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Mar 17, 2008 07:47 PM

Top Notch Italian in Montreal?

I'm looking for a very good, upscale Italian restaurant in Montreal for a bachelor party dinner. Suggestions?

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  1. le Muscadin has a very elegant feel and the service is very personal ; it's at the corner of Notre Dame and McGill.

      1. re: maisonbistro

        Would agree that Latini is what immediately jumps to mind when asked for top-notch Italian. It's pricey pricey pricey, but the food is classically prepared, ingredients are excellent, wine list is pricy but excellent. The restaurant is also a beautiful space. I really enjoy it when I have a chance to dine there, but it isn't often due to the cost. For a special occasion it's great. But your bachelor party, is it with people who care where they eat? Or is it going to be a bit more rowdy? Rowdy might not fit so well with this place (Eg. flinging blow-up dolls around the Resto)

        1. re: moh

          Haha no, none of that. For one night anyway we're gonna be a pretty reserved crowd. The object is just to have at least 1 nice dinner while we're in montreal. I've looked at Restaurant Le Piemontais and Davinci. Not a bad fan of the reviews I've seen for either so thanks for the other suggestions I'll look into them.

          1. re: newburghsux

            I would skip the Le Piemontais. Just not what you're looking for. I strongly suggest Le Latini or another good suggestion here was Da Emma - just simple, incredibly well prepared Italian food -

      2. I'm yet to go but I've only heard or read good things about Graziella. It's in the Old City. As well, there's Il Mulino in Little Italy which is classical but expensive.

        1. Try OTTO Ristorante, in the W Hotel near Square-Victoria. Italian-Fusion kitchen and the place is very nice!

          1. Howdy!

            And allow me to pipe in with a vote for Da Emma's in Old Montreal... They also have a private room that is available.

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            1. re: zekesgallery

              I second DaEmma, especially for this type of event. Trendy, beautiful crowd, and good bars close for an after party!

              1. re: Frenchie

                Thanks for all the suggestions! I actually spoke with Da Emma's today. It's one of 3 places I'm considering along with Le Latini. I was told Da Emma doesn't have a "set" menu and that regular changes are listed on a blackboard. That kind of worries me a little bit because of limited choices. Can anyone confirm this? I was also told to expect to pay about $60 a person for appetizer, main course and dessert. Does that sound about right? Appreciate the help...

                1. re: newburghsux

                  Yup - it's all right.

                  Le Latini might be a little steeper than that, if I remember correctly. The vibe is a bit different though at Le Latini - Da Emma is more St. Laurent-ish, while le Latini is more, upscale, dare I say a little older crowd? - By older I mean older than the Da Emma crowd and by no means "old" as in geriatric or staid and stuffy.