NEED CLASSIC EXPENSIVE FRENCH (B-Day)
My mother and her husband will be in Montreal in a few days celebrating her 80th birthday. They prefer french served in grand fashion. I am opting to treat them and would like to know the top 3 or 4 french restaurants in Montreal which have historically been deemed the finest over the years and which still retain their quality. Need very very nice and attractive setting/ambiance.
While the food at the Parchemin was quite good the two times I ate there, the service was irratic at best. I think I would pick a more reliable place for a big evaent like an 80th birthday.
I have eaten at Le Caveau about a half dozen times. It is pleasant and agreeable but nothing spectacular if that is what you are aiming for.
I have never personally been to L'Autre Saison but a Chowhounder here recently was raving about it; it has been around for decades I think; the decor looks very elegant in an old fashion sort of a way.
It sounds what you are looking for is a "Grand" place
My suggestions would be Bonaparte in Old Montreal, ask to sit in the main room with the fireplace, stunning setting, excellent black vested sterling service and always great food. I refer this place so often I should own half of it by now! If you really want to do something spectacular first have a cocktail in the libary at the Saint James Hotel and then walk to Bonaparte. I do this often and it always impresses even my most spolied guests. http://www.bonaparte.com/en/rest.html http://www.hotellestjames.com/pages/location.htm
or you could try
Le Mas Des Oliviers 1216 Bishop Tél.: 514.861.6733
Classic good French food served in a quaint atmosphere.