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mrsphud Jul 29, 2013 01:56 PM

Friends,

Hubby is attending a conference at the Montreal Convention Center next week. After his Monday night meeting we are in need of a good restaurant within walking distance of the CC. It should be a "nice" restaurant, but not too pricey as many of the academics are traveling on their own dime. It would also be nice if it were handicap accessible, or hand a group of strong guys who could carry my scooter into the restaurant for storage while we eat. Montreal cuisine would be very nice, but is not essential. If you have directions for making reservations that would be wonderfull as well. Thanks in advance.

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    C70 Jul 29, 2013 02:11 PM

    That area is an unfortunate deadzone of restaurants, and also very hilly for walking or scootering to other neighborhoods with food.

    That said, I would reccommend The Keg in Place Ville Marie. It is 6 blocks or a short cab ride, and in a mall atmosphere that is probably handicap-accessible. It is a steakhouse, but probably has something for everybody. You can see their menus at http://www.kegsteakhouse.com/en/locat...

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      kpaxonite Jul 29, 2013 03:39 PM

      It should be noted that the Keg is a chain restaurant slightly better outback steakhouse.,.

      At least consider Dominion Tavern before going to the keg.. or go to the old port and try Osteria Venti or Olive et Gourmando or Brit & Chips.

      I'm not really sure what the fuss about the scooter is... this in Montreal it isn't dangerous, people leave scooters parked outside all day and Ive NEVER seen someone take one indoors (except at McGill when a drunk student decided to cruise the hallway)

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        C70 Jul 29, 2013 03:54 PM

        she isn't referring to a road scooter.

        O&G for 16 for dinner is ridiculous. Cost being a factor, and the size of the group is why many restaurants just don't fit this request. Isn't DST $$$?

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          kpaxonite Jul 29, 2013 04:48 PM

          haha good point about the scooter- I thought the request was awfully strange because I was thinking of a road scooter!!

          You might be right about O&G but DST is about 20 for lunch which is about the same price as the Keg. The daily full lunch special is 22 at DST. That being said, the Keg does fit the bill aside from the Montreal aspect. http://www.tavernedominion.com/fr/Men...

          The Brasserie T suggestion bellow is great too and about the same price.

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            SnackHappy Jul 29, 2013 05:46 PM

            The OP is looking for somewhere to go for dinner not lunch. Hence the title of the thread.

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          mrsphud Jul 30, 2013 05:53 AM

          The fuss about the scooter is that first, I am unable to leave the hotel without it, they are very expensive and a huge hassle to get through one's insurance company. Further, my experiences with people joy riding or vandalizing my scooter have not been nice. That said, thank you for the restaurant suggestions. It turns out that we will have at least one vegetarian. Are either of the restaurants you suggested better with a variety of diets in mind?

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            catroast Aug 2, 2013 09:58 AM

            Although I am not a huge fan of the Keg, it is in a league well beyond the Outback Steakhouse which is at par with the likes of Red Lobster. That's a pretty uninformed comment.

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          chilipepper Jul 29, 2013 03:21 PM

          Do you guys like Chinese? Kam Fung is next door in Chinatown and is wheelchair accessible if I recall correctly.

          http://www.restaurantlamaisonkamfung....

          1. cherylmtl Jul 29, 2013 04:09 PM

            Brasserie T is not too far - a 10 minute walk, if that (or a really short scooter ride). Handicap accessible, but you have to reserve. Holder is a bit farther in the other direction, and there is a set of stairs to get up, but it's large enough that it can easily accommodate 16.

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              gds514 Jul 29, 2013 07:49 PM

              There is a Steak Frite on St. Antoine. Same deal as the Keg but way closer.

              Toro Toro is great, they have mezzanine that can accommodate large groups. May have an issue with the scooter, but I doubt it.

              If you want something a little quieter and fancier but still reasonably priced, there is Bonaparte on Francois Xavier,

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                JerkPork Jul 30, 2013 07:26 AM

                mrsphud, if you are going to do a chain I would go to the Keg before I would set foot at Steak Frite, it's awful.

                Brasserie T is very good but it might be difficult to accommodate 16. What do you consider "not too pricey"?

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                  mrsphud Jul 31, 2013 08:42 AM

                  I guess about $25 per entre is the right ball park. I do agree with you about restos. Would much prefer something nice and local to a chain where you can have the same food anywhere. Even if it is a nice chain, you might as well stay at home.

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                    catroast Aug 2, 2013 10:01 AM

                    I wouldn't instinctively equate local with great because there are plenty of local restaurants that just don't stack up the Keg, unfortunately.

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                Fintastic Jul 29, 2013 10:45 PM

                This is actually a very tricky request. It's a pricey area, especially for good, French-ish food, and a group Monday dinner eliminates 3/4s of the choices. I think I'd have to second Brasserie T or Holder, but they're not particularly close (10+ min walk) and have mains at around $25. T cca be booked on opentable, though perhaps not for groups that large.

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                  catroast Aug 2, 2013 10:06 AM

                  Maybe try Suite 701 http://www.suite701.com/en/ . It is in your price range, close to the convention center and accomodating of groups. It's not the best in town, but it may be what you are looking for.

                  L'Assomoir is also close by - it is more of a pub/bar atmosphere with good drinks, tapas and larger plates to share http://www.assommoir.com/

                  That's all that comes to mind at the moment but there are a number of hotels and boutique hotels with suitable restaurants in the neighbourhood.

                  Check out resto montreal: http://www.restomontreal.ca/attractio...

                  I've found that academic conference attendees often have low standards and are easily impressed

                  There are plenty of options.

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