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La Prunelle

May 10th, 2007 · 15 Comments · BYOB Restaurants, French Restaurants, Montreal Restaurants

Back on my L’académie rant, why go there when such a good French BYOB is right next door on Duluth. Sooo gooood, yet to have a bad meal there. $50-80 a couple maybe a $100-120 if you go crazy.

La Prunelle Restaurant
327, Duluth East, corner Drolet,Montreal; (514) 849-8403
Hours: Daily, 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Pay: VISA, MC
BYOB

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  • kelly

    FIVE STARS!! i went with two great friends of mine. we wanted good food, good ambiance and reasonable prices. My friends were in town for one evening only and we were hoping for something good. We had no idea of what was in store for us. The service was definatley well above average. The friendly gentleman who took our order was both welcoming, attentive, and professional. The food was well beyond our expectations. We were very pleased and will return with more friends to share this treasure. All the reviews I read on this restaurant were great, but still did not do it justice. This restaurant is the best in montreal i’ve ever been to. Try it, you will not be disapointed.

  • http://eatwellmontreal.com Tom C

    Went to LaPrunelle Sat night – small intimate restaurant – byow – staff very friendly and knowledgable abount the menu – terrific specials,
    if you like lamb, try the shank – excellent desserts too – won’t cost you an arm and leg like many city restaurants – make sure you book it a few days in advance and take a cab!!

  • Nadine

    I had my bday dinner party there! Food was yummy (unlike many BYOW) and we dranks LOTS of fine wine 😛 Everyone loved it!

  • Hey Curly!

    Thanks for the advice! I found this post today and decided to go based solely on your opinions.

    Unfortunately the only thing we couldn’t have predicted was an extremely loud office party. What was supposed to be an intimate birthday diner for just me and my wife ended up being a shouting match with the boorish imbeciles taking up half the restaurant. I wish I had some warning… So diners be advised! If dining anywhere in December, beware of going Monday to Wednesday nights, as these tend to be the nights that restos will accommodate large parties!

    Having got that off my chest, I must now focus on my stomach– OUTSTANDING food! We had two different starters that both featured warm cheese (perfect for a snowy evening). Mains were a perfectly prepared trout in a shrimp sauce and a delightful guinea fowl with a rich brown sauce, the name of which eludes me at this moment.

    I give this restaurant top marks!

  • Chef Deck

    hey curly I am sorry to hear of the poor bad experience. I know a loud group can easily ruin an evening. December is a dangerous time to go out with all the Christmas parties.

  • http://www.mpost.ca Marc

    I was having a bad time booking a good restaurant for next Saturday and this one will be the one coz you all seem to have loved it.

  • Pierre Jean

    Just wanted to express what a bad experience I had at La Prunelle last Saturday. A group of friends and I went there, quite excited to taste the menu. We were treated extremely rudely by the staff, food was not served at the same time for all, there were numerous mix-ups, creme brulees had not been brulee on the top, coffees not served. When we expressed our disappointment, staff took it very personally and instead of apologizing or finding ways to make things better, became quite aggressive. I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

  • KG

    The staff are a bit clueless (mixed up orders and errors on the bill) and the food is copious but hard to digest. After two stomach aches, I won’t be making a third visit.

  • Christina

    I have never written a restaurant review online before but La Prunelle is so amazine that I can't help myself. The tuna steak was the best of my entire life, it was served with a beautiful light hazelnut whip of topping and melted in my mouth. I never wanted the meal to be gone. Plus, it's bring your own wine! You will love it!

  • Laura

    My husband went there yesterday after just walking by and seeing the menu. Fantastic food, good ambience and great connection to the neighborhood. The wild mushroom in fois gras milk appetizer was the best we have ever tasted, the carrot and orange cold soup original and my tuna steak incredible. The service was attentive and very helpful regarding our inability to speak French and the full height garage doors which open to the street were terrific. We even got to hear the neighbor's dog howl to the sirens going by on St. Denis. Fantastic and unexpected.

