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May 3, 2011 10:10 AM

Best fine dining in Montreal?

Looking for french/american/continental, something like this. What places have the top food in Montreal? For a nice dinner with the family. Thanks!

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  1. With tablecloths and with a large budget? La Chronique.

    No tablecloths and an average budget? Most other places in Montreal. Variety changes depending on age of your family and the level of kid-friendliness you require.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Kid friendly not required. I am in my 20's and going with my parents. There is no budget, just looking for the top overall dining experience since we are only planning on doing one nice dinner together while in Montreal.

      1. re: UWSBB

        Le Club Chasse et PĂȘche and Europea are so far my best dining experiences in Montreal. You'll have a fine dinner and a great time at both restaurants. It goes without saying both offer great food (5-star restos), but each have their special features. The location of CCP (Old Montreal) is great for tourists and the restaurant's decor is so cool. Plus they have a terrace. What I loved about Europea is that between the meals, they bring you small surprises (like a truffle-infused lobster bisque in a shot glass). You end up getting more than you expected for your money and everyone loves surprises!

        1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

    2. Toque, Europea, XO, La Porte, Chronique

      1. Any recent thoughts on this topic?

        La Chronique vs. Europea is the decision as we'll be dining on a Monday night and many other spots are closed.

        Cheers and thanks. The other two evenings of the trip will be Joe Beef and APDC.

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        1. re: uhockey

          La Chronique is more "bourgeois"; I've been twice, once was very good, the other time a little bit less (a la carte instead of the menu dégustation); I have a dinner planned there in a couple of weeks.

          Personally, I'm not tempted to go to Europea; but I've got a few friends who went and they reported that it was very good (I know their taste); but they say the full tasting menu with all the freebies is a lot of food (but I'm not worried about you!)


          1. re: Maximilien

            Out of curiosity, why aren't you interested in Europea?

            Also, how does L'eau a la Bouche compare?

            And yes yes, I can eat. Unfortunately my co-diners are not big on foie, offal, etc so I'm either going to need to recruit another diner or really risk my health at Joe Beef and APDC. :-)


            1. re: uhockey

              La chronique takes you out of the downtown and touristy area into a Francophone neighbourhood albeit close to downtown,which can add to your visit to Montreal.

              1. re: uhockey

                I couldn't tell from the way you asked about L'eau a la bouche if you were considering it for your trip, and no one seems to have mentioned it in this thread but if you were considering it, it is pretty far from downtown Montreal. Probably at least 1.5 hours.

                1. re: nextguy

                  I was just curious as I've had a couple people tell me it is the best restaurant in the area.


                  1. re: uhockey

                    Depends how you define "the area" I guess. ;-) It's up in the Laurentians, in Ste-Adele - not in the Montreal area, as nextguy said. If you feel like a day trip, I hear it's lovely. Haven't been myself.