Barcola Bistro

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Au Barcola Bistro, vous ferez l'expérience d'une cuisine italienne authentique inspirée de recettes traditionnelles du Nord-Est de l'Italie.

Le Chef Fabrizio Caprioli vous fera voyager par le biais de la fourchette, jusqu'au coeur du vieux continent, dans cette Italie au terroir fertile et diversifié, base des riches traditions culinaires italiennes.

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At Barcola Bistro you will experience authentic Italian cuisine inspired by the traditional recipes of Northern Italy and a fresh daily menu.

Chef Fabrizio Caprioli will bring you on a culinary journey to the heart of the old continent, where local tradition takes root in the rich Italian soil.
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YvesM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

simple cosy restaurant, the food is good, the service was nice

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vipMarjorieJ
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The staff were amazing but the food was ok. It was not warm enough and were disappointing in general. It could have been more tasteful. My girlfriends and I have dinner in different restaurants around town every week. We kind of are experienced « fooders ». However the staff were impeccable. An other surprise was that they charged me over 8$ for a desert when I thought that it would be free as I had asked for a birthday cake as it was my birthday YAKES! Sorry guys 😒

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Nos plats étaient chouette mais sans plus. La serveuse était vraiment amatrice, a commis plusieurs fautes. On n’a pas pu savoir le prix de nos verres de vin à l’avance (serveuse ne savait pas), juste découvert le prix sur la facture. Étonnant pour un restaurant ouvert depuis des années... beaucoup d’improvisation.

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vipOverdraft
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was an outstanding experience. My wife and I were in Montreal while our daughter had an appointment nearby the restaurant. We did a search on ‘Open Table’ and chose Barcola as it was less than a KM away and other comments I read were positive. It was a Sunday before noon and the restaurant wasn’t too busy as yet and when we arrived we were warmly greeted by our young waiter who proved to be friendly - knowledgeable of wine and the menus - and very attentive without being annoying. The ambiance of Barcola is really warm and casual and the music selections (made by the chef we were told ) were great. I had a home made pea soup with huge croutons in it to start with an excellent salami/ cheese/ egg on a lovely bread and my wife had a lamb roast she said was excellent. We let the waiter choose our wine and he did an admirable job. I had a cappuccino and an expresso/ sweet thing for desert that I cannot remember the name of - but the was worth the trip to Montreal just for that! The bill came which was very reasonable and we were on our way with a lovely memory from the holidays. Simply stated, we would encourage you to visit Barcola.

Barcola Bistro
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you for the warm review! I've forwarded your kind words to the waiter in question which will, no doubt, be very happy to read it.

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vipChristiansen
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food took a long time to arrive but very good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellente rapport qualité prix. Des plats succulents à des prix très correctes. Nous y retournerons!

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MichaelE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a great meal with friendly staff, super wine, fully recomend

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Tabatha
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. You can feel the chef’s passion. Love the opportunity to pair wine with food without costing a fortune.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always!

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VermontFoodie1948
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined on a Thursday, when the restaurant does a pre fix tasting menu. It was marvelous! Would definitely make a point of dining here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Soirée thématique

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our 5th visit.Everything we have had every time we visited was excellent!!! The kitchen holds a quality consistency.We highly recommended it.

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AnthonyN
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Excellent quality ingredients and service. Low on the portions.
Recommended for the quality of the food, originality of the plates and the nice vibe.

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Nathalie
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Un bistro de quartier sympathique avec des aliments frais à l'image de l'Italie, un service attentionné et un menu de saison.

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Tatwo
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

excellent ...pour une première visite...il y aura assurément une deuxième visite !

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Unfortunately we were disappointed. Although we had a reservation for three, We were seated at the back at a table for two with an extra chair added at the end of a long lead Corredor leading to the kitchen. We had to ask them to turn the music down which they did. We ordered bruschetta to share but they did not tell us that it was really a dish for one person and we were left to carve it ourselves. We had a very long wait to be served our main course and one dish arrived three or four minutes before the other two of us were served. Two of us had a gnocchi with shrimp but we’re disappointed to find that the shrimp were cold, baby shrimp of the frozen variety. We Live in the neighbourhood and we’re happy to see a local restaurant recommended as one of the top Italian restaurants of the city. With only four items on the entree menu, The choices were limited and nothing we ate justified positive reviews. Overall very disappointing and we shall not return. There a better restaurants out there.

