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“Excellent seafood concept, great service”

Restaurant la Sirene de la Mer
Ranked #453 of 5,976 Restaurants in Montreal
Cuisines: Lebanese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: We specialize in Mediterranean cuisine, more specifically Lebanese cuisine, with a focus on seafood! We have an in-house fish market with some of the freshest known seafood in the city. Extensive wine list, outdoor patio, private room for 70 people, and a private parking lot.
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I'd been going to La Sirene restaurants around Montreal Island for more than 15 years, but had never come to this flagship. Very nicely appointed but not stuffy. We enjoyed the fact that the clientele was nicely dressed up for a Saturday night, not overly so but enough to make it a bit festive. Very friendly and personal services - from the maitre d' to the owner to the wait staff. The restaurant is Lebanese owned and themed so there is plenty of ethnic flavour.

The concept here is a great one - the restaurant is adjacent to the fish market. You get a piece of paper at the table with your table number and one or more members of the dining party go next door and pick out the actual seafood to be grilled or fired, from filets to whole fish to scampi and shrimp. I recommend ordering smaller fish fired as you can basically eat the whole crunchy thing.

Appetizers are wonderful - from the typical baba ganouj and hummus to grilled octopus, a terrific eggplant salad with smokey grilled eggplant mashed with fresh scallions and tomatoes,as well as very nice salmon tartare, sometimes served with mango, tomato, olive oil and thyme, sometimes with capers. The Middle Eastern salads are very fresh and well flavoured.

The grilled and fried fish entrees are outstanding, served simply with toasted pita and a rich tahini sauce. Try the brown rice with vermicelli and fried onions. I mentioned that my grilled halibut filet might be a tad overcooked (although still excellent) - I had a new filet perfectly grilled at the table in minutes. That's service.

One of the best desserts I've ever had was the crepe stuffed with ricotta, tabbed with chopped pistachio nuts and ladled with a rose water syrup.

I recommend this fine restaurant with a long tradition of excellent service to anyone who comes to Montreal.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Was a guest on an eight person dinner.. Other diners come here frequently and I was pleasantly surprised. One enters the restaurant one of two ways - either through the main entrance OR through their fish market which displays all the fresh fish available to purchase and go. The food is outstanding. Great Lebanese and Armenian appetizers. We went to the fish shop, picked out the fish we wanted and it came fully cooked to our own wishes. Excellent service.

Website: http://www.sirenedelamer.com

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

the food is great fresh fish . all these lebanese entree you just clean the plates with pita. my first experience but not last.service very fast and staf very freindly. my new favorite restaurant.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

All together nice place to eat and go back regularly. This is what we will do. Food was good, excellent advice on choice of regional wine to go with our selection, efficient and prompt service. An added plus, you can either order from menu card or go to the adjacent sea-food counter to choose the fish and portion from there. It was an enjoyable dinner and no surprising inflated bill at the end. It appeared that we were not one of few satisfied clients as all tables were occupied.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We always enjoy La Surene de la Mer in Montreal and yesterday was the best that it has been in our many visits. The service is always wonderful and the food always fresh and beautifully prepared but this time they exceeded all expectations.

Enough said. If you enjoy Middle Eastern food and / or love fresh fish this restaurant it worth traveling to Montreal, even if you have no other reason to go to that wonderful city!

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Thank Lawrence Ian G
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