Restaurant Solmar

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CAN$30 and under
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Portuguese
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  • Tapas
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First Portuguese restaurant to open its doors in Montreal in 1972, the Solmar Restaurant is a family institution that puts all the generosity of the kitchen and of Portuguese culture on your plate. The tasty fish dishes , seafood and poultry are prepared in the pure Portuguese tradition and accompanied with privately imported wines and rare ports .

The Fado concerts ( the weekend ) accompany the flambée'd dishes at the table, in a wonderful traditional setting that transports you, time for a meal in the country of the sun and the sea.

Extensive Wine List: Red wines from 1968 and Porto from 1900s.
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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very pleased with our dining experience at Solmar. The food was delicious and generous.
The highlight of the evening was the cordiality and knowledge of the maitre d’ who was also our server.

P
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A short get away trip to Montreal and we decided to do the tourist thing and visit old port Montreal. Solmar was recommended by Open Table and it did not disappoint. We decided to have the tapis on their menu and ordered 7 small plates for 3 people and it proof enough to get us full. Some reviews noted that service was a little slow as most of the wait staff seems to be older but that never was an issue with my visit as they more than compensate with a high level of service. We ordered the Grilled Sardines, Squids, Cod Fish, Octopus, Duck Breast, Chorizo as well as the Clams. Everything was delicious. Definately will go back and also recommend.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful! Thank you for great Portuges food .

TF
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had menu degustation with shrimp soup, smoked salmon, grilled octopus, pastel de Belem, plus Cornish hen. Salad and ½ carafe of house white. All excellent.

Atmosphere is very authentic. Down to our waiter and live music. I felt transported back to Lisbon!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went for dinner with friends on Friday night. There was a musician playing traditional music. We tried most of the tapas. The service was amazing and the staff was very accommodating to dietary restrictions.

We returned the next day to experience the French cuisine on the main floor during lunch hour.

I will go back again the next time I visit Montreal

A
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very nice experience! A lovely atmosphere with an old-fashioned ambience, and food to match. The only issue to be found with the service was a slightly judgmental vibe we felt when being counseled on whether we should order just tapas or a mix of tapas and entrees (we have less experience with Portuguese food than with other types); otherwise, everything was first rate. Our waiter was very kind when we arrived 15 minutes earlier than planned, and seated us right away. All the food was delicious, and I'd particularly recommend the scallop and chorizo tapas and the Morue à la Braz, a sort of cylindrical pie of potato, egg, and shredded cod. If you like an old-fashioned restaurant experience (which I intend as a compliment), I'd highly recommend this place.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

They claimed to never have received our reservation, even though we had a conformation from OpenTable, the staff was rude... overall not a good experience

OT
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good meal , with excellent service

H
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Restaurant Solmar tonight (July 4, 2019). Anthony was our waiter and he was very personable and friendly and did an excellent job. The food was fantastic, the restaurant was beautiful, and we really enjoyed a change from the heavy French cuisine. We will be back next time we visit Montreal!!

AE
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited on the fete Nationale, so there weren’t many diners and we felt plenty fussed over by the staff. The food was superb.

c
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The portions are small and pricey. It was F1 weekend so I understand it was busy but they were grossly understaffed and the staff is very old school and senior - professionals. Although it was really hard to wait for our food and watch these guys have to take orders make drinks and serve food - our table side cesar took an hour. It tasted amazing but we didnt get any benefit from watching somone rush through it. I give forgiveness for F1 but you know its coming every year - be prepared in serving your guest accordingly.

KI
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place; great vibe, great service, a super cool singer, good food. What's not to love?

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent find while walking through Montreal. The waiters were remarkably kind and helpful,and rhe food was exceptional. I'll definitely return here on my next visit!!

E
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good food and ambiance, good Fado music and good value

TG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

It was mediocre in most respects. In light of how many exceptional restaurants there are in Montreal, can't recommend.

TG
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Party of 4 weekday dinner. This a beautiful restaurant on st paul. They have fado playing in the background on the speakers but it’s not loud. All the food is excellent. We had as appetizers octopus, mussels and scallops. For the main meal we had lamb chops, sea food rice. The house Portuguese red wine is a perfect match for the seafood. The waiter was very friendly and clearly loves his job and is proud of his food. Definitely would go back.

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Everything we ordered was bad.

