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Semi cheap eats

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Semi cheap eats

Will it be possible to eat fairly inexpensivly when we go to Quebec City and Montreal.I'm shooting for around 100.00 plus tip for a dinner for two.I don't drink at all and my wife will have a glass of wine or two.How about breakfast or lunch for two,30.00-40.00 possible?Thanks guys.

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1. Re: Semi cheap eats

Hi PetefromRI,

This info is based on Montreal pricing (haven't been to QCity for awhile).

Your budget sounds quite reasonable... most moderate restaurants have entrees (mains) in the $ 15 to $ 22 range, whereas more high-end places tend to run $ 20 to $ 30 (or up) for dinner entrees. A glass of wine in most establishments will run from $ 6 to $ 9 (a tad higher for fine dining).

Breakfast & Lunch will give you a lot of options. There are "greasy spoons" (for lack of a better term) that serve up excellent breakfast specials for around $ 5 a person. Of course, instead of a full breakfast though you could always opt for something light like cereal, yogurt or fruit. Or perhaps you'll be tempted just to grab a bagel, donut, muffin to go with a coffee.

Pubs and Cafes are a good option for lunch. Many have lunch specials. Pubs or Sports Bars are fun to check out some evening when "Les Canadiens" are on the tv. A good way to truly "feel" Canadian Hockey culture.

Just so you are aware, Taxes in Canada are ALL added in after... in Quebec there are two levels of taxes Provincial (listed as PST or QST) at 7.5% and Federal (GST) at 5%, the GST in Quebec is applied on top of the tax subtotal, so essentially it compounds out at 7.875%. So all together taxes of 15.375% will be added to just about EVERYTHING you purchase.

The norm for tipping is 15% (20% if the service was exceptional). So the before Tax & Tip Total vs your AFTER Tax & Tip Total will be significantly different (like 30% or more).

Hope this is helpful.



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Yes you will be able to eat dinner for 100. plus tip.At that price ,without wine, you will have a wide choice and should eat well. It will of course rule out dining in high end resturants.

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You guys are awesome.This is the kind of info I need.Thanks again.


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We were just in Quebec city. Good advice above. Two restaurants we liked that were on the inexpensive side:

Casse Crepe Breton - Excellent for breakfast or lunch. But even for dinner it is quite good. Great if you like all types of crepes:


Another inexpensive place we ate at - Restaurant L'Omelette (had crepes plus other entrees):


Both of these are located on Rue St-Louis. There are lots of restaurants on this road and they all display their menus outside so you can check them out beforehand.

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Hi Pete!

Given your budget, you should have no problems finding food within your price-range. There are OODLES of restaurants around Old Quebec with menu's posted outside, as someone else mentioned.

We really enjoyed La Maison Marocaine & Le Pain Beni for dinner. L'Omlette was very good (and reasonable) for either breakfast or lunch, but once again, there is plenty of choice to be found with minimal searching.


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As everyone mentioned you will be fine with the budget you mentioned. A few other places with in that range are Charbon, Toast!, Aux Ancienes Canadiens, Cafe D'Europe and Cafe de Monde. For breakfast and lunch you will not have any problems finding plenty of places that are very reasonably priced.

Good luck!

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