Barcola Bistro
Responded on August 4, 2019

I would like to make a couple of things clear : 1. Entrees in a restaurants are usually for one person, unless it's written otherwise. 2. Most shrimp you eat in restaurants are frozen. Since you came to visit us during the local (Gaspesie and NB) shrimping season, you had FRESH shrimp on your plate. Before making assumptions about the quality of what you eat, ask a waiter, ask the chef, send a bloody email to the restaurant instead of leaving an uninformed review.

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Sofie
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Un petit restaurant de quartier toujours aussi agréable. Des plats appétissants mettant en valeur des ingrédients de qualité et une ambiance très chaleureuse. Nous y allons régulièrement et allons y retourner sans faute.

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Smith
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent repas, excellent service, décor chaleureux, musique jazz pas trop forte, donc parfaite pour la conversation. Compliments au chef et la personne qui nous a servi.
Paul

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Marcel
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cuisine italienne qui sort de l’ordinaire
Original et superbe présentation
Réconfortante et variée
Toujours un plat de poisson frais au menu.
Délicieux, on y retourne régulièrement

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vipCP11
New England
84 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We loved the casual, slightly retro atmosphere. The food was good, especially the creamed cauliflower and fennel gratin appetizers. I would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

excellente et rafraichissante comme cuisine italienne.

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SMarin
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Le service est très attentif et chaleureux. J’adore leur menus dégustation pour découvrir une région de l’Italie à chaque fois.

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Vicki
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place! The food is incredibly delicious! It is not your average Italian restaurant. Original dishes, pleasant atmosphere, and friendly service. There’s a reason why I keep going back. I’ve never been disappointed.

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carmenS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Je le recommanderai à tous ceux qui aiment la bonne cuisine, l'ambiance chaleureuse, et un niveau de bruit (sons relatifs au service, musique) parfait. Bref, on est bien chez-vous!

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JuliaH
Berlin
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent . Fixed menu for New Years and we all loved each course. Charming place with memorable food. Service warm and attentive.

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ADA857
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Very ordinary food for the new year. Not impressed. Too expensive for the quality of food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service et menu!

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genuine416
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy little bistro with a very comfortable vibe. The food was delicious, and we didn’t wait very long before it was served.

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ElenaD
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the ambiance and the service was impeccable. I enjoyed the tasting menu. Will definitely come back!

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Someone
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, one of our dishes was overseasoned with salt but the staff are very pleasant and accommodating. Nice place for a romantic dinner. Will come again!

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Anilina
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Un petit bistro charmant, des plats toujours simples, savoureux et réconfortants, un service chaleureux, que demander de plus?

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GuillaumeV
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Très bon accueil et bons conseils des serveurs. Une légère déception sur le plat principal qui a probablement été raté (j'ai du mal à croire que la sauce aux artichauts puisse être aussi liquide et peu goûteuse); mais les autres étaient très bons

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tout est délicieux et le service est impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nous avons fait la découverte d’un nouveau restaurant familial avec un excellent service . Les plats sont excellents et de bonne portion également. Nous avons été charmés par la petite Stella qui vient nous faire un petit coucou.on y retournera ces certain. Merci

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great food and amazing service!

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EvaT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic! Great food . Owned by locals. Always a pleasure !

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LizF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I felt really pressured when I tried to order dessert. The cauliflower/shrimp soup did not work at all.

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Sunshiine
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service lent ! (Nette impression qu’il manquait de staff au service et à la cuisine).
Air climatisé qui ne fournit pas à la tâche ! Tout le monde transpire et s’évente. Pas assez de menus (repas et carte des vins) pour tous les clients ! (Ordinaire comme situation).
Personne nous a demandé si ns voulions un apéro.
Entrées excellentes ! Plats principaux (pâtes) fades.
Beau décor ! Serveurs gentils.

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Daniel
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant, with a good variety of italian dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients for an affordable price. As everywhere in Montreal alcohol is not cheap but they have a good selection of wines. The staff is definitely dedicated, attentive and friendly, which add to the overall experience. I will definitely come back again.

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FrancoisG
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service. Will be back for sure!
Charming restaurant with a bit of a European flavour

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