AB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We went for New Year's Eve. Music was really fun and good - Fado, by two aging male musicians. The food was good to very good with one notable exception - the lamb was VERY fatty. The price for a special occasion menu was in line with other restaurants of this caliber in the area.

Our service was not the greatest: dour, and slow. The pace was a little slower than what we communicated we wanted, to our server. (our plan was to leave around 10:30 to join the crowds outside, and listen to a band then see the fireworks.) We did not get our check until 11:45! Waited a long time and asked more than once.

Tables were very festive with noise makers, hats to wear etc. The ambience was cozy yet festive with many families celebrating.

I would recommend this as a solid option for typical Portuguese food with music; just get one of the Portuguese servers, not the older French gentleman.

Thank you for a nice evening to begin 2019!

LA
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Nice upscale service old school atmosphere. Food was pretty good with the exception of the duck, which was raw and rubbery —not sure if our dislike of the duck is due to how it was prepared Portuguese style or if it was just badly done. The Portuguese soup was very salty, and not enjoyable. The shrimp and sardines was excellent. Pricey meal.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

El lugar es muy bonito y acogedor, decoración típica portuguesa.
El servicio en general muy bueno, los meseros agradables y atentos, hablan español.
La comida estuvo bien, sin embargo, pedí que me calentaran la sopa porque estaba fría y el filete mignon estuvo muy cocido y frío. Pedi el cambio y con gusto me complacieron.
El vino que escogí era de la casa muy bueno, etiqueta naranja con letras negras del sur de Portugal. Fue una excelente elección .

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MJ
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful Christmas dinner here with our two adult children. I would have given all 5 stars because everyone besides me had spectacular food. The only hold back on complete 5 stars is that I ordered the Grouper- traditional dish as I was told- and my fish was so tough that I didn’t eat it. Everything else they brought to the table- everything was over the top delicious. We will go again- but just not order grouper!

c
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice food and service, delicious filet cooked at the table, gravy and Cesar salad are amazing.

CB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Overall good food but maybe not the ideal experience for one person

CK
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were great, we also had a Touriga Nacional wine that was fabulous.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were early for our reservation, but were seated immediately. The entire staff was excellent and Anthony, our waiter, did a great job in his recommendation for the wine Also the dishes Anthony recommended were excellent. The personal touch of a dessert for an anniversary was also very thoughtful.

JT
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An exceptional meal with high quality service. Will return.

OT
Denver
62 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good service good food and a nice atmosphere. Setting is micr

r
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was like being in Portugal!
Good fish and seafood.
Fado in the background( I would have enjoyed more)
Thank you to Manuel!
Excellent service and perfect recommendations for food and wine!
So not a trendy restaurant but a place to feel good and eat well.
Obrigada!

OT
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really a special evening. Came here to celebrate 40 the whinging anniversary and left with a whole experience, a private concert and song, and an outstanding meal. Thank you for making it so special for the family! We look forward to returning.

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and excellent service. Enjoyed the live music.

RD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A real treat! A fully authentic Portuguese meal worth the time and money it takes to enjoy it. We were a party of 8 and really enjoyed ourselves. The wine and food was all delicious. I got the flambé steak and the other couple got the paella type dish. Kids loved the clams and mussels. The service was so attentive and warm. Definitely try it out!

V
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely, caring , friendly and professional service. Kitchen quite slow. Nice live music. Grilled sardines great. Duck breast a bit overdone.

w
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Although the restaurant did not have many customers, service was slow. Great view of the street from table near window helped pass the time

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Nourriture bonne mais trop cuite ambiance très bien

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellente expérience. Nous y retournerons.

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E
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thought we were back in Oporto or Lisbon! Food was excellent, waiter attentive and friendly, ambience excellent. And as a bonus, they had a pair singing and playing fado, who were very good too.

S
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous !! Food was fresh, great quality, cooked to perfection. Price point was great- dinner for 2, no drinks $80! Will come back when in Montréal! Merci!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I cancelled our earlier plans to have Italian. It is not often you find a Portuguese restaurant. We needed to go. The service was spot on and food was amazing!

VA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. They could not find the Open Table reservation. I showed them the confirmation email and they quickly sat us. They were henceforth beyond attentive. The portions are enormous and very good quality food.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent service by Mr Anthony. Good Music, we spent New Year's Eve and had a great time

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