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Garde Manger Montreal

August 16th, 2007 · View Comments · Market, Montreal Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants

Garde Manger

Garde-Manger Montreal Review by Guest Reviewer Dubers

UPDATE: Read Chef Deck’s review of Restaurant Garde Manger (May 2009)

Garde-Manger….so many evenings, so many blurry memories. Whenever someone asks me for the hippest restaurant in Montreal, my answer is always inevitably Garde-Manger. Originally opened as an “anti-scene” joint in Old Montreal, this small resto / lounge has now been adopted by the Montreal foodies, bar flies and hipsters alike. No other place can you enjoy fine dining, a well selected wine list, beautiful cocktails and the opportunity to get naked.

If you are looking for runway waitresses that don’t know how to do wine service, overpriced martinis, Eurotrash and food that sucks, then St-Laurent Blvd. is slightly north/west. Garde-Manger boasts some beautiful staff but all are knowledgeable, quick and friendly (Julie and Jessica, you rock). Owner/Partner Kyle is always around either pouring libations or mixing the tunes, never missing an opportunity to mingle with his loyal clientèle.

With a menu that changes daily on the chalk board, past favorites and must haves are:

Large Seafood platter: Also lovingly referred to as the trough, this is SICK ACTION!!! This baby takes up your whole table and then some. For $125 bones, it’s the biggest and baddest in Montreal. A must for 4-6 people.

BBQ baby back ribs (I love you with your side of succulent potato salad) Is it wrong to suck on your neighbors saucy fingers?

Their fish and seafood is always fresh. Nothing like getting a “Loup de Mer” served on your plate while it’s still starring right at you. Delicious but creepy.

Atmosphere is very loud and not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a quiet, uneventful evening, try Holder restaurant. It’s real tough to get a table at restaurant Garde-Manger and reservations are a must. Call in advance but drop in anytime for a martini.

Wearing the Troff’s decorative seaweed on your head to look like a Rastafarian 10/10

Tastiness: 9.99999999/10 (Deduction for that imperfect oval-shape olive in my martini, OK…10/10)

Getting a table on a Thursday night unless you call 16 weeks in advance/10

Garde-Manger Restaurant Information

408 St-François-Xavier, Old Montreal
Phone: 514-678-5044
Hours: Tue–Sun 6 pm – 3 am
Payment: Cash, Credit Cards

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  • Chef Deck

    Needed to explain the half eatin picks of the food and the missing pick of the trough. When you go to garde you get very drunk. Being drunk has a direct correlation with memory lost, which directly translates into forgetting to take pictures of the food until you reach into your pocket and realize the errors of your ways.

    Chef Deck says he will try and remember to take pictures tonight.

  • Emma L

    Tim Rozon owns the restaurant. I am gonna fly over just to go there!!

  • Wanda

    The food is good at Gare Manger i cannot deny but the prices have gone up alot since they have opened. Also be prepared for a loud, crazy, crowded environment. Don;t say I didn’t warn you.

  • caitlin

    im going to go to montreal soon so i was realy hoping on getting to go there so mabey i could get a glimps at tim rozon hes suchh a hottie

  • alicia

    I’m going to Montreal at the end of June and I’m so excited to go to Garde Manger !!!! Is Tim Rozon there a lot? Cause I was wondering what my chances are of seeing him hahaha .

  • Mary Jane

    I really want to go here, not just for the food but to see Tim Rozon lol, but he says he’s hardly ever there. I wrote down the number of the restaurant cuz he said girls call there all the time and if he’s there and not busy he talks to them lol so i’ll just have to call everyday until he’s there lol. I’m not a stoker i swear just a HUGE fan of Instant Star and his other work and i bet the food would be great =0)

  • stef braun

    Great for parties….love the open-kitchen…honestly a bit too loud sometimes. If im still enjoying my shrimp, i dont want to hear Beyonce wailing.

    The food however, is pretty good.

  • sallyboombally

    I am turning 21 in July, and we are planning a trip to Montreal to celebrate. I heard this restaurant was exquisite but I had no clue that Tim Rozon owned it. I wonder if he would meet me as a sort of birthday gift. LOL

  • Stewart

    Is Bomombally really your last name? Cool!

  • ambrosia copperfield

    i wish i could be that lame.

  • Ashley

    If Tim Rozon’s restaurant is half as good as he looks I’m definantly going!!!

  • Lana

    I read you have to be over 18 to go. I am going to have my parents go in and get an autograph of Tim Rozon when we go to Montreal.

  • Kelly Chance

    OMG Tim Rozon is sooo awesome
    i cant believe that he has a resturant
    i want to meet him one day is here at the Garde-Manger at lot no that Instant Star is done filming

  • Lana

    Yeah. I want to go real bad. But in Canada, when I went to Vancouver you had to be 18 to go into resturants that had bars! I really want to go, but I am only 13. I am going to meet him, no matter what it takes. Even if it’s just on the phone.

