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Jun 19, 2012 09:17 PM

DNA Restaurant is closed?

I just got an e-mail tonight canceling my reservation at DNA for Saturday night. I made the reservation thorough OpenTable a while back.

I called the restaurant but I only got a message. I couldn't make it out because the person was speaking French way too fast for me to understand it. I left a message but nobody has called yet. I also sent an e-mail to OpenTable to find out what was going on.

I found this article online. http://fooddaycanada.ca/events/dna-re...

Is it true? Have they closed?

This was supposed to be the last meal of my trip to Montreal and we were really looking forward to it. Now I'm scrambling for a last-minute back-up. I made a reservation at L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel. Hope it's good. Hard to get into any of the places I want at this late hour.

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  1. Yes, happened 2-3 weeks ago.

    1. Try 400 Coups, Bouillon Bilk, Club Chasse et Peche, Kitchen Galerie or Lawrence, and if you can eat late it should be no problem.

      1. I would skip L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel and try to reserve somewhere mentioned by Eaterbob. The food is only so-so and very expensive. It's supposed to be a great restaurant, but in my experience, it's just more ostentatious Old Montreal BS.

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        1. re: SnackHappy

          I already have a reservation at Les 400 Coups for Friday night. And we're going to Lawrence for brunch on Sunday.

          I really wanted the DNA experience and now it's going to be hard to get any really great places. I was considering Joe Beef and La Filet as well as one of the Chuck Hughes places as alternates when I was making the reservations a month or so ago. Now it's too late to get into those places.

          I'm trying to book through OpenTable for convenience - the places that don't have an online reservation system require more work - long distance phone calls, trying to listen to messages in French that are too fast for me to comprehend etc.

          I was thinking of trying to call Salle a Manger when I get a chance but I don't have much hope...

          1. re: chefhound

            man you can afford to eat exquisite food but not $2 worth of long distance?

            1. re: catroast

              it's not the money, it's the extra work - online is so much easier. And my French is not good enough to understand the messages. I'm ok if I talk to a person but the recorded messages are too fast. And since we're leaving tomorrow, I can't spare the time to play telephone tag.

              1. re: chefhound

                well you might luck into a cancellation or a bar seat if you call. might as well try. if you get a recording then move on...

            2. re: chefhound

              you should not have any issue getting a reservation at La Salle à Manger; just call when you get here.

              1. re: Maximilien

                You were right! I called and got an 8:30 reservation for Saturday. I'm surprised. I would have thought it would be hard to get in on a Saturday night at the last minute. Thanks Maximillen!

                1. re: chefhound

                  It's a long weekend here, so a lot of Montrealers will be elsewhere, hence the availability of reservations.