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Jun 20, 2008 10:57 PM

Best Steak Place In Montreal


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  1. Montreal's not known for its steakhouses, so if you're here from out of town you may want to consider bypassing the steakhouse - which other cities do much better - and instead go for something Montreal does really well. (And we are known for *many* other culinary goodnesses, just poke around the board and you'll find a wealth of options.)

    Nonetheless, check out these threads and decide for yourself:

    Classic Montreal Steakhouse

    Steakhouse in Montreal?

    Restaurant Steak Frites Paul

    Moishes Steak Oy

    Restaurant Steak Frites? YoYo's?

    Good luck!

    15 Replies
    1. re: kpzoo

      Which other cities in Canada do better steak than Montreal, besides probably Toronto? You can't get US Prime almost anywhere in Alberta except the one Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Edmonton, & apparently they recently opened a location in Calgary. Even in Alberta, it's almost impossible to find Canada Prime grade beef. If the person is from the US, where can he/she find very good Canadian beef anywhere in the US(I don't know any(not even one) of the top steakhouses in US serving Canadian beef)?

      1. re: BLM

        I don't think Canada in general is known for steakhouses. That's something the US does have over us. And the OP is from Arizona, as he said in another post - I have no doubt there are many decent steakhouses there, but most in Montreal would probably disappoint.

        1. re: cherylmtl

          Wasn't Moishe's recently rated one of the top steakhouses in the world by Fodor's or something? Isn't Queue de Cheval pretty popular as well? Steakhouses aren't really my thing, but... somebody likes them for a reason, I suppose!

          1. re: afoodyear

            Yes Moishe's was rated top 10 in the world, but it was by, but I could take it or leave it with Forbes(they're constant publicity hounds, with cover stories on the top 100 richest entertainers;top 100 richest athletes;& so on). All the top chefs in the US, are opening steakhouses(even French chefs).

            1. re: BLM

              Yeah, Forbes also rated Queue one of the ten most expensive restaurants in the world. I don't recall them claiming it was good. :)

            2. re: afoodyear

              Ah yes, "Welcome to the Beef 'n Buck".

            3. re: cherylmtl

              IMO, a draw to 'some' Americans coming here is Canadian beef, in particular Alberta beef. While in rest of Canada, it might be US Prime beef(unless they're from Vancouver or Toronto).

              1. re: BLM

                Unfortunately, as you noted, we can't get it at most steakhouses here :-(

                1. re: cherylmtl

                  But why would we want it? The Alberta beef industry is majority owned and controlled by American meatpackers, fattened in the same type of unsanitary feedlots and processed at a too-fast pace in the same huge plants.

                  Actually, I'd like to know if there are any steakhouses here that do not offer Cargill or Tyson beef, or that know exactly where the meat comes from and how it was raised. I know high end restaurants (not steakhouses) like Laloux and Lemeac list the farm their meat comes from on their menus; APDC doesn't even offer beef b/c of the issues associated with its production.

              2. re: cherylmtl

                Hahah... sounds like you have yet to take a tour of the West...

            4. re: kpzoo

              Someone can you try "Les Serres Manhattan Steak House" in Laval
              Never been to moishe nor Queue de Cheval.

              but the "PRIME STEAK" over there was awesome!! 24$ "Prime" STEAK

              1. re: kpzoo

                This list is totally incomplete and not that great. Moishes is great, indeed, but here are my two suggestions:

                Mortys Steakhouse
                it's Kosher, but don't let that scare you.

                Rib N Reef


                1. re: davidfine

                  Rib'n'Reef is a total ripoff. Average quality steak (at best) at Moishe's prices. I wouldn't eat here again unless YOU were paying!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  Morty's is good if you are restricted to eating in Kosher restaurants....nothing special if you have a wider choice

                  1. re: MISTER_C

                    I agree with you MISTER_C; Morty's isn't necessarily bad.
                    We first tried it last year and really looked forward to it. It was a let I say, not bad, but nothing special.

                    I ate a steak at La Cabane Portuguese this past weekend. It was very good.
                    OK, not a masterpiece of dry-aged, hand-rubbed, Japanese-beer fed, heirloom beef, but a nice ribsteak grilled to a proper rare at a good price!

                    Rib&Reef - kinda like Moishes, a bit too old-school and stuffy

                    1. re: MISTER_C

                      I am amending my own post here. I had a rotten experience the last time I ate at Morty's (last week). The server was extremely rude and hostile and when I told her I wanted to speak to the manager, she arrogantly informed me that SHE was the manager (the owner's daughter). I will never eat here again!!!!!!

                2. I'm always frustrated in my quest for good steak in Montreal. I'm guessing that many people might think of Montreal as a steak destination because of the "Montreal Steak Spice" thing

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                  1. re: porker

                    Well, traditionally spice has been used to cover up ...

                    Seriously though, French/Québecois culture has never really been big on steak (on beef dishes certainly yes). Steak frites was fast food when food was slow. Consumption of massive slabs of beef tends to be an American/Albertan/Australian/Brazilian kind of behaviour, where the thickness of the steak metaphorically stands in for the thickness of the wallet (whether or not that is in actual fact the case).

                    But pork, birds of a feather, and seafood ...

