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“Amazing food/wine experience!”

Bocata Restaurant Bar a Vin
Ranked #106 of 5,855 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
Description: Top Old Montreal fishing-village inspired restaurant & wine bar, where our attentive and friendly waitstaff will welcome you 7 days a week from 5pm, or for brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 2:30. You can treat yourself to rustic but refined dishes, such as Lobster Tagliatelle, Grilled Octopus, Pata Negra and Caccio e Pepe. With wine suggestions by our passionate sommeliers, including 20 wines by the glass daily and beautiful cocktails, expect an eclectic candlelit atmosphere, upbeat tunes and an all around good time.
Reviewed November 20, 2012

I searched out a place to est during our trip to Montreal and came upon Bocata. The reviews were great and exactly in line with the experience we wanted. Upon entering the restaurant, it did not disappoint but exceeded our expectations. The atmosphere is old world and very warm and welcoming. The food...was absolute heaven, My husband and I enjoyed the small charcuterie, guinea fowl, Arctic char, bourguignon braised flatiron, and the special of the night, Mac & cheese made with loal Quebec cheese. Everything was amazing on our palate. We had wonderful things to say about each dish. Instead of pairing wines with each dish, we enjoyed a bottle of Morgon G. Descombes which is such a wonderfully light d wine that it went perfectly with each dish that we savoured. Our waitress, Andreanne, was a pleasure to deal with perfectly explained the concept of the restaurant. We walked away very, very happy. I would highly recommend that everyone put this restaurant on their 'must visit' list.

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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!

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Thank mixers
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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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Thank VwmuchFood4fun
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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.

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Thank trenlaur
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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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Thank David G
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