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“Not my first choice” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Beaver Club - CLOSED

Beaver Club
900 Rene Levesque W | Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4A5, Canada (Centre-Ville (Downtown))
514-954-2211
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Price range: $54 - $211
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Cross street: Mansfield
Description: Grâce à sa riche histoire, son ambiance feutrée et sa cuisine raffinée, Le Beaver Club est une destination gastronomique appréciée des Montréalais et des touristes depuis plus de 50 ans. Le Chef exécutif Alain Pignard s’inspire des meilleurs produits du terroir québécois pour élaborer des menus inventifs à l’image de nos saisons. Le restaurant propose des tables d’hôte et des menus de dégustation ainsi que des plats de haute cuisine à la carte. Thanks to its unique history, elegant ambiance and gourmet cuisine, the Beaver Club is a memorable gourmet destination appreciated by locals and international guests alike. Executive Chef Alain Pignard is known for his creative and modern cuisine inspired by the best local ingredients from the season. The Beaver Club offers table d’hôte and tasting menus as well as à la carte dishes showcasing the bounty of Québec.
Montreal, Canada
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“Not my first choice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I took my girlfriend here as a birthday treat, but we left less than impressed. Our meal was certainly above average, but no dish stood out as particularly memorable. While our main waiter did a passable job, he was neither as responsive nor as refined as one would expect given the Beaver Club’s high reputation.

The Beaver Club is well maintained and comfortable, but did not feel as elegant as I was expecting. Notably, the dining room lacked the appealing golden glow seen in the main photo here on TA, and seemed darker and stuffier. The restaurant’s website and reservation page “recommend” men wear jacket and tie, but this dress code is not enforced, so if you’re aiming for a posh evening out for a special occasion, be warned that there’s no guarantee that the tone of the place won’t be lowered—as it was on the night we went—by other diners dressed for a backyard barbecue rather than a semi-formal restaurant dinner!

Including wine and tip, our dinner totalled over $425 for the two of us. For less than this you could go all out at La Chronique, where the cuisine is light years ahead.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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FairmontQueenE, Manager at Beaver Club, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Dear WMarkR - Thank you for taking the time to write about your dining experience at the Beaver Club. We're sorry to hear we didn't make this special birthday celebration a memorable one. Please know that we appreciate your feedback and suggestions, which will all be shared and discussed amongst our culinary team as well as our restaurant manager. We sincerely apologize for not meeting your expectations and we do hope to have an opportunity to redeem ourselves in the future. Best regards.
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
toronto
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“there are other places in the area i would pick first”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I took a group of students from university out for a treat mid term .. the food was disappointing from a quality perspective

  • Visited September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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FairmontQueenE, Manager at Beaver Club, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
Dear jfmack - We're very sorry to hear our hotel fine dining restaurant didn't meet the expectations of your group of students. We will share your comments with our Executive Chef, however we would appreciate if you could share additional feedback by contacting us at qeh.hotel@fairmont.com. Best regards.
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Encinitas, CA
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Outstanding!! Worth the high price.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Exceptional Food and service!! Noticed other postings complained about service but we had wonderful service. We came on a slow night so we were treated like royalty.
We were staying at the Queen E and ended up eating here on our first night as we were all too tired to start looking for a place to eat.
4 of us ordered fish - Artic Char and Sea Bass was phenominal and the presentation lovey. The suggested pairing wine was excellent. The two others who ordered a lobster dish were not as impressed but still enjoyed it.
The little complimentary extras was a nice touch - an appetizer, cookies and chocolates.
The bill came to about $400 for 6 of us.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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, Manager at Beaver Club, responded to this review, July 16, 2012
Dear travelboundsandiego - How lovely it was to read your recent review. Thank you for visiting us at the Beaver Club. We're very happy to hear you enjoyed the quality of the food as well as the service. This type of recognition is very important to us and we appreciate you taking the time to share some delightful feedback regarding our restaurant. We do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for dinner should you travel plans bring you back to Montreal. Kind regards.
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Montreal, Canada
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“Have a drink, relax and ask for one of their good salads.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Almost a must especially if you are staying at QE hotel. Cozy athmosphere, good music not too loud. Food is good, drinks are well served. Service is good.

Visited January 2012
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FairmontQueenE, Manager at Beaver Club, responded to this review, June 11, 2012
Dear RoxidouNoiro - Thank you for your comments regarding your dining experience at the Beaver Club restaurant. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share some delightful feedback regarding the atmosphere, the food and the service. Many thanks and regards.
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Canberra, Australia
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“Great food, disappointing service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Literally just back from supper at the Beaver Club. We booked for my spouse's birthday through the Gold Floor concierge several weeks ago. We started with champagne at $25/glass and then chose the gourmet menu with matching wines ($115/person). The food and wine were superb. The bison filet mignon the highlight of the meal. I have to admit the service was quite lackluster. Empty plates and glasses sat at our table for some time between courses. We were also quite surprised at the end to find that a fifteen percent service charge was added to our bill even though it is written "service not included" at the bottom of the bill. Needless to say we didn't tip anything further. All said, a tasty meal but we were a bit put off by the lackluster table clearing and the addition of a service charge. We generally tip closer to 20% and were very disheartened by the added service charge.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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FairmontQueenE, Manager at Beaver Club, responded to this review, June 11, 2012
Dear TristanEF - We're sorry to hear we didn't your expectations in terms of service on your recent visit. We appreciate your feedback and please rest assured your comments have been shared with our Director of Food & Beverage who will investigate and follow up on the concerns you expressed. We sincerely apologize and we invite you to contact us directly at qeh.hotel@fairmont.com. Having said that, we're delighted to hear the food and wine were superb. We do hope you give the Beaver Club another chance in the future for a true memorable dining experience. Thank you for brining this to our attention. Best regards.
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