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terraces, hidden patios, roof top dining 2009

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wilmagrace Jul 31, 2009 03:44 PM

Now that sunny weather looks like it has arrived for awhile I thought I would start a section for new reports on those sidewalk terraces, the garden patios in back and the rooftop or balcony terraces that we have so very much enjoyed in past Montreal summers. What are your experiences this year with the food and ambience in your al fresco dining outing....

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    cricri7 RE: wilmagrace Aug 1, 2009 06:29 AM

    I hate dining outside usually because the terrasses are on on front and I am not a fan of having dinner with cars passing by! That said, I love the one at Khyber pass that is in the back. It is pleasant and the food is good and not too expensive. I love their, even if it is summer, homemade soup. I don't know the one but is the one without lentils.

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      stak RE: wilmagrace Aug 1, 2009 07:50 PM

      No responses yet?? It's not new, but I guess my favourite would be Santropol...fish pond, trees, kittycats, heaters when it's chilly. I've been meaning to try Boris Bistro which I hear has a terrasse - we drove by it the other day and didn't see one out front so assume it must be a hidden one. I had a really good burger and skinny fries and some sangria at Les folies/ La folie (?) on Mont Royal, a block or 2 east of St. Denis - nice terrasse, back from the street a bit.

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        cherylmtl RE: stak Aug 2, 2009 07:22 AM

        You can't miss the terrasse at Boris Bistro - it's a very large outdoor room, but behind an old building facade. It is one of the nicest in the city - too bad the food doesn't come close to measuring up...but I guess for a drink it would be okay.

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          wilmagrace RE: cherylmtl Aug 2, 2009 09:28 AM

          I think i should have waited til sept. to post terrace section, weather not cooperating! We have gone several times to boris bistro but mainly for martinis, it is along sidewalk on side of restaurant

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        BLM RE: wilmagrace Aug 2, 2009 09:46 AM

        Joe Beef restaurant has a terrace that they open in the summer. Never eaten at Joe Beef, so I don't know the details. 2-3 years ago, during the summer in the terrace they were offering things like a clambake & 'parking lot BBQ.' Not sure if they're still doing it, or doing something else.

        1. hala RE: wilmagrace Aug 2, 2009 03:37 PM

          I would have never noticed that place had i not ran into someone on the street who was going there and dragged me with her, but Place D'armes Hotel has a bar on its top floor terrace. Very nice view. Not wheelchair accessible.
          http://www.hotelplacedarmes.com/index...
          Can't tell you if the drinks are good since i was pregnant on my only visit there :)

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            wilmagrace RE: hala Aug 4, 2009 06:18 PM

            i have been admiring the palm trees en haut as i walked around old montreal, but i see from your posting that they serve brunch 11-15h sat. and suns, so next time visitors/family come i am going to go there for brunch mainly for the view and ambience, thanks

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            Maximilien RE: wilmagrace Aug 2, 2009 04:48 PM

            Summer was yesterday, (sorry 'bout that).

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              zootsi RE: wilmagrace Aug 2, 2009 05:20 PM

              There are lots, especially on the Plateau. The terrace at Le Jardin de Panos can be so relaxing and so much fun on a warm summer night - byob, order a brochette, and take in the ambience!

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                Plateaumaman RE: zootsi Aug 2, 2009 07:26 PM

                Terraces I've been to this week include Jardin Terrasse St-Sulpice (huge, nice fountain, good sangria, didn't eat there), Cafe Cherrier (nice Parisian ambiance, traffic a bit intrusive) and Nuevo on Mont-Royal for some tapas and a free drink on Ladies' Night (not a huge terrace, but enough air by the street), courtyard terrace more stuffy). There's also a balcony at Couscous Royale, and I also like the terraces mentioned here, Jardin de Panos, Khyber Pass.

                We were wandering behind St-Laurent near Marianne and noticed a big second floor terrace but don't know what restaurant it is .. any ideas?

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