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Question on Le Comptoir Vin et Charcuterie

I've never been, but it is on my list of places to try. I'm wondering if it would be too small for a groupe of 8 (assuming of course reservations in advance)? We will be celebrating a few birthdays soon. I also heard it can get pretty loud, which shouldn't be a problem for this occasion, unless it is exceptionnaly loud.

Another tought was to try out Lawrence, which again might be too small and will require reservation. But if anything, I feel Lawrence may be too quiet, for a group of 8 but I've never been for dinner.

Thanks in advance for any input.

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  1. Comptoir : 8 would not be an issue; I've seen groups there; better call and reserve. about the noise, yep it can get loud, but this is difficult to say if it can be too loud for you or not.

    Lawrence : don't know, haven't been there yet

    1. A reservation is an absolute must for a group of 8. We needed to reserve to get a table for 2. (If you accept to sit at the bar, reservation is maybe not necessary). Yes it is very noisy - the vibe is very young and exuberant. Despite that, we (olders) will return again because the food is fabulous, the wine list is excellent and fairly priced and the service is A1.

      1. The place is small. I didn't find the place noisy/loud when i went but i'm guessing if it is loud it will be because of you :) food is great; we sat at the bar and had a great meal though with all the talk about the place i thought it would be a bit more cozy. Still fun and well placed for post-supper drinks elsewhere. a good choice.

        1. Both should be able to seat you. Le Comptoir has some big tables and Lawrence has a big family table in the back close to the window. If you're a group of 8 for a b-day party, you will likely be responsible for a good part of the loudness, so I don't think le Comptoir will be too loud. Lawrence is just different in vibe, so it depends what you're after.
          But definitively reservations are required for both.

          1. Thanks for all the responses. Looks like I'll try le Comptoir first (looks more ''fun'' for a b-day party. Too loud would be if i can't hear what other at the tables are saying without them screaming, anything less would be ok), but keep Lawrence as a backup.

            1. Which I could rename this thread Comptoir Vin et Charcuterie and Lawrence, as I'm turning my focus.

              One one the guest will have a very young child (a few months old, quiet but would require a chair (not high, they have their own bench they bring). That plus a mother who does not eat a lot of things (so sharing plates around the table is not for her) is unfortunately moving me away from Le comptoir, to a more ''traditional'' Lawrence (I know menu can be funky, but there is usually a few more safe choices).

              I'll call later today or tomorrow, but how would you feel the vibe at Lawrence would respond to a small child? I know more places are very opened, unless the crowd is much older.

              Thanks in advance.

              9 Replies
              1. re: sweettoothMTL

                Passed by Lawrence this morning on my way to Guillaume (bakery) and there's always families with kids having breakfast. I also had breakfast once in their former digs (Sparrow) with a large group + kids and babies and they were very accomodating so I don't see why it would be different for dinner.

                Let us know how it goes.

                1. re: estilker

                  Isn't Guillaume closed now on sundays ?

                  1. re: Glaff

                    Thanks Estilker. You're right. I was assuming vibe at dinner would be different, but I don't know why. I called too late yesterday and they were closed, so I'll have to wait until Wednesday to make a reservation.

                    Yes Glaff, I also saw their revised scheduled after the new year, and they said closed on Sunday. I remember because I always find it a little strange when place who have croissant (butter, chocolate, almond) are closed Sunday. I know they have other things as well and are a family place, it's probably just me. For me, Saturday and Sunday are the walk or bike to the bakery for fresh croissant, but I understand some people do that Monday-Sunday.

                    1. re: Glaff

                      Yes unfortunately it was. According to their winter schedule they are closed on Sundays and Mondays I believe (being European I find that so strange that a bakery would close on a Sunday. Then again I guess Canadians and Americans would find it even stranger that all stores except bakeries are closed on Sundays in Europe ). So I had to go somewhere else for my Sunday croissant.

                  2. re: sweettoothMTL

                    Hi sweettoothMTL. Did you end up going to Comptoir for dinner? Would you be able to give me quick scoop, if you can? I will be visiting Montreal in March for a weekend, and looking for some recommendations. Thank you in advance.

                    1. re: newbie_gourmand

                      Yes we did (and Lawrence).

                      Went with a group of 5 and we all enjoyed le Comptoir. Very good food and wine list, and especially for the price. We shared a plate of charcuterie, very good, and surprisingly tender, even some good charcutterie I've had are sometimes a little tougher because of the drying, this was melt in your mouth. Then we each had two plates, tasting from others plates. There are no appetizer or entrees, all medium sized plates are around $10-15, and two make a good meal, with room left for dessert.

                      Very good list of private import with lots of good options between $30-$40 (as well as some more expensive ones, I'm just saying overall bill can be reasonnable if you are...but who is? :)).

                      Main issue is still that it is always packed, so reserve, and also some tables are less well configured than others.

                      Overall, one of the best quality-price I've seen in a while in a new restaurant.

                      Not really scoops, if you search the Internet, Le Comptoir has received reviews from everyone since it's opened.

                      1. re: sweettoothMTL

                        Thank you for your input. :) We only have a long weekend in Montreal...so sad that we have to pick amongst so many options....lol.I would appreciate all if any recos.

                        You know, a lot of the recent reviews are in French...and that's just unfortunate for us Torontonians...:( Thank you again.

                        1. re: newbie_gourmand

                          > You know, a lot of the recent reviews are in French

                          Try plugging the URL into Google Translate. Certainly won't be perfect, but you may get the gist of it. http://translate.google.com/