Place Jacques-Cartier
Place Jacques-Cartier
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This lively Montreal plaza is a gathering place for natives and tourists, who enjoy the outdoor restaurants and performing peddlers.
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toddlerpants
Droitwich, UK982 contributions
This pleasant square flanked by restaurants on one side has some cute little passageways leading off it which have small small craft and gift type shops, but not touristy.
The Place slopes down to the port area and you can see street performers if you catch it right. At the top and slightly off to the right is the City Hall
Written July 14, 2020
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James F
Montreal, Canada4 contributions
Conveniently located along with dozens of eateries on what is Montreal's busiest neighborhood in summer. a welcome relief from the heat as well as above-average food awaits the tourist and local herein. The beer is cold and the service prompt and cheerful. One can do far worse in this teaming center of activity.
Written January 28, 2020
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Robert W
Widnes, UK30 contributions
Family
Lovely area with many places to eat and drink. Can get very busy, watch out for wasps though! We were plagued on our visit! On the corner is a lovely souvenir shop called Souvenir Place Jaqués-Cartier. Well worth a visit, they have better quality items amongst all the usual stuff. The staff are amazing though and will help with guidance around Montreal without rushing.
Written September 19, 2022
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Sachin K
New York City, NY5,842 contributions
Family
Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal is a charming place with it’s quaint shops, nice restaurants and food joints. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting same to any traveler.
Written November 23, 2019
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MissM5553
Columbus, OH43 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed Place Jacques Cartier very much on our recent and first visit to Montreal. We stopped at this restaurant on our last night and what a disaster! We should have known something was amiss when the waiter brought out "sub buns" for our French bread. However, we continued to wait, over an hour and weren't served yet, although other customers were. After several times of literally grabbing our waiter, he finally brought the soup. We again waited about 45 minutes, stopping the waiter several times and got the promise the food would be right out. We threatened to leave and asked for a bill for the soup and drinks, and instead, he brought out the food. Big Mistake! The langistinos were tasteless and fishy smelling, and totally unedible. The steak tasted spoiled and was tough to cut. The only thing edible on either plate were the fries, which we didn't eat. In fact we ate nothing. We grabbed the waiter again and told him to send the manager, who never came. After waiting another 15 minutes, we left money on the table to cover what we consumed, including our drinks and left. As we walked out into the square, the manager Jimmy, came running after us, yelling that we didn't pay. He had two other goons with him. We explained what happened and that we left money on the table to cover what was edible, and after checking with the waiter, he quieted down a bit. We told him that we were not in the habit of paying for unedible food. However, he insisted we pay for the steak since my husband had cut into it, so being tourists from out of the country and not wanting to cause anymore of a scene, we paid and left. Like the other reviewers, I cannot find this restaurant on any website, cannot review there, but since I do use trip advisor, want to make people aware of this scam artist. It almost ruined our first trip to montreal, but after quieting down, we realized that everyone else had been so nice and our other dinners had been lovely with good service, that there are bad people everywhere and we just happened to run into one in Montreal. I hope this keeps others from this mistake.
Written July 15, 2013
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NYC_Tourist1
NYC81 contributions
The Place Jacques-Cartier is a long sloping square in the center of the Old City. It is named so for the tall statue of Jacques Cartier one side of the square. There are also lines of flowers going down it. Its lined with great restaurents, but most are reasonable. There are also many vendors on the square so you can shop as well.
Written August 6, 2005
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Stirling B
Ottawa, Canada584 contributions
Place Jacques Cartier is a plaza/square located in Old Montreal that stretches from the waterfront to the the old City Hall running north south. You can find the usual assortment of restaurants, monuments and street performers like buskers, artists and others plying their trade. The prices along here may be a bit higher due to the location but still worth a visit.
Written August 20, 2019
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Throbbert
Minneapolis, MN98 contributions
Couples
Similar to other reviews here, there's something fishy about 410 Place Jacques-Cartier. There is a name, address, and proprietor (Eric Luksenberg) located on the receipt, but the name of this establishment cannot be found....has also appeared as "Restaurant Le Caveau." It's odd that several people have been at this location--with no apparent established name--and receive suspect service.

We ordered two beers. That was it. Eric Luksenberg himself served us, but when we asked for the bill, he didn't produce anything. He simply said, "$15.00" For two beers? We reluctantly paid, but we then moved to another establishment, ordered the exact same two beers, and were charged $8.

The place was empty (surrounding restaurants were hopping), the prices high, no itemized bill was produced, and the place has a strange vibe and cannot be "found" on the Internet or here on Trip Advisor. So if you're in the Place Jacques-Cartier (the location of 410 Place), consider going elsewhere. You'll receive better service and have a bit more money in your pocket after you depart.
Written May 6, 2014
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MaraSolveig09
Toronto, Canada26 contributions
Couples
The receipt we came home with says Restaurant Le Caveau, but the restaurant cannot be found on any web site. Not here on Trip Advisor, not on Urbanspooon. They might have two locations. The one we visited was on 410 Place Jaques-Cartier. We were in the Old Montreal part of town on Saturday June 8 looking for a spot to eat. It was the Grand Prix week-end so naturally a lot of places were full. It was fairly chilly outside and drizzling and we had been walking for close to two hours looking at various places and menus.

Finally we came upon this place and it looked very quaint, with a full patio and outside heaters. The maitre'd greeted us and informed us that their specialty was seafood, all fresh. I love seafood so we were sold. Went to sit inside since we were cold and wet, but as soon as went it, we started questioning our decision. The place was dated, and not nearly as busy as the patio. There was also a foul fryer mixed with rotting fish smell so we decided to move outside.

we ordered the calamary which was chewy, yellow and tasted old, and the snails which there were only 4 of and no bigger than the ones you get at the keg. They were covered in cheese and mushrooms (of which there was no mention of on the menu but i happen to like mushrooms so i did not complain).

On to mains. Since they touted that they were known for their seafood i ordered the musseles and my partner ordered the fillet mignon. Both were awful. the filet tasted as if had been in the fridge for over 3 weeks - tough with a weird spongy time of texture, and very bad flavour. The mussels were