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Reviewed December 17, 2023 via mobile

Disappointing overall based on the hype. Service way too slow and service not attentive. Food was slow and then luke warm when it did come. Decor is nice and the history behind the restaurant is interesting. Would not likely return or recommend.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 15, 2023

Sadly the disappointment of the year. Where to begin.. wanted to come Dec 8 but was fully booked... so booked a week later Dec 15. their website allows you to book a time and you can book in the dining room, train car or patio...(which is not open in the winter but you can still book it). So with over a weeks notice we book a table for 4 in the train car. Upon arrival we are shown our table in the dining room (not train car) and told the train car is full. Gee thanks for allowing me to book a table in the train car. Oh well lets get on with dinner... it is busy and service is slow. We order a $136 dinner for two and our dinner companions order risotto and filet. LONG after the main arrive and... well at least the steak was hot. The platter and risotto seem like they were cooked 10 minutes before the steak and waited at the pass. The result... lukewarm to cold risotto, shrimp, scallops, lobster and salmon. I am sure it would have tasted better when it was hot. I guess I will find out tomorrow when we microwave the leftovers and get it hot for the first time. We did mention all this to the server and she was "allowed" to offer a free desert. Overall huge disappointment.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed April 21, 2023

We went here for my birthday last year. The restaurant seemed very understaffed and was unable to keep up with a relatively small crowd. After receiving our appetizers, it took over an hour to get entrees. We complained and the manager seemed overwhelmed. Several other...tables were frustrated and upset. No apology from the manager or staff. After our complaint, we were ignored further. Not happy with the service and will never return.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022

Was excited to dine at this restaurant for our wedding anniversary. Upon entering, the hostess was friendly and wished us a happy anniversary (when we booked online they asked if it was a special occasion). From there it went downhill. Our waiter was inattentive, he...stopped by the table twice to see how we were doing. When the meal was brought to our table (45 minutes after the appetizer) he said there was a problem in the kitchen and part of our food fell on the floor. He did not check on us after that other than to clear our plates. He then asked if we were splitting the bill?!?! We were clearly a couple trying to enjoy a lovely dinner out. I would not recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a fine dining experience. The service was dreadful for what you paid!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022 via mobile

We ate in the train carriage which was fun and the rest of the building is also interesting to explore. Nice atmosphere. The menu is varied with a good selection of dishes although the dessert selection brought to the table on a trolley was small....I had lamb but for what I received, it was over-priced. We did, however, have a pleasant evening with attentive service.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

So excited to go here and the train carriage part is just so nice and atmospheric. Some of the food was great and the wine and beers were excellent. The huge problem is that they dont have enough serving staff and clearly not enough in...the kitchen either. Two of our party ordered chicken and was so, so over cooked. We told them and they knocked it off the bill, but for a quality place like this, so disappointing. Please sort it out as it should be so great here?More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022 via mobile

We had booked a table in the train car as it was supposed to rain but it didn’t so they allowed us to sit on the terrace outside. Service was quite slow but we weren’t in a hurry so that was okay. Hate to be...rushed when out to dinner. Fresh bread and butter was complimentary which was nice. We shared a Caesar salad and it was enjoyable except next time I would have them hold the bacon. Way too fatty and chunky for my liking. I had the seafood risotto as I had so enjoyed it previously. It was good but not as great as before. The presentation was not as attractive and the lobster was simply some shreds, not anything that looked like lobster. I was disappointed, especially for the price they charge for the dish. My partner had the pork tenderloin special and it was excellent!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 28, 2022

This place was chosen for the train enthusiasts among us, as well as the French cuisine. Unable to decide what I wanted, I ordered like an oversized child, having the poutine, two soups, and a salad. The others in my party ordered real entrees and...everything was lovely. I wasn't crazy about one of my soups, but it wasn't the fault of the soup as it was well prepared. It was just my personal preference. Desserts were fantastic. The service was very good, attentive but not overbearing. A wedding party was in the main hall, so it was a busy evening for them and nothing fell through the cracks.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 22, 2022 via mobile

