Location for cocktail dinatoire wedding
Hi guys I'm looking for restaurants to host a smallish wedding - say 40 - 70 people. I know that's a fairly large spread but if I fall in love with a locale that only holds 45 then I'll cut my guest list, but if it's larger then I'll invite more people.... I would like to have a cocktail dinatoire, which I guess is a hot/cold hors d'ouevres w/ a few stations, but no actual sit down meal. At least that's what I take it to mean. Already suggested to me are Pullman, Le Locale and Auberge St. Gabriel. I would prefer a restaurant, but I am not opposed to renting a space and hiring a caterer if it's affordable and trendy/simplistic. I am not made of money, but I don't spending a bit to get what I want - I guess I deally I would like it to be around $120 before tx/gratuity.... Thanks
Hey there rakeypakey, I got married this past May and we did a cocktail reception, though not a full meal like a dinatoire. After researching and going to a lot of places, we went with Robin des Bois. They did a fantastic job. All of their bouchees were bang-on in presentation and flavour, and incorporate some local gems, like this Quebec goat cheese (sorry, I never remember the names of cheeses). While we only served 7 bouchees per person and had a dessert buffet, their execution, correspondance with us while planning, and the restaurant decor itself is warm and lovely.
I'm not sure if they do a dinatoire, but give them a call (they're francophone, by the way) and I'm sure they could come up with more bouchees tailored to what you're looking for. Also, the dining room itself has a stage, dance floor and great windows looking out on St-Laurent. It would fit 70 people very comfortably.
Lastly, after paying out the core staff and basic restaurant expenses, their profits go towards local charities. Even better :)