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“Good food, very bad surprise at the end” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marche de la Villette

Marche de la Villette
Ranked #124 of 5,657 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
Montréal
1 review
“Good food, very bad surprise at the end”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2011

I've only been to this restaurant once, but I'll never go back again. No way.

The food is good indeed, unfortunately the waitress who served us kept interrupting us to give her very own opinion on things which, to a certain extent, can be nice, but then let me please just talk to my friends without being afraid you might jump from behind me and add something to what the customer has just said.

The worst surprise was at the end of our meal, when we got the bill. Our opinionated waitress had charged us 67$ for a bottle of wine! As we had taken two of them, we had a total of over 130 dollars to pay for the wine only!!

In response to our shock, she came whispering to us that she even offered us a 10-dollar discount she'll never tell her boss about. What the...?!

In the end, we didn't even get the bar-code bill when we left.

So pay attention, folks: ask for the menu, check the prices, ask for the wine list, double-check the prices, and ask for the bar-code bill.

Or, more simply, choose another restaurant, there are plenty of good ones in the Old Port of Montreal.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Quaint little corner of the old port”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2011

Our food was very good and extremely good value for money. I defy anyone to eat a whole charcuterie platter (on their own). At $14.95 it really was good value and between two would have been more than sufficient. The special of the day included soup, a dessert and tea/coffee. Our very pleasant waitress overcame our lack of French with good grace. If these attributes do not lend themselves to your taste then I would suggest you went elsewhere. We shall definitely go back!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun, bustling place...the food, not so much”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2011

This was a fun place to come for lunch in downtown Montreal. Stereotypical French music and full of boisterous, happy people chowing down on huge cutting boards full of cheese and charcuterie. As someone else has mentioned, the cassoulet is really more like pork and beans than the sometimes sublime version you often get in France, but I still found this place enjoyable and affordable.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Where I am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

After hours of wandering around old Montreal, we were ready for some sustenance and an opportunity to warm up. We had heard about Marche de la Villette and Olive & Gourmando which are across the street from each other at St. Paul and St. Pierre streets. O&G had a 30 minute wait, which I suppose says something, but there was no way we had that kind of patience.

We were able to be seated right away at Marche, which was also quite full, especially considering it was after 2 in the afternoon. We shared a really interesting variation on a croque monsieur (fancy ham and cheese sandwich), but other patrons were enjoying their food as well, especially the French Onion soup. The server was attentive despite the full restaurant and the ambiance was great.

Highly recommended for a visit when you are in old Montreal.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth the wait to go to olive & gourmando instead!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

Frommers got this one wrong. The plastic food hanging from the rafters does tell it all. It is amusing to watch the male staff play with the tourists. The house cassoulet is more like pork and beans. The heavily pushed fondue is like glue on a stick. You need to be assertive to get bread or your change, the would love for you to tip 40 percent. The waitress is charming in a ncis sort of way. Dessert is a waffle drizzled with chocolate. Skip this and enjoy the sublime sandwiches across the street and the polite staff at o&g.

Since they clearly do not prefer tourists, respect this and dine across the street.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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