Bistro le SAM - Fairmont Château Frontenac

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CAN$30 and under
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Bistro
Bistro cuisine reinvented in a friendly atmosphere. Lunch menu, cheese boards to share, casual happy hours and creative cocktails.
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4.4
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4.4
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4.7
Ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BH
London
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Well cooked food and tasted very good. Helpful and friendly staff.

HS
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good entry level for a visit to the city, excellent views, excellent service, good ambiance and low noise lets you carry a conversation. Food too salty (for me) and small portions, but we ate everything. Alcohol way overpriced, 2.2-times the cost to the public at a liquor store (SAAQ in this province), which lowers the overall value of this restaurant. In spite of the critiques, we had a good time, and recommend the place.

P
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely meal great ambience overlooking St Lawrence river, attentive waitress short wait on wine but overall very good

M
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pour une première visite et bien que, normalement, nous trouvons que le type bistro soit assez bruyant, nous n'avons pas été dérangé par le bruit. Un endroit où nous avons bien mangé, où le personnel était souriant et qui mérite d'être découvert par tous!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Michael was a fantastic waiter. The drinks were great. Food good but not memorable except the French Onion Soup which was very good.

f
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Wonderful location. Service fine. Food average. Over priced.

F
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

On a passé une excellente soirée dans ce resto, le menu enfant est gratuit. Personnel très attentionné...

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DD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and drinks!

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal. Great food. Great service. Great view. A bit more relaxed than the more upscale sister restaurant next door and more to my liking. Ask for a table by the windows and you can watch ships and ferries go by on the river and pedestrians walking along the boardwalk below.

ND
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food with an amazing view. The service was just fabulous.

AS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter, David, was exceptional, as was our meal. Crab cakes, Caesar salad, onion rings, for lunch what more could one ask for? Oh, and an amazing view. Perfect!

t
New England
47 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Duck confit wings were excellent! Burger was nothing special. In fact it was dry. Did not come with mayo/mustard and arugula as described on menu.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Disappointed

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you know you made the perfect choice. Food, service, ambience were fabulous!

EV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant! We went two years in a row for our wedding anniversary and we always get a nice table with a view on the Terrasse Dufferin, the service is really good, the atmosphere is quiet and the food is simply delicious! Planning to go back again next year!

OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El servicio excelente! Michael el mesero es el mejor! La comida es simplemente deliciosa! La vista... uff privilegiada. Tienen una cava muy completa. Nos gusto mucho el restaurante

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J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Le SAM was outstanding! We were greeted pleasantly upon our arrival and seated at a table with a beautiful view. Our waitress went above and beyond when she offered to go to the restaurant next door to get an item le SAM didn't have on the menu. The food was so delicious! This is number one on our list to return to.

LS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant right above the St. Lawrence river.

LL
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Belle ambiance, vue superbe sur le St-Laurent.
Un peu onéreux pour un lunch du midi , mais bon....on est au Château Frontenac.

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f
Vancouver
88 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service from Hughes. The food was very good

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The servers were really nice and professional. The food and presentation were great too. However, the overall experience was not excellent. The menu, tables and glasses are obviously not maintained so it reduces the value of what is supposedly a high end experience.

g
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch here last week and enjoyed the view and the whole experience. We made reservations with Open Table and were seated within 5 minutes. The menu is perfect for lunch. I enjoyed shrimp and my husband had a fish and chips entree. The bread served with the meal was also very tasty.
The restaurant was busy and we had terrific service from our waiter. He was very attentive and helpful. The atmosphere is upscale and trendy. I like the restaurant furnishings and the bar was quite attractive. A great place to eat.

CR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hostess quickly accommodated a request to be seated a half hour early. Waiter Marc was exceptional as was the view from a window table. The food, especially the fish special, was wonderfully prepared and presented and the cost very reasonable for excellent quality.

L
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal and service. A beautiful restaurant. It was especially nice that they had gluten free dinner rolls which my wife said were the best she had ever had. Great experience.

OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I had an incredible dinner at Bistro Le Sam while on vacation. The food, service, and view were outstanding! We highly recommend eating here if you have a chance!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were both excellent. Would highly recommend as a place to have dinner if you are in Quebec.

KS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went back a second night because we enjoyed our dinner so much. We had outstanding service, amazing appetizers, dinner and dessert. They even accommodated our picky daughter. We also enjoyed the speciality cocktails.

MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Top 10 Charcuterie boards I've ever had but the service was awkwardly slow. A soup came out stone cold and was sent back. The manager came over and offered a drink on the house but still charged for it. All in all lots of potential but the service was so bad, we would not go back.

KR
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On vacation with my daughter, we had dinner here our first night. I’d eaten here 3 years ago and it was even better than I remembered. We are both vegetarians and the options were impressive. The veggie burger is delicious and the ginger-cashew tempeh was amazing. From the White Cosmo cocktail to the Honey Crème Brûlée, everything was perfect. My coffee came with freshly steamed milk! The service was perfect, the views are breathtaking. Cannot say enough.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance and stunning views.

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My boyfriend and I had an amazing time at le SAM. The food was absolutely delicious and the menu had good variety for everyone along with some house and Canadian specialties. We each had cider, confit duck leg, and the baked seafood and everything was SO good. The staff was friendly and accommodating—we asked for a window seat when we arrived and we received just that. The view out the windows of le Chateau Frontenac is beautiful. A little on the pricey side but not too bad and if you are looking for a special night out, absolutely worth it!

HD
New England
77 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Very average. The service was incredibly slow and the food did not equate to the prices charged. The onion soup was barely warm, the salad had far too much dressing and the entrees were nothing special. We went simply because it was the Frontenac. There are many better places in town.

CS
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Le Sam, not only is it a beautiful view of the River, it is a complete experience of a great restaurant in a casual and well-kept atmosphere, the service is very friendly and warm, but the most special are its foods;

Very fresh ingredients, all local and high quality are the raw material of this beautiful place, we have enjoyed cheeses from its cellar that are authentic gems of the gourmand! Do not miss your cheese board with a wine of your liking from the extensive list of options; let yourself be pampered by your craving for the main courses (they are all delicious);

It is very worthwhile to indulge in Le Sam, it is much more than sight.

We hope to return very soon with the beautiful memory of this evening.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful property and amazing service. Lots of good options for snacks or meal

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Not bad - food was great but, they could not find our reservation when we arrived and it was very busy. It was about 2.5 hours for lunch.

KC
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I had a reservation for NYE. For some reason, the open table reservation was not showing up in their system. I showed my email confirmation and as they were trying to get the restaurant prepared for a private event- the hostess was kind enough to honor the reservation I had. The service was great- the food delicious (chef even accommodated my request for no dairy side dish) - to top it off - didn’t feel rushed to finish my meal and even had time to enjoy dessert and extra glass of wine. I’ll make sure to go back next time I’m in town.

s
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Je leve mon chapeau au gens du fairmont! Toujours accommodant et ce meme un 25 décembre ou tout les endroits sont plein et qu'on refuse des gens!! Pas au fairmont!! Exceptionnel!

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m
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Deuxieme question trop longue......
Prix élevés
Absence de menu du jour pour le midi

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NB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Great experience, super happy with the service! Thank you

JF
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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