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Nov 5, 2012 12:06 PM

Auberge du Pommier or Canoe??

Have a gift certificate for O&B and was wondering which restaurant to use it at. Thinking Auberge du Pommier or Canoe. Any thoughts on which one you like better?

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  1. Canoe has a view. Auberge is cozy. Both are fancy-pants, just in different ways. Canoe is not open on Sat/Sun if I recall correctly. Food at both are good-to-very-good. I've dined at Auberge more recently and had a good meal there.

    Depends on what you're looking for.

    1. Yes, depends. Food is good at both. Canoe's menu is more "interesting" in how it uses a local or Canadian theme in the dishes; Canoe also has a great view, and has a slick, modern decor. However, if you or whoever you go with work in the financial district, Canoe may also just remind you of work/business meals.

      Auberge is cosier than Canoe, more romantic, food is lovely and creative with French influence, rather than the themes Canoe goes for.

      Both are great choices - perhaps check out the menus on the O&B website and see what appeals to you more? Have a great time!

      1. Auberge hands down. My husband and I honestly think that Canoe is all about the view (if you're lucky enough to get a table by a window).

        Auberge is romantic, we feel the staff are more attentive and less corporate-like, we much prefer the food. We feel that at Auberge they go out of their way to make you feel "special".

        We love Auberge.

        3 Replies
        1. re: farmgirl1836

          Also worth noting that the gift certificate will go a heck of a lot farther at Auberge.

          1. re: graydyn

            I've always been wary of any restaurant above the second floor. Given their price point, which is always high, they invariably disappoint, no matter where in the world they happen to be (and I've been to quite a few, when I was young and foolish). Which keeps me away from Canoe, despite its celebrated view. Besides, Auberge du Pommier is almost around the corner from my lodgings, and I'm always partial to any joint close at hand that's also damn good. Consistently top-level in all departments. Worth the price if you're prepared to blow your brains out - but then, you've got a certificate, so for sure it won't be YOUR brains being blown out. Auberge: an enchanting cottage, on the ground level. I, obviously, vote for Auberge. With wine, about $200-$250 per couple. I trust your certificate is worth at least that much. If it's worth more, then you can have dessert, too.

            1. re: juno

              Also, consider doing lunch at Auberge du Pommier, instead of dinner. Lighter portions and fewer courses, but arguably more bang for the buck/gift certificate.

        2. We were just at Canoe last night with a gift certificate......and at the end of the day we wished we had chosen A du P. We previously huge fans of Canoe from a visit a few years ago, but were a bit disappointed last night on the cost versus value scale. Lacklustre service, no amuse bouche, small portions, huge prices, and a rather casual atmosphere. The view is awesome, but the food and service did not match the view. Hot off the press.... :-))