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About Le Chien Noir

Located steps from historic Market Square, Le Chien Noir features French bistro classics & modern 'Farm to Table' features served in an upbeat, comfortable atmosphere. All dishes are prepared using fresh, high quality, seasonal and whenever possible local ingredients.
Enjoy our colourful heated Courtyard Terrace, Dining room or our spacious Zinc Bar.
20 Wines by the glass, Craft beer, Vintage & Contemporary Cocktails.
Prix Fixe Menu, Children's Menu, Vegetarian Options.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French / Canadian, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday Brunch : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday Dinner : 3:00-9:00 pm
Cocktail Hour Daily: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cross Street:
Wellington St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(613) 549-5635

Website:
http://www.lechiennoir.com/

Catering:
The Black Dog Hospitality Group is pleased to introduce our new catering division!
- Bespoke corporate lunches and party/holiday platters available for pick-up or delivery.
- Select from artisan cheeses and charcuterie, canapés, seafood platters and more.
- Our acclaimed chefs use the best, fresh, seasonal, and (whenever possible)
local ingredients.
We understand the importance of creating a lasting impression for your clients or guests!

Parking Details:
On-street parking available or in a 6 story municipal parking garage 1 block from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Eric Brennan

Additional:
Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Le Chien Noir Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.2

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (33)
Fit for Foodies (28)
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Romance (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Neighbourhood Gem (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Outdoor Eating (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Casual (17)
Authentic (16)
Business Meals (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post-theatre (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Lunch (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Group Bookings (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Late-Night Find (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Brunch (5)
Fun (5)
Gluten-Free Options (5)
Tapas (5)
Great Beer (4)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Vegan (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

the staff were attentive - we thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the chef's table

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service as always. One of my favourite places in Kingston.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food2
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Terrible service and food was mediocre so it is not clear it was so packed. Despite making reservations 3 weeks in advance, we were given the worst table in the place and largely ignored by the waitstaff. The specials menu was a mystery as nothing appeared to be as advertised and waitstaff did not appear to know anything about the menu. We knew from reading the reviews that there would be a long wait for food to appear so that was not a surprise. Disappointing particularly since our previous experience there, 2 years ago, was pleasant with good service and delicious food. Not worth the wait.

Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent quality food all around with cosy atmosphere

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I have eaten at Le Chien Noir several times, and as a pescatarian I was particularly thrilled this time to see the many added items on the menu that were either fish-based, or straight vegetarian. The food has always been good and there have been options for my choice, but now it is truly superb.
My three companions all had various different meat options and enjoyed them all. The service is excellent, and the ambiance comfortable and attractive. I particularly like the banquette seating as opposed to being in the centre of the restaurant: the sound can be a little much in the centre, so the edge seating is preferable for me.
I will return when I can -- such a great experience!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
Food2
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The ambiance was very nice but the food was less than mediocre.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on October 31, 2017

Just a touch below customary excellence. 2 out of 5 muscles just an empty shell.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience1
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Don’t like how they put us in the back. The temperature was cold. We asked to move. We sat where they bring the dirty dishes to be washed. The food was good but we won’t go back.

Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service and ambiance quite good. Charcuterie & Cheese appetizer excellent. Arctic Char very good. Special of the day Schnitzel, just ok. Pasta bucatini dish not so good, I think they forgot the sauce, very dry.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 26, 2017

It was a very nice evening. The staff were very pleasant and knowledgeable around their menu.
Food was very good

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Simply one of the best in Kingston. Really enjoyed the quiet setting. Fabulous meal and very tasty.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was as we wanted, the waitress friendly and competent ,a good selection of wine and single malt scotch. Thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

This place got me laid, the food was fantastic and I loved every moment of it.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic
Food3
Ambience3
Service2
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good but cold. The server was lovely but the service was extemely slow. Restaurant was freezing almost like a door had been left open. Don’t think I’d go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food2
Ambience2
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on October 19, 2017

The luncheon food (burgers, omelette) was uninspiring. It was okay, but nothing special and no reason to return. Two of the three diners did not finish their plate. The waiter got one of the three orders wrong. Lots of other places to choose from . . . won't be back.

Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on October 15, 2017

Anniversary

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Came highly recommended and location, ambience and food were terrific. We arrived for 11:30 brunch and were promptly seated and orders taken. Restaurant very busy as it was Homecoming weekend at Queens and reservations a must. Understand it's recommended most of the time as it is popular and not huge. Our meals were great when they arrived but wait was long. We luckily were visiting and had lots to chat about to fill the time but brunch did take 2 hours. Food obviously hand crafted and was worth the while but best to heed warnings of other reviews that patience might be required but it's worth it.

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on October 15, 2017

Awesome dinner, as usual. The quality of dining experience is reliable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

The restaurant has charm with the old stonework of downtown Kingston. Our server was friendly, professional and knowledgeable of the the menu. We were in town between Ottawa and Toronto for a stag.

We made a reservation and they prepared the best seat in the house for us. We were there for Saturday lunch and everything went well.

Looking back I would definitely recommend this restaurtant to everyone since the service and food was stellar and they have a menu to cater to a diverse range of tastes and wallet sizes.

