordered the burrata appetizer at the recommendation of the waiter. He said that the... more

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3.5 star rating
June 26, 2014

Went here on a Monday night. I noticed another review that said service on a Monday was slow, they were right. The food was really good, but for the price I'd expect a lot better service. Several times we lost our server and had to fend for ourselves. I was with my parents who ordered the halibut. It looked great and they enjoyed it. Good to know they have good fish on a Monday. Typically I... more

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3.5 star rating
June 06, 2014

We were really pleased with our dinner! Sat at the bar and were super entertained. Loved our food (lobster, steak tartare, steak). Loved our wine. Loved our grapefruit, gin, cava slushes for dessert. I would return.

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3.5 star rating
French Food
May 28, 2014

If you want authentic French food, you must try this restaurant. And have the oysters as an appetizer. I had a seafood dish that was the best I have ever had. And the sauce was soo delicious. Plus the wine was outstanding. A bit pricey, but worth every cent. You will not be disappointed.

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3.5 star rating
Very French
May 07, 2014

Just like in France, nice looking brasserie with a good choice of seafood, oysters, etc.. Maybe a little pricy but the food is excellent. As a bread amateur, I can assure you that the baguette is very very good: lke in my childhood in Paris when bakeries were doing real bread!

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3.5 star rating
Mixed Feelings
May 06, 2014

We have been to this restaurant on several occasions and always left content. I personally love their décor, location and menu choices.
This time, we Ordered Braised Beef and it was excellent.
The restaurant has a lot of servers, but the service is inefficient and needs tune-up...We were served by more than four people and yet felt a bit abandoned.... more

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3.5 star rating
La Brasserie est formidable - Hope I got that correct
May 06, 2014

Enjoyed an excellent meal here with my wife and daughter. The atmosphere and amazing aromas transported us back to Paris a millisecond after entering the restaurant. The food, wine and superior service continued to delight as we enjoyed a leisurely meal.
I will not hesitate to go back on my next visit to Montreal.

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3.5 star rating
brunch was divine
May 02, 2014

We had a delicious brunch today. The lobster benedict was divine! We got there at 11:30 on a Saturday . We had the restaurant to ourselves for about thirty minutes and had the waitstaff to ourselves. I'd go there again tomorrow!

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3.5 star rating
Fabulous food & service par exellence
April 21, 2014

Eight of us had a superb dinner at this restaurant last night. We tried many dishes from the Table d'hote menu to the Seafood platter- every dish was delicious and and beautifully presented. Our waiter Fausto Rotella was the best - he went out of his way to advise us about each dish and was so attentive and charming that... more

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3.5 star rating
extraordinnaire
April 14, 2014

yes expensive, but you'd think you're in one of the finest of Paris with the quebec hospitality , great wine and formost ; absolute divine food, the ``tartare`` is a must , groups or family or couples ....doesn't matter, you'll feel special :)

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3.5 star rating
The duck was sublime
April 07, 2014

The duck I had for the main course was one of the best I've ever eaten- truly memorable. Also had the creme brulee for dessert which was light and refreshing. The atmosphere to this restaurant was very pleasant and our waiter was attentive and friendly. And the location in downtown Montreal is perfect too.

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3.5 star rating
French brasserie
March 28, 2014

Beautiful decor. The late evening menu is especially affordable. Right in the heart of downtown Montreal. You really can't go wrong with this place.

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3.5 star rating
great raw bar
March 25, 2014

We ordered a raw bar dish for two that had a half lobster, clams, mussels, oysters on the half shell, scallops in a delightful sauce and a very tasty crabmeat salad that was surprisingly good. The only thing that we thought could have been better is if they had a cocktail sauce with horseradish that was better than the one... more

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3.5 star rating
Disappointing all around
March 18, 2014

Had brunch on Saturday at le Pois Penché, the restaurant that wanted but couldn't... First, the positive, it's a beautiful place if you like the French Brasserie theme... Aside from that, ordinary food, poor and slow service, 3 mistakes in 4 plates. Did get a free beer for my troubles. Won't bother going back.

