Bistro Licence IV

3.9
43 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Licence IV offers France to Old Montreal, a bistro and an atmosphere of French tradition. A unique know-how and an artisanal production that makes everyone rediscover the classics and simple French cuisine.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
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4.0
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4.3
Ambience
3.7
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Good ambiance a bit too loud the music but the food was horrible. Everyone on the table was not happy, not sure if it’s because it was granprix but the salad was oily and it was just the mix salads u buy at maxi with no tomatoes or anything . The same mix salad was put in the burgers which was odd.. the meat we asked for well done but came pink. Tartar was bland. Too bad the food was not good cause the resto seems nice.

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M
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

I put one star for service,but should have been no star. Service was zero. After asking us (2 women) if we want dessert, we asked for 2 hot waters. After waiting 30 minutes we realized he just decided to blow us off. Never came back. Never acknowledged us again. About 15 minutes later we decided to just stand up and put our jackets on. Then he took notice and brought the bill. We asked for one bill and decided to split it on 2 credit cards. He said “but you asked for one bill “. He was not happy. We actually had to give him the amount divided by 2 to punch into the machine. Then he made very inaaprioate comments to us while we were paying asking us where we were going from there. Will Never come back ! Beside the inappropriate behaviour of our waiter and the terrible service , the Food was average. Oysters good. Onion soup very little flavour. Goat cheese salad had a very small amount of goat cheese on it. Could barely taste it. The only positive is the decor.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Reservation confirmed.
Opening hours well written on website and on the door.
Arrive there for the Mother’s Day Brunch with all the family and it’s closed.

Thanks for this, much appreciated!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

L'endroit est beau,ainsi que l'ambiance mais c'est le service qui n'est pas satisfaisant.
Malgre la reservation on a attendu au moins un bon 15mn avant de nous installer 10 personnes sur une table qui ne peut recevoir plus que6 a8 personnes au max!!
Cote saveur plutot bien, mais
Les plats servis par intervalle et pas tjrs chaud,pas tres genereux en plus des plats sur le menu qu'il ne peuvent pas servir par rupture de stock

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

The place used to have great food and amazing ambiance. Unfortunately the quality of the food has deteriorated and the quantities became mich smaller. Used to love going there at least once a month but unfortunately this past weekend was my last!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super ambiance !!! On va revenir avec nos amis avant la fermeture... déçue que le resto quitte notre quartier

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Y
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superbe ! Ambiance incroyable et service de qualité

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IL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Wow. That was so unbelievably bad. From the terrible service to the very average food, it was a complete disaster. Overpriced. Bad dishes. Dismal servers. The only good thing: great decor.

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MD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Le décors est formidable, mais le brunch de Pâques moyen... surtout pour le prix...

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Très convivial, l'esprit français est là 😉🇲🇫

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SP
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Notre expérience a été terrible. Lorsque nous sommes arrivé le resto n'était pas plein. j'avais fait ma réservation pour 20h et lorsque je suis arrivé le serveur m'attendait pour 20h30. ns avons attendu pour que la table soit prete. une fois assis nous avons attendu 30mins avant d'avoir le menu. le serveur n'arretais pas de faire des va et vient ce qui gaspillait beaucoup de temps. il a fallu que je demande a 3 reprises pour avoir de la glace. lorsque nos assiettes sont arrivées il n'y avait rien d'impressionnant de plus que l'assiette de veau était froide :(. Le serveur s'est excusé une vingtaine de fois durant la soirée mais cela n'excuse pas le fait que je n'ai pas profité de facon plaisible ma soirée. Je suis décu de la gestion des serveurs dans ce resto... le serveur ns a dit qu'il était nouveau...sachant qu'il est nouveau il aurait été bien de l'associer avec un autre serveur surtout pour un samedi soir ou lachalandage peut etre non negligeable! nous sommes parti a 11h45PM ca pris quasiment 4hrs a avoir tous nos plats... tres décue du service et des plats!

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D
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I love this place and have a great time usually! This past visit was disappointing with bad service and long waits. The meal was not as good as usual.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service! Le personnel était aux petits soins avec nous. Nous avons passé un très bon moment, nourriture délicieuse, servie dans une vaisselle de qualité. Nous attendons de pouvoir tester la terrasse cet été !

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S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Le service impeccable, bon rapport qualité prix pour la nourriture seulement la carte des vins est limiter à la région de la France (je comprend que l’origine du resto soit Française ) mais une plus grande variété serais apprécié avec des prix plus variés ... le prix de la bouteille la moins dispendieuse est de $70 !!

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P
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nous avons souper un vendredi où il y avait une chanteuse de jazz ce qui a apporté beaucoup à l'atmosphère génial du resto

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M
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Le service était terrible, on avait l'air d'embêter le serveur, tout était super lent... Nous étions pas mal tous déçu par le service reçu malgré que la nourriture soit très bonne!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were a group of 14 and the star of the evening was Frédérique our waiter- he was exceptional and made our experience seamless

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great service, but ordinary food. The noise level is high.

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MO
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Très bon restaurant. Super ambiance. Personnel très courtois.

