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May 7, 2013 06:01 PM

Victoria Day Restaurant Closings?

Hi Everyone,

My family and I will be visiting Montreal during the Victoria Day weekend, Saturday - Tuesday. I had originally made reservations at Park Restaurant on the 20th through OpenTable. The restaurant called me back today letting me know that they are actually closed on the 20th due to the holiday. So, I was wondering are most restaurants going to be closed on the 20th? Will it be slim pickings for us to find something good to eat?

We have reservations at Au Pied to Cochon on the 19th and now hoping I can change our Park Reservations to Saturday, the 18th. Any suggestions for what may be open on the 20th?

PS. We are traveling with a 3 year-old. He is well behaved in restaurants and we are molding him into a foodie :)

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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  1. Most restaurants here are typically closed on Sundays or Mondays, so it's usually slim pickings on those days anyways. Those that are normally open Mondays should be open on Victoria Day - but there's no guarantee, so call first and check (don't rely on OpenTable). Here's a link to a good web site that lists restaurants normally open Sundays and Mondays.

    My choices (if they're open) would be Hotel Herman, Graziella, 3 Petits Bouchons, La Salle a Manger, Le Bremner, M Sur Masson, Le Comptoir, and Brasserie T.

    1. Victoria Day isn't called that in Quebec, by the way.

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      1. re: williej

        That's right. It's known as BBQ and James Brown Day 'round my parts.

        1. re: williej

          I don't recall the name being changed from Victoria Day? Maybe the french canadians translate it into french.
          My local grocer is advertising Victoria Day specials .

          1. re: eatwell

            in quebec it is national patriot's day. not joking, it's law.

            1. re: catroast

              Patriots' is plural, as the name refers to "Les Patriotes", those who took part in the 1837 rebellion - which also took place in Upper Canada, by the way. This is also a common term for those involved in struggles for independence or greater local autonomy elsewhere in the Americas, in the US and the countries to the south (against British, Spanish and Portuguese rule).

              Metro supermarket near me: In French, Journée nationale des patriotes, in English, Victoria Day (which is an official Federal holiday).

              Canadian Tire flyer: in French and in English, generic reference to "the holiday"; flyer is illustrated by its actual purpose for most people, buying flowers, herbs and other plants for gardens. And, of course grilling and drinking outdoors, weather permitting.

              1. re: lagatta

                "the 1837 rebellion - which also took place in Upper Canada, by the way"

                Very true - in fact, at least half the top leadership of the rebels in Quebec were anglo Quebeckers, and alot of the grunts were from Ontario. but you'll never hear Societe Jean Baptiste say that... for the same reason they act as if there weren't a half million French Canadians in each of Ontario & NB, either.

            2. re: eatwell

              Its official name here is La Journée nationale des Patriotes - marking the 1837 rebellion. it used to be called la Fête de Dollard, but not PC nowadays because he stole furs from Native people, who had every right to get back at him...

              In French, Vicky Day is La Fête de la Reine.

              But it should be called Gardening Day, because the main activity that weekend is buying and planting gardens and balcony plants... This often winds up with a bbq or at least some libations outdoors if the weather is nice.