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Jan 8, 2008 09:29 AM

Visiting Montreal


My wife and I are visiting Montreal from Boston, MA on the MLK Jr day weekend we have here.

I wanted you to pass along some must eat at restaurants in different price ranges, some for a splurge and other affordable hidden gems.

We are staying at the Hotel Place D'Armes in Old Montreal, so having at least a few of the suggestions within striking distance would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. You are staying at one of the great hotels! Wow for you!

    I think most people tend to go to the same places...
    Here is one I think is really different and worth the money.

    Les Trois Petits Bouchons on St Denis
    It is totally fun and the people there are attentive and real. The prices are right for the place, it is a wone bar with great northern french food. Hearthy for winter and savory to the maximum. There is even a long table where you can sit and chat with others, either to discuss the wines are the food.

    1. Well, I hope you have a great time, and I'm hoping you will get some good advice from locals. but... My wife and I visited there the same time last year (took the train from NY). Our experience was that pretty much nothing in Old Montreal was open and a lot of restaurants were closed as well. I was advised later that we probably would enjoy it much more 'in season'. (by the way, I hope you're driving; you do NOT want to cross the border on the train, unless you have several hours to kill)

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      1. re: bnemes3343

        what happens is that many of the top restaurants are closed on sundays and mondays, which I do think is a bummer, but some are open,as long you know where to go on which day.

        1. re: Richelle

          I think that was a big part of the problem, since we were there Sun/Mon. But I recall almost everything in Old Montreal posting signs about being 'closed for the winter'. We still had a great time and managed to find some good food.

      2. Welcome to Mtl-
        On the Sun/Mon when some are closed, I suggest "Le Valois" on Ontario E.....quality/reasonable bistro food.
        For quality upscale try to book "Duel" on's worth it!...really enjoyed by our Amherst Mass friends who eat here 2-4 times/year

        1. Thanks for the info so far, definitely keep the recommendations coming.

          I'm assuming that we can access the rest of the city pretty easily if Old Montreal is shut down. From what I remember it is a pretty easy city to get around, but I haven't been back for a while since I lived in Toronto.

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          1. re: Matt H

            My take: Old Montreal will not be shut down, though perhaps a few of the more touristy restos may be closed. There are several metro stops in Old Montreal (Square Victoria, Place d'Armes, Champs de Mars) that will whisk you off practically anywhere, and if you're up for walking, it's a 15-20 min. jaunt to the heart of downtown. Don't worry, you won't starve! ;-)

            1. re: kpzoo

              Indeed, metro Place d'Armes is diagonally across the street from the hotel Place d'Armes, so you're in luck. Take the subway up to Mont-Royal or Laurier and you've got a ton of other options for dinner, including classic bistros like Lemeac, the new up and coming wine bar Bouchonne, munchable must-haves like Fairmount bagels, and dessert places like Juliet et Chocolat. Plus the area is just a lot nicer than the old port, at least in my opinion.

          2. Someone just posted a link to this new Happening Gourmand thing going on from the 15th to the 25th of January, which features 8 Old Montreal restaurants with fixed-price menus up to 40% savings. The only one I can personally recommend (having not tried the other 7) is Modavie, which has a live jazz band on the weekends and excellent dishes. I had to look up MLK jr day, but wikipedia says it's the 15th... so that works out perfectly for you! You could try to hit all 8 :)