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OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Service: Our table was loaded with dusty decoration. We had to ask 3 times to get rid of the wine glasses and still yet we paid the bill and the wine glasses were still on the table...... we had to force a busgirls to take out the huge decanter even tho she said I will be right back and as I was saying the wine glasses stayed on the table until we left. If you think that’s the policy, Nop we looked at everyone around us and the other waiter took away all his table wine glasses if the clients didn’t have a bottle of wine.The waitress is nice but she is really not delicate we felt her so rough, walking to our table , dropping our plates. At our main course arrived, 4 of us had steak, she comes back with only 1 steak knife and 2 of of these 4 ppl doesn’t even have a fork anymore because the previous person took the ustensiles away. We had to wait like 5-7 mins before we can stop someone to get a fork and somehow any kind of knife at this point. We ended the night with 2 steak knife and 2 butter knife to cut our steak.

Food wasn’t wow either. Steak was tender but so thin. They use so much herbed butter to cover the steak, u could only taste butter more the steak itself. The crab cake was so hard like if it was over frozen and over battered fried. The same balsamic spring mix salad kept on coming back on all the dishes ( as a plate decoration and a main dish side ) The lobster ravioli tasted like frozen, there was so much water coming out of the filling and I taste no lobster, and as for the sauce they used the lobster bisque soup to pour it on top. A very ugly dish that came out of that kitchen. Like if I poured out a can of Chef Bogardee Ravioli.....

Drink: their cocktails was amazing. Gin,syrup,lemons something was excellent.

This place is banned from our dining places but for sure one day will go back for a cocktail.

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A
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Huitres à 1 dollars le mardi soir je recommande et Le personnel est excellent!

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c
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Une vraie carte Bistrot français , avec des plats authentuques et remarquablement bien cuisinés , le tout dans une ambiance "Soft" et reposante .

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F
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Mauvaise expérience. Service très long. Nourriture quelconque.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

C’était bon mais pas à se jetter par terre
Il y avait un spécial sur les huîtres rockefeller. Le spécial était 5 huîtres et un verre de bulle mis je ne bois pas d’alcool... je n’ai donc pas pu manger de ses huîtres que j’aime tant vue que le spécial contenait le verre de bulle.
Facture 175$ deux personnes 1 entrée, deux plats et un gin.. un peu cher pour ce qu’on as eu.

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VT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

The place is really nice. The service was good but the food was not. We ordered the oysters. They were tiny and complained that it had shell pieces in them. They replaced it for me and my friend but it was the same when we got new ones. The calamari was good. The tartar was all right. The lobster ravioli was too seafoody not just for me but for my friends as well. We as to return them as well. We weren’t happy with it. Too bad the place is nice and the food isn’t.

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DL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

La nourriture était bonne. Le décor bistrot d'époque est amusant. J'y retournerais pour leur spécial "huitres à 1$". Toutefois, certains aspects mériteraient à être revus. Le serveur a complètement oublié d'apporter les frites qui allaient avec les moules. Quand je le lui ai rappelé, il est revenu en catastrophe avec les frites destinées à une autre table. L'homme de ménage a lavé les salles de toilettes avec un désinfectant très fort dont l'odeur a envahi la salle à manger ce qui nous a chassé. Au moment de sortir, nous l'avons vu secouer le tapis, à quelques pas de clients qui étaient en train de manger. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi le personnel l'a laissé faire son ménage alors que des clients étaient encore à table.

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure to go there. I love the atmosphere and the service.
Food is excellent

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O
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Le tartare manquait d'assaisonnement alors que la soupe à l'oignon était très salée.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Belle découverte pour notre diner de noel.
Le service fut tres bon.

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Drinks are over priced. Food is a friendly serving. There was a blonde waitress who was just really loving her job, that made my whole experience.

I had the fondue to share for 2, simple and delicious :)

Have fun. Ps, they have beautiful booths if you want to reserve for a smaller party (I believe it’s a booth of 6 or so). Fun decor all round.

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ED
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall very pleasant. Great service, nice ambiance. I didn't like my fondue very much, but everone else in the group (3 others) was extremely satisfied with the food.

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k
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I have been to, and recommended, this bistro many times for Sunday brunch and have not only not been disappointed, but quite the opposite: the food is always plentiful, delicious and well-served.

Dinner, on the other hand, was not: the food was very average, the plates were very sad looking, and the service was hit or miss.
Drinks were expensive and I would not return for dinner.

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KI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had such a special time celebrating my best friend’s birthday! Frédérique made our evening extra special with his kind attentiveness and delicious cocktails. I was very proud to have picked this spot! Many thanks

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BR
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Un endroit très sympathique avec des plats de qualité et une ambiance vraiment agréable.
J'y suis déjà allée 3 fois et j'y retournerai sans hésiter.

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M
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super resto
Meilleurs plats en ville
Super atmosphère français

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ML
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Tres bonne place. Nourriture délicieuse mais plus de 1h30 d’attente entre la commande, l’entrée et le plat. Seule déception.

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SL
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

C'est la 2e fois en un mois et nous l'adoptons, surtout pour ses moules/frites !

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J
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Service super. Super ambiance. Mais la nourriture, zéro. Quand tu paye 130$ par personne pour souper, tu t'attends à quelques chose d'au moins bon.

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M
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We never were seated as the place was packed. As we tried to make our way to the bar we were intercepted by patrons that were served before us even if we had been there longer. Really no attention to customer service on a busy night. Not worth your money. Go somewhere else

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TG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Service was horrendous; we had to wait 30 minutes to even just receive glasses of water. Two of our friends ordered steaks that ended up overcooked and they had ran out of spinaches, important part of the meal they had ordered, and did not tell us. The mashed potatoes came as a soup drenched in butter.

Steaks ended up overcooked. All in all, we exited the restaurant almost 3 hours later, unsatisfied.

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