  • holly bemko

    my favourite dish right now is the ribs
    i love the salad with the green beans that comes on top of the ribs it as well
    the seafood platter is a must and try the drink of the day
    i’m very proud to say that my cousin charles owns this resturant with timmy and kyle
    the place is livin’ loud in old montreal

  • chef deck

    In Montreal you can go to any restaurant with a bar no matter what your age is.

  • lissette

    I am going to Montreal in August!!! I cant wait to go to Garde and maybe get a glimpse of Tim hope he’s there!!!

  • Lana

    Oh. Thanks. I didn’t know that you could go in under 18. Sorry for the mis-under standing. Thanks chef deck.

  • Candy

    Shouldn’t the focus be more on the food that Garde Manger has to offer rather than who owns. Granted Tim Rozon is beautiful person but its just a thought.

  • Jenette

    I want to go to Canada so incrediably bad! I’ve called the resteraunt before, but no Tim! :(
    I dying to visit! Is the food good? I hope, just seeing Tim would make my day perfectly! 😀

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  • roger

    Food is good. a little bit noisy. an animated difficult discussion inside an outside the restaurant Garde-Manger. Outside the discussion was more outrageous and a one of the participant took his car in a nearby parking lot and hit a participant which had to go to hospital for his injuries. The driver ran away from the scene in front of the Auberge Napoleon. A lot of the people were drunk. I will never go back to this restaurant. Roger.

  • John

    Pathetic, particularly given the price. The seafood platter contained oysters that had been shucked by a prep chef who cut the oyster from the shell, which kills it. They had no flavor, no iodine odor, which means that they had been refrigerated a couple of hours after shucking. I suspect that the prep on the seafood platters is done in the morning, rather than to order. The flavor had been boiled out of the shrimp, only the crab had any taste left. For a supposedly seafood restaurant, the wine list is terrible; not one Alsatian or German wine, the rieslings and gerwurz are from Spain and Australia. The entrees are perhaps better, although the couple next to us were not very happy with theirs. I had blueberry pudding for dessert and it was pretty good. Montreal is a town for food, but the recommendation on this site for Garde Manger was a bum steer.

  • Vicki

    I have wanted to go since I heard about it. I heard the New York times liked it.. So yeah I can’t wait to try, I mean I’m not far so why not!


  • Denise

    Absolutely phenomenal food, atmosphere and staff! Go to this restaurant!!
    Andy – Thank you for the Hot Shot!!!


  • Denise

    Correction on the name above – ADAM.
    Went there again for the 2nd time in a week. Can’t say enough wonderful things about this restaurant and it’s staff. Fantastic place in Montreal!


  • Aunt Gisela

    Hello… Tim Rozon… this is your Mom’s best friend! I remembered the times we spent together at your home in Montreal, Toronto. Richard and Derek used to tease you and your brothers Chris and David during the Christmas Holidays….
    If we are in Montreal one day…. we must try out
    Garde Manger.

    Best of luck in your career,

    Aunt Gisela

  • Gnome

    Wow, epic name drop there, Gisela. Four stars.

  • Chef Deck

    Don’t miss Chuck Hughes (chef of Garde Manger, Montreal) in his new show Chuck’s Day Off on the food network Canada every Monday.

  • caxliaro

    emm… good one.

  • kris

    you could send your contact to me?

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  • catheirne

    Really do none of you have a life that your so hooked on Tim Rozon and Not the Restraunt? Tim does have a girlfriend just to let you all know…
    The Food is very appealing and Delisious.

    as we in France say, Bon appetit!

    I love the restraunt it is a lovely place.

  • tanya

    love the restaurant and the food is to die for. i hate going out to eat because the service isn't great and the food is usually horrible. i loved the service and the food was amazing! btw i've been looking for your mushroom and prosciutto that you had made for your parents on an episode. i tried finding it on the food network but no luck. hope you can help, thx!

  • Marylin

    Went to Montreal over Easter Weekend. Landed at Garde Manger and it was the best part of the trip. Kyle (super hot BTW) bought us shots and the other servers made us feel right at home! Actually I think they bought us shots too. Hmmm blurry evening! Anyways, and there was a super adorable man sitting next to us (we call him Mr. Montreal!) Dave – if you ever read this – you gave us bad bar advice!! Anyways – this place ROCKS and I want to go back JUST to go back. ~Marylin!

  • Marylin

    Went to Montreal over Easter Weekend. Landed at Garde Manger and it was the best part of the trip. Kyle (super hot BTW) bought us shots and the other servers made us feel right at home! Actually I think they bought us shots too. Hmmm blurry evening! Anyways, and there was a super adorable man sitting next to us (we call him Mr. Montreal!) Dave – if you ever read this – you gave us bad bar advice!! Anyways – this place ROCKS and I want to go back JUST to go back. ~Marylin!

