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Very Special Dinner (or 2) in Montreal

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My siblings and I are taking our father to Montreal in January for his 75th birthday. We'll be there for a long-weekend and are looking for one or two very exciting dinner options. The catch is that we will be a table of 12, with three between the ages of 6 and 8. The kids are very adventurous and fairly well behaved, but they're still kids (so no 12-course, 4 hour meals). Suggestions or guidance would be hugely appreciated.

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  1. Depending on what your budget is, I would suggest any of the following restaurants:
    Maison Boulud, 1228 Sherbrooke W
    La Porte, 3627 St Laurent
    Le Sinclair, 125 St Paul O

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    1. re: EaterBob

      Thanks! I'll look into these.
      So far as our budget goes, we're prepared for it to be a blowout so let's say money is no object.

    2. Club Chasse et Peche would work too. Or you could always try Joe Beef, and/or au Pied de Cochon (more casual, can easily accommodate 12, but you have to reserve in advance for either). January has the advantage of being very quiet, restaurant-wise, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem getting reservations for a large group anywhere, as long as you make sure they are made enough in advance.

      1. I like Cocagne, La Chronique, and DaVincy's for white tablecloth and a bit old fashioned formal dining. If you are a little bit more adventurous I would suggest Damas(elegant Syrian restaurant) or Milos(expensive but very special Greek restaurant). I would also say that Pierre Du Calvet would be a worthwhile option. I have never been but I hear it is a nice, conservative and delicious restaurant. It also seems like a good wintry restaurant.

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        1. re: Gloriaa

          They have a Milos in NYC, so I don't see the point in sending someone from there to the Milos in Montreal. Although it is good...

          1. re: cherylmtl

            The same can be said about Maison Boulud. Wait no, there isn't one in NYC...theres 7...
            {;-/)

            1. re: porker

              Indeed, there are about 7! But Cherylmtl is right, we're definitely looking for a one-of-a-kind experience. Were we staying in NYC (and were the kids a bit older) we'd be doing something like Le Bernadin and the Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare.

              1. re: SueChefinNYC

                12 people for dinner is a large group, throw in children and it gets complicated. I think that your overall experience for a birthday is important that is why I recommended quieter less flashy restaurants. The dining scene has gotten so loud that it is really hard to hear yourself think let alone talk. I know that my dad(77) and children(preteen) are very sensitive to this. The food is important but so is atmosphere and service. Your needs are very different than most. Just my two cents....

                1. re: Gloriaa

                  Absolutely! That's why I've turned to the hounds on this one. Thanks so much for all the suggestions.