Le Chien Noir

4.4
435 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French / Canadian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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Cuisines
French / Canadian, Gastro Pub
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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
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Phone number
(613) 549-5635
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Daniel Wentworth
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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!
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Wellington St.
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Parking Details
On-street parking available or in a 6 story municipal parking garage 1 block from the restaurant.
Additional
Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

i ordered the mussel and the french fries, which were very good, although a small portion. The waiter forgot the french fries and only brought them out quite late (they were free then at least)
The chicken and the lamb very very good, although the lamb was a small portion also
great service, good menu and good atmosphere

Not a lot of gluten fee choices

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E
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. The food was great, as usual and the service was exceptional. Always a pleasure to go there.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

A very pleasant evening at Chien Noir, just before we caught the Corteo show at the Leon's Centre. Service and food were very good, as always. We opted to sit on the back patio but the table we had was located under what appeared to be an air conditioning vent. When it kicked it, it was distracting and a tad hard to hear. Had there been other tables for two available we would have asked to move and there was no sense asking that it be turned off as it then would have adversely affected the diners inside and we're not complainers about things that can't really be controlled. Suggest that perhaps this table just be removed. Otherwise a most enjoyable time, and this was a minor issue. Food was great and our server top notch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great food. Very nice back patio. The wait for food (even just the bread at the beginning) was a little longer than expected.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We had a 7:45 reservation. When we arrived we were told it would be another 10 minutes for our table to be ready. At 8:10 another couple arrived and were given a table immediately. We approached the person at the front and were told that our table still wasn't ready. Why weren't we given the available table that was open since we arrived? We were told that was their table and we had to wait for ours.
The food was only average. We were expecting much more than that.
We definitely won't be returning. We have had much better service and meals at other Kingston restaurants.

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The sirloin steak is out of this world!!! I recommend it strongly to celebrate an anniversary!

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s
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fantastic food! All five people at the table were very happy with their meals.

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NA
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

My biggest issue was with our service. We got seated quickly however we waited on my opinion too long for a drink order. A table was seated beside us after our drink order was taken yet they received a bottle of champagne before our draft beer?
The other thing we noticed is that table was explained the specials and was given recommendations yet we were merely were asked if we knew what we would like to order.
I work in customer service so I tend to pay a bit more attention to that piece and for this I unfortunately won't be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Annual trip to Kingston, get a way.

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CP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very impressed on my 1st visit. Food was excellent. Going to go back one more time next month to try something different on the menu.

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A
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It was an overcast day but we started outside under an umbrella, moving into a more protected spot once the rains seriously began. What a terrific choice for those who eat fish, like me, but not meat. I had a delicious lobster roll and one of my companions had the same, with half salad, half frites as a side. Clever! This was offered by the most kind wait staff who put up with our constant chatter and inability to order for ages. The third member of our party had a delicious tuna main course and all of us were very pleased with our meals. The verandah at the back of the restaurant is quiet and private, which we enjoyed. The front verandah is right on Brock Street, which some people enjoy for the activity and buzz. But it's nice to know that one has options. Inside it's always lovely and the decor - as usual - a great bistro experience.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This wAs a great experience. Love this place.

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Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Oysters are incredible. Good wine selection. Sandwiches are delicious. Omg the baguette with orange butter in the bread basket is divine. We found this gem on a Friday while stopping through Kingston and had to return on our way back to NY on Sunday because it's that good!

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RH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It was just okay. The specials were not listed appropriately. Ordered the quail thinking it was a full meal, it was an appetizer. A very small, unimpressive appetizer.

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r
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Very disappointing
Service was poor and food for the price was not great - expensive at the price
Will not be back .

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous! Highly recommended. Great selection - very generous portions , lovely wine and fabulous service.
Must visit in Kingston

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NR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and exceptional service. Fantastic atmosphere. Will definitely be back next time we are in Kingston.

