Le Chien Noir

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CAN$30 and under
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French / Canadian
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.

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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
Service
4.4
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our group ordered beef, tuna tartare, duck cassoulet, chicken supreme and roasted beef salad. All were excellent.

TT
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Familiar waiter so he likes working there. Wasn't busy so service seemed slow.

TW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent food in a lovely setting, well prepared and well presented.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing! Our server was amazing as well. If I had any complaint it would be that I haven't come here soon enough!

PA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The mussels were especially great! Our table was close to one end of the bar next to street window and very comfortable...one loud person at the bar made conversing a little challenging. The menu was varied and we will recommend going to our friends and return ourselves.

LA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience with amazing food. Never dissapoints.

SC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hopeful service and food, amazing valentines dinner with my wife.

W
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A bit noisier than I remember from the last time - a couple of years ago. But not so loud you couldn't talk comfortably. Was on Valentine's Day, so really busy. Service was casual, friendly and very efficient. The waiter made us feel like he had nothing else to do except look after us (even though he was roaring around treating everyone else equally well!)

We had liver and onions! The waiter acknowledged this is not a dish for everyone, but we loved it. Done perfectly, with comfortable portions size, delicious veg accompanying, The prices overall were very reasonable, considering the quality and number of delicious-looking choices.

We are going back soon!

MH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food was ok, not great, not bad, just ok. The waitress seemed disinterested in being there. Noise level was loud. That being said, I mentioned my dessert was not great and she removed it from the bill. I was appreciative of that.

CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our Valentine's meal was incredible! The only thing that we really need are some gluten free options for children - our daughter has celiac. Unfortunately they do not have a separate fryer for their fries. Looking forward to returning again though without the kids.

MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines Lunch. Good time and great food.

DV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I do enjoy the atmosphere in the restaurant, and the servers are knowledgeable and prompt. The beef wellington was very well prepared. I enjoyed my last couple of visits.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very enjoyable meal out. Lovely decor, good food and service.

RN
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife is a vegan, and we ate at Chien Noir some years ago, and were treated in a rather unfortunate way, with the waiter stating that they don't have vegan options, that it is a french restaurant and that the "cook likes to cook with meat". We were a bit floored by the policy of the restaurant being presented in such a blunt manner. As a result, we have not eaten at Chien Noir for a number of years.... until yesterday when we decided to try it again. We were very pleasently surprised by the kind welcome from the waitress who guided my wife to a number of vegan and vegetarian options, and made reference to a cook who was very vegan friendly. It appears that Le Chien Noir has changed its tone and attitude toward vegans, and we would highly recommend this restaurant and the one next door (Atomica) as being vegan friendly establishments. All the food and service in fact were excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Didn’t enjoy the food (mushroom pate was bland, french onion soup cheese was hardened, mussels didn’t have flavour, pretty sure the burger patty was store bought... etc.), expected a lot better for the price. However, the service was fine and it had a nice atmosphere.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. I will definitely return!!!! Thank you :)

CF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was a little heavy and I was surprised that there was no lunch menu on Saturday, only brunch.

KT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and great staff... definitely one of our favourite places to relax and dine!

J
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The lamb was under seasoned, but the cheese plate was delicious and the decor was splendid.

M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and menu choices and love the atmosphere.

TS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were absolutely fantastic. We loved the whole experience. Thank you!

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I enjoyed a lovely date night at Le Chien Noir on Saturday Jan 18. Food was great, the Maison salad is a go-to of mine - delicious every time! I had the Arctic char which was very tasty and my date has the liver and onions, also said to be tasty. We finished our meal with a speciality coffee - I thoroughly enjoyed the Chien Noir drink - so yummy and perfect on a cold snowy evening. Thank you for a tasty dinner, good service and nice ambiance.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience1

To noisy, for find dining. Don’t like to sit on top of strangers. Tables to close together. Could not have conversations without the people siting next to you listening. Food was excellent and service was good. Not sure if I would return due to your sitting arrangements.

SK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great service, the food was absolutely perfect and the creme brule was to die for.

DS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The meals were Excellent and wine list good Only thought would be to have a few bottles available at lower price point. But great night overall

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a bad experience a few years ago, but decided to try again. I was pleasantly surprised. The house suggestion for wine was a winner. I had duck wings for an appetizer which were juicy and meaty. The lamb shank was of a large size and very nicely seasoned. The restaurant itself was not too loud and a nice ambience, and the staff was very attentive. I won't hesitate to return.

E
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The only one suggestion I have is to either add to the charcuterie (for 7) or describe it as suitable for 5. One of my guest was a restaurant owner from Ottawa and was quite surprised on how small the portions of cheese and meet were with the board ordered for seven.
Everything else was fabulous!

LM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Our server was the exact perfect blend of attentive/friendly without being intrusive. One of our favourite go-to's for special occassions!

CC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The service was slow and perfunctory. The restaurant was not full and there did not seem to be a reason for the delays. We were there for an hour before we even had our cocktails!
The food was god but did not make up for the waitstaff.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Always a pleasure dining here!!

OT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great lunch enjoyed the food ,
service and overall restaurant

HB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had a very quiet lunch here after Christmas and the food was excellent! Loved the soup and club sandwich was great too!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual excellent experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent meal. Both of the dishes we had were mouth watering. I had a scallop entree and my partner had a delicious lamb entree.

DW
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service to start. And the meal was fantastic. The escargot was presented so differently on the bone marrow and was so delicious

RG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our group of 4 had a wonderful evening! We also liked the idea it was not just a set menu that we had the option of set menu or order off the menu!
Thank you!

LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service on New Year’s Eve was amazing. We asked to move tables due to high noise and we were able to be accommodated. Flat iron steak was cooked perfectly to our taste. Only negative is pathway to restrooms could do with upgrade as could actual restrooms.

PB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It was overpriced for what it was. I was disappointed with both the soup and the dessert.

LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really nice French bistro style food. We were seated by the kitchen/bathrooms which was not ideal but it was New Year's Eve so it was busy otherwise we definitely would have asked for a better table. If you are making a reservation I suggest specifying you would like a booth. Really good food, great service, lovely drinks selections. I had steak which was really good but now feel like I should have tried something a bit more exciting.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Had to wait a while for the appetizer. Then even longer for our food even though we were the first ones in the restaurant and ordered before another table showed up. Burger was cold, hard, and grossly over cooked. Cassoulet was dry and topped with an overcooked egg. Probably the last visit for the both of us.

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