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Gibby's or Moishes for Steak in Montreal

curiousgeo Sep 26, 2012 01:31 PM

Which would you recommend for a visitor? I like the setting for Gibby's, from the photos it looks both historic and welcoming. I would guess prices are similar, any preference on the food? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    catroast Sep 26, 2012 03:24 PM

    apart from being dimly lit, the decor at Gibby's is tired and the wear is starting to show (e.g., dirty carpet, dusty lamps, chipped paint). the food on my last 3 visits (during the last 6 months) has been mediocre. Some people swear by it (my parents). Moishes has at least tried to update the decor and the menu recently. At the very least Moishes is a solid and much classier pick than Gibby's. Overall, I think that Moishes has higher standards and better quality control than Gibby's so that would be my pick. The not so new comer on the scene is "Douze vingt-et-un" (formerly Queue de Cheval). I haven't been yet but it will run you a bit more than Moishes.

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      curiousgeo Sep 26, 2012 04:10 PM

      catroast, I appreciate your response. It's always helpful to get a local residents viewpoint, especially one who has patronized both steakhouses. If you look at Gibby's website, those professional photos sure make it look attractive. Moishes seems like a solid pick. Thanks.

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        cherylmtl Sep 26, 2012 05:49 PM

        Have they changed the lighting at Moishe's? I have always found it to be extremely bright in the dining room - too much so for that sort of restaurant IMHO. For atmosphere, I would go with Gibby's, but Moishe's steaks are better (although it's all relative).

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          catroast Sep 26, 2012 08:33 PM

          I think Moishes seems bright because it is a big open space - but i did notice that it was a bit dimmer on my last visit.

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          EatOutMTL Oct 1, 2012 09:41 AM

          Last week, I went to Douze Vingt-et-Un, or Steakhouse 1221, the "former" Queue de Cheval at 1221 Rene-Levesque. Not much of the decor has changed, just the Q logos have left. I recognized the waiters and chefs and Maitre D's from the Q days. The menu for lunch has been updated. They were promoting their new beef supplier, Pat LaFrieda from NY. He is a butcher celebrity with a reality show on Food Network called "Meat Men". I checked the show out and was really impressed with their attention to where they get their meat and the marbling/quality. I had the "Kansas Cut" (a bone-in New York Strip) and it was decidedly better then the beef they served when it was the Q. I was pleasantly surprised, as most restaurants tend to go down hill after a re-brand. You can tell the meat is better, in terms of how the fat marbling effects the taste, when you look at the raw meat in the butcher's display when you walk in to 1221.
          All in all, I was impressed that they have managed to surpass the quality of meat that was at the Q, definitely my favorite steak in Montreal.

          Of course, I love Moishe's ambience and tradition, especially on Friday nights, and Gibby's is a fun experience, like going back in time 200 years, but 1221 definitely has the best steak in Montreal, hands down!

          1. re: EatOutMTL
            RhondaB Oct 1, 2012 01:31 PM

            How do their prices compare with Q?

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              catroast Oct 1, 2012 02:42 PM

              not much less
              check their website

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                EatOutMTL Oct 2, 2012 12:30 PM

                Basically the same, but with better beef, so there is definitely a better value at 1221 then when it was Queue de Cheval, considering almost everything else is the same...

          2. porker Sep 26, 2012 05:50 PM


            If its one or the other, its gotta be Moishes.

            The last time I had a good meal at Gibby's was 1972 and its likely only because I was 7 and didn't know any better. Actually Gibby's seems to be a cross between tourist trap and a nice place to bring your granny on her birthday.

            Moishes is an actual steakhouse (or at least aspires to be).

            Now, you might get a debate on and suggestions for better places in general.

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              mikjomom44 Sep 27, 2012 10:30 AM

              Moishe's hands down. No comparison when it comes to the food, and now that the dining room has been renovated (and Gibby's is old and faded) it wins on that front too. Frankly I don't get the love for Gibby's - I've been there several times over the years and I don't think I've ever been that impressed with anything that I've ordered. Big vote for Moishe's, I don't think you will be unhappy if that is where you choose to go.

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                catroast Sep 27, 2012 12:13 PM

                just one note, the after 9PM special is quite lackluster

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                Shattered Sep 29, 2012 08:30 AM

                Neither. The Keg at Place Ville Marie. Better steak for less money, and a clean, comfortable atmosphere.

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                  catroast Sep 29, 2012 08:55 AM

                  moishes is much better than the keg.

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                    ahnuld Sep 29, 2012 02:16 PM

                    I go to both a couple times a year and in terms of pure good steak would go with moishes.

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                    MISTER_C Nov 26, 2013 02:04 AM

                    I agree completely about The Keg. Baseball Sirloin ($27) is like a 12 oz filet mignon and if you like your meat done medium rare...you are in for a real treat at a bargain price.

                    I used to love Moishe's (food is still great), but they keep raising their prices and Keg gives you a steak which is so close in taste and quality at half the price.

                    The 9 pm special sucks!!!!! Half a steak at half the price...no bargain.

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                    LoveGossipGirl Sep 30, 2012 09:49 AM

                    I concur with everyone about Moishes, for the many reasons listed.

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                      Lolaray Sep 30, 2012 03:52 PM

                      Although I seldom eat steak in a resto-Moishes.

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                        Goormay Mar 30, 2013 12:40 PM

                        For steak quality, in my opinion, Moishes wins for sure. Gibby's has good salad but often the steaks themselves are so-so. I have never been disappointed by the excellent quality of the steak at Moishes.

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                          cherylmtl Apr 3, 2013 03:30 PM

                          The steak might be better at Moishe's, but the atmosphere at Gibby's is far more enjoyable - especially for visitors. I find Moishe's too bright, it almost reminds me of eating in someone's rec room, whereas Gibby's is cosy (especially in winter). That's just my opinion, but when I have visitors from out of town who want steak, that's where we usually end up.

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                            catroast Apr 3, 2013 06:55 PM

                            i disagree. gibby's is becoming weathered. there is dust everywhere. the carpets are filthy. it really needs a reno.

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                              cherylmtl Apr 5, 2013 02:55 PM

                              Yes, it's definitely getting a bit shabby, but it still feels cozier than brightly-lit Moishe's (at least, to me).

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                          williej Mar 30, 2013 03:30 PM

                          I was told that Gibby's people used to eat steak at the late lamented Burgers and Benedicts at Atwater Forum. Their steaks were good there. Unfortunately, nothing has replaced them in the location (nor the Italian place which also closed). Any idea who might go into the Forum?

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                            jfprieur Mar 31, 2013 06:34 PM

                            I will add my voice to the several others who say that it is not even close: Moishe's.

                            Was there for my birthday a few weeks ago and I always leave there satisified with my meal.

                            A decade ago (maybe more, even), Gibby's would have been in the mix but it has slowly gone downhill in my opinion

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