Le Chien Noir

4.3
615 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French / Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
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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Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent and it was a beautiful day so we sat on the patio. It was quite windy and the awning creaked quite a bit and the traffic was noisy but I guess this is all part of the patio experience. We had a lovely lunch in spite of this.

Catherine

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JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place to linger over brunch.
We were a table of five - with one child.
The service was accommodating and efficient.
The food was delicious.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

I love Chien Noir.
We have celebrated many family occasions there, it’s definitely in our top three in Kingston. However......last Friday we entertained two friends from Toronto and were truly underwhelmed. We ate inside and felt as though we were an afterthought most of the evening.
Four at our table and our drink order trickled in one at a time over more than 10 minutes. The only beer ordered was flat. Our main courses were all very good, thankfully.
Our server was very pleasant but not really 100% there.

I guess I was most disappointed because I had sung the praises of Chien Noir and had chosen the restaurant over others.

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BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the hostess our experience was as good as when we were at Le Chien Noir five years ago. Our server was friendly and efficient. I had the lamb which was done to perfection and my husband had the Risotto which he enjoyed.
Will look forward to our next visit to Kingston and this delightful restaurant.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Was my wife’s Birthday. Had friends from St. Louis and Toronto with us to celebrate. We enjoyed the back patio! Service was great. Wife had issues with the muscles (last plate for the night, Muscles were not to the normal standard) and the team at the restaurant were awesome and corrected the issue. Love the care and will encourage folks to visit and can’t wait to go back again. Oh ya my wife was treated to a Birthday dessert too! Blessed

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c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food ,the service and the atmosphere. We went all out with charcuterie, wine , main course , dessert and coffee. The service was second to none. It was quiet at 5pm on a Friday . Have yet to be disappointed.

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Disappointed about the quality of food for the price of the meal. Ordered the steak and frites, steak was dry and frites were soaky, had creme brulee and the custard was like liquid and seemed not fully cooked yet.

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M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice guiet and comfortable patio. Very enjoyable.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The service was fairly slow and one order was incorrect and the waitress was not very pleasant however they did resolve the problem. Overall, meal was great.

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J
Denver
217 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seat d promptly and offered drinks. I ordered poutine —. Sooo good. My husband had beef tenderloin - very tasty!! The portions were good. We left with full bellies, and passed on dessert.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a favorite whenever we visit Kingston!

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TS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience was amazing from the second we walked in the door. Our server Skye was amazing! Food was delicious and atmosphere was so wonderful. Can’t wait to visit again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only complaints that I have was that it was one of our guest birthday which I stated I the online reservation as well as mentioned to the waitress and there was no other mention of of it or anything done for it by the staff.

Also we ordered the charcuterie board which was very disappointing in appearance and presentation for the amount of money spent on the board.

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C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The octopus serving was almost funny. My husband ordered with a full salad and left quite hungry. Otherwise fantastic flavours and cocktails.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food

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N
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Waited over 45 minutes for meal, too long. Steak was not medium rare was medium at best. Not a sensible amount of butter to bread ratio had to ration it so everyone could get some with all the bread and very upset to see the octopus show up with two skinny end tentacles and both chard. Very disappointed in the Octopus mostly as it was quite expensive and not worth that price. The atmosphere was not reflective of a restaurant that boasts fine French food and $200.00 for two adults and a kid with only one appetizer is not good. Would not recommend going and wouldn’t go again.

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance was fantastic as always. I hadn't been to Chien Noir in a number of years, and it was just as amazing as it was then.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Service was very slow...busy night but our server was very pleasant and helpful! There just wasn’t enough staff. Live music on next patio which we hadn’t anticipated so a little loud. Some of the food was cold but once again our server was moving as fast as she could. Overall our experiences at this restaurant are good

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nous avons été étonnés par la qualité de la cuisine pour un prix raisonnable, l'accueil et le service ont été parfaits. Thumbs up!

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CD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service was too notch. Great specials and drinks were great. I will be back again 100%

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BW
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Extremely slow service when the restaurant wasn’t very busy. In total we had 3 different staff members take orders and deliver food/drinks. 15 minutes to get drinks and another 30 for apps. The system was clearly not working.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

The shrimp appetizer was delicious, but my steak was slightly over when I wanted it medium rare. My mashed potatoes were dry and my wife’s halibut meal was inedible as it was extremely dry. The table beside us got the halibut as well and found it to be over done.

Our table was at the very front of the restaurant and placed in between two other tables. The waiter for the other table would have his rear end almost on my plate when he would take orders and this occurred throughout the meal. This made me quite frustrated.

We didn’t have to pay for the halibut meal, but it did make for a lacklustre date night.

Overall our bill was 118 and not nearly worth it.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Travelled to Kingston to celebrate our anniversary with a great meal at Le Chien Noir. Service was fantastic. It was busy and quite loud so we were very happy to have a table at the back! Definitely would recommend this spot!

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JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Chien Noir is a great bistro in downtown Kingston perfect for a night out as a couple or small group. We had the Prix Fixe - one Steak Frites and one Mussels. Both were very good. The wine list offers a good selection. On a Saturday night the place is hopping. The main dining room may be a bit crowded for some tastes.

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DF
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was fabulous!

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A
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely dinner with my parents and children. Great food and even the kids’ menu was very good. Excellent service. Will definitely be back.

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CM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our “go-to” restaurant for special occasions. Reliably great food and friendly service.

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FB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Small portions for the price, but great flavour and presentation

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great lunch to celebrate a graduation. The server was absolutely lovely and the food was delicious.

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BL
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food. Happy to see there were some plant based options.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We had a nice time though because I made the reservation at least a month prior and the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived, I would have preferred a better table than the one next to the kitchen/bathroom door. Further, it took a long time between courses and the restaurant was quite cold. I did think the menu offered lots of choice and my chicken was excellent.

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PC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First visit, family of four adults sat in a booth, a little tight fit if you are not a small person but cozy. The restaurant was very busy and there was a lot of chatter but manageable. The ambiance is very nice, very Bistro which is what it should be. Great menu, the only problem is trying to pick from all the lovely choices. We shared a poutine, it was excellent, one daughter had the tuna Niçoise salad, very inhaled every bite, other one had the chicken, she wished she had the tuna, the chicken was a bit underdone.
Spouse had the liver and raved about it and I enjoyed the lamb, it was perfect. Veggies are respected and cooked properly for the mains which is not always the case.
All in all a very good experience, and I can recommend it easily.

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C
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely prix fixe dinner. Unfortunately, there was no pâté en croute that night.
Will just have to come back to try it!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent
Can’t believe we haven’t found this place before!

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S
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great celebration of my son’s graduation. Delicious halibut dinner. Salad dressing was very good. Nice covered patio.

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GD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Starters were good. Steak Tartare , octopus and shrimp

Mussels good. Frites terrible
Duck dry and overcooked

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Seafood is not their specialty but the steak was delicious!

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CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both the service and food were excellent. The server was polite and friendly, Service was prompt, and the food attractive and tasty.

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h
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant - food, ambiance, service - just simply outstanding. Live approximately 4 hrs away - our daughter attended Queen’s and from our first visit to Kingston to see her 13 yrs ago - we made sure to have dinner at Chien Noir every time we were in Kingston. Wish we lived closer would frequent more often. Definitely one of my favourites

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Not quite what I was expecting - more trendy bistro than traditional French restaurant, but the food was delicious & staff were very personable. My steak was very overcooked, but management resolved it to my satisfaction. I will definitely go back if I'm in Kingston again.

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