Hi -- I'm looking for a restaurant that would be a good site for a private dinner party for around 40 people. We're looking for something with a Quebec/ Montreal flavor, ideally in the Plateau or downtown area though we aren't so worried about that last part.
I tried La Colombe, which has a room upstairs, but unfortunately they already have a booking for the date I'm looking for. I also tried YoYo, but their two seatings on weekend plan does not work well for us and in any event their layout is not ideal. Ideally we would get a separate room or simply rent out the whole restaurant if the place is small enough.
Nor am I fixated on BYOB. Our budget would accommodate up to $85 per head including tax and tip so whatever would fit within that range would work for us.
I'd appreciate any suggestions people might have.
There's a place on Parc Avenue called The John Company. It is Montreal's most hidden gem. Disguised as a tea house, the place serves mostly sandwiches during the day, but at night there's a 3 course menu for only $19,99 that's out of this world!
The chef and owner is the most amazing guy. I was there for a party on New Year's and haven't had a meal that good in a very long time. I think he rents the place out as long as ypu commit to a certain amount of people.
Oh, it's also BYOB.
Check it out. I'm pretty sure you won't be disapointed.
Since we were having chicken the night after, I had salmon and beef as options. They will work with you to build a menu that is not similar to your wedding menu. We had hors d'oeuvres, salad, choice of salmon, steak or vegetarian pasta and sorbet, coffee or tea.
Hope this helps :) Where you getting married?
We had a great rehearsal dinner at Restaurant Du Vieux Port. We were originally hoping to do the dinner at Bice,which is a lot classier, but the owners were unresponsive to my questions and were in no hurry to get together a menu and a contract. The Manager, George, at Au Vieux Port, was very accomodating and was there the night of the party. The salad was extremely good, main meals were good and the desserts were good. The ambiance was perfect, we loved the Old Montreal vibe for the out of towners and the room was set up very well. We negotiated a reasonable price and were very happy with the outcome. I am not into wine,but,you pick out the wine, so shouldn't be an issue. Is this Gibby's or Bice? NO, but it is good (not memorable) food at a reasonable price with responsive service and a beautiful rustic ambiance. Please let me know if you have any other questions!
I am interested in your opinion about the Restaurant Du Vieux Port for your private party. I am currently looking for a place for a rehersal dinner too. I have noticed that many chowhounders do not recommend this place, but, how was your night? The service, the menu, the taste, the price, the wine, the ambiance?
We just had our wedding rehearsal dinner at Restaurant du Vieux Port in Old Montreal. The food was very good, especially the salad. They are super accomodating & have many different private rooms that are very "old Montreal". Gibby's can also accomodate a group of your size....
Ok -- not people are waiting with baited breath, but I thought it would only be polite to post an update by way of thanks for all the help that was given here.
I went to La Loïe with my wife and two friends a few weeks ago and was -- as I think someone else here wrote -- blown away. Truly outstanding. By the end of the amuse-bouche I had already made up my mind that this was the place we should eat and nothing in the rest of the meal made me even begin to go back on that assessment. It was really one of the great meals I've had in Montreal.
They have been incredibly accommodating, working with me to develop a menu and wines that will go along and to keep all this within our budget. The chef is really such an inventive guy and as noted the sommelier is wonderful. So I'm really looking forward to the party!
Part of what has helped us is that La Loïe is that unlike places in the plateau, La Loïe is not so busy on weekend nights -- due I'm sure to their location -- and so we were able to get the whole restaurant for the night. I'm glad to have been able to do this since I imagine that if this place keeps up the incredible food they're serving it will be impossible to have an opportunity like this again!
I have been to both Les Infidèles and À l'Os, but not La Loie. I had a memorable meal at Les Infidèles, (I recall raving over a soft-shelled crab) however when all was said and done, I did feel that it was just a little too expensive for the meal we had. À l'Os has never disappointed me, so if La Loie follows in the same direction as the other two, then it would seem to me like a good option.
