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Le Plateau Mont-Royal
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101 Ave. Fairmount West, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2M4, Canada
+1 514-564-9996
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really good cocktails, especially yummy food (loved the salmon sashimi and guacamole!!) and lovely waitstaff. The interior design was beautiful (although the bathrooms are VERY cramped) and the atmosphere was pleasant. Only downside is they had run out of fish tacos by 8:40pm which was a bit of disappointment for us, but we will definitely be back to try them!

Thank flyvemaskine
Fede S, Owner at Cartel, responded to this review

We are so sorry we ran out of fish tacos! On behalf of our team, we thank you for this kind review. Please, say hello next time you pass by. We might have a kitchen treat to make it up to you for our taco mishap! Fede & Tony More 

Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We went there for the 1$ oysters on wednesdays. i would say that the vibe is very nice and cozy, you feel like you're in a restaurant in cuba. but the food was not amazing - it was quite dissapointing.

Thank Alexandra0493
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I absolutely love this place. I love layout and design, love their choice in music, the food is always exceptional and the staff are professional and pleasant to talk to. If you like oysters, I definitely recommend going Wednesdays for 1$ oyster night. Their cocktails are pretty good too. Officially my go-to if I want a great night out for... More 

Thank SleepyTitan
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 August 2016

My wife and I went to Cartel on a Thursday evening after work, without knowing much about it or without any expectations. The Tacos were out of this world! We had the chicken tacos - fantastic! The Asado beef were good - but the fish tacos were the "pièce de résistance" - absolutely to die for. We were served by... More 

Thank Silvio G
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

Tony served us. Unassuming, friendly and proud of his Mile End, for good reason, he made us feel at ease as first-timers in his establishment and helped us through the very interesting menu of South American treats from several countries. The drinks were very nice indeed. I had the Cartel Margarita and my date had the Singapore Sling. As for... More 

Thank Andrew Z
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96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Went here with a friend of mine who lives in the area. Spent the evening on the patio downing sangria. We ordered the carne asada tacos, calamari, and the short rib tacos. We really enjoyed the patio. Great place to people watch. Warm summer evenings make this city the most vibrant in Canada. These small neighborhood restaurants really add to... More 

Thank Bruce S
Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

We met local friends here on Tuesday and this definitely was a bargain! The taco deals are hard to beat, and food was delicious. We live vex the local beer on tap. Would return.

Thank seedsee
Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Very nice place, nice atmosphere and music put you in the ambiance of the food to come Menu was explained to us, excellent service, we tried different corse to share and try different dish in different sections of the menu. Presentation, fresheness and flavour were outstanding. First time but not the last !

Thank Andyjo6264
Montreal, Canada
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Well we were excited to try out this Mexican place, but nothing about it looks Mexican or feel mexican. Being a small restaurant we expected to get the food fairly fast but that wasnt the case, don't know why. The food had good presentation but it stopped there, it tasted awful, I took the costillas it was one pound of... More 

Thank Steven A
Fede S, Owner at Cartel, responded to this review

Hello, ,Steven: First of all, we are very sorry Cartel didn't live up to your expectations. There is nothing we can do or say to change that. For potential visitors, please, note that Cartel is definitely not your typical Mexican restaurant. We specialize in what can be best described as Chino-Latino, a place that offers Mexican tacos and chifa dishes... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

I went with a large group, the restaurant had no problem accommodating. We shared a lot of plates and we all enjoyed everything we ordered. I heard taco tuesdays gets crazy but we went on a saturday and it was fine.

Thank Hannah Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Mexican, Peruvian, Asian, South American
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 Ave. Fairmount West, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2M4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Neighbourhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-564-9996

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colourful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.
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