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Dinner in Old Montreal for under $20 per person

J1836 May 13, 2011 10:27 AM

Not including drinks, what are your top old montreal picks for under $20.

Cuisine type does nott matter.

Good atmosphere,and service a major plus; most important is the food (naturally!).

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    randa_h74 RE: J1836 May 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    Not really in the centre of Old Montreal, but give Brit & Chips a try. The name is probably a dead giveaway but it's a fish & chips type place.

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      SourberryLily RE: randa_h74 May 13, 2011 12:54 PM

      I went there this week. It's pretty good but heavy. Not formal either by any means.

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      sweettoothMTL RE: J1836 May 13, 2011 12:24 PM

      Wow, I work there and can't even think of anything for that price. I guess, go up to chinatown? Otherwise Jardin Nelson is ok if a terrasse is a plus for you. Maybe Tokyo sushi bar, but I'm not sure how the lunch and dinner prices vary. If you're careful, restaurant Vallier will come close enough to your $20. Good luck.

      1. SourberryLily RE: J1836 May 13, 2011 12:54 PM

        Perhaps Aziatik?

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          westaust RE: SourberryLily May 13, 2011 02:22 PM

          It would be a stretch at aziatik, probably only a soup a one of the cheapest meal out of the menu

        2. SnackHappy RE: J1836 May 13, 2011 01:57 PM

          Cheap, tasty food and good service is an impossible combo for Old Montreal. Most of the cheaper places are either extremely informal or dismal tourist traps with incompetent service. If you don't want to stray too far from the old town, perhaps eating in Chinatown or downtown would be a better idea. Twenty dollars for two or three courses is not a lot of money, especially in tourist land.

          1. kpzoo RE: J1836 May 13, 2011 02:35 PM

            I second Brit & Chips - great food, inexpensive, good service. Very informal, though, and not ideal for larger groups (more than 4) due to the extremely narrow seating area.

            I also like Pizzaiolle - good pizza for well under $20. In the old train station where Il Etait Un Fois used to be, if you remember that. http://www.pizzaiolle.com/

            Other than that, I echo others in saying that Chinatown is a good bet and not too far.

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              pyropaul99 RE: J1836 May 14, 2011 03:59 AM

              Stash Cafe can give you a decent meal for your budget - good atmosphere too.

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                J1836 RE: J1836 May 14, 2011 12:17 PM

                haha, ok.... so maybe I should edit the subject line to $30 per person

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                  kpaxonite RE: J1836 May 14, 2011 12:28 PM

                  Honestly, if you are looking for really great food and atmosphere at that price, spend five bucks on a cab and eat in the plateau. Or walk to place des arts and eat at T or F. Old Montreal does have amazing food but in general it is more expensive than anywhere else in the city.

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                    SourberryLily RE: kpaxonite May 14, 2011 05:50 PM

                    Agreed. The cab ride will save you money in the long run.

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                      wilmagrace RE: SourberryLily May 15, 2011 08:17 AM

                      It is hard to have a full course meal for under 20$ in old montreal, I have tried the salmon and steak at resto vieuxport steakhouse and thought the value was fair, atmosphere old style montreal but you could get seat near windows overlooking street, or eat on their back terrace I suppose. I never had a problem with service and they changed vegetables at my request.. I mention it as some people like to stay in old montreal and want dinner at a reasonable price. This 20$ menu is everyday before 6pm so also good on weekends. A taxi to le plateau area is more than 5$ let alone return so walking to chinatown is where you will get food deals

                      I actually preferred this food to that of stash cafe where i found food rather bland and small portions..


                      i think the meals at l arrivage in archeology museum are under 20$, i have gone for brunch on weekends but they have lunch choices such as pastas, etc; it is nice out on balcony in good weather


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                        celfie RE: wilmagrace May 15, 2011 03:46 PM

                        you can get away with under 30 at mechant boeuf before tax and tip
                        they have a late night menu for $23

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