  • peterkaymak

    Best restaurant in Montreal in this price range! I've been going for years (the last 4 or 5 I'd estimate) and I have to say that I have yet to enjoy a less-than-spectacular meal. I must admit though, I find that in the last year or two, the service has taken a slight hit. They had one waiter, whose name I can't remember for the life of me right now, and he's no longer there. They haven't found a worthy replacement yet. The food is spectacular. My staple there is the fillet mignon, but I have tried many of their dishes and can honestly say that they haven't missed a single one.

    I'm a HUGE restaurant fan, and never shy away from spending $300+ on a meal with my gf as long as I think it's worth it. We spend an average of $110 whenever we go to La Prunelle (at least once every 2 months) and I have yet to find anywhere in this fine city that can compete with them. Make your next trip to La Prunelle. I've already reserved for Valentine's Day…

  • peterkaymak

    Best restaurant in Montreal in this price range! I've been going for years (the last 4 or 5 I'd estimate) and I have to say that I have yet to enjoy a less-than-spectacular meal. I must admit though, I find that in the last year or two, the service has taken a slight hit. They had one waiter, whose name I can't remember for the life of me right now, and he's no longer there. They haven't found a worthy replacement yet. The food is spectacular. My staple there is the fillet mignon, but I have tried many of their dishes and can honestly say that they haven't missed a single one.

    I'm a HUGE restaurant fan, and never shy away from spending $300+ on a meal with my gf as long as I think it's worth it. We spend an average of $110 whenever we go to La Prunelle (at least once every 2 months) and I have yet to find anywhere in this fine city that can compete with them. Make your next trip to La Prunelle. I've already reserved for Valentine's Day…

  • Breem16

    Decent food, quick service, and pleasant atmosphere (table near the window preferable). Stay away from the mushroom ravioli; extremely salty.

  • Anonymous

    Went to La Prunelle last Saturday for dinner (May 19, 2012) with my man and we had an amazing time!  Called at the last minute and were able to get a reso for 9 pm.  I’m really picky about where I sit in a restaurant (read: good lighting, not crowded, prefer a window table…) so I was very happy we got a deuce by the open window.  They have large garage doors that open up onto the busy residential road – like sitting on a patio (which I love) but not – so I took this great table as a good sign.  It was.

    Firstly I must say that we go to BYOW restaurants a lot and we like to take our time and not run out of wine, so we usually bring a half bottle of something to start (that night: prosecco) as well as a full bottle to pair with our meals.  What really impressed me was that the server not only brought out champagne flutes and an ice bucket right away, she offered to keep our bottle of Chablis in the fridge.  This has never happened before.  Not that I care.  I get that these BYOW places are usually quite busy and the money saved on wine mark-up allows me to overlooks what some might consider wine service shortcomings.  
    And as a sommelier, that’s a BIG thing for me to overlook.  :)  As soon as we were ready for our Chablis and before I had to ask, our champagne bottle and flutes were taken away and our Chablis was presented, opened and served.

    To start I had the basket of snails with vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes and Perron cheddar cheese and my man had wild mushrooms gratin with truffle oil and pastis.  Some might find the mushroom dish a bit salty but we enjoyed it as it paired well with the prosecco.  The snails – divine.  For our mains I had the Itsumo tuna steak, cooked perfectly rare and had saltwort with lemon vinegar with a quinoa salad.  My man had the venison special, rare, that came with something delicious that I can’t remember.  We thoroughly enjoyed!  Amazingly we still had room afterward and had a cheese plate with 3 local Quebec varieties.  Right when the plate arrived there were hundreds of protesters walking past the restaurant so I didn’t really pay attention to the types of cheese.  One was a blue for sure – my fav!

    Service was thoughtful and knowledgeable, food was spectacular and we can’t wait to go back. 

  • Ice_cream_girl17

    This restaurant really left us with a bad taste in our
    mouths! We were there for a friend’s birthday and will never return. The rude
    waiter’s most notable talent was scaring away the customers.  My friend was not that hungry so he wanted to
    order an appetizer instead. The waiter said he had to order the minimum $50
    table hote. That was outrageous. There was only 1 other table besides ours so
    we were not taking up space of any other customers…there was no reason for him
    to say that to a group of 12+ people. We could not tell whether it was the
    restaurant’s desperate policy or the waiter’s hunger for tips. The food was ok
    but very, very small portioned for what we paid for.