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FeliciaYP Jul 14, 2011 11:08 AM

For our first night in Montreal we wanted to find a restaurant for dinner near the hotel (Le Saint Martin Hotel Particulier on Blvd Maisonneuve Ouest and Rue Mansfield) we are staying at. We are looking for either French or Quebecois cuisine, no particulars in terms of price. We are thinking so far of either Le Mas des Oliviers or Restaurant Julien. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated!

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Restaurant Julien
1191 Av Union, Montreal, QC H3B3C3, CA

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  1. Fritzy RE: FeliciaYP Jul 14, 2011 12:48 PM

    Mas des Oliviers would be a solid choice for hearty Southern French cuisine. Haven't been to Julien in a very long time. Le Caveau isn't too far either but I personally would favor des Oliviers: consistenly good food with highly professional and efficient service.

    1. cherylmtl RE: FeliciaYP Jul 14, 2011 04:09 PM

      Not too far from your hotel (perhaps a 10-minute walk) is Brasserie T.

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        FeliciaYP RE: cherylmtl Jul 15, 2011 06:06 AM

        Thanks cherylmtl!

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          FeliciaYP RE: FeliciaYP Jul 15, 2011 06:16 AM

          BTW, a friend just suggested Beaver Hall as an option. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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          Beaver Hall
          1073, Cote du Beaver Hall, Montreal, QC H2Z 1S5, CA

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            sweettoothMTL RE: FeliciaYP Jul 15, 2011 07:29 AM

            Beaver Hall is good, you won't be disapointed, but I don't feel it's in a different leagues as the recs above, so no real bad choices here. My last feeling of Mas was that it was quieter, with an older crowd, compared to the others (altough I've only been to Beaver Hall for lunch, so the evening crowd may be different).

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            Beaver Hall
            1073, Cote du Beaver Hall, Montreal, QC H2Z 1S5, CA

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              morebubbles RE: FeliciaYP Jul 15, 2011 07:44 AM

              I've been to Beaver Hall for lunch about 3 times with co-workers who wanted to go there; it's ok, not more than that IMO.

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                kpaxonite RE: morebubbles Jul 15, 2011 08:06 AM

                yes, def more of a corporate business vibe

        2. prima RE: FeliciaYP Jul 15, 2011 07:44 AM

          I had a good experience at Ariel recently. Not sure if that's French enough. The menu has some international influences, but the restaurant still describes itself as modern bistro based on French tradition. http://www.arielrestaurant.com/concep...

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          Ariel
          2072 drummond, Montreal, QC H3G 1W9, CA

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            Fritzy RE: prima Jul 15, 2011 08:28 AM

            I found the food at Ariel disappointing -- hardly the place I would recommend as the first dinner to have in Montreal.

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              prima RE: Fritzy Jul 16, 2011 06:52 AM

              Sorry to hear that. Maybe I was lucky.

              If I wanted to have a French dinner downtown, within a few blocks of Maisonneuve and Mansfield, Ariel would still be at the top of my list. I've also had good dinners at Renoir in the Sofitel, which I'd consider French with some global influences.

              If I just wanted to have dinner downtown, I'd chose Ferreira or Europea, but Ferreira is Portuguese, and I consider the menu at Europea is more eclectic/global than French. I would recommend Europea over Ariel, if the OP likes the look of the menu.

              If I was looking for a good French restaurant for my first dinner in Montreal, I'd take a $10 cab from downtown, and head to Lemeac or La Porte.

              Are there any French restaurants you would recommend that are close to the OP's hotel?

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              La Porte Restaurant
              3627 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V5, CA

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

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            Kareem RE: FeliciaYP Jul 16, 2011 11:07 AM

            Check out "Dominion Square Tavern" on Metcalfe below St. Catherine. Its a French/Quebecois resto and is pretty good

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              OliverB RE: FeliciaYP Jul 16, 2011 12:25 PM

              There's Laurie Raphaël just up the street.

              Personally, I'd go to Europa or catch a 5 min. cab into Old MTL and do Toque or the many fine Quebec regional menus in the area...

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                kpaxonite RE: FeliciaYP Jul 16, 2011 02:36 PM

                Decca 77

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                Decca 77
                1077, rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3B 4X4, CA

                1. Fritzy RE: FeliciaYP Jul 17, 2011 12:26 AM

                  Felicia,

                  What day of the week are you arriving? A Sunday or Monday could restrict your choices.

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                    FeliciaYP RE: Fritzy Jul 17, 2011 06:55 AM

                    Fritzy we arrive Fri. Sat we r going to APDC. That's only reservation so far. Leaving Mon morning.

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