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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (30)
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Lunch (13)
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Outdoor Eating (13)
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Worth the Drive (12)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
Pre/post-theatre (9)
Seasonal (9)
Healthy (8)
Bar Seating (7)
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Sunday Lunch (5)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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Food2
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Typically love this restaurant, have gone many times over the years.
Saturday night was an exception; very poor service - if i am going to splurge on champagen and oysters (which Chien Noir have the best in this area) it would make sense to bring them at the same time. Our table was right in front of the dishwasher - not the greatest ambience. My girlfriend has the steak frites; worst piece of steak ever delivered at a restaurant.

Will make sure future reservations include - do not put me at the dishwasher location otherwise dont take my reservation.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic
Food1
Ambience3
Service3
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Let me preface this with the fact that I have not sent food back in the last 17 years. This is the first time I have felt obliged to review any restaurant.

The place looked very nice, but when we arrived for our 8PM reservation we had to wait another 15 minutes. *cue the Jerry Seinfeld reservation holding debate*.

We ordered drinks at the bar but then were quickly moved to our table. For some reason, the drinks took about 20 minutes to bring over.

After having ordered, we waiting over an hour for our appetizers which were oysters and raw fish which do not require much prep/cooking time. The oysters were good. The yellow fin tuna tartare was the worst fish ceviche I have ever had. It was completely tasteless and thrown onto a plate as if it were leftovers with half a stale, sad cracker.

Now an hour and a half into our meal our mains arrived. We ordered the mussels and frites and the House parpadelle. I wish I had photos to share. The pasta was way too over cooked and was all stuck together. The scallops and shrimp looked paler than someone on their death bed and can only be described as tiny frozen faux seafood, from the look of it. It was topped with canned peeled tomatoes of which I noticed the nub of the tomatoes in.

The total price for our meal was $97 (had we not returned items). I felt insulted when I saw that price for what we received. Especially given that this is a student town- people should be getting quality for their food on their nights out. Although our waitress did understand and took back the 2 items and took them off our bill, it was very uncomfortable to be put in a situation where we had to return 2 plates of food during the same meal on a date.

My two cents. Just no care was put into the food whatsoever. Very disappointing. Many great restaurants in Kingston, will not be returning here again.

Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Mixed experiences in this restaurant. The last two the food has been poor and cold with a long wait.
I gave it another try.
I won’t be back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always a great night out. New menu looks good. The Coq Au Vin was delicious!

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on December 31, 2017

Increadible food - the duck confit surpassed expectations. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 30, 2017

Absolutely delicious. Each entree - fish, seafood, lamb, and chicken was well presented, fragrant, we'll prepared, and offered a range of texture and flavour. good portions, filling.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
Food3
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Been here many times before and the food and service have generally been good. Most recent visit (Dec27th 2017) the service was very poor. Waited over an hour for our meals to arrive. Wasn't that busy and we were a party of 5. Couple seated next to us (and after us) had finished their meals before ours arrived. Waitress was oblivious. My meal arrived cold (probably sat under a lamp for 30 min). Others were hot. I chalk this up to new and perhaps inexperienced wait staff. Nevertheless a disappointing experience. Would probably hit Olivea or Casa or Chez Piggy before I consider returning.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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

 
·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very enjoyable. We have never been before but well worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 20, 2017

My sister was home from BC and we wanted a special meal out and Chien was perfect. We enjoyed a great bottle of wine, great food and a comfortable table for quiet conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
Food3
Ambience5
Service2
Value3

 
 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had the French onion soup, but it was surprisingly not flavourful and the ratio of onion to cheese and broth was off. The duck was cooked very well, but the sides were incredibly disappointing. A large portion of bland mashed potato and unseasoned cooked Brussel sprouts. The food was not worth the price. If you are looking for high end French cuisine look elsewhere.

Food2
Ambience3
Service3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We used to eat here two to three times per year, but this was our first time with their new chef. Some of our meal was quite good, but not outstanding as it used to be. My main was over cooked and they forgot to serve it properly (they brought out sauce later because they must have forgotten it in preparation).

Service was fine (not great) but there was one instance when the hostess greeted a party at the door but their table was not yet ready. They spoke rudely about the people that had not left their table yet and discussed ways to make them uncomfortable so they would leave. Joking I am sure, but didn't make me feel welcome to enjoy my time there.

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on December 15, 2017

Went for Christmas lunch with friend ,staff friendly and helpful suggesting menu options.Had the special with couscous and chick peas very tasty and something different.Nice wine selection.Will definitely go again for dinner as the menu has changed and looks very interesting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 15, 2017

Amazing as always!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

wonderful dinner pre Christmas getaway from Toronto

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our party of 7 along with our service dog had a lovely brunch! It was delicious and the service we received was outstanding!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 1, 2017

For a long time Chien Noir has been I think the most consistently excellent restaurant in Kingston. It’s restrained menu wasn’t strong on attractive vegetarian options, though. Everything we had on the new menu was wonderful, and we noticed the vegetarian options were much more enticing, not what you’d make at home, though we didn’t try them out yet.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food, great service and great spot for a date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always a fantastic meal here - this is my go-to place for catching up with friends over a good dinner and drinks. Sat at the bar and savoured an old favourite - the steak frites. Highly recommend Chien Noir.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 29, 2017

I enjoy Le Chien Noir. The food is always of high quality--the service is really exceptional. It is one of my favourite places to eat in Kingston. I like to bring visitors to Le Chien Noir.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a lovely time at Chien Noir! Great services, outstanding food and lovely ambiance. I had the french onion soup, and the creme brulée.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wish you would bring back the veal cheeks Putine! Thought it’s now an expensive dish; price has tripled over the years - used to have it once a week.
The two way duck Saturday was delicious; unfortunately the duck breast was cold (as if almost coming out of the fridge) and the thigh was lukewarm like the veggies on the plate - that was disappointing.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a 7:30pm show at the Grand, and couldn't get a 6pm reservation, so took a 5:30pm slot thinking we'd have way too much time. As it turned out, we had no time to spare.
We arrived on time, and were seated. Ordered wine/beer, appetizer and dinner. It was 40 minutes before the appetizer arrived, and we ended up ordering a second drink.
The charcuterie was really (REALLY) good! Highly recommend it. Meats from Seed to Sausage and regional cheeses. The Italian pinot grigio was good as well.
The pasta . . . not so much. I didn't eat half of a small serving. It was elbow macaroni and was supposed to have chicken, but it had an overpowering taste of tuna, which I dislike. My husband ate all of his larger size serving, but agreed it tasted like tuna (he likes tuna), and later described it as typical dry tuna casserole from childhood.
The service was slow. The main was disappointing. Spent $125 with tip.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food2
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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