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Looking for a place to take my parents when they come to visit. I'd like to go to a place with a raw bar for oysters and champagne. Suggestions?

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  1. Daniel Notkin at l'Orignal serves up great oysters and they must have champagne :) Not sure the traditional raw bar concept exists up here...

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    1. re: jfprieur

      Don't Joe Beef and Maestro S.V.P. both have raw bars? I've never to either place so I can't say for certain, but i was under the impression that they do.

      I know that Lemeac and Kitchen Gallerie Poisson have oysters on offer. Oysters also feature prominently on the menu at Le Pois Penché.

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      Joe Beef
      2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

    2. There are no real _proper_ "raw" bars in montreal, or very few of them.

      Maestro (st-Laurent) should have the biggest selection of different kind of oysters.
      Lemeac (laurier st) is more upscale offer oyster platters and will have champagne.
      Joe Beef,will have some and champagne.
      Oyster Shack (Bishop st) ? don't know about this one.
      Lucille Oyster Dive (NDG) is advertised as an Oyster dive (ordinary and $$$ champagne and wine list) i think there was some so-so reviews about it.
      Au Pied de Cochon should have some (even if it's out of season for their seafood platters).

      Other than that, I'd do it at home, you can have either more champagne, or better champagne for the same price, you can have more oyster with more varied selection (unless you know what each restaurant is serving).

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      Oyster Shack
      1242 Rue Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G2E3, CA

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Maximilien's run-down is pretty much spot-on. Haven't been to Licille's, but I think Maestro and Joe Beef might be closest to a "raw-bar" where you can sit at the bar and watch the oysters being opened in front of you. IMO, both places would be "parent worthy". Maestro offers a dozen oysters for $12 at happy hour (5 to 7 I think, but I'm not sure)...small oysters, but for the price, hey. Oyster Shack does have a bar, but no "raw" - they open 'em in the kitchen. I feel Oyster Shack is sometimes hit and miss, but a standout is their clam chowder poutine.

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        Joe Beef
        2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

        Oyster Shack
        1242 Rue Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G2E3, CA

        1. re: Maximilien

          mechant boeuf has a raw bar
          http://www.experienceoldmontreal.com/...
          they claim to be having an oyster festival

        2. Restaurant du Vieux Port is advertising Oysters now. I have not been to this restaurant, but came across the website in an unrelated search.

          http://www.restaurantduvieuxport.com/

          1. My vote goes to Maestro SVP on St Laurent /Prince Arthur for the largest selection of Oysters and for old time sake the Beaver Club at the Queen E for a great 1/2 dozen Malpeque's and a Chablis after work.