30th birthday party...need help!
I am looking for a great restaurant for my thirtieth birthday supper. It would be Sat. June 20th; I am thinking somewhere in Old Montreal or downtown or Plateau...we will likely be about 15 people. Any type of food but a place that has a fun/trendy atmosphere without being pretentious (don't want a Buona Notte type place). Good food without being too pricey...$20-$30-ish for the main dish would be great. Any recommendations? Thanks so much!
Steak Frites is a good choice. It's a bring your own wine which immediately brings the cost down. I have eaten there many times and its always amazing. Good steak, great atmosphere and good value! Believe it or not, their calamari appetizer is out of this world! I highly recommend that. Don't bother going to Santos, or any other trendy place with ridiculously loud music and lousy food. Go to Steak frites.
Make a reservation today.
It seems it,s always the same recs, but in old Montreal, Holder (http://www.restaurantholder.com/), a french brasserie, could easily accomodate 15 people (with reservation) and has the atmosphere you describe. The steak frites on St-Antoine also has a nice atmosphere, and the BYOW feature makes it more of a money saver.
I don't have any idea right now for the Plateau, as most good places on the Plateau are better at accomodating samll groups. Probably more suggestions downtown altough the quality/price ratio is not the best in that area. Maybe the new Montee, or it could be worth testing the newly-chefted Newtown on Crescent? Nothing else comes to mind at the moment, altough I'm sure there are plenty more