James Le Restaurant

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CAN$51 and over
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Modern European
The French called Canada’s main financial thoroughfare "rue Saint-Jacques", and the English "St-James Street". Synonymous with opulence and influence, it was the second street in what is now Montréal. Bordered by banks and named after Jacques Olier, the street continues to be known today as a museum of high finance. Today, Hotel Le St-James, the former Merchants Bank, sits enthroned at the crossroads of history. On midsummer nights, modern-day coachmen in top hats take us back a hundred years to a day when bankers glanced at their pocket watches while crossing rue St-Jacques to the stock exchange and central telegraph offices just blocks away.



XO Le Restaurant, situated in the former Banker's Hall, is truly a beautiful space composed of a dining room, a bar & lounge, two beautiful mezzanines, as well as four alcoves which add an extra touch of comfort and privacy. Chef Gonzalez' exciting culinary imagination brings you modern, creativ
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4.6
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4.4
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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Le service était excellent, la nourriture aussi. Ils ont souligné l’anniversaire de ma femme également, ce fut super apprécié.

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FY
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is good, I always loved the birthday cake!

f
Montreal
48 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal with friends. We ordered the following dishes from the MTL a table menu which the ceviche as appetizers and main which consisted of pork & the other was monkfish. Every thing was well prepared & presented. Our waiters were very knowledgeable and accommodating

Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant in such a beautiful setting at the St James hotel. They also gave a very nice brunch menu.

BD
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Pour un hôtel réputé, je m'attendais à beaucoup mieux pour le restaurant de l'hôtel.
Lustres de cristal très sales et poussiéreux. Napperon de plastique que j'utilise pour l'extérieur sur mon patio.
Suiteur & maître d hôtel pas souriant qui place le service de nourriture précipitamment. Sur les 6 places il manquait un couvert à notre arrivé à la table. Nous avons du nous servir nous-même à 2 reprise la bouteille de mousseux, ce qui est innaceptable dans ce type de restaurant. Aucune empathie vraiment déçu...

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S
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of a kind, was a delightful experience..will be back soon

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Bien aimé le lieu, service correct, nourriture assez bonne. Niveau qualité/prix idéal pour MTL à table mais pas plus.

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OB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

La nourriture était excellente mais le service terrible! Il y avait un 5@7/8 dans le resto on ne s’entendait pas parlé. Malheureusement je ne crois pas que j’y retournerais. Dommage car notre repas était délicieux

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a beautiful setting with great food for a convivial business dinner. It was even better for us because Sunday night was quiet, so we could have a great conversation. The service was engaged and friendly, and the food was delicious. Thanks for a wonderful night!

SM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I've been to xo before Iast year during MtI à tabIe and Ioved the experience. This years was a bit different. We where pIaced in the front of the restaurant which I don't mind at aII but with a view of the giant fIat screen TV above the bar ... watching the news of Trump's impeachment triaI was not what I had in mind for a nice night out. This is just a generaI rant that I have against modenization and screens which are aIready aII over the pIace. It made this beautifuI restaurant Iook Iike a sports bar and gave it a strange vibe. The food was ok ... not bad, but not impressed. We had the artic char tartare, the veaI and each tried the two avaiIabIe desserts. I have friends who are good cooks and I've eaten much better meaIs at their pIace on a Tuesday. I found that they tried too hard with the goId Ieaves in the appetizer and the desserts and not enough on the actuaI food itseIf. It Iooked very nouveau rich and my Iast comment to my friend was ... a hoteI restaurant wiII aIways be a hoteI restaurant ...

KJ
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Very nice food and service in a nice but quite dull atmosphere

AD
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Ça faisait un moment que avec mon conjoint nous voulions y aller, du coup on est parti pour célébrer son anniversaire. Nous avons été très déçus de la nourriture. Qui ne goûtait vraiment rien! Les pates était trop cuites sans assaisonnement, sans aucun goût. Nous avons à peine touché aux plats. C’etait Si mauvais que les manger était une corvée . On a finit notre soirée au Mc Donald avec une poutine :(
Ça a complètement ruiné une soirée romantique.

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Un cadre majestueux, une cuisine raffinée et innovante. Une équipe particulièrement attentionnée. Merci pour cette merveilleuse soirée d'anniversaire !

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N
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed the food, the wine and the quiet atmosphere. The service was excellent! It is a bit pricey though, so expect to pay alot for small dishes (although the food was great)!

GB
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible restaurant. Great innovative food and can’t beat the ambiance.

k
Western KY
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A remarkable restaurant. The menu was fairly modest in size, but everything we had was wonderful and the wine list was impressive with a number of good choices at modest price points.

XI
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for a date. The oysters are particularly fresh. We enjoyed our scallops and seafood spaghetti.

RV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Notre diner partait mal, mais notre serveur a ete change, et nous avons pu passer un tres agreable moment avec un service et des plats sans failles.

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HS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place great service and delicious food friendly service

OM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to XO for our anniversary dinner and had a fantastic time. The food was amazing, along with phenomenal service. Will definitely recommend to friends and looking forward to going back again soon!

