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Sep 9, 2010 07:26 PM

Need recs for wife's 30th bday, group of 12

Hi everyone,

As the title reads, it is my wife's 30th birthday in 2 weeks, and we are looking for a fun place to celebrate with about 12 of our friends.

A BYOB would be nice, but we are more interested in delicious, moderately priced (about 20-25$ per person) food with a great atmosphere. With one more caveat - my wife (and some of our friends) are not very adventurous eaters, so looking for a place with easily palatable foods as well.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. When I have been to la raclette they have had long tables of birthday groups and the ambience is pleasant, I had salmon once and beef another time with appetizer of raclette and it is very reasonably priced, . Parking easy on the streets around restaurant. But I have only been there on weekends so could be quiet during week. It is sedate so maybe you want a livelier place but the birthday tables were having a good time and it is not overly noisy. --BYOB which cuts down the cost.

    I have enjoyed the menu degustation (had jarette) at pintxo for $22, nice ambience and there was a birthday group in side room. We ate at the bar as did not have reservations. The staff were friendly and took interest in explaining the tapas. It is not BYOB. It would have to booked in advance as very popular

    1. Just a warning that several times when I've gone out with a large group in Montreal, it's been a bit of a disappointment. Restaurants that have been great with a party of 4, have been terrible with 10+. This particularly seems to apply to the smaller BYOW places that are perhaps less used to dealing with large groups. You might have better luck with booking two 6-tops instead of one 12-top, or else, go for a larger restaurant that will be better able to deal with the 12-top slam.

      1. I've been to the "Les Infidèles" on Rachel st. with a large-ish group with no issue at all, BYOB, nice service and food.

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        1. re: Maximilien

          That place was in fact one of my TOTAL FAIL experiences that I had in mind in my warning above. It was nice (though loud) with 4 people. With a group of about 10 of us it was AWFUL. Food took forever, didn't come out together, came out cold, etc. And as always it was super loud which made it impossible to converse with people at the other end of the table. I would never, ever recommend it for a large group.

        2. For around $25 / pers. you can try Ouzeri on St-Denis for Greek and Mediterranean style tapas. Food is not too "adventurous" if you're just looking for very good chicken, seafood, veggies, etc. They can easily acommodate 12 if you reserve in advance and it's kind of a bustling atmosphere if you're looking for a fun night out. Not BYOB but wine is very reasonably priced and on the low end. Only thing is that plates are small so depending on your appetite (they serve excellent table apps to fill up on) you may need to order a couple of starters to share.

          4690 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

          1. Au Petit Extra does quite well with groups, and price-wise it's pretty close to what you want to spend.