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Easter weekend suggestions sought

eddoreen Apr 10, 2011 10:38 AM

We will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with a Thursday through Sunday stay at Hotel Nelligan in the Old City. We have tickets to see the Chinese soldiers exhibit at the Fine Arts Museum with dinner reservations at Brasserie T. for Thursday. I have mobility issues so I need wheelchair accessible places. We love Bistro food but as I recall Bistro's are cramped usually. Does anyone have any suggestions for Friday through Easter Sunday? Any special Easter time customs to observe? Thanks in advance for your thoughful consideration.

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    Daiya Apr 14, 2011 08:58 AM

    The Montreal Mirror (freebie weekly newspaper) resto page indicates wheelchair accessibility at the end of the reviews, but I don't know if that includes all the facilities and such.

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      wilmagrace Apr 16, 2011 12:54 PM

      at Easter some restos may close, and also many close on Mondays-- you could check toque, they would have wheelchair access and if you call ahead they could choose a table with more space. This is a very special and pricey restaurant on edge of old montreal but they now have a lunch menu (only in french at moment) with more moderate prices, tues.-fri. 11:30-2pm



      I have enjoyed breakfast several times at l arrivage so can vouch it is easily accessible, you take an elevator to right of entrance but I would call ahead for easy access table as it is popular and gets crowded-the view is best from table near the window

      Easter brunch is popular in many Montreal restos even though they may not normally serve brunch, le renoir has posted their menu and their food is normally quite good even though located in French hotel chain, it is easy access to right of main lobby and not far from museum where you are going for chinese soldier exhibit. There is a small little section but well done on Napoleon in the same museum and it is free as are all the permanent collections.


      Happy 25 th anniversary!!!

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      looosia Apr 13, 2011 06:17 PM

      That website I mentioned, Montreal Breakfast Review, has a section on wheelchair accessible restaurants in Montréal (hard to come by in a city full of stairs). These restaurants reviewed often serve dinner too so this section may be worth looking through. Two standout restaurants are Holder and Leméac as these are both widely loved by Montréal CH-ers. And no, there are no special Easter time customs that are reserved here that are different from the rest of Canada.


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        looosia Apr 12, 2011 10:38 AM

        The quintessential bistro here in Montréal is L'Express in the Plateau, whether for breakfast or (late night) dinner. All the classics are there but people mostly like the steak frites. You shouldn't have a problem with accessibility as there are no steps and though the restaurant isn't extremely spacious, it should work. It seems like L'Express is always open so I would think they would not close during the Easter weekend but you should call ahead and for sure make reservations if you plan to go:

        Also, there is a restaurant at the top of the Montréal Museum of Archeology and History in the Old Port (the grey building with the tower-like structure on the south-east side) called L'Arrivage and the restaurant was recently reviewed on Montréal Breakfast Review. The writer notes gave the food a thumbs up, strongly recommends reservations, and notes that it is fully wheelchair accessible.

        L'Express Restaurant
        3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

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