Job well done! It was my pleasure to write a review.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wonderful meal! Highly recommended

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food and service, as usual. One of our favourite places in Kingston.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Meat cooked to specific instructions - was excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 1, 2017

We always dine here every time we come to Kingston. beautiful atmosphere and cozy booths as well as a beautiful back courtyard for romantic outdoor dining.
Always creative and delicious food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was great. We three ordered various items from the Sharing Plates to make a communal meal. The Oysters were fresh and satisfying, the Vietnamese paté, tuna tartar and the Champignons delish as was everything else we had! Wanted to sit on front patio but were seated in backyard patio, which has an ambiance of its own. Really loved the vibe. Our server was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and seemed to work effortlessly to accommodate our requests and answer our many questions about items on the menu. Well worth the visit and will be back on the next trip to Kingston.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was great, but the service was almost non existent after our appetizers arrived.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent lunch on the rear patio which is lovely with flowers and an awning.Our server was busy but took good care of our table. Appreciated that we were allowed to sit and visit after the meal. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Loved the vegan burger!!! I was so happy that they had this option.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on September 16, 2017

While I have eaten at this restaurant several times before and had a positive experience, my most recent visit was disappointing. While the server was very pleasant, the service was very slow, especially the time it took to get our mains. The restaurant was not busy so it was odd that it took so long to get our meals on the table. We were considering getting another bottle of wine with dinner, but by the time our server came back to take our order we had essentially eaten our meals. Getting our bill and the paying for dinner also took more time than usual.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
Food3
Ambience2
Service2
Value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was pretty good but the service ruined it. Service was so slow. Either stagger your reservations if the kitchen cannot handle the orders or shrink your restaurant. I will not be returning.

Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had not been to Le Chien Noir in quite some time so decided to give it a try. It is unlikely we will return.The timing of the meal was very poor. We waited a very long time for our appetizers and then our main course arrived before we had finished our appetizers so we sent them back. My steak was overdone and my husband's meal was cold so we sent them back again. When the food finally arrived it was very good but didn't make up for the generally disappointing experience. To the credit of the restaurant, we were offered a complimentary drink.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was delicious, service and atmosphere were good, wait for food was 1hr and 20 mins which was too long for a hungry couple; we didn't know the wait would be that long. The food was lovely though!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 15, 2017

I have been at this restaurant 3times before. It was the first time I was disappointed. They ran out of the featured appetizer by 7pm. We waited 45 minutes between the time we finished our appetizers and received our main course. However we had a nice table, our server was attentive and he knew about the food allergy we had mentioned at the time we made the reservation. The table next to us returned their steak frites because they were cold. Won't be my first choice next trip to Kingston

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

First of all, Kingston, Ontario, is a charming surprise. A college town on Lake Ontario, and the original capital of Canada (!), with a commercial district/waterfront that is enjoying a renaissance, Kingston has some scruffy corners but much more frequently charms with lovely old homes, beautiful waterfront, and a revitalized downtown. If you're traveling to or from Canada, stay overnight at Kingston along the way - it's minutes from the dramatic Thousand Islands border crossing and hours from the frenetic hustle bustle of Toronto and Niagra Falls.

Now, on to Le Chien Noir! This is a fun bistro with three distinct parts in warm weather months. The street front patio is just a step off of the vibrant downtown restaurant/arts neighborhood. Lots of energy to soak in while you relax. Inside is the bar and tables, some of them big. This a great place for groups to gather and make merry. Out back is quiet garden patio if you want quiet conversation and calm. What all three areas have in common is the good food and drink. Dinner offerings are well prepared and presented, often with the kind of nice touches that make, say, some roast chicken into a memorable Chicken Pallard. There are lots of choices for wine, beer, and liquor, and the local wines on tap (!) provide the happy opportunity to enjoy fresh, local, and delicious Ontario wines. This was a truly pleasant surprise for this east coast American. Ontario is producing some really good wine. So...

I say cross the border at the the Thousand Islands, stay the night in Kingston, and be sure to dine at Le Chen Noir!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great place to eat, our server was fantastic! He took care of us really well, couldn't have asked for better service, also the Cider Sangria was excellent.

Tags: Cozy
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Naples)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Good plus overall

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great service and atmosphere for the Kingston Blues-Fest Sunday Brunch!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

We are from out if town and heard good things prior to making our reservation. started with a mushroom appetizer. Chicken was roasted to perfection and curry was light and fruity. We booked a little earlier in the evening but didn't feel rushed as the service ramped up with the incoming crowd.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great experience at Le Chien Noir on our wedding anniversary.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Out waitress was wonderful and very attentive. The duck wings were a plentiful appetizer and a special treat. The evening special, Veal chop was cooked perfectly and delicious, complimented by grilled root veggies. Espresso, Sambuca and delicious chocolate cake provided a grand finale. Great ambience for out door dining. Reservations only for indoors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This was our second visit to this bistro. We were in Kingston for a few days and wanted to come back here. The food is very good. Service was not fast but we were not in a hurry so the service was okay with us. I would recommend this restaurant.

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