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dreami Apr 5, 2011 08:41 PM

Hello,

My boyfriend and I will be visiting Montreal the last weekend of April and would like to know of a really romantic restaurant or even a lounge that has a great view of the city.

$60 per person is probably the most we would want to spend for a dinner.

I was also wondering if it's worth checking out a fondue restaurant and if so, which would you recommend?

Thanks!

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    celfie Apr 6, 2011 05:21 AM

    the only restaurant i can think of with a view is altitude 737 http://www.altitude737.com/websiteFr....

    i think you can do a lot better than eating there. you may want to go for a drink but for $60/person you can go somewhere much better

    i'd say skip the fondue

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      sweettoothMTL Apr 6, 2011 07:35 AM

      celfie is right, I can't think of anything that would fit the bill perfectly.

      Hotel rooftop terraces for a drink: terrasses 701 (on top of Hotel Place-D'armes in old Mtl) or Terasses Nelligan (on top of Hotel Nelligan, closer to the water). Not the most romantic, more a 5-7 place for professionals if you go during the week. Downtown. Terrasse Magnétic (Hotel de la Montagne) has a nice view downtown as well, but again, more of a party than romantic vibe when it is filled to capacity.

      Then there is always Tour de Ville restaurant (hotel Delta), but it's more suited to a fancy mother's day brunch. Slightly older vibe, but ok but nothing special, you pay for the view and service.

      You can find a romantic terrace in Mtl, just not rooftop.

      I also agree on the fondue restaurant, skip it. Nothing special there.

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        Glaff Apr 6, 2011 10:31 AM

        Maybe Aix ?

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          Maximilien Apr 6, 2011 11:03 AM

          AFAIK, Aix is in the basement ?

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          dreami Apr 6, 2011 04:52 PM

          Sweettooth,
          do you know if they'll seat you at Tour de Ville just to have drinks? because on the website I see it's buffet style with set seating times...

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            sweettoothMTL Apr 7, 2011 09:44 AM

            I don't know if they'll allow you to just have a drink at Tour de Ville (have only been there one years ago), but yes it is a restaurant, compared to my other choices which are more bars/lounge.

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        dreami Apr 6, 2011 11:47 AM

        So I guess we should just go to a restaurant where the food is good, and go somewhere else for the view?

        I've heard Alep is good?

        I would love to find a restaurant that has nice ambiance but that isn't too pretentious, and with really good food- don't mind spending more if it's worth it, any suggestions?

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          sweettoothMTL Apr 7, 2011 09:42 AM

          Yes, that's what I would do. Go for drinks on a rooftop bar, then dine somewhere else. I reread your post, and you said end of April, so it might be chilly on a rooftop. Upside is it will not be packed, and if you go while there is still some sun in the afternoon, it should be ok. But bring a sweater/jacket.

          One tought is drinks at either suite terrasses 701 or terrasses Nelligan (both have nice view, Nelligen is not has high up, but they are closer to the water, so maybe better) as both are inold Montreal. Then you can have dinner in the area (Club Chasse et Pêche, 400 Coups or DNA are the best in the area, with classic italiens Da Emma or Graziella also nice for couple). And you can throw in a walk by the water either before or after, if weather permits.

          Alep is good, but a little out of the way of the most 'touristy''part of Montreal (but right in front of Marché Jean-Talon if you were planning to visit that)

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            eat2much Apr 7, 2011 10:20 AM

            If memory serves they don't open the rooftop terrasses until end of May or early June....

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              CookEatSleep Apr 7, 2011 02:23 PM

              I second this suggestion but eat2much is probably right about the terrasses not being open yet. It's still freezing and it's already April!

              I know that Suite 701 may open it's terrace if it happens to be nice, even if they don't officially open until closer to summer. In any case, you can grab drinks either inside or out, go for dinner and walk around Old Montreal, which is romantic and near the water.

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          wilmagrace Apr 6, 2011 04:04 PM

          for fondue you could try la raclette, i cant find english website but you can check out prices on menu section, there are a couple of fondus listed. I have had raclette there and the salmon both very good. Its a BYOB and in Plateau section of city. I found the ambiance pleasant.

          http://laraclette.ca/menu/

          You can have some terrific meals at reasonable prices if you are willing to eat late, check out late night deals; very popular option but usually less crowded at that time

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605798

          I agree not much with a view, restos get crowded so not sure about romantic, you might enjoy http://www.pintxo.ca/

          it is located in nondescript little street but cozy two little rooms

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            williej Apr 6, 2011 04:27 PM

            Whatever you do, don't go to the restaurant at Beaver Lake. Perhaps it has changed, but two years ago we had the absolute worst meal we have ever had in Montreal. Warmed up dry chicken and dry couscous. Bad memories of that place. Has anyone been lately? Can they report better news?

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              lagatta Apr 7, 2011 01:17 PM

              Le Poisson Rouge on Rachel comes to mind, not for a spectacular view over the city centre, but because it is opposite Parc Lafontaine. But that will be prettier once the leaves are out.

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                VinnyRW Apr 7, 2011 09:06 PM

                You don't need to be at the top of a tall building or mountain to have a great view of the city. Le Piment Rouge has panoramic and unobstructed views of Dominion Square, the Sun Life building and some of the downtown skyline from its big windows in the Windsor Hotel. Excellent food, lots of good and inexpensive wines (many bottles under $40) and beautiful dining room. I also think that sitting in the window seats of Ferreira on Peel Street gives you a great view of the city at the sidewalk level. It let's you people watch, and you see the beautiful Cours Mt Royal building across the street on one of the nicest pedestrian streets in the city. Both of these restaurants are romantic and warm, but not cheap. You can get in and out with $60 per person including drinks at Piment Rouge, but may need to spend a little more at Ferreira depending on what you order.

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                  OliverB Apr 8, 2011 06:53 AM

                  Try Koko Restaurant + Bar at the Opus.

                  I really like it a lot, and not just for the setting. The food is very good.

                  (edit: just read horrible reviews on TA. should note that I was only there around opening some time back)

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                  Koko
                  10 Sherbrooke Rue West, Montreal, QC H2X 4C9, CA

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                    OliverB Apr 8, 2011 07:06 AM

                    Wow... after reading those TA reviews concerning disastrous service and even racial profiling at doors, I almost want to take that recommendation back. It's a great setting, but sounds like they have some serious issues to work out!

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