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Le Forain Bistro

189 Boul. St-Joseph, Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 3X2, Canada
+1 819-205-4501
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“duck poutine” (3 reviews)
“paella” (3 reviews)
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French, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
189 Boul. St-Joseph, Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 3X2, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to do Sunday brunch but did not want to be in a queue nor a buffet nor loud music. I decided on Le Forain. Great choice. Made a reservation, just to be sure. The decor is quite unusual and interesting. It's an old...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kathryn R
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We go twice a year to Gatineau and had never been to this restaurant. There are many rooms and we we're in a quiet room. It's important these days because most of the restaurants are very noisy. My husband chose the duck Club Sandwich served...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jacqueline11
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We had the wild boar rib special which was fantastic. Started with a mesclun salad that had a nippy and tasty dressing. All excellent. Good service. Atmosphere is bistro like and a little loud Would go back again any time

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MurrayC915
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Built in an old stately home, Le Forain (which is a term used for people from away, e.g. foreigners - used in the 18th and 19 century for circus workers) is not so foreign as it is 'novelty' created by a fascinating mix of colors,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Charles S
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We just spent a wonderful evening with good friends and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The decor is striking, fun to experience and even a bit nostalgic for some of us pre-millennials. The seafood linguine was superb - cooked perfectly with lots of lovely shrimp, muscles...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Wally1234
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Went there based on reviews and when we walked in (which would have been peak Sunday brunch time) there was just one other table. We started wondering if we had made the wrong decision, but plowed on. Are we ever glad we did! Decorated much...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Wasfou
Reviewed 28 August 2018

All six of us had excellent meals. The service was impeccable. We found Le Forain through tripadvisor and the rating held true. Thank you tripadvisor.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank joseph A
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

The spinach crepe was the best crepe we have ever had. The renovation and atmosphere is very unique, almost like a mini theme park when you go inside. Service was friendly and helpful. Highly recommanded!!!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank WaterFishSinSan
Reviewed 7 August 2018

A group of 6 left a rsv booking on the phone . The voice message was only in French. We showed up to a closed restaurant. Everything looked the same [incl outside chairs, tables, blackboard menu exc for a small written sign on the front...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Norm W
Ida D, Manager at Le Forain Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Hi Norma, we are sorry that you came over to find us closed. Many restaurants are closed on certain periods of the summer for a "battery recharge". It was our case for two weeks between 24 july and 8 august. This was advertised on our...More

Reviewed 12 July 2018

I took a client from Montreal for lunch today and everything from the trendy ambience, to the delicious tasting food, to the fantastic service was excellent. I highly recommend eating chez Le Forain Bistro! Note, the Ali Baba was so tasty and flavourable, it's worth...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Lynn H
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24 May 2018|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 189 Boul. St-Joseph, Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 3X2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Outaouais Region  >  Gatineau
  • Phone Number: +1 819-205-4501
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