Recs. for upscale restaurants in Montreal w/ bar
Hi, just moved to the area and looking for a place I can dine alone...usually I prefer to eat at the bar so I don't feel so conspicuous, have some people to chat with, etc. I know there are a lot of BYOB places in Montreal, so I'm looking for someplace that ISN'T, St. Laurent vicinity, any type of food, price not important. Hope this isn't too general of a question!
What type of crowd and noise level are you looking for? Young and trendy? Business crowd? Young professionals? Many of the St Laurent restaurants (Globe, Med, etc.) cater to the younger and trendy crowd with more of a bar scene. Close to St Laurent but not on St Laurent (downtown, plateau, Outremont), there are great restaurants with bars with less noise and commotion. How about a sushi bar - you can meet people, drink and have great food too... try Jun-I on Laurier. Ferreira on Peel has Portuguese food, nice wine list, and often a number of people at the bar. Pied de Cochon has a cool bar-like area facing the kitchen where you can mix with others, drink and eat well. Garde Manger in Old Montreal is great too - excellent food, hip bar scene.
Maybe a tad off your targeted neighbourhood, but Joe Beef and Liverpool House offer awesome at-the-bar wining and dining.
DNA in Old Montreal has a bar AND a lounge, both of which offer the full menu.
I also recommend Les Trois Petits Bouchons on Rue St Denis for excellent food, wine, and service.
L'Express and Lemeac are also always fantastic when dining solo.
2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA