Invitation V Vegan Bistro

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201 St Jacques St, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2Y 1M6

Finer dining vegan bistro. Offers brunch menu on the weekends. Has a take-out counter. Relocated from 254 Rue Bernad Ouest. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Pizza, International, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Canadian

33 Reviews

First Review by losha

Great Dinner - Edit

My dinner was pretty good here. They are average price to pricey. The broccoli soup was delish, the seitan and mushroom medley in roasted acorn squash was yum!!! ( first time having acorn squash it is delicious). And the “cheesecake” was pretty good!! My food was $58 USD I also had two glasses of wine.

Pros: different items to choose from, nice atmosphere, everything is vegan

Cons: pricy for some items, they do not take AMEX

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Lovely fine dining - Edit

The food is beautifully plated. The portions seem small but are filling. The waiters were really nice.

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So good we ate here 2x in 1 day!!!! - Edit

We had lunch (chickpea burgers and minestrone soup) and it was AMAZING!!! So we came back for dinner and had the mushroom sausages and falafel app and ended with the chocolate pear. It was all FANTASTIC!!!! The service was impeccable as well! DEFINITELY make it a point to go here for lunch or dinner... or both! ;)

Pros: all vegan

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très bon très cher - Edit

Parfait pour une date, ambiance très agréable
Nourriture impeccable, élaborée, variée, cocktails excellents

Mais, prix très (trop) élevé pour la quantité de nourriture

Pros: Parfait pour rendez-vous gallant, Nourriture excellente / variée / élaborée, Ambiance

Cons: Prix, Quantité de nourriture

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Resto vegan & chic de qualité - Edit

Pour mon anniversaire nous avons réservé à cette adresse, pour changer des restos plus abordables et manger des plats plus "raffinés"

Le serveur a été aux petits soins, les plats étaient délicieux : la cuisson des aliments à la perfection, mélange des textures et des saveurs audacieuses... j'ai était plus que ravi; de l'entrée au dessert !

Très bon rapport qualité prix pour ce resto vegan aux allures gastronomiques, je recommande pour un rendez vous romantiques !

Pros: un resto chic & vegan , très bon rapport qualité/prix, serveurs aux petits soins

Cons: aucun !

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My favorite vegan restaurant !! - Edit

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable! My friend and I tried the 2 burgers. Personally, I prefered the mushroom burger but both were amazing. The restaurant is also really nice, clean and cozy.
A MUST TRY !!! :)

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À essayer !! - Edit

De loin mon restaurant préféré sur l'île !

Pros: menu varié, invitant de nouvelles saveurs et des i

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Cuisine vegan créative et "fancy" - Edit

Je n'ai que du positif à dire sur Invitation V. Comme je l'ai écrit récemment dans ma review pour LOV (un restaurant quasiment 100% vegan qui vient d'ouvrir dans le Vieux-Montréal), l'offre d'établissements végétaliens un peu plus "fancy" est encore assez limitée à Montréal. Comme LOV, Invitation V vient combler ce vide! Les plats proposés sont créatifs et le personnel porte une attention particulière la présentation des plats. Les prix, même s'ils sont légèrement plus élevés que les Aux Vivres et Crudessence de ce monde, sont amplement justifiés: les quantités servies sont satisfaisantes et, surtout, la qualité des ingrédients fait une grande différence. À noter que plus de 80% de la nourriture du restaurant est certifiée organique. Le menu n'est pas gigantesque mais contient assez d'options (burger, risotto, filet végétalien, etc.) qui devraient convenir à tous les goûts. En plus du menu disponible sur le site web, des spéciaux de la semaine/du jour sont également proposés au gré des produits disponibles pendant les saisons. Une grande sélection de bières est également proposée: on retrouve même de la bière biologique au quinoa! Les desserts, tous vegan également, sont à tomber par terre (surtout la tarte à l'amande avec "fromage" de noix de cajou)! J'ai aussi beaucoup apprécié la sympathie du personnel et la qualité du service. Petites parenthèses: il y a aussi un vestiaire pour laisser votre manteau, votre écharpe, etc. Pensez à le demande à votre serveur. Bref, avec La Lumière du Mile-End qui se situe à seulement quelques pas, le quartier Mile-End peut être fier d'avoir 2 restaurants d'aussi bonne qualité aussi proches l'un que l'autre! Je recommande fortement Invitation V, autant pour des végétariens/végétaliens que pour un omnivore à la recherche de nouveaux horizons créatifs et définitivement santé.

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Yummy - Edit

Great staff, great food! This is a bit of a fancy place so the prices arent very low, but far from veryyy expensive. I have tried each dish, even the brunch, and love them. I swear by this place!

Pros: Delicious, Good portions, Variety

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Nice - Edit

Nice cocktails, vegan wine, very good food, although several of the dishes were unavailable.
I was looking for the best place to impress a hardcore omnivore, I don't think it worked.

