The most expensive part of going to a restaurant can often be high priced beverages. Most restaurants have a 200-250% mark up on alcohol! However, Montreal restaurants are one step ahead of the thrifty consumer. Some restaurants in Montreal are acquiring a special license that allows customers to BYOB (Bring your own Beer or Wine.) As long as you are purchasing food off of the menu you are welcome to consume previously purchased wine or beer inside the restaurant. Going to BYOB’s is a great way to cut down food costs without compromising the quality of your dining experience! Here are some BYOB’s that we’ve grown fond of in Montreal!
Located right in the heart of the Mile End neighbourhood, L’Atelier is becoming a reliable mascot for BYOB dining. The menu is bit pricey however the food is predominately organic and from local Quebecois farmers. The dining area is decorated like a trendy forest workshop, or at least that’s my interpretation. The innovative food and stylish atmosphere will pair nicely with the 9$ bottle of wine you bought from the dep’ next door.
This cute little french bistro is well known for it’s delicate fine dining and quaint location. Situated right on the corner of Duluth and Drolet, La Prunelle is the perfect fit for a summer night out. The two main walls of the restaurant are floor to ceiling glass window panes. In the summer months the walls roll up like garage doors and the restaurant turns into a demi-terrace. It’s a good idea to call ahead for a reservation because this place is always packed. Also a great idea to come armed with cash, they don’t accept debit!
And now for something different… another small Parisian bistro! The P’tit Plateau is traditional french dining done right. The atmosphere is humble almost as if to announce “We let our food define us not our decor.” P’tit is open Tuesday to Friday and offers two seatings for dinner (6:30 and 8:30 pm). Reservations are essential, this tiny place is popular and fills up quickly. Yes, Yes it’s a bit pricey… However, its easier to rationalize eating here by bringing that cheaper bottle of red!
One of my personal favorites is Le Quartier General. This place is a great fit for many dining occasions. Whether it’s a first date or a business lunch, Le Quartier has got you gastronomically covered. Chef Patrick Plouffe describes his food as “Contemporary Quebecois” and also “Food of the World.” Pushing aside the flowery language, this place is simply tasty. The space is large and open, accented with stained oak finishes. Somehow it manages to feel homie and modern simultaneously. One of the most unique features of Le Quartier is the open air kitchen. Restaurant goers are right in the action as they catch glimpses of the meals being prepared. Watching the best ingredients from Quebec as they sizzle, sauce and toss!
Lannes and Pacifique is on Beaubien street between St-Laurent and St-Hubert. This new area is becoming quite trendy (read gentrified) lately with the addition of interesting foodie spots such as Lannes and Pacifique. This new bistro offers a changing seasonal menu which can be enjoyed a la carte or within a five course tasting menu. The restaurant interior is sleek and charming. This is a great spot to check out before it hits the mainstream Montrealais radar. We have a feeling it’s going to be difficult to get a reservation here in a few months!
200 Beaubian Est