Really what it comes down to is where you'll get the most bang for the buck. Admittedly, BYO can significantly reduce the cost, but if you're paying a 25% surcharge, well you might as well pay the markup on the bottles and not bother with extra trip required to the SAQ for the cases of wine you'll need. Good luck, it sounds like a fabulous evening!
Thanks for the tips, grillit. Lots of great suggestions.
So I do have a bit of an update. I've spoken to the owners of La Loie and Les Infidèles (same as Resto À l'Os which already had a group booked). Both are willing to sacrifice their bread and butter soir and turn the restaurant over to us for the night. Both can provide a menu degustation. In the end when all is said and done the cost will be roughly comparable. Marc-André, the owner of les Infidèles, was quite enthusiastic, but Patrick, the owner of La Loie was also very accommodating and perhaps seemed a bit more attentive.
Les Infidèles want a mark-up over the cost of their regular menu degustation coming to a roughly 25% premium to make up for lost covers (I assume he's being honest). That makes the food costs go way up, though perhaps I can negotiate that. They will have more of a selection of foods since people can choose off the menu. Wine costs will be lower since they are a BYO.
La Loie will charge us the regular price for their food and we can work out a menu together with them, which sounds like fun to me. They serve wine so that adds to price while it saves on hassle. The advantage, though, is that we could do a tasting menu that pairs different wines with each course.
All in all I'd be curious to know what people think. I've eaten at Les Infidèles once and thought it was good but not outstanding. That was a while back. I'll be eating at La Loie on Saturday to see how it is. The neighborhood for Infidèles is a bit more what I had in mind but Loie is not so far out.
Thanks again for your help.
While I like Les Infideles, I was completely blown away by La Loie - the food was very good, but the service was outstanding - I can't recall a restaurant that has ever made me feel as welcome on a first visit. They serve wines by the glass or bottle, and will gladly recommend wines to go with each course, based on your budget. They were so friendly, I would go back there for the service alone. They tend to be busier at lunch, so I'm guessing they wouldn't mind letting you take over the restaurant for an evening. Definitely, if you have a choice, go with La Loie.
I believe that Bleu Raisin could accommodate you, but you're right - it's either early or late. If you wish to eat around 7:30 or 8, you'd be out of luck. That said, their group menu is flexible, reasonably priced (under 35$ ahead for a table d'hote including apps, mains, dessert/coffee/tea), the food is quite good & service is fine. BYOW is a bonus.
Options on a Saturday night are not plentiful as it's a 'bread & butter' evening for most resaurants. I know it's in Old Montreal, but have you checked see if Holder can accomodate you?
And around the corner, the Hotel St-Paul has a nice room upstairs which could be catered. It used to be the bar I believe.
Other options would be more suburban, say something like 40 ouest - they have a private room for large groups and an excellent menu/decor.
Thanks for the suggestions. I've called several of these places and others. I've some messages and looked into various options. The main problem with the small restaurant option is that we are looking at a Saturday night and do not want to start eating at 9pm. Which means we essentially have to buy out both seatings. Still waiting to hear back from A l'Os. Les Heritiers is a no go. M sur Masson will be too far out for this crowd. So far the best option is Au Petit Lyonnais in the plateau. That is the right neighborhood and he would charge us for 45 meals though he can only fit 35 people. Not ideal, of course, since I am expecting 40!
So now I'm leaning towards a restaurant with a private room. Does anyone know of a place with a large private room that could fit 40 people?
Thanks again for the suggestions.
Have you tried Le Pégase near Yoyo on Gilford? It is a BYOW, but one in the range of la Colombe and Yoyo. It is smaller than Yoyo. I haven't been to that place in ages, but there's one called L'Entrepont on Villeuve (BYOW). It is also really small. There's a small restaurant on Masson called M sur Masson. The reviews are excellent and it is quite small. It opened a couple of weeks ago so they are not always full and would surely welcome the business.