Restos near Hyatt Regency on Jeanne-Mance
My dance team will be performing in Montreal this weekend. We need three resto recs near our hotel.
1) Early dinner Friday (i.e. 5 p.m.) very casual for a group of 12 where we can get in and out fast, has a wide variety to choose from and isn't expensive
2) Dinner Saturday - also early but more like 7:00 p.m. for 12, same criteria as above
3) Sunday brunch - casual
Saw this was VERY close to your address, and the food is tasty, and seemed to fit the bill of casual and variety. It's a bistro/bar:
1250, Rue De Bleury, Montreal,
Quebec, H3B 2W4, Canada
You might try eating in China town, which is also extremely close to your hotel. Very reasonable and super casual options there: St Urbain Street and boul. Saint-Laurent, between René Lévesque Boulevard and Viger Street. I like to go to Pho Cali for their great Vietnamese chicken soup (tonkinoise). 1011 St. Laurent 876-1064 They grill the chicken, and it has a very nice sweetness to it. Extremely cheap.
Hopefully someone else on chowhound will help with the name of this next suggestion, sorry, I don't know it. I've heard good things about the restaurant inside the Place Des Arts complex, right beside the entrance to Salle Wilfred Pelletier. 175 St. Catherine St. West (keep walking straight, up the short flight of stairs, and it's right to the left of the hall entrance). But it might be pricier than you are looking for...?
Also basically in the same complex is La Rotonde (185 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (514) 847-6900). http://www.macm.org/en/informations/restaurant.html It's inside the Musee d'Art Contemporaine. I haven't been to it, but I imagine it has a nice atmosphere, and it apparently isn't pricey. It is reopening end of April, so I don't know if this works for you - oh yeah, I see that you are coming this weekend. Darn.
Old Montreal isn't far away either, and if the weather is nice it would be a pleasant walk, a good destination for visitors. From your hotel, walk south on St. Urbain street, which turns into St. Sulpice, which takes you past the Notre Dame Basilica. There are loads of restaurants around that area, and likely lots of threads about applicable Old Montreal restaurants for you, elsewhere on this board such as this one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541803
I was going to suggest olive & gourmando too, in old montreal, but it might be a little too west to be a reasonable walk, depending on your group and how cooperative they are for walking.
Going out for weekend brunch is a very popular thing in Montreal, and there are so, so many options. Where to go in your vicinity....I used to enjoy breakfast at Grenadine but I don't know if they do breakfast anymore. Likely try one of the places a little east of you, on St. Denis, between St. Catherine and Sherbrooke or I would think there would be good choices in Old Montreal. I'll let others carry that part on....!
Have a great trip and let us know how it all went!
Will I get kicked off this blog for saying this? YOu might want to try Baton ROuge on Friday. Their ribs are delicious. They are on St-Catherine at the corner of Jeanne-Mance.
I also agree about Chinatown. I've been to La Maison VIP on a couple of occasions with a group and it is pretty easy to get in and out of there. It is situated at 1077 Clark street which is walking distance from the Convention.
Hope this helps.