Dining near the Botanical Garden
The only place I've been in that neighbourhood is Cabotins on Ste-Catherine East.
It's not the best bistro in town, but the food is honest and well priced, the eclectic decor is quite entertaining and the chefs seem to really love what they do.
4821 RUE SAINTE-CATHERINE EAST
The neighbourhood's not what you'd call a gourmet hotbed.
The recently opened M sur Masson is fairly close and has been getting good word of mouth.
Hour did a review last week: www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iIDArticle=10080
And the Gazette review was even more positive.
Also in the East End, albeit not exactly within easy walking distance (convenient by bus, metro, car or taxi), is everybody's favourite bisto, Au Petit Extra. www.aupetitextra.com