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enylia Aug 8, 2011 06:10 PM

We're visiting montreal with the family a week from now and since I've heard so much about APDC, we'd like to give it a try. However, why is it so difficult to make a reservation? Does anyone know if the restaurant is currently closed? I've tried emailing and have had no replies. Tried calling them a couple times and it seems like our call is forwarded to their voice mail.. Suggestions?

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    kpaxonite Aug 8, 2011 06:15 PM

    It's difficult because it's tourist season and it's an extremely popular restaurant. When did you call them? They are closed on Mondays. Also consider what time you are calling they are open 5-12 EST and I see you are from Seatle. Keep calling?

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      looosia Aug 8, 2011 06:16 PM

      Your experience is not unheard of in the city and I've experienced it myself, including at APDC. Don't email them again, call them instead and I'd recommend calling them around 5 pm when they are starting dinner service but aren't supremely busy. Hope the rest of your Montréal experience is better.

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        Fintastic Aug 8, 2011 09:01 PM

        I agree with the others. Calling before 5pm means that its unlikely anyone will be there to answer. After 5pm, especially during the summer, and they're usually to busy to answer. Leave a message (even in English) about when you'll be in town, what times& days you'd like, and your party size, and they'll call you back. I've always had a response within a few hours of leaving a message.

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          nextguy Aug 9, 2011 05:11 AM

          I called yesterday at exactly 4PM and on the first try got a reservation for 6 on the 16th (a Tuesday). It didn't seem like they had many reservations at all as I pretty much had a choice of any time I wanted.

          1. Kat Aug 9, 2011 11:43 AM

            I've always gotten voicemail when I've called to make a reservation. I leave the info and they call back to confirm.

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              ChrisEM Aug 9, 2011 02:24 PM

              I don't speak French and cannot follow the voicemail. Any suggestions?

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                Maximilien Aug 9, 2011 04:08 PM

                well, usually there is (should be?) a beep at the end of the message, just leave your information (name, phone, target date and time) in english.

                ;-)

                Max.

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                  Kat Aug 9, 2011 04:29 PM

                  Good point. I do, and it just didn't occur to me that there was no English option. However, whenever they have called me back they always speak in English, I think they can tell by my phone #.

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                    ChrisEM Aug 11, 2011 07:56 AM

                    I tried calling again this morning, and got the same recorded message I heard several days ago (There was not a beep at end of message....just an operator speaking in French, and the line ultimately disconnects. I thought I could make out the operator requesting I press 1 or 2, but given that I don't understand enough to know what those options represent, it's not helpful). However, I tried again (about 5 minutes later) and heard a DIFFERENT voice mail message....this time WITH a beep, which signaled me to leave my reservation request.

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                      Kat Aug 11, 2011 11:39 AM

                      Yay! Have a great meal.

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                  msprnt Aug 12, 2011 10:45 PM

                  to add to this, i left a msg this previous sunday around 11pm. i emailed them my details immediately after.

                  they took about 2 days to call me back. as i was at work, i missed the call at 4pm EST and called back to no avail. the following day, they called again at 4pm EST (i missed it again) and called back around 6pm. i got through this time and spoke to them in English. confirming my reservation for sunday, aug. 21 (no saturday spots were available that weekend)

                  i was surprised they tried again, but am grateful! i guess it`s good to monitor your phone around 4pm EST if you`ve left a message for reservations! hope that helps!

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                  enylia Aug 18, 2011 12:04 PM

                  Tried calling them 4 days before at 4pm as suggested and finally, someone picked up the phone. We asked for a table for 7 and when she said they didn't have space for the day and time we wanted, I said it was fine to split up our party into 2 tables. She said that would be against their policy, which I thought was odd. So I made reservations for 3, and had my boyfriend call to make reservations for 4 at the day and time we wanted. We're traveling so we couldn't be more flexible with the dates. All in all, it didn't matter our party was split up, we had an awesome meal and I wish we could have taken home the Duck in a Can.

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                    stevewag23 Sep 26, 2011 07:00 PM

                    Can you do solo dining at the bar with no reservation?

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                      wilmagrace Sep 26, 2011 08:25 PM

                      the times we have gone were without reservations but it was later in evening, just depends how busy they are if bar seating is available, but they close late. You can always take a chance- we have had friends from outoftown who landed there without reservations and snagged a table, but best to have a backup plan if doesnt work. We actually found the time we sat at bar more interesting but of course you have less space than at a table.

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                        stevewag23 Sep 26, 2011 10:18 PM

                        Thanks for the reply.

                        What time would be "later in the evening"? (I am visiting from California so my timing is kind of skewed).

                        What time is last call in Montreal for bars?

                        What would be a good backup? Is there something in a few block radius that would be great?

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                          SourberryLily Sep 27, 2011 06:38 AM

                          Bars in Montreal close at 3am, after which, by law, they cannot serve alcohol. They usually call "last call" a little before then.

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                            Maximilien Sep 27, 2011 07:56 AM

                            For bar seating at APdC, I would say, from 9pm would be ok, at least to get your name on the waiting list, so can have have a drink somewhere else (or you can just walk around).

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                              mangoannie Sep 27, 2011 02:00 PM

                              I think we went between 10:30-11 and I believe they said the kitchen closes at midnight, but no rush to get you out. Like many restaurants here they are closed on Mondays. If you go late around 9ish and there is no space you can check out late night deal section as alternatives as several good restaurants have special deals after 9pm or 10pm.

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                                stevewag23 Sep 27, 2011 03:36 PM

                                Great.

                                Excellent advice everyone. Thank you.

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