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Sep 10, 2008 08:49 PM

Where to take a group of 30 to eat in Downtown Montreal (near McGill)

I need to book a very good to great restaurant for an out-of-town group of 30-35 people in a downtown restaurant for a Saturday night in early November -- preferably within walking distance of the hotels which are on Sherbrooke St West near Ave du Parc, just west of the McGill campus.
Do any of these restaurants have a private dining room?
My price point would be up to $75 per person (including tax & tip).
It really has to be great food because this is a sophisticated group who travel a lot.

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  1. at 75$ per person you can go to the trendy places like Cavalli on peel or take them to the St-Laurent street jet set are. Buano note and co. Or right on parc avenue for a very good french restaurant Chez Gautier .

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    1. re: 30sr30s

      Last time I checked, Chez Gautier was Belgian (not French). Last time I ate there it was OK but not very good. Also $75 per person would probably not go very far at Cavalli, Buonanotte, Globe, etc.

      You might be able to do something interesting at Ferreira on Peel which has private rooms upstairs.

      1. re: eat2much

        Hi eat2much:
        Last time I checked Chez Gauthier was French Cuisine and even known as a French Bistro. A friend also once tolm me it's a brasserie parisienne.

        Maybe the owners are Belgians. I also know they have a connection with Patisserie Belge next door.

        1. re: eat2much

          I stand corrected for Cavalli. 75$ won't take you far unless you just go for a main course but the whole package with wine and tips is more 150$.

          I was thinking that maybe Hotel Opus might be an option on the corner of St-Laurent and Sherbrooke. Their cuisine is apparently very good and entertaining. it's cheaper than Cavalli but 75$ won't include tips and taxes

        2. re: 30sr30s

          If great food is a criteria then Buonna Note has to ruled out. I would suggest Decca 77which might fit the bill. Bronte might be too expensive but could be a worthwhile option.

        3. I think you'll have a hard time getting great food for $75 or under, unless you go to Lemeac or Ferreira after 10pm.

          I am assuming you want to have appetizer, main, dessert, and wine.

          I think $100 would be more do-able.

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          1. re: souschef

            Restaurants will make a group menu for you , with 3 choices of mains usually,
            and a pre determined amount of wine per person; for $75 including tax and tip,that would be the safest route to go for your group.
            Il Cortile offered us a group menu recently, food only was $45 pp, so if I factor in half a bottle of wine per person, let's say another $20 minimum, that would have been 65$ before tax and service.
            If you are excluding wine from your price, and everyone will be ordering and paying for that separately, your choices will expand.

            1. re: superbossmom

              How about brasserie brunoise near the forum?? My partner just set up a post conference dinner for 30 for the end of Sept. and they gave us a good menu selection with decent wine pairings. One advantage is that it's a smallish so you could pretty much have the run of the place. Ate at Decca 77 last week for the second time--was not impressed. (had to send back my food--which I never do--but a steak should never be THAT salty--was told something silly about anchovie reduction). Brunoise is a good bet, will satisfy the foodies (not the most fancy but local style dishes) and within your price point. Good luck....