Ratings & Reviews - Solmar

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    A Hidden Gem

    The entrance is hidden and small. You take the stairs up and open an old wooden door to enter a beautiful and elegant old-fashioned dining room. Live guitar plays intermittently in the background with some Portuguese songs. We left our wine and food choices to our waiter, and we were not disappointed. The bottle of Portuguese Dona Maria was quite flavourful and fresh. The potato and kale soupe was just lovely. The seafood platter (which must be the Portuguese version of the paella) was very generous with everything from a whole lobster to mussels. While not spicy, it had no fishy smell to it at all. The deserts were as delightful. We left very happy.

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    September 24, 2018

    One of the finest meals I have ever had anywhere. The table side Cesar salad was outstanding beyond words. The seafood rice was excellent. Service was attentive and friendly. There was also live music which enhanced the atmosphere. My wife and I already talking about returning to Montreal just so we can eat here again.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 14, 2018

    A wonderful experience. Great food with hard to find dishes like monkfish and porgy. The wait staff are old school with lots of class. A totally enjoyable time

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 30, 2018

    Excellent restaurant. This was our third visit and we had an amazing time once again. The food, service and atmosphere are always great.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 18, 2018

    I’ve always come here for the shrimp bisque but there was something different about this time so was quite disappointed. It tasted more like a tomato bisque than shrimp. Otherwise everything was good. Service was good, wouldn’t give it a ‘great’ as the server was quite busy trying to tend to 6 tables all by himself.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 3, 2018

    I enjoyed the Fado musical treat and chose this restaurant specifically for that feature. I thought the vocal part of the presentation was a bit too loud. Also it was challenging for one of the members of our dinner party to have to climb 2 flights of stairs to reach the restaurant. Finally there is no sign or indication that the door leading into the restaurant is actually the entrance until one opens and looks inside.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 18, 2018

    Excellent food, service and music. Best meal during our trip to Montreal!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 4, 2017

    Glad we found this restaurant. By far the best Seafood we have ever had. Pleasant atmosphere, service was great and food was execptional. Will definitely return.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 28, 2017

    Excellent service and one of the best portugese restaurants I've been to. I highly recommend it!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 25, 2017

    Best experience ever, the only downside is to try to get to the Old Port and park near St. Paul, but thatt's my bad, cuz I forgot the parking lot across the Bon secours. The resto is chic and old style , with out being pretentious. The food was delicious and service was beyond kind.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 8, 2017

    The best portuguese restaurant in Montreal!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 25, 2016

    The best Portuguese food in Montreal

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 6, 2016

    Nice and attentive service ! Food was tasty . Good atmosphere ... We will return !

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 30, 2016

    Very-very nice place. Fado is amazing!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 14, 2016

    Greatl Portuguese restaurant in the heart of old town Montreal east

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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