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Pleasantly surprised! - Edit

I'm taken aback by the mixed reviews here because I thought our dinner was excellent and much better than I expected. I guess it highly depends on what you order. We basically did a three-course dinner à la carte for two. Got an app and a main off the daily specials, and the mushroom pocket and the tofu bourguignon off the regular menu. For dessert, we had the triple chocolate cake and the mango crème brûlée. Their menu wasn't all that original or creative, but everything was well prepared, presented, and tasty. Service was very warm and friendly. Portions were adequate. Our bill came to CAD71 after tax, which I found more than reasonable (especially at the current exchange rate against the USD).

Based on my research, if you're in the mood for something nicer, fancier than your regular veg*n casual joints dotted around the city, this place would be your best bet. While I definitely wouldn't go so far as to put it in the same league as the numerous upscale veg*n restaurants in the US, I still feel comfortable recommending it.

Pros: great food, warm staff, good value

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Loved everything! - Edit

Exceptional, out-of-the-ordinary vegan food at its best. We had dinner there twice with friends during our recent visit to Montreal. Our only regret was that we didn't have more times to eat there. The food is elevated--from starters to dessert, the restaurant is modern-bistro style, the wait staff is perfect. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Special food, Lovely atmosphere, Great service

Cons: None

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left hungry and angry - Edit

I have been a long time fan of Invitation V. My parents rarely visit me in Montreal, but when they do, they ask to go to Invitation V for a brunch or dinner. Today marked my last visit to this restaurant, breaking the loving TWO-YEAR relationship with this place. I will never ever visit Invitation V again. Today we ordered omelette and two salads, none of them represented what the food was like. My mom ordered the tofu omelette, which was bland and tasted like uncooked dough warmed up in the microwave. The dish was drowning in the sauce to the point my mother did not finish the plate. She ate the fruits on the side and was left hungry. I had the kale salad, which was drowning in a vinaigrette dressing. Besides, the salad was nothing special - I do not believe that kale, radish and tomatoes alone deserve my $11. I could not finish a half of my plate either. We asked the server whether the chef changed, she replied no. We politely asked for the bill, paid $65 something for the food that left us hungry and began to quietly leave the restaurant. This is where the story begins. Before leaving Invitation V, I was stopped by the server. She held the credit card receipt from our payment and said we did not leave tips. I felt puzzled, but I replied that we did not enjoy food and, thus, did not leave tips. The server replied: "You have to leave 15% minimum. It is by law in Quebec." WHAT THE HELL ON EARTH IS THIS!? I know I speak English, so I may not look like a local, but this is pure bull shit. She DEMANDED TIPS from me. Instead of arguing with stupidity, I assured the server that I also work in restaurant industry here in Quebec, I have never heard of this law. She replied that she will have to pay my bill to the restaurant because we did not leave tips. I advised her to find another job. Apparently, anything said before did not count for this lady. She came up with another way to make me pay the tip. She said we need to pay for the service, not the quality of the food. Again, my only response is that we did not like either of those two and will not pay the tip. If you remember, when she served us, we told we did not like food so she could take away our plates. The lady only shrugged, left us in silence, and did not even offer us to talk to the chef. Her final sentence was the "by law in Quebec 15%" so I told her she either lets me leave the restaurant or I call the police. She let me go.

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Great Place - Edit

Staff is very helpful and nice. Food is amazing and everything is made from scratch. I love the ambience of the place. I had an overall great experience.

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Décevant / disappointment - Edit

Bistro au menu assez inspirant. Malheureusement, pour le prix, les plats sont trop ordinaires et les portions peu copieuses. Pain froid pour le burger (autrement bon), petite salade d'accompagnement sans assaisonnement. Jus à 7$ commercial plutôt que frais. Le Hot pot avait bon goût mais la sauce aux arachides dans le riz nous a déçus.

Pros: variété au menu, frites patate douce

Cons: plats inégaux, service sympathique mais désinvolte, valeur qualité prix moyenne

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Mariage de rêve - Edit

Nous avons eu la chance de fêter notre mariage chez Invitation V et ce fut une soirée magique ! Le service était impeccable, la nourriture magnifique et exquise. Les invités (qui pour la plupart n'étaient pas véganes) étaient complètement sous le charme. Le personnel est très gentil et prévoyant. Ils ont sus réponse à nos attentes et nous ont aidé avec rapidité et professionnalisme. Nous avons eu la chance d'avoir un cocktail spécialement créé pour l'occasion par un employé de talent (il a fait fureur, nous en sommes ravis !). Le tofu bourguignon est particulièrement bon ainsi que plusieurs des entrées. Nous avons aussi eu la meilleure crème glacée végétalienne à notre avis qui était aux arachides et chocolat. Les prix sont raisonnables étant donné qu’il se veut plus chic que d’autres restaurants, mais pour pas tellement plus cher. C’est à notre avis le meilleur restaurant végétalien à Montréal et on vous le recommande chaudement, car il va rester à tout jamais dans nos cœur maintenant !

Pros: Super friendly staff

Cons: Salty

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the best vegan restaurant in Montreal!!! - Edit

I go there often, on my own, with family or with friends. Non vegans have no trouble finding food they'll love!!!

