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Nov 24, 2013 07:54 PM

"Best" BYOW restaurants (lunch + dinner)

Hello, I'm looking for some restaurant recommendations that allow BYOW.

Main course cost = $15-$25
Ambience = prefer quiet to medium
Location = downtown, mont royal, or ~10 minute cab radius


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  1. I cannot think of one byob restaurant opened for lunch but there are lots of options for dinner. On the very casual side there is pizzeria napoletana, there is always a line but it moves quickly and the food is good. Then most of the others will challenge your budget, the lowest ones that I can think of are smoking Valle, bitoque, chez ennio....All the best ones in Mtl are considerably above your budget.

    1. What do you mean by Mont-Royal; the Plateau, the street or Ville Mont-Royal/Town of Mount-Royal?

      I can only think of "ethnic" ones that would meet your cost criteria: one recently discussed, and in the southwestern Plateau not far from downtown is Ruby Burma.

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      1. re: lagatta

        Oops good question. Ill be staying at the Omni Mont Royal, so I meant that area.

      2. For an inexpensive apporter votre vin I'd probably go to Couscous Royal, Jardin de Panos, Khyber Pass or Miga. Super inexpensive with a nice ambiance, average food is Bambou Bleu. Here's a website that lists many of them:
        Lots of people bring their wine to L'Academie on St-Denis at lunch time, but I haven't ever enjoyed the food there.

        1. My favorite for lunch or dinner is Quarter General. Dinner is an exceptional value for the 4 course menu but comes in at the high end of your budget for mains alone. Cheaper at lunch.
          Typically BYOs have higher meal prices to make up for the missing income source so expect to pay a bit more per plate. Theres also very few byo options in the downtown core, almost none of which are both good and inexpensive. You could maybe consider Bombay Mahal for Indian but it's probably more than a ten minute cab ride..

          1. I've never been to Harmonie d'Asie, but it was warmly recommended to me by one of the wine counsellors at the Beaubien SAQ Sélection:

            Restaurant L'Harmonie D'Asie
            65 Avenue Duluth Est Montréal, QC H2W 1G8
            (514) 289-9972

            it is Vietnamese, and definitely within your budget.

            Plateaumaman, you are not alone in disliking L'Académie...