So I've dropped the BYOW idea, but now wondering about trendy restaurants withing 15-20 min walking distance from the W hotel.
I say trendy, but still looking for edible food, hopefully even tasty food.
Cuisine and price don't really make a difference, but it would be nice to have an idea of both.
Trying to organize a fun night out for five 22 year old girls.
thanks for all your help!
For breakfast or lunch, I highly recommend Olive et Gourmando (351 St. Paul West). For dinner, you could try Stash cafe (200, rue St-Paul O Montreal) on St-Paul West for a hearty Polish meal. It's not treally trendy but they have live music (pianist) in the evenings. Chez L'Epicier (311, rue Saint-Paul Est) also had good reviews but I haven't tried it yet. A friend of mine mentioned that Bonaparte (on St-Francois Xavier) and Gibby's were good. Not sure if the latter is worth the money compared to La Queue de Cheval (on Rene Levesque).
I would avoid most of the restaurants around Place Jacques-Cartier as they major tourist traps especially those with people trying to drag you inside. There are a number of other restaurants I'd avoid on and around St-Paul West since the quality to price ratio is dismal (if you're interested I'll give you a list).
Bonaparte is a great resto, but it is the polar opposite of what the OP probably looking for. If there was prize for being old and stuffy this place would win, hands down. I do not mean to knock it, the food and service are both excellent, but the atmosphere will make anybody under 30 feel like they're a 13 year old trying to act "grown up". Me and my girlfriend went for our last anniversary, and I am sure that we were the only ones there under forty (and most of the forty somethings were there with their parents.)
The 40% off sale at Galianos, Mechant Boeuf Bar Brasserie, Narcisse Bistro + Bar a vin, and Suite 701, Modavie Restaurant Wine Bar, the Restaurant du Vieux-Port, Aix Cuisine du Terroir and Verses Restaurant.
All are 'trendy,' and all are in Old Montreal.
I went to Méchant Boeuf this saturday, apart from the fact that the staff is awesome, smart and helpful, we really had a good evening, what was liked best on the menu was the chicken on a beer can and the Hamburger, my tuna plate was yummy but not on the Happening Gourmand menu.
It is so busy on a saturday, the crowd very energetic and there was a DJ too.
A drive well worth it and a couple from my party even stayed the night at Hotel Nelligan to which the Méchant Boeuf is part of.