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Nice Fine Dining Spot - Edit

Oops, thought I had already written a review a while ago. I went here a few times when I was living just up the street in Outremont. The food is nice and well presented, though I would agree that it is a little pricy, though not any more so than the surrounding restaurants in the area. The rice that comes wrapped in the banana leaf is really, really good. They also have a nice selection of local beers...we had a really nice whiskey beer. They also have brunch, which looks tasty, but sadly I had not had a chance to try. We once wanted to go back just to have the beer again after we had eaten at another restaurant, but in Quebec most restaurants can only serve alcohol with food. Even though we came in 15 minutes after the kitchen had closed, they offered to make us some food, but we were too stuffed hehe. I really like that kind of attitude.

Pros: really nice staff, changing menu

Cons: a bit pricy

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Delicious Shiitake Meatballs - Edit

May 2015. I loved those shiitake balls and would have loved to try the steamed dumplings but 3 bucks per dumpling is triple the average price. Had the satays tempeh brochette with peanut sauce, boring. Mains: Tempeh Burger and salad, pricey but very good. The curry mijote was also tasty.

Summary: I agree with the other reviewer who said that not all the food is good. At these prices, hit or miss dining is not very tempting.

Pros: Depends what you order., Good service

Cons: Expensive

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Disappointed - Edit

I've been to this restaurant quite a few times and every time, I'm disappointed by at least half the dishes. While the presentation is always nice, the food is often bland.

I recommend the crème brûlée with mango... this is seriously good.

Pros: Friendly staff, Vegan alcohol, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Expensive, Hit or miss

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Excellent - Edit

Great food, great service, well worth a visit.

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Stylish vegan restaurant! But too much pricey... - Edit

I've been here for dinner and have not regretted it, except for the very high prices... The place is very nice, with a modern and casual atmosphere. You can eat at the bar or at a table, both being convenient. The staff is friendly and attentive.

In terms of food, I took a cocktail, the "artichaud d'or", a tamal with a fondue and their blackberry cheesecake. The artichaud d'or and the cheesecake were really amazing. However, I found the cocktail and the tamal-fondue relatively basic. If the fondue was nicely presented, it was only simple vegetables with a tamal that could have been more spicy.

I paid more than 50 dollars for all that, which is clearly overpriced considering portions and quality. This place remains a very good vegan restaurant but need to ajust downward its prices or increase its food quality.

Pros: good food, nice place, friendly staff, great desserts

Cons: very pricey, food sometimes not impressive

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Délicieux - Edit

Nous avons adoré Invitation V. Je dois dire que nous étions 3 non-végétariens (donc non-végétaliens par défaut) mais nous n’avons pas senti qu’il manquait quoique ce soit. Tout était délicieux, très bien épicé, original, et la présentation était exceptionnelle. Que dire du dessert gâteau chocolat/kale! Cela surprend que la combinaison soit si bonne.

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LOVE IT!!! - Edit

OH MY GOD! This place is beyond insanely good!!!!!! Words cannot describe the food but I will try. Its my second time coming here and have yet to taste something so-so. Everything is so creative, succulent, bursting with flavor. This will sound a little crazy - but omg the salad!!! I ordered it cause I wasn't that hungry but hands down one of the best foods I've EVER eaten ( including around the world and every meal in Paris). This was NOT lettuce, tomato and balsamic... It was incredibly complex and the flavors were ridiculous! I really enjoy taking very small fork fulls to play with the flavors. And I generally never order desserts but with this place, I'm just too curious!!! The people working there are always so kind! The wine is very pricey but the quality is outstanding. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough!! Fresh, innovative, clean, healthy, mouth watering insanity!!

Pros: excellent food, Fresh menu that changes with the seasons, Very nice place/ambiance/service

Cons: Not BYOB and wine is pricey

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Excellent food and service - Edit

What a wonderful place to eat for both vegans and nons. Went there with a group of nine friends with me the only vegan. My friends oohed and aahed over the quality and taste of the dishes. The service was excellent, wine choices sufficient and ambiance just right. Excellent!

Pros: diversity of meals, small but good wine choices, fantastic service

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great place to meet vege and non vege - Edit

will go back soon with more friends

Pros: great tasting food, not too pricey, can bring everyone

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Loved it. Just loved it. - Edit

This place is the quintessential example of what the word
"bistro" brings to mind. The décor is sleek in a retro way, but without becoming kitchy or "theme"-ish. Just well styled. I arrived for brunch one day to meet a friend, was the first at the restaurant and the waiter was welcoming all while keeping the right distance. I ordered a vegan omelet with fruit and hashbowns. I must say, I was not prepared for the beautiful plate they set down in front of me. There was a real aesthetic to the meal. It was equally as pleasing to the stomach as it was to the eye, which was all the more impressive considering how difficult it is to get a vegan omelet "right". It was over a month since I've been and writing about it makes me which I could eat that same meal for lunch today. My friend, who is neither vegan nor vegetarian, was equally as impressed.

As for the price, it was about 20$-25$ a person, meal and drink. So, moderate. This seems in line with similar restaurants in town. Though, to be honest, in terms of the quality-from restaurant ambiance to the food itself, it seemed like I got more than my money's worth. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: location, service, taste

Cons: not open before 11am on weekends

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