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“Popular BYOB Restaurant with Very Tasty French Fare Using Fresh Ingredients”
Review of Bistro 1843

Bistro 1843
Ranked #4 of 6,457 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 26 August 2018

This is a VERY popular restaurant in a vintage nineteenth century house that once belonged to a well known local politician. The restaurant is located a little off the beaten path on Ile-Bizard in the west end of Montreal. It is family owned and specializes in dishes prepared from local ingredients of the day, so that the "menu de jour" on the chalkboard is constantly changing and unpredictable.

Nevertheless, there are some favourites that are constantly on the "a la carte" menu. On this occasion, we started with a single crab cake ($14) which had a whole crab claw sitting on top of it, and two scallops ($15), both dishes were very tasty and excellent. Included in the price of the main course was the "soup de jour" which this time was a tasty cream of celery and cauliflower soup. For the main course, we chose the filet mignon ($41.50) as well as the rack of lamb ($41.50). Both dishes were done perfectly and the meat was very tender and melted in the mouth. We were pleased with the generous portions given.

It's a small place with only about 38 places, well decorated, with large padded armchairs such that you really believe you are dining in someone's house.

The only detraction was the length of time to be served. Service was extremely casual and the whole dining experience lasted 3-hours. For the 38 odd diners, there were only two people serving, but I suspect the bottleneck was really in the kitchen. But the food was worth the wait and we will certainly be back. You just have to learn to nurse the wine and not finish it before the food arrives!

Reservations are a definite must as the restaurant is fully booked for weeks in advance. WELL DONE!

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Thank SteveNorris42
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

Very cute/quaint bistro where you feel like you have stepped a bit back in time and are eating in your great aunt's living room :)
Food was excellent and the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. You do need to reserve quite awhile in advance as there are a limited amount of tables but would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank oshanel
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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Great food with great service!! You need to reserve a few weeks prior it’s always full. Unless you go in the middle of the week. Definitely call ahead of time they are not opened every day. It’s owned by a young couple the husband it the chef and his wife does the service. They run it to perfection and change the menu regularly.

Thank Joe B
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

It is family owned and run. It is a BYOW restaurant with high end dishes. They prepare the sauces in house and that adds to the complex taste of all the dishes served. Everything on the menu is great, their Halibut dish is outstanding. Reservations are weeks in advance.

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Thank dikranhusseindjian
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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I was first taken to Bistro 1843 almost 9 years ago. I was wowed that day and it had never failed to live up to that first impression.
Try as I might, I can’t get away from the Filet Mignon. I order it every time I go because it is the best around, complimented by an exquisite béarnaise sauce. Thankfully, my wife orders something different every time we go, so I can sample Tarik’s mad skills in the kitchen.
From food to service to creating a fantastically welcoming atmosphere, Bistro 1843 is a classic just like their menu. And as a BYOW, the value is incredible.
And try the desserts. All are homemade and delicious. Just a great spot.

Thank CoreyMtl69
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