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“We saved the best to last” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bocata Restaurant Bar a Vin

Bocata Restaurant Bar a Vin
310, Saint-Paul O., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2A3, Canada (Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal))
+1 514-507-8727
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Ranked #81 of 5,312 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
Description: Welcome to your neighborhood Wine Bar, where our attentive and friendly waitstaff will welcome you 7 days a week from 5pm. You can treat yourself to rustic but refined dishes, or select a few small plates to share over cocktails, or a wine suggestion by our passionate sommeliers. Expect an eclectic candlelit atmosphere, upbeat tunes and an all around good time.
london england
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“We saved the best to last”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

After a few days enjoying eating out on our holiday in Quebec (Montreal and Quebec City), we decided to go to Bocata on our last evening before returning to London.

Only a few minutes walk from our hotel (Nelligan) we had decided to eat there before the hotel concierge recommended it as one of the best amongst many in Old Montreal.

Bocata is a mix of wine bar and restaurant and from the moment you walk in, it is evident that all the staff have a strong connection with where they work. The ethos behind Bocata is explained as part of the welcome - high quality ingredients locally sourced where possible paired with wines from around the world chosen for their quality and provenance.

Bocata is small and you are able to eat at tables or enjoy wines and sharing platters of charcuterie or cheeses at the bar. This gives the restaurant a very casual and welcoming ambience much like a European establishment.

There is a very large wine with the usual high Canadian prices but also a selection of reds, whites and 'bubbles' chalked up on a blackboard and available as small or large glasses. This selection is very varied and includes an Albarino from north western Spain and an unusual white from the volcanic Greek island of Santorini.

As our waiter Laurent explained, the dishes are not North American sized - not small like tapas and more European in size which is reflected by the pricing - appetisers around $ 11 and man courses around $15-$19.

We chose some Spanish Pata Negra ham and a duck confit with rocket (aragula) followed by Veal with risotto and Arctic Char both of which were wonderful with very defined flavours. Local Quebec cheeses with great sourdough bread completed our meal.

At $ 145 including a beer, sherry and 2 glasses of wine, it wasn't cheap but only £20 more than a much inferior meal the night before.

The best meal we had during our holiday and excellent service from Laurent who had recently returned from working in London for 8 months and who was more than happy to talk about his experiences there.

Can't praise Bocata enough - just go there!

  • Visited November 2012
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Sunshine Coast
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Highly recommend great atmosphere big food flavours and great wine by the glass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by staff at our hotel. Totally enjoyable. Relaxed atmosphere interesting decor very friendly staff who made excellent wine pairing recommendations from the black board for modestly priced wines that were enjoyable. We had the set menu put together for Montreal at the table and no disappointments. The duck etc as commented on by others on the forum were all great. Absolutely recommend this restaurant.

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Chicago, Illinois
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109 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Spainish flair”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Exceptional food in tappas style. Which was great for our group of 4 couples. we had a taste of cheeses and wonderful meats. Entrees so tasty melted in your mouth!! The chicken with the curry potatoes soo good! Wine selection wonderful! Service very attentive and pared the wines perfectly. Price well worth the food and service.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Good food, extensive wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

We liked this place prodigiously. The stylish interior caught our eyes when walking past earlier in the day and we were pleased to find it well rated on Trip Adviser. The dining room is small, cosy and very pleasant. Food is mostly French. We loved our entree of arugula and duck salad, which had the right blend of acid, sweetness and crunch. The mains were also good, although portions were a little on the mean side. Mine was veal and manchego, with creamy polenta. The wine list was extensive but had little at the low end. Staff were very polite.

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Midwest
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“Better for the oenophile, but still...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Charm. Small Plates. Knowledgable Server. Celebrity Sighting. Food was very good, dessert terrific. Clearly the place to go if your interest and knowledge of wine is above-average to extreme. Mine is not but I enjoyed the outing just the same.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Veronian
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