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3.5 star rating
Authenic French Brasserie
February 09, 2014

We had not planned to eat brunch that day but when my husband spotted the varieties of steak tartare on the menu, we had no choice but to eat there. It's hard to find first rate steak tartare these days but this place did not disappoint. More on this later. The interior is tastefully decorated with dark wooden tables, red... more

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3.5 star rating
January 25, 2014

Walked off the street to get out of the cold and ended up here. The server was really cool, he was from France and recommended the wine to go with the salmon I got. We had an amusing discussion on some Montreal related cultures...The food was great! Had their escargot, and no, it doesn't taste like chicken. The salmon was well portioned, in other words, don't expect a large portion for those of... more

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3.5 star rating
Great ambiance, real brasserie feel
January 17, 2014

I had a fantastic experience here. It has a wonderful brasserie feel, beautifully decorated very nice menu. It is definatly on the expensive side but I had such a nice meal that I feel it was worth it. $32 for a table d'hôte t
Duck terrine appetizer and a cod main, very delicate flavours.
The kitchen is very inflexible on... more

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3.5 star rating
Great place for sea food lovers
January 07, 2014

Really nice French bistro style restaurant. It's so lovely to sit outside on their patio, which they set up on the sidewalk, just like in Paris. The decor inside is really beautiful and service is professional. There are many delights on the menu - a great place for sea food lovers. Enjoyed the sea food platter for two and it... more

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3.5 star rating
Fine seafood in classy space
December 29, 2013

We'd been to Montreal many times, but had neither heard of nor come across this place.
My wife, who'd walked by this corner for years when she attended Concordia....said it was always a bit sketchy. So we took a small risk and decided to try it.
The front if house girl was nice, but could be dressed with more class,... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent French bistro, outstanding service
December 26, 2013

Three friends went together for a special meal. We were not disappointed. The seafood soupiere which my friends had, contained fresh seafood in an excellent fish/tomato broth. My New York steak perfect with fresh spring vegetables just cooked so the flavours were still fresh and unique. The mushrooms were caramelised and perfect, and the frittes still held an essential potato... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent Apple Trilogie
December 16, 2013

Apple mascarpone
Apple crumble
Apple sorbet.
Tres bon.
Was a late night craving.
Will return.
I really like the comfortable unpretentious feeling,give credit to the crew and it's leader for this.
The bar is a great place to eat and or just to hang out.

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3.5 star rating
French cuisine in Montreal
December 08, 2013

When you pass by the restaurant it draws you in. It looks like a posh place and people do dress up to go to dinner there. But you don't have to. They have a large bar where you can also have food. I like this because I often travel alone. They have a decent wine selection and a lovely menu.... more

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3.5 star rating
Oysters
December 06, 2013

Unfortunately they were out of the type of oysters we wanted, but the substitution was good. Our server, Yousef, was very knowledgable about everything, and fun to talk to. Good place to go.

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3.5 star rating
Wonderful Food & Charming Restaurant
November 17, 2013

We ate dinner the first night in Montreal at this great restaurant--from the 9 year old to the adults, all gave it rave reviews. Really good service, wine, cocktails. Enjoyed our waiter! We had such a great time that we went back on Sunday for brunch and enjoyed it even more! Perfect toasted french bread, wonderful eggs. Again, fabulous service!

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3.5 star rating
One of my regular places
November 15, 2013

I was standing outside reading the table d'hôte menu when a stranger asked my opinion and what is good here. First thing that came to mind was, everything.
I like to go there when I travel alone because the bar is spacious and well lighted so I can bring a book.
I also bring people with me from time to... more

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3.5 star rating
Price fixed magnifique
October 26, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful experience. Although choosing the prix fixed after 9 menu they accommodated he wish for Onion Soup. I enjoyed the goat cheese salad. My beef tartare was spicy and excellent. The portion was extremely generous. My wife enjoyed the curried mussels though would have preferred a less spicy offering. I quite enjoyed them as... more

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3.5 star rating
Magnifique
October 24, 2013

I entered this restaurant just because I was staying at the Chez Swann hotel, at the same building, and what a surprise!
The restaurant is spacious, beautifully decorated, the waitresses are very courteous and the food... ah... I'll never forget their RISOTTO LPP À L’HUILE DE TRUFFE.