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  • Jeff C

    This restaurant gave me one of the worst meals I have ever had…I honestly think it is grossly over rated…I was excited for the month it took me to get a reservation and when I ordered the flank steak and frites it was like McDonalds steak and fries…the flank steak wasn’t because flank steak isnt 2 inches think. It needs to be marinaded which this clearly was not. There were no grill marks, it was cooked under a broiler…no sauce, no glaze, NO TASTE…and the fries were bloody thin french fries with no originality whatsoever…I am a very fair person but this place was awful…for $42 for the lobster gnocchi, you should get more than 5 pcs of gnocchi for pete’s sake…I actually had the waitress remove my meal form the bill it was that bad and I have never done that before…

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  • Onetufflion

    It is important to please customers especially a potential customer that traveled over 6000 miles and was treated rudely

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    mmm y sigue abierto

  • Don Anderson

    Finally went after years of listening to the great buzz. We were a party of 6. 2 foodies, 3 civilians and 1 guy who “Hates everything”. Everyone ordered different starters and mains. We sampled each others. Everyone agreed that it was awesome: the food, the wine, the presentation, the ambiance, the service, the music. Total was under $500 (incl. wines) We’re all going again, including Mr. “Hates everything”.
    Picky points: The ravioli was tough. Took a long time to get the bill.

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    Come meet celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, Garde-Manger owner and host of Chuck’s Day Off on Saturday April 30th in NDG! Chuck will be supporting Team RockStarr’s Faceoff for a Cure charity hockey game on Saturday April 30th at 7pm at the LCC arena located at 4099 Royal Avenue, NDG.

    The game between the LCC Lions and the CTV Sports Knights will feature Chuck as a guest player. After the game, Chuck will hold a meet and greet with fans. You could also win a copy of his newest cookbook or a gift certificate to Garde-Manger in the raffle.

    Tickets are only $5 and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Segal Cancer Center through the Montreal Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.

    For more information, please visit or

  • Stefania

     I took  my mom to Garde Manger for mother’s day and it was a culinary experience. We both had a white melon cosmo, delicious 😉 ! Then, I had the lobster poutine (they were pretty generous on the lobster)  followed by the scallops which were accompanied by potatoes ” gratinée” and a succulent slice of bacon. The waitress was excellent, she gave suggestions and explained the menu in dept.  I really recommend this restaurant, it’s worth the wait (reservations).



  • Audra75

    wow heard the place was kicking cant wait to try it

  • Audra75

    the food i hear is excellent wish they had it here in mass that would be awesome i would go to it every other wk the food looks amazing

  • Audra75

    wwwaaa my best friend is going there and i cant go she told me about restaurant and she is going back again for relaxation and food,i cant cause of my cancer treatment wth i want to go im lonely female girl 39 dark hair 5’0 110lbs i want to go waaaaa lmao so jealous

  • Audra75

    were exactly are u located ye montreal but canada italy,france,ireland was  hoping to go to your place but need to know so my friends can go i would love to go but cant due to cancer going threw kemo now hey tim long time lost email heard doing good well thats good my new email is audra 75 tried for awhile after lost that conn. but still cant get ya like to hear from ya again congrats on everything thats goig on u deserve this and heard that the staff is ncredible well congrats all

  • Cari

    We are self proclaimed foodies and love to try new experiences. Le Garde Manger was a disappointing experience! It was my birthday and my boyfriend (who play’s for the Montreal Alouettes) and I were excited to eat at Chuck’s restaurant. After all the hype we heard from friends and seeing him on Chuck’s Day Off, Iron Chef and the Today Show, why not go…right?   

    First, we had to wait for our seats after making reservations weeks in advance. Nothing seemed appetizing off the board so we ordered lobster poutine, a dozen oysters and crab legs, all apps by the way. Lobster poutine is so, so over rated. The fries are thin as match stick and the portion was tiny. Not a lot of lobster or cheese. I’ll take the poutine at Au-Pied-De-Cochon over this disaster any day. At lest Matin Picard knows how to get it done in the kitchen!   

    How can you screw up crab legs? Well, they were over cooked,over seasoned and super spice. We enjoy spice but wow, did you taste it before it went out? At lest the raw oysters were yummy and the only thing we finished. 

    I can’t believe how disappointing our experience was. We will never go back and advise our friends not to either. 

  • Pete Morris

    Yes! I totally love the ribs at this place – amazing! Glad to see you didn’t let the olive in your martini ruin the experience 😉

  • Al2th

    Honestly, this presentation of Garde manger is over-rated. How can you
    expect that Poutine with lobster will become fine cuisine. I followed my
    family to give it a try because the teens wanted to, but what a
    disappointing address for food. Noisy, expensive, and horrible service.
    Montreal offers much better addresses at such price. Very low
    professionalism. And don’t forget to ask the price of each thing you
    will order out of the black board if you don’t want to have bad
    surprises on you bill.

    I would say that this restaurant is mostly for wealthy young people who have very little thing to say to each other in a dinner.
    Expensive: better if you have dollars in pocket
    Very noisy: excellent if you don’t have much to say to each other.
    Young music: for young people only. Over 40? Run away!

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