                    1. re: mrbozo

                      Best steakhouse IMHO is Moishe's

                      Best steak for the money.....$23 "baseball" steak at the Keg

                      Worst steak for the money......$43 Ribeye steak I had the misfortune of having at Rib'n'Reef. The $23 baseball steak I had at Keg was much much better at half the price.

                      1. re: MISTER_C

                        I haven't been to Moishe's but I have been to Le Biftheque on Cote De Liesse and they always have me going back for more. Prime rib is very tender but pricey, but it money well spent.

                        1. re: StellasDad

                          I have never eaten at Queue de Cheval/heard too many people tell me it is overpriced and not as good as Moishe's. Ate at Westt 40 and thought it was overpriced there too.

                          Biftheque offers pretty good value when rib or sirloin steaks come up on special.....otherwise pretty much fair value, no better. Prime Rib is pretty much fair value for what you get.

                          1. re: MISTER_C

                            I *wanna* like Le Biftheqe as we used to go quite often, it was THE place we'd eat steak. Problem is after two consecutive heavy dissapointments we decided to give it one last try. Three strikes and we haven't been back...

                        2. re: MISTER_C

                          Hey Mister_C, you are rapidly becoming the steak expert on the board!

                          Just out of curiosity, where do you place Queue de Cheval in your pantheon of steak places?

                          I must admit, I didn't have a bad experience at Rib 'n' Reef, but then again, I've only been once. Good to hear you can get a good quality steak for cheaper at the Keg.

                          1. re: moh

                            I have found the Keg (founded in Vancouver) to be very reliable across the country (heck, they have the cojones and product to operate in Arizona, Colorado and Texas).

                            1. re: mrbozo

                              My Australian pal who lived in Mtl for over a year found The Keg's Old Mtl location the only place in town that remotely met his high Aussie steak standards. This was after trying half a dozen other places and being despondent at how unacceptable they were. He happily went back to the Keg again and again, and loved it enough to hold his 25th birthday blowout there. (Mind you, I don't think he ever tried either Moishes or QdeC. As for me, I had fish on my one visit, so I can't comment first-hand.)

                              1. re: kpzoo

                                Their new PVM location seems pretty fancy. BTW, do you know if I can order from their dinner menu at lunch time(the baseball sirloin cut is only on their dinner menu)?

                    2. I love Queue de Cheval, i’ve always had an excellent meal, steaks tender, perfectly cooked, good marbling, however it is expensive, if not overpriced. Although, their pricing was definitly in line with what you would have paid at Morton’s or any other steakhouse of that kind in the US when the exchange rate was more favorable for the US. (Don’t get me started on their 125$ offering of Kobe beef Sirloin)

                      The Keg on the other hand offers a reliable steak at a good price, i’m also a fan of their baseball cut, which is the best value for the money.

                      Another place to mention, is Auroch in Brossard (Quartier Dix30) yes i know it’s a suburb place, but great steaks, I had a great entrecote, perfectly cooked, tender, again good marbling, with steak spices and beurre maitre d’hotel

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                      1. re: westaust

                        I got a gift certificate to there for Christmas so we sucked it up and drove out to 10-30 (Lavaler here!) My husband and I were more than disappointed with the steak here. Everything was over cooked and just wasn`t presented well. I would not recommend this place to a serious steak eater.

                        My choice for a steak house in the Montreal area is going to be 40 West. I`ve eaten at all of the `go to` places and it really does top the list for me.

                        Queue de Cheval IS over priced. I hated how I asked the waiter for my steak to be cooked to MY preference and I was told ``Oh our chef will not cook it like that, it only comes medium``. I can understand the waiter stressing how the chef doesn`t recommend cooking the steak past medium because it loses tenderness, loses juice etc but to be told that I CANNOT have a steak to my liking...Get out of here!

                        I didn`t like Moishes. I think part of the appeal to it is how long its been around and the fact that it is a landmark. I didn`t find the food to be anything special, neither was the food or the service.

                        The Keg is pretty good. Reasonably priced, good food, but not my favorite place. I have nothing bad to say about this place other than its just not my first thought when I think of a steak house.

                        I just really like 40 West. I would recommend getting the Aliki Village Salad (and ask to make sure it comes with the croutons!), grilled octopus, lobster bisque, filet mignon OR veal chop, and of course the chocolate souffle. I know this is a steak thread but I do NOT recommend their Chilean Sea Bass. It`s the worst I`ve ever had in Montreal...

                      2. Moishe's is tolerable. Steak was full of gristle. Sides were limp french fries and undercooked potato vareneke. Queque de Cheval was much worse. Noisy, overpriced and very mediocre food for the money. Go to Au Pied the Cochon order the bison steak with frites. If you're still hungry order another steak. You'll much happier.

                        1. Does anybody know if there is a good argentinian restaurant in Montreal? No nation does steak better than them.

                          I have been living in Montreal for 8 years now, and frankly, I just haven't find a good price-value steak meal here. For steak-house craving I prefer to wait and visit an argentinian restaurant in my annual mexican vacation.

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                          1. re: mzalce

                            I don't know about Argentinian, but there is a Brazilian churrascaria, Le Milsa (, warning: stupid flash-only site)