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3.5 star rating
No Performace Standards and no Positive Energy
October 18, 2013

Le Pois Penche is a five year-old French Braserrie in a great location. Decor is appropriately pseudo-but-restrained NYC Balthazar. We ate there three times, as we were staying in the Chez Swann Hotel attached. Food can be quite good as was the special arctic char and osso bucco dishes or quite underwhelming as in the morning omelet and duck tartine... more

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3.5 star rating
More Parisian than ever
October 16, 2013

Montreal's French emphasis really hit it right with this bistro. Altho not inexpensive, the food was very good, and the decor and feel of the place made me think I was in a good Parisian bistro. If the prices were a bit lower it would get 5 stars, but probably would not be as good.

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3.5 star rating
This one is sinking quickly
September 21, 2013

Our party of four waited over an hour in a virtually empty restaurant for entrées on a Friday night! Which would have been bearable if the meal had been up to par. But forget it! Lobster salads without dressing tasted bland! And a first time ever tartar steak without seasoning! To top it all, a whopper of a price tag... more

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3.5 star rating
Nice dinner
September 07, 2013

Great place for a lovely dinner for two, service was great, wine was great, food was amazing. Had some very delicious salmon in a long time.

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3.5 star rating
Enjoyable Sunday Brunch
September 05, 2013

Stopped here while shopping on a bright sunny sunday at noon. Had smoked salmon with a bagel and raw oysters. Both were pretty good. Espresso and cappucino were nicely done. Service was just average...had to wait 10 minutes for someone to take our order and when they did it was to the point and rushed; no personality. But other than... more

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3.5 star rating
best french food in Montreal
September 05, 2013

been there 3 times already and everytime the menu is different!
the staff and service is outstanding and it remindes me of Paris everytime I go there!

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3.5 star rating
Good value, fine food
September 03, 2013

Exploring from the Omni, Le Pois Penche looked like the kind of French restaurant we should try on our first night in Montreal. It did not disappoint--we sat outside and enjoyed watching the pedestrian traffic.

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3.5 star rating
5-star European cuisine
August 27, 2013

We had dinner at Le Pois Penche in August 2013- absolutely amazing food. My wife had the Duck Confit and I had the Nagano Pork. Both were delicious and cooked just right. The restaurant is expensive. There were three of us and it put us down by $180 ! However, it was worth every penny. I will definitely return- I... more

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3.5 star rating
Good seafood restaurant
August 25, 2013

Had a great meal at Le Pois Penché,
Oysters were fresh and they had a great selection. We both had different Beef entrée which were both good and cook to perfection. The wine list is ok but it is lacking by the glass choices, there only a few reds and a few whites.
Service was very professional and everyone from... more

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3.5 star rating
Voted best meal in North America
August 17, 2013

Our family of 4 voted this the best meal we ate in a 2 week trip through Boston, New Hampshire, Vermont and Montreal. Arriving on a Sunday evening and wanting to find a nice place where we could celebrate a wedding anniversary but still keep the children happy, we asked the hotel concierge for some recommendations and this was one... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent seafood and other classic French fare
August 14, 2013

This is the place to go if you crave French dishes and seafood. The salmon tartare appetizer and halibut were so fresh and perfectly seasoned. I also enjoyed the duck confit - tender tasty meat, not too greasy, even the greens that came with it was tasty.
The space is open with plenty of outdoor seating, great for family with... more

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3.5 star rating
August 12, 2013

My review in one word? Disappointed.

I've heard about this place for years and years. So many people have told me that I HAVE to try this restaurant out etc etc..So, last week, I finally went in with my fiance, and man was I unimpressed.

