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Help! We are going to be in Montreal for three nights in May to celebrate my birthday. There are so many great choices. Can anyone recommend various ethnic restaurants (Italian, Greek, etc) that have a fun atmosphere?
I'm looking at Au Pied, Ferreira, Milos, Bonaparte, Globe, Otto and Toque. Thanks.

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  1. We have been to 3 of the restaurants you listed: Au Pied de Cochon, Ferreira, and Toque. Our favourite is Ferreira. The chilean sea bass is absolutely wonderful. As for Toque - not sure I would call it a "fun" atmosphere though... Au Pied was indeed fun, but it was partially because Martin Picard was making the rounds from table to table, and drinking wine from bottles of each table! He was very... happy... (grin)

    What about AREA? Heard many good things about this restaurant too... in fact, we're off to try it out this weekend.

    -M.

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    1. re: TravelToEat

      Thanks. I've made reservations at Ferreira and Pied and I added Mythos Ouzerie because it sounded like a hoot and the Greek food got a good write up. I figured Bonaparte, L'Express, Les Halles or some other outdoor spot we find for lunch.
      I wasn't crazy about AREA's menu. Let me know if you think I'm now on the right track!

      1. re: laurelfairworth

        L'Express would be a good choice for lunch. Also there's:

        Au Petit Extra
        1690, rue Ontario Est
        http://www.aupetitextra.com

        Restaurant L’Atelier
        5308 St-Laurent
        http://www.restaurantlatelier.com/

        Holder
        407 Rue McGill
        http://www.restaurantholder.com/

        Olive et Gourmando
        351 St-Paul West
        http://www.oliveetgourmando.com

        Le Club Chasse et Peche
        423 St-Claude
        http://www.leclubchasseetpeche.com

    2. For a great ethnic experience, try Pintxo for basque tapas. It's a lovely atmosphere and the staff is really friendly.

      1. Of those you have mentioned, we have tried:
        Au Pied is fun and good food, if not a bit tough on the arteries.
        Milos - is fresh fish, not really 'fun' but a nice atmosphere, but EXTREMELY expensive (we paid $150 for one fish we shared for 3--just the fish, not the sides....)
        Toque - great food---not really 'fun' as in ha ha and loud, but good eating

        I love AREA - not 'fun' either, but great food and warm atmosphere
        Pintxo - yummy and interesting food
        Casa Tapas - good tapas and that fun atmosphere you are looking for

        Have fun and Happy Birthday!

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        1. re: foodismyfriend

          Avoid Globe. I recommended it for a bachelor party on another thread, but I'm guessing it's not what you're looking for. Think of it as Hooters with way better (and way more expensive) food and classier uniforms for the staff.

          1. re: rcianci

            For a fun greek environment I suggest Mythos. Good food (cheaper than Milos) and on friday saturday nights there's a live greek band and dance floor downstairs. You can dine downstairs (more of a rustic environment) or upstairs (more classy). As for french bistro i prefer l'emeac instead of express.

            Good luck and enjoy