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Dec 13, 2009 12:53 PM

Dinner on December 24th and 25th

I’m looking for restaurants in the down-town /old Montreal/ Plateau area open for dinner on December 24th and 25th. Any ideas?

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  1. We had dinner at Gibby's in Old Montreal for three consecutive years, twice on the 24th and once on the 25th. They had two sittings, at 6p.m and 9p.m. as I recall. No special menu, just their usual. Another year, we had dinner at the Beaver Club at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. I think the food was better, but I preferred the decor and ambiance at Gibby's. Clientele at Gibby's was fairly eclectic compared to a rather tightassed crowd at the Beaver Club. Also lots of people at Gibby's Very casually dressed, not so at Beaver Club. For the last two years we've done take-out turkey dinner, which I've found better than going out to either of these places. Beaver Club has more of a holiday menu, though it doesn't seem to be posted on their website. You can check out holiday dinner/brunch prices on the hotel website (see the 2009-2010 Holiday Season link). You might have trouble getting a reservation now.


    Beaver Club

    Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

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    1. re: Satene

      Speaking of Gibby's, I was vastly underwhelmed sunday, there were 6 of us and the meat was just ok, no melt in your mouth moments, although their prices are sky high.
      It was a last minute decision to go there, being that a lot of places are closed sundays.
      I think we would have done better at the Keg.

      1. re: superbossmom

        I agree completely. Gibby's is not the best place to order a great steak and I've always found them overrated in general. The only reason I'd ever go to Gibby's would be because they happen to be open on Dec 24/25 and one can show up wearing jeans and not feel self-conscious about being underdressed.

    2. I believe that El Gitano (on Parc above Milton) will be open until 9pm on the 24th. It is a small, traditionally decorated, Spanish restaurant that I haven't tried. They had a sign in their window listing their holiday hours. Hopefully someone else can chime in about the food.

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      1. re: Daiya

        El Gitano was my family's go-to resto back in the 70s (I was a kid) for their gigantic scampi.
        Feeling nostalgic, I brought the wife there a couple of years ago. I didn't go for the scampi (actually don't remember if its still on their menu), but rather Paella, their signature dish. Unfortunately I found it mediocre (nostalgia can only go so far...)

        There should be a few places open in Chinatown.
        If I recall correctly, Beijing (la Gauchetierre corner St Urbain) will close on the 24th at 4:00 and re-open on the 25th at 4:00pm - but check as I'm not positive.

        1. re: porker

          just received christmas (24 and 25)and new years menus from le renoir (sofitel-Peel and St. Catherine area) -we have gone there for special occasions last time was valentines day and had terrific meals, and good value for price although at christmas dinner and new year eve/brunch much more expensive

      2. Is there a Xmas menu available yet for the Beaver Club?

        I'm thinking of taking my younger sisters for holiday dinner (since we dont celebrate and family are out of town) on either the 24th or 25th. Haven't been to thr BC in years though, not since the renovations way back when. How's the atmosphere?

        1. I went through this exercise a few years ago. On December 25th, my husband and I enjoyed an incredible meal and dining experience at Auberge et Restaurant Bonaparte in Old Montreal. The interior is elegant old world, the service was superb as well as the food. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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          1. re: HFXFoodie

            How far back was that? I ate at Bonaparte about two years ago, and thought it was terrible. I remember some nondescript brown sauces. That is a definite no-return for me.

            1. re: souschef

              I had dinner at Bonaparte about a month ago and was dissapointed. Slow service and average food at a high price.

          2. Since my best friend and I are alone on the 25th, we always go to a movie and then eat at La Maison India on Sherbrooke. No special menu, just the usual delicious fare. Not downtown, but easy to access.