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Recommendations for inexpensive yet romantic?

Different question -- my wife and I are taking a long weekend in Montreal this weekend, and we're trying to do it inexpensively but memorably. Our hotel is Le Meridien Versailles near the CCA, but we can get around on the subway and buses. (At least, it looks pretty straightforward; we obviously haven't done it yet.)

I'm guessing there must be a million suggestions, so I'm grateful for the help on this. Would posters have recommendations for inexpensive yet romantic / memorable places for lunch and dinner? Easily accessible by public transportation is a plus. Modern Continental / American / Canadian cuisine preferred.

Help us make it a great weekend! Thanks!

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  1. Love to help, but please let us know first what you think is inexpensive? 10$ - 35$ - 100$ per person for a prix fixe?

    1. What food style/ethnicity you like or do not like ?
      Wine is important or not ?
      What is "inexpensive" ? $50, $70, $100 per person ? Wine included ?

      I could suggest "Les 3 Petits Bouchons" (small but very good wine list, and food is very good).
      I could suggest "La Porte" for french cuisine.
      I could suggest "Raza" for south-american style cuisine, or "Jolifou" for south american influenced french cuisine (a bit in further away but worth it)
      I could suggest Pinxto for tapas.

      M.

      1. Bistro Justine on Van Horne is quite inexpensive (bet. 14 and 16$ for a main, and 5.50$ for an appetizer) and I think it is romantic... Small and cozy.
        I like Maximilien's recommendation: Pintxo, if you like tapas. Of course, you can get carried away and over-order, in which case you exceed you budget (seems to always happen to me with tapas!)

        1. Thanks for the feedback about being inspecific. I'd say that a total meal cost of ~C$70 for dinner would be our ceiling. Lunch of course less if possible.

          For cuisine types, modern takes on French, American, Canadian are preferred but some of those French-influenced restaurants sound pretty interesting.

          We like wine, but we don't want to spend too much. Ideally, the centerpiece of the evening would be the food and the ambiance.

          Does that help? I am grateful for the suggestions!

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          1. re: JohnBT

            $70 each or for both of you? Before or including wine?

            There are also many byow restaurants here - while a good number are extremely casual and might cater more to groups, some are more "romantic". Very few are in the west-downtown area where you are staying, but many easily accessible by public transport.

          2. you can try bistro l'entrepont. It's a BYOB, a very small restaurant (seats about 20ish people) and the price is very reasonable (i think it's like 50 to 55 for a 7 course meal). The reservation has 2 times: 6pm or 9pm.

            Bistro l'Entrepont
            www.bistrolentrepont.com

            4622 avenue De l'Hotel-de-Ville
            Montreal, QC H2T 2B1
            (514) 845-1369