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Apr 10, 2008 08:28 AM

Terraces; the good, the bad, the food, the drinks...


Now that the "Montreal summer" is officially here :-) I think it would be appropriate to compile a list of terraces, along with your preferences about them...

To start things off (in no particular order)
1. Victoria Pub. Good for drinks and concrete
2. Aszu. Small and romantic
3. Saint Elizabeth. Cheap beer, vines and university students
4. Nelligan. Expensive, with a roof top view
5. Boris. Extremely nice terrace - horrible food.
6. Bâton Rouge. Nice pit stop downtown.
7. Taverne Sur Le Square. Swank
8. Narcisse. Pretty gosh darn kick-ass

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  1. One of my favourite things is a burger on the roof of the Nelligan on a beautiful summer day. They make a mean white sangria as well.

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    1. re: eat2much

      Version Laurent Godbout has a beautiful terrasse, gorgeous decor, very comfortable seating and off course the food is great

    2. Plan B has a fun little terrasse in the back. They also feature hors-d'œuvre type foods from the kitchen of Le Continental.

      Casa Del Popolo has a nice terrasse, some really good sandwiches, and a few McAuslan beers on tap at reasonable prices.

      Is there such a thing as a smoke free terrasse in this town?

      1. A sad note for those of us who were looking forward to the wider sidewalks and visual improvements of St-Laurent aka the Main - as the almost two-year-long makeover of the street is almost finished (new "street furniture" such as benches and bicycle racks, and tree and flower planting is about all remaining, as well as a second coat of asphalt) Gaz Métropolitain wants to rip up the new street in almost 40 places! Although the city had implored ALL utilities to make their needed repairs at the same swoop as the big dig - Bell and Videotron did, don't know about Hydro-Québec. This can be a real blow to restaurants, cafés, bars and food shops (and non-food-related businesses) along the street, and a royal pain for Montréalais and tourists...

        After that rant, zeke, I confess I don't know where all your places are.

        I do enjoy the tiny terrasse at Petit Alep, but you have to be quick.

        I've never been to the terrasse of Casa del Popolo - just inside. Must make up for that!

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        1. re: lagatta


          I was glad to get off of Saint Laurent when I had a chance.

          As for the terraces... My list now with addresses.

          1. Victoria Pub 698 rue Notre-Dame Ouest
          2. Aszu 212 rue Notre-Dame Ouest
          3. Saint Elizabeth 412 Ste-Elizabeth
          4. Nelligan 106 rue Saint-Paul Ouest
          5. Boris 465 rue McGill
          6. Bâton Rouge 180 Ste-Catherine Ouest
          7. Taverne Sur Le Square 1 Westmount Square
          8. Narcisse 93 rue de la Commune Est

          1. re: zekesgallery


            Can you give us some more information about Narcisse? What sort of food? Are the wine-bar wine and food offerings all available on the terrace too?

            1. re: Fritzy


              Sorry I have no recollection of the food, and if I remember correctly the beer that they served wasn't cold either :-) However a small rooftop terrace that is unpretentious, in Old Montreal and overlooking the river can't be beat on a summer day (doubled if you are there with your sweetie after skipping out on work early).

          2. re: lagatta

            La Presse reported that the Gaz Métro construction should be finished by May, so hopefully there will still be three or four months of terrace season left on the Main...

          3. There's McKibbin's, but its more of a's outback and open most months of the year....quieter than inside for sure. Drinks are standard, food is pub grub, but tasty.

            1. Terraces I enjoy are:

              Jardin de Panos, average greek food, wonderful terrace.

              Santropol, very good sandwiches, tea and milkshakes, great terrace.

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              1. re: MCMM

                I don't like the food at Santropol that much. While it is pretty acceptable, and most of the times better than what most of my friends cook, it is too crunchy granola for me. But that terrace... it is amazing. You get the relaxation that is equivalent to a weeklong trip to the Caribbean, by just sitting on that terrace in sundown.

                1. re: emerilcantcook

                  How are soups, salads and sandwiches "granola"? You must be referring to some pre-conceived notion you hold in your mind...

                  Also, how do you see the sun at all in that completely overgrown and fenced in terrace? And even if the sundown to the west weren't totally blocked by the wood fence, the mountain and the building across the street would take care of that.

                  I think you are confusing the place perhaps? :)

                  1. re: bopuc

                    To enjoy the sundown, you do not necessarily need to see the "sun". It is about the light, the air and the atmosphere. The shades of the trees, the smell of the just falling night...

                    And if vegetarian chili, tofu sandwiches, hummus, tisanes, thick sliced grain bread, and fruit drinks isn't crunchy granola, I bet Au Pied de Cochon is...

                    I think you are confusing the adjectives perhaps?

                    1. re: bopuc

                      You're quite the contrarian, aren't you?

                      Come on! Santropol is like the granola Mecca. The places reeks of hippie almost as much as Aux Vivres.

                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        I have to agree with you SnackHappy--it's a total hippie paradise.

                        1. re: Aspiring Foodie

                          Not that there's anything wrong with that :)

                          1. re: mainsqueeze

                            Of course not! A person's personal hygiene choices are completely his own.

                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              Or lack thereof, correct? :P

                              But let me say this: granola or not, Santropol is a good place for a first date as it's fun, slow, quiet, the lighting is good and the food can be shared. In fact, my husband and I had our first date there and then three years later that's where he proposed.

                              Which reminds me...on our first date we also went to Reservoir which has a very small but very awesome terrace and their blanche is delicious.

                              1. re: Aspiring Foodie

                                Reservoir does have a great terrace. The only problem is that it seems to be closed more often than not!

                                1. re: KT MTL

                                  It's always open in the evenings, weather permitting. I don't remember if it's open for weekday lunch, but the upstairs is never open for weekend brunch.

                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                    Yeah, it sucks not being able to sit on the terrace during the brunch. Though they have been opening up the windows to make the place more airy.

                                    This reminds me of... which Plateau restaurants with terrace have decent brunch? Must serve food good enough to cheat on Reservoir...

                                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                                      Well it's in Outremont, but Lemeac has a lovely terrasse and a great brunch. Just as good if not better than Reservoir, albeit at a different price point.

                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                        Different price point is right! But I love that terrrace at Lemeac, and such lovely food. Plus their wine list is just so much fun...