Let's start with the pros:
1. Clean
2. Nice ambiance and decor
3. Knowledgable and courteous staff

Cons:
1. It took FOREVER and a day for our food to... more

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3.5 star rating
Steak Frits
August 11, 2013

My wife and I love to eat steak Frits and drink wine there. Very nice and sexy. Love it. The owner loves to recommend wines that are honest in taste and price.

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3.5 star rating
Simply Amazing Terrace !! Must Visit in Montreal
July 27, 2013

I only seem to write a review when a restaurant has been way above the norm!! I dine out regularly and always eat in very good restaurants although average in service, preparation and attention to detail. Last Friday night we chose Le Pois Penche to dine with local friends. We started with a beef tartar that was prepared with delicately... more

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3.5 star rating
Very Nice
July 21, 2013

We had a lovely meal on the patio. The weather was perfect, the food delicious and the server very professional. The only negative was having to sit near smokers.

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3.5 star rating
10 reasons to think about going or not going there
July 15, 2013

1- It's good there for two people only (Business or Romance) 2 is enough !
2- I don't advise this for groups or any other event : Main reason : Slow, bad service, chaos ! yet there are nights when it's not full at all ! even lunch time !
3- The food is good one some nights and sometimes... more

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3.5 star rating
Good for people watching
July 14, 2013

We wanted a low-key bistro and ended up hanging out for 3 hours at our sidewalk table. It was most entertaining watching all the people walk/drive/cycle by. The food wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. We only had the frisee salad and some sides so I can't comment on a large part of the menu although my husband had... more

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3.5 star rating
It took over 2 hours to eat
July 01, 2013

It was a holiday weekend (St Jean-Baptiste) so the place was half-empty. Warm night so we sat outside which allows you to breathe the fumes of the cars on De Maisonneuve street. The lobster salad was good but took over an hour to arrive. It took another 30 minutes to get a dessert menu...nice staff but not very attentive.

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3.5 star rating
Quality, Service and experience
June 18, 2013

I came with my girlfriend to see what people talk about when choosing a French Bistro in the city centre of Montreal. We had seafood appetizers and a fillet mignon for entry. We were surprised from the flavor, the presentation and particularly from the staff, very friendly and helpful. It might be a little pricey if you decide to take... more

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3.5 star rating
very enjoyable atmosphere and great food
May 19, 2013

We stayed at the adjacent hotel so we thought we'll give it a try. We really liked the atmosphere with the comfy seating and the view from the table next to the sliding window walls to watch people strolling by.
Our service was very good and we enjoyed the variety on the menu and were very happy with our meals.... more

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3.5 star rating
Good French Food
May 14, 2013

We had reservations and were taken to our table immediately. The service was a little confusing. Our server changed a couple of times. Our server chose the wine and we found it to be excellent. We both enjoyed our meals. We had the creme brûlée for dessert and it was yummy. It is pricey but worth the cost.

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3.5 star rating
WORST Service Great Food...What to do
May 13, 2013

Never again.
The service was horrendous, it is much too bad cause the food was fabulous. It was a friends birthday and I guess they do not do too well with larger tables (party of 8 mind you). The waiter was rude and seemed pressed to go chat up the bartender rather than attend to our orders.
Great atmosphere but... more

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3.5 star rating
Keep on walking
May 06, 2013

Terrible service, we waited over 75 minutes for our lunch. When it arrived the $20 burger was tasteless and fatty. I would give this restaurant another look.

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3.5 star rating
May 01, 2013

If I'm salivating while walking near your place and remembering your food (in this case, the beef tartare), that means it was awesomely good! The service was cool and polite, and I enjoyed my meal during lunchtime. Only cons? The clients! Gosh can they be pricks and rude when their demands aren't immediately satisfied! Helloooooo, it's a french specialty restaurant: expect a not-so-fast... more

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3.5 star rating
romantic for a nice evening out
April 29, 2013

