Restaurant Candide

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36 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
A small, hidden restaurant behind St-Joseph’s church, Candide offers a menu in constant evolution. A 4 course menu composed of local ingredients is featured for dinner. Meals are synced with a vibrant wine list to enhance your experience.
In the summer, guests can dine on a covered patio bordering a peaceful pedestrian street.
Love and precision, warmth and refinement, but in the end, Candide is an excuse to make people smile.
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4.8
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4.9
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4.9
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4.7
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OT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place where you can have a real conversation with friend. I definitely would return and recommended to everyone! Love the cuisine and the philosophy behind it. John WR really try to reduce food waste."

TZ
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Had one of the best meals of the year. Thanks to everyone there for making such a great experience.

AV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional culinary experience in its simplicity but with an explosion of taste, and wit such harmonious wine paring, with a most friendly service.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Les plats WOW
Le seul problème c'est qu'on nous les a expliqués 3 et même 4 fois
Cela aurait très bien être 1 fois et réponse aux questions par la suite si nécessaire
Mais l'ensemble de l'expérience est tout de même remarquable

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm, truly warm authentic, lovely staff. So welcoming. They are passionate about food, and about wine. The food is superb, the fresh bread divine, and the wine is fabulous. Did I mention the service is great?!

The ambience is warm and relaxed with natural textures of wood, stone and plants. Lovely.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate at Candide in September. I enjoy bold and creative cuisine, and Candide did not disappoint. It was my first time there, and I will return for sure in the summer to enjoy the patio. I have already recommended this restaurant several times.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great it was for our 9th year wedding anniversary and it was awesome!

n
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We were treated as honored guests/friends. The chef went way out of his way to give us an excellent experience despite my dietary issues. If you find yourself in Montreal, don’t leave without experiencing the delicious food and welcoming atmosphere of this gem.

RG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Love this restaurant!
Next visit to Montreal ( we are from NY) .. we will most certainly be dining at Candide!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastique restaurant offrant une cuisine soignée et originale du terroir pour un prix plus qu’adéquat. Tout le personnel est attentif, respectueux, mais sans prétention. La sommelière est calée dans son domaine et hyper passionnée, son accord des vins était un sans faute.
À réessayer sans aucun doute!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and experience. We will definitely be back. A new favourite.

J
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Candide was a great restaurant with great food. I'm no fan of lentils, but when a restaurant's kitchen is able to cook lentils in such a way where they're super tasty - I'm sold. I personally found it a little expensive for what you get, but it was still a good experience overall.

AV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic, no-nonsense place with full focus on delicious food, great surprising wines and excellent service!

EG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, creative food. Great service. Will
Come back.

MD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I found Candide on line so, it’s always a risk that the restaurant may not be as good as it appears to be. Candide was amazing! From the first glimpse, to the warm welcome, the beautifully prepared food, excellent wine, and superb service, to the spoonful of honey as a conclusion, we all enjoyed a delightful evening!

SP
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner. Staff was so knowledgeable, an unforgettable experience. Go there!

HD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cuisine extraordinaire. Beaucoup de légumes apprêtés de façon créative et délicieuse. Service souriant. Emilie a choisi des vins incroyables qui se marient parfaitement avec les plats. Je recommande fortement.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ce Fut tout simplement EXCELLENT!!!!!
Le gout de la campagne en ville!

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RN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Compliments to the chef! The food is excellent, very inventive. Great wine pairing (and great wine list).

AW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every detail of the meal was thought out, from the order of the appetizers, to the best bread to accompany the meal. The space was charming and we enjoyed every bite!

L
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely perfect birthday evening on pretty, quiet terrace. Chef Winter and his team personnally made the evening extra special as always. My favorite restaurant in montreal!❤

CD
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is truly a must visit restaurant in Montreal. Each of the four courses was excellent, and perfectly paired with an interesting wine by the incredibly friendly sommelier. The entire staff was fantastic. We are very glad we were able to dine at Candide.

KO
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We were charmed on arrival by the hidden location and expansive covered terrasse
Service was extremely knowledgeable and attentive
Sommelier was particularly outstanding, as were her choices ( we opted for wine pairing, and highly recommend it )
The chef obviously puts alot of care and research into imagining an original menu based on local organic seasonal ingredients
We didnt love all we tasted, but adored the overall experience and will definitely return to try different menus
Recommended for food adventurers

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, inventive food (it’s a fixed menu, based on the ingredients of the season, with 2 appetizers and a choice between two entrees and two desserts, but accommodations are made upon request), perfect wine pairings, a cozy, elegant setting (the building is former rectory and Sunday school of St. Joseph’s Church, built in 1861 and tucked away on a quiet, verdant lane in Little Burgundy), and a warm, friendly, impeccable service. One of my best meals in Montreal.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food in a wonderful atmosphere. We dined outside and had a fantastic meal as everyone took the time to explain all the courses and pairings. A memorable evening for my family, thank you!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent experience. Great food and great service. Nothing tastes like you’d expect it to - it was all very artfully done. The only downside is the outside seating on the deck that overlooks the driveway and dumpster. (I asked them to move me and they did.). Spectacular.

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Restaurant discret par son emplacement, mais qui en vaut le détour. Une rigueur et un travail de recherche en cuisine pour ne servir que des produits locaux. Service ultra chaleureux et professionnel.

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MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and value! The best dining experience of our Montreal visit! Can’t recommend highly enough

f
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Un endroit très chaleureux, nourriture de grande qualité joliment présentée, parfait accord mets et vin. De belles découvertes! Merci à l'équipe et à la prochaine!

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s
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, amazing service, the food was incredible. They have an excellent wine list I definetly suggest the wine pairing with dinner.

PJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Very inventive cuisine, which was sometimes a great success and sometimes missed the mark, but even then was interesting. The ambience was lively. The wait staff were terrific, and the sommelier superb - order the wine courses which accompany the table d'hote menu if only to learn from her. Given the location and the fact that there is intrinsic economy in a prix fixe menu, if anything would give me second thoughts about returning, it would be the cost.

CR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Interesting and innovative dishes. Superb service. Excellent wine menu and pairings. Covered patio offers outdoor seating. Exquisite dining.

MT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant chaleureux, cuisine fine de saison et service parfait. Le chef vient lui meme vous expliquer et vous servir ses plats avec sa jeune équipe dynamique. Un mélange subtile de haute gastronomie et de décontraction. A ne pas manquer et surtout à refaire!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great wine, even better food, a nice way to experience Montreal's dishes.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great local fare with incredibly fresh ingredients. We came all the way from Australia wanting to try something local and different, and we were very impressed. Local vegetables were the main features in most dishes and the chef really knows how to play to their strengths. Seafood were also featured in some dishes and they were really fresh and tasty.

The venue is quaint and we prefer the indoor section as it felt more intimate with a direct view of the open kitchen; the chef also came to our table to introduce every dish which made it that extra bit more special.

J
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Creative food that was an interesting mix of flavours, but none of us felt any of the dishes were particularly tasty/delicious.
Sommelier was the highlight, very energetic, passionate, and made great pairings.