This is a charming location and Matt, our server was very attentive and explained everything very well. They have a varied menu of French dishes and I love foie gras so ordered that, but they had changes to a lovely duck pate with strawberry and...rhubarb compote— delicious. A special was a pickerel dish which had also wonderful vegetables. The fish was a bit boney, which pickerel can be, and I was filled from the appetiser so didn’t finish it. As a result we were comped an amazing dessert of a special maple pie by Curtis, grandson of the original matriarch of the restaurant. Highly recommend saving room for this. They want to be sure you enjoy the experience and come back. We hope to. Visiting from Peensylvania.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 28, 2022

Located minutes from Downtown Winnipeg on the East Side of Centre-Ville, this 100 year old train car and station remain a landmark. Definitely worth it. Gorgeous outdoor garden patio, tap beer, and trendy lights it was a good drink spot. Menu is wide ranging, typical...for Winnipeg Metro pubs, but with European ambiance. Serving staff speak Francais (like menu), 'English happens, too'. Easy to find: east from Hotel Fort Gary and National Forks Markets, in French Quarter Tourist District called Saint Boniface. Walkable from Forks via le Esplanade du Riel. Gorgeous neighbourhood, too.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed November 18, 2021

I took someone there for a birthday lunch. I’ve been here before, and was always very satisfied. I had the special, mussels with a white wine sauce and frites. The sauce was much too salty, and the mussels had small pieces of processed ham included....I did not like this at all. The lemon tart was delicious. Ambiance ok but noisy at times in the train part.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 4, 2021

The food was delicious and our service was really friendly. We love coming here and will come back soon!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 1, 2021 via mobile

Went there with 3 musician friend to do the patio/live music on Thursday nights The music was a very small jazz group playing at the perfect volume level to listen to them and have a conversation at the table This is a not cheap restaurant,...but it is not Uber expensive either. The food is very good with a wide choice of menu offerings. Portions are adequate but not generous. The steak choices are not recommended at this time but they will work that glitch out eventually. I had the 3 cheese macaroni and it tasted delicious. The patio ambiance is really nice. They even provided personal electronic bug zapper racquets to make it a fair flight between us and the ever present wasps at this time of year. The score is me 3 and wasps 0 in that matter. No more issues after my 3 successful swipes and sparks I do highly recommend this place for both indoor and outdoor dining. Dining indoors in the real rail car part of here is a nice extra touchMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 16, 2021

The food and service were mediocre. I was disappointed and regret going. The ambiance was ok but it wasn't worth it.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 4, 2021 via mobile

Dinner on the terrace under an umbrella. Service was paced nicely…….not rushed whatsoever. If you like cocktails, they had a book of enticing concoctions from which to choose. Nice Malbec and Rosé served by the glass (6 or 9 oz). We all really enjoyed our...dinners. Starter house salad had an awesome vinaigrette and was crisp and colourful. Starter Caesar was also good…..without the bacon. Mushroom appetizer was great. Lovely basket of fresh bread and a tasty balsamic garlic oil was complimentary. Daily special was a bone in grilled pork chop with Red Lantern sauce, mashed potatoes and veggies (new carrots and broccolini spears). Salade Niçoise with salmon was superb. I truly enjoyed the risotto Royal. It was amazing and the presentation was stunning. The seafood was plentiful and the fresh veggies were so colourful. Coquilles Saint Jacque apple was also good.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Response from Jennysugarb | Reviewed this property |
I agree that it would be good for a romantic dinner but not on a weekend evening. It gets noisy when it get busy on a Fri or Sat night. Nothing crazy but it's not super quiet. My husband and I usually get two meals (steak... More
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Yes they have a section in his back room for 20 people or private function.
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We've been there three times and did not have a reservation, but sometimes it does get very busy.
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