We celebrated our 12th anniversary here on Sunday evening. Our waiter recommended we start with a white sangria which was truly amazing! My husband ordered the French onion soup which was really delicious and that was followed by Le Parisien for 2. A nice assortment of seafood and seafood salads. We both loved it and felt completely satisfied. We topped... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent birthday celebration
April 20, 2013

I celebrated my bday at the Pois Penche with my family April 20. Patricio took care of everything in the most professional and amazing way. We had a stunning square table for 16 in their gorgeous private room. Upon arrival, we were greeted in such a friendly manner, it was beautiful. They even addressed the young children by their name... more

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3.5 star rating
Amazing food
April 17, 2013

I had the pleasure of dining at the Pois Penché last night with some friends and it was amazing! We ordered a bunch of appetizers to sample as many dishes as possible because i couldn't make up my mind and none disappointed. We started with fresh oysters, which they had 4 variety with the vinaigrette: DELICIOUS! then we had the... more

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3.5 star rating
Delicious
April 15, 2013

I had the pleasure of dining at the Pois Penché last night with some friends and it was truly delicious. We ordered a variety of appetizers to sample as many dishes as possible and none disappointed. We had the crab salad with avocado, the tempura shrimp, the beef tartar and then shared a main course of cod with quinoa which... more

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3.5 star rating
Very good - a little expensive
April 06, 2013

Spent the week-end in Montreal and ate dinner in Le Pois Penche. This is billed as a Parisienne Bistro and they certainly got the Paris pricing. We made a reservation from our hotel and were seated right away. We arrived at about 8:30 pm on Saturday and the restaurant was busy but we seemed to have caught the back end... more

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3.5 star rating
April 01, 2013

TOURIST TRAP! beware.. I only ended up here cause it was pretty late and it was the only place in this area that was open and looked semi decent. Prices are high and the food is just ok.

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3.5 star rating
December 07, 2012

I was only here for a networking event in the lovely room downstairs so I can't speak to the usual dining experience but in terms of a private event with passed canapes, the food was wildly hit or miss. The tartare was delicious, but the quiches were not cooked - literally runny raw egg. Gah I have the heebie jeebies again just thinking about it.

But I do want to come back and try the ceasars!

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3.5 star rating
November 20, 2012

3.5

It is OK but I do not find the food as Parisian enough to deserve the name of Parisian bistrot as written on the menu. Some basic meals from real Parisian bistrot are lacking.

Food is good and overall well executed but missing the woah factor, the juiciness and savoury of a fabulous meal.

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3.5 star rating
October 08, 2012

I went here by myself and with my husband a few days later. I had a great time here and the servers were extremely helpful. We enjoyed their Oyster special ( a dozen for $20). They had great food and a great atmosphere. I had a glass of Chardonnay there that I can't find anywhere else, but it was amazing.

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3.5 star rating
September 11, 2012

Very disappointed. Looks kinda like a french restaurant and the menu is better than the food. I know that Montreal is expensive but this doesn't stand up to to price paid. I had the Plate D'hote which was blue marlin described as grilled with a cool center. It was overcooked and pretty tasteless. My wife had a grilled salmon which was just OK. With one glass of wine and no dessert, it was a... more

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3.5 star rating
August 13, 2012

Great place... A little over priced but the food and service were great.

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3.5 star rating
August 04, 2012

Not bad. Seasonable price for brunch. A little bit towards tourist. Not sure I will go there for dinner.

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3.5 star rating
June 18, 2012

We both enjoyed our main courses. I had beef cheeks with blueberries (so tender) and my boyfriend had the duck with this awesome fried rice cake on the side.

Service was kinda slow but we were enjoying sitting outside and watching people. I don't like how they have the seats set up outside. They have one row of tables alongside the building, then the sidewalk, then another row of tables along... more

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3.5 star rating
June 10, 2012

Excellent location downtown, relaxed ambiance, sidewalk seats are good for people watching (or being watched).