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M
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been here several times over the years and the service and food has always been some of the best I have ever experienced. Beats any restaurant I have ever dined in in Toronto and Vancouver. It’s simply a small well run, restaurant that you can tell puts a lot of value on service as well as a lot of thought and effort into their food. Just sad that I don’t get to Kingston more often to eat here!

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JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service. Good size wine list and interesting menu. Wasn’t sure after reading some recent reviews on Trip Advisor, but was so pleased. Will definitely go again.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always an excellent drop in to chien noir - best bistro in Eastern Ontario!

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our party of 7 enjoyed dinner on the patio. There was something on the menu for everyone. We chose a steak special, a crab leg special, the perfectly cooked duck entree, and the flat iron steak frites. The food was delicious, classic French bistro fare. Portions were generous yet light enough that none of us left feeling overly full. We will definitely return!

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BC
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We purposely booked for an early dinner so we would have lots of time to talk. Our server was attentive and gave us the great suggestion to turn over our menus when we were ready to order so we were not rushed and she didn't need to keep checking on us that we were ready. The only criticism through the whole meal was the entrees not coming to the table as hot as they could have been. Great wine list, lots of choices even for vegetarians.

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HT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Our server was new to the restaurant and was not familiar with the menu or servicing diners. The air conditioner dripped condensate onto our table which the manager did offer to move us to another table. The duck confit was overcooked and the roasted carrots were charred. The $19 Small Plate of seared scallops (2 total) on a bed of beans was tasty but way overpriced.

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l
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Sunday Brunch was very pleasant. Our server had not done the brunch service before and was a not entirely on top of the menu, but that didn't present too much of a problem. He worked a little hard to win us over, which isn't always a good idea, but better that than the obvious, I guess. Several of us had potato galette as a side, and it was the least successful part of the meal -a little overcooked in a bit too much grease. It felt like the galette had been prepared the day before and deep fried to heat it back up. Everything else was very tasty. There are lots of great wines and beers to choose from and the Caesar is delicious. It's a really beautiful restaurant inside and out and we always enjoy going there. Sunday's in the summer are especially good, because they have a fabulous combo that plays for the guests on the patio. Love it.

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SF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went for my birthday and the server was absolutely terrific! Super friendly and attentive. Food was good and we love the ambience at Le Chien Noir. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Overall wonderful dining experience. We will definitely be back

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AU
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Taste and quality. Service was excellent too. Definitely would come back if I’m in the city again.

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JR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I was very disappointed with the seriously overcooked halibut. It was virtually inedible.
Would it have been acceptable to complain?
The rest of the food was fine. I have always enjoyed this restaurant in the past.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for Mother’s Day. The food was absolutely amazing and the server was there whenever we needed her. It was a great experience.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Tasty and interesting food, decent service. Dessert was slow to arrive and probably the least inspired menu selections

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W
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Food serving are meager at best, prices are very high for what you are served.
Waitress was trying to hurry us out . . .
Limited menu, description like the food served leaves lots to be bothered.
Drinks and wine are over priced!
Not coming back, will go back to Jack Astor’s or Milestones

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c
Ottawa
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Always a great place to enjoy a meal. The special soup of the day - potato & clam - was a disappointment . Very peppery which overwhelmed the potato & clam. I should have had the French onion soup. An unusual happening here for such a good restaurant but I'll be back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Vegan Sandwich Ever!

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HS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere with smart French cuisine and a friendly service. Certainly a nice spot for visitors to mingle amongst locals in Kingston

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B
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

A disappointing lunch. Salad was lacklustre. Duck was greasy. Too expensive, given mediocre quality. It is a beautiful space and the service is friendly. Need to up the game folks!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent. We had wonderful cocktails and the meal was delicious. What a wonderful way to celebrate my daughter completing her first year. Second time for me and they did not disappoint.

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FC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious! Great choices! I would recommend to everyone!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice service

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p
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The restaurant was closed because of the weather. They did not let us know.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for my sons birthday. The server was thorough and timely. All the meals were r tasty. Will go there again.

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