J
Tucson
15 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elegant restaurant. Uncrowded on a Tuesday night. Food was excellent. Service a notch above excellent. Bartender is an artist. Not inexpensive, but not excessively so by Montreal standards.

EG
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Unique presentations, outstanding flavors and service made a birthday dinner special for my wife. This place knows how to please.

Y
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous place! Love the beautiful ambience and the decor of XO. The service is beyond your expectations! The food is plentiful and delicious!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice cozy sophisticated restaurant . Amazing service and good food

Y
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marc Philipe was exceptional! Always making us feel welcomed. His staff is warm and kind and takes care of your every need. We plan on eating breakfast each day that we stay in Montreal 🇨🇦❤️❌⭕️

CE
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

KW
Denver
65 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

One of the worst meals we have had in a long time. The flank steak (medium rare ordered. well done presented) was like shoe leather and barely able to be eaten. On the bright side my wife's veal was relatively good and they didn't charge me for my main dish. I asked to speak to the "chef" but was told he was off today and the backup (a sous chef) wouldn't come out to speak to us!!!

AL
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

I order a steak very basic the food tastedt was not up to the standards of a 5 star restaurant
Steak at the Keg is much more better
Very pricy for what you get
Also when first arrive the service was not quite professional than we got switched to another waiter and things got better

MA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The best place to be for a business lunch or dinner.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was absolutely lovely!

OT
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Friday Jazz night lovely.
Went for our 2 year anniversary, food delicious, the sommelier was wonderful

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Merci à toute l’équipe ce fut un très beau brunch

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

My husband and I dined here on the final night of our honeymoon. Unfortunately, the experience left much to be desired.
The food was good, my husband enjoyed his salmon and my filet was okay. I will say that the foie gras was DELICIOUS, easily one of the best we’ve had!
Our experience suffered on the service... our water glasses were empty for the better part of our meal, as was my wine glass. It was not an overly busy night and our server and other waitstaff passed our table many times despite us trying to get someone’s attention to fill our water glasses and bring a wine list before our entrees arrived (neither of which happened). When our entrees came, I found my filet over cooked. This would not have been a big deal had our server checked in before my husband was nearly finished with his meal, at this point I had little desire to extend our meal for the correction. They corrected the temperature, and the second filet was fine, but arrived well after my husband finished his meal.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really loved our dinner at XO. My appetizer of melon and prosciutto followed by a very tender fillet mignon was excellent. The restaurant ambience is magnificent. Service was also terrific without being formal and stuffy. We highly recommend this restaurant.

c
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very poor experience. In two words: no interest.
The food was mean and very mediocre, the service was average, the rib we paid $190 for two was of hardly average quality and overcooked.
We were a party of four and they could not adjust to a dairy-allergic guest (they just remove all sauce and sides making the meal very dry)
The restaurant was rightfully empty and frankly this is what they deserve. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants in Montreal but XO is an embarrassment for the city. Never again!

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, excellent service, very enjoyable setting.

p
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Mom's 81st birthday celebration. Wanted to try another highly rated Montreal OpenTable restaurant. It was attached to the St. James hotel so should be outstanding? 4 of us for dinner. Recommendation: Buyer beware!! Do NOT recommend!

The bad/ugly. Our bill 915$ (4 people - 4 dinners, with wine) - 3 dinners horrible. Server came by - apologized and told us that 2 of our dinners would be removed from the bill since they were not up to par? but then when we reviewed the receipt closer next day and discovered they discounted it only 30% (2 plates) - 3 horrible pieces of meat (discount of 27$). So the restaurant management? figured since the meat was poorly cooked and we didn't eat the majority of it they felt they could charge 60$ instead of $90. Shameful.

The chef - c'mon we asked for medium rare! Who is in charge of meat purchases? Management dropped the ball.

filet mignon - ordered medium rare - arrived medium+, gray color?? My mom sent it back and the restaurant delivered another one that was cooked a little less but the meat was poor quality. My mother had to spit out gristle 3x - in a filet mignon? and then simply had enough. (thank goodness for appetizers, and wine)

striploin - was told this was the menu item to get - ordered medium rare x 2 plates - both came out - medium+. Not very tasty, and quite chewy. Only had 1/2 mine - would have had a better piece of meat from steakfrites. So 3 pieces of meat poor quality. At least my husband ate his salmon.

The appetizers - calamari, and fois gras. Very nice x 2.
Dessert - good.
Winelist - wonderful.
The service - very good. Courteous, and accommodating.

The good thing is there are a ton of other places in Montreal that are amazing and will continue to explore. XO fell quite short of the expectations for food. Would NOT recommend.

SM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, great service, and great food! Would recommend if you’re in the area looking for a nice restaurant!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Nice place, nice decor, only had 1 bottle in stock of the wine we picked off the menu, food quality very average, few choices, very small portions , way too expensive for the the fare offered.

g
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

disappointing discrepancy between choices on the menu , size of serving AND the majesty of the Hall
and the nobility of the Hotel.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The table that was reserved for us had been given to other guests.