Food is fairly good, but not *wow* great, here is a breakdown:
-- beef tarter is fresh and delicately seasoned, a bit too chunky for my preference but a good tarter nonetheless
-- salmon tartar's more interesting character is its texture, with addition of wakame and fish roes
-- duck... more

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3.5 star rating
June 03, 2012

Service is very good and friendly. Ambiance is relaxed cool and warm. I notified the Waiter that my glass of wine was too warm He friendly accepted to change it with a cooler glass which I really appreciated. Tartares were very fresh, chunky and tasty. Interesting wine list. Yummy, fresh oysters for 20$ a dz. as appetizer!

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3.5 star rating
May 14, 2012

GREAT FOOD but be sure to check your bill!
I celebrated my bday there and was a disaster. NONE of the 15 people I was with would ever go back there. The waiter was so rude and slow; we had to get the bottles of wine and serve them ourselves. When my friend's bill came he charged extra bottles and had to change it 3 times (and he got upset on top). The day after I realized I ended up paying for... more

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3.5 star rating
March 24, 2012

I was very pleased with Le Pois Penece' and will consider going back. It is perhaps a little pricey but the food was really stellar. I had the salad with the fried goat cheese as my appetizer and that was quite good. The main course though was a Rib Steak for two in a red wine reduction with chanterelle mushrooms and fois gras. It would have been better if the steak was shared with my hot date... more

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3.5 star rating
September 02, 2011

Since we live part of the year in a condo close to Pois Penche, we decided to go back and give it another chance. Things have changed a bit; hostesses with tight dresses and high heels now greet you.
The music is no longer french music, but loud rap. The food is still overpriced but now they give you smaller portions. My bavette was a small piece of very tough meat I had to struggle to cut. The... more

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3.5 star rating
August 20, 2011

Caution, a very nice spot but definitely NOT 2 $$ (even Canadian). Dinner with a glass of wine will easily run $50 per person.

We sat in a tiny table out on the sidewalk on a summer Sunday evening so it was pretty quiet. As they are in the heart of the business district I imagine it could be a little busy on a weeknight.

Our fish was quite good and other than the prices, not much to complain... more

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3.5 star rating
August 06, 2011

This restaurant is a fantastic place to have fresh oysters and a trusting beef tartar for a nice romantic dinner. Fancy, 20's style chic fun; check out the art downstairs when you go to the washroom ;)
FYI I'm Seth D. 'sugarplum' if you read a few reviews down - come on don't make fun, you have nicknames for each other, don't lie!

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3.5 star rating
June 28, 2011

The is definitely a place to stop in when in Montreal.

We were wandering around downtown Montreal looking for a place that you jump out at us. Le Pois Penche instantly appealed to us with its French decor and outside seating. The sidewalk seating and people watching were definitely fun, and why not eat French food in Montreal.

The food was delicious and the service great. The waitress was... more

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3.5 star rating
June 06, 2011

I heard of this place before and I was hoping it would make the cut. It just did. Food was ok but not *great*, although I'm being severe a tad. My colleagues did enjoy it more than me I think. Location is great, right downtown so it's convenient for business crowds, but I wouldn't bring my wife here. It's a bit gimmicky with the faux French brasserie style, it's clearly aimed at tourists.

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3.5 star rating
April 30, 2011

The seafood platter is delicious, a most get when going to the this restaurant. The rest of my meal was not bad for French cuisine, but I've had better.

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3.5 star rating
April 27, 2011

This is the best caesar cocktail in town. All other things on the menu are good but overpriced. For the best experience at Le Pois Penché sit at the bar have an entree and order the caesar, this will not disappoint or break the bank.

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3.5 star rating
December 15, 2010

Dined at Pois Penche last night and had a great experience. The hostess greeted us promptly and offered coat check. Our server was adorable and friendly - at times service was a bit on the slow side, but this seemed to be more because he didn't want to interrupt our party of six. I was always able to catch his eye and wave him over when we needed something.

For appetizers we had French onion... more

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3.5 star rating
November 27, 2010

Steak Tartare was very good. Salads were weak. Seafood Platter was very weak. Need to improve.

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3.5 star rating
November 05, 2010

Oh man. Inhaled a dozen oysters in 15 minutes. Would've had seconds if I didn't have dinner plans.

Splurge without breaking the bank: $20 for dz oysters, 5-8 pm on weeknights.

On weekends...that can easily go up 2x. The waiter actually forgot it was Saturday (I'd asked him if I missed "oyster happy hour" and he said no), so my bill reflected the normal cost - ouch. But he adjusted it to the... more

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October 24, 2010

I found it to be overpriced. Food is ok. Ditto the service. There are better for less.

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August 04, 2009

Great French Brasserie, right down to the flirty waiters! The food is authentic without being outdated, the foie gras parfait melted in my mouth and there is always something on your plate that makes you say: Hmmm, that is interesting, then you say wow, t

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August 04, 2009

Like the other restaurant of the group (Queue de Cheval), this is a place to go to say that you went. The food and the service do not justify the prices you pay. But it is a great place to be seen.

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August 03, 2009

Great seafood!

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August 02, 2009

Nice idea - outdoor tables, bistrot-look decor and menu and right downtown where there aren't a lot of good places to chose from. I went once ...and didn't go back, so I guess that tells you something. Way overpriced for what's on offer. Go to Lemeac in

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July 14, 2009

Overpriced - especially the wines by the glass (or should I say by the thimble).

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July 08, 2009

Good food but overpriced given below average service.Very busy, it obviously has its followers.

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July 05, 2009

Food is overpriced for its quality, while the decor reminds you of a european brothel.

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June 23, 2009

Very well decorated - feel of French bistro. Quality and preparation of food is not high enough given the price level. Good wine list.

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June 22, 2009

This is a wonder-filled place. Be sure to sit upstairs and enjoy the people. The food is spectacular and the oysters in particular are superb. The service is very attentive without being intrusive. The staff are all very tolerant of non French speaking Am

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June 22, 2009

Pretentious ambiance and the food was ok.... more

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June 22, 2009

Most amazing deer tartare I've ever had

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June 22, 2009

Best tartare in Montreal! Sidewalk cafe ambience and jazz music are very cool.

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June 22, 2009

Very expensive, but the food is very good! But for the amount you pay per person the service is not great!

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3.5 star rating
July 14, 2011

L'avis d'un groupe de 30 personnes (amies et amis de ma soeur) était unanime, nous nous sommes tous fait anarqué. En moyenne $120/personnes pour un service mediocre et une nourriture qui frôle le ridicule. Vaut mieux aller manger au McDonnald. Si vous voulez gacher une fête, aller à ce restaurent, vous ne prendrai certainement pas du poids et il vont tous faire pour soutirez votre argent pour... more

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3.5 star rating
October 13, 2008

Très bon restaurant avec un excellent service. Le décor et l'ambiance sont excellent. Une excellente brasserie à la française. Bref, c'est mon avis et je le partage !

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3.5 star rating
January 17, 2008

J'ai personellement apprrécié ce nouveau restaurant. La nourriture est très bonne. Le décor antique est très intéressant et très réussi (nottament le merveilleux mobilier et l'immense cadre sur la façade extérieur). Pour ce qui est des vins, la carte est correct. Le seul point négatif est la grosseur des portions vs. les prix demandés.. Bref, c'est mon avis et je le partage !

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3.5 star rating
January 13, 2008

Un restaurant a eviter a tout prix. Le decor est tres beau, la nourriture est bonne, mais le service releve plus du harcelement que de l'empressement. Les serveurs poussent a la consommation d'une façon honteuse et cela devient tellement désagreable que ça gache la soirée. Tout est facturé a part. Une viande vient sans accompagnement, si vous voulez du gratin, il vous en coutera $14.00 de... more

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English
September 06, 2011

Le Pois Penche perpetuates the imitable style and spirit of Paris in the 1940s, the quintessential French Brasserie experience that taps into the immortal and universal notion of French cuisine as 'comfort food'. A nostalgic concept that recreates the fondest memory from one's past, Le Pois Penche appeals to a mixture of young and old, trendy and traditional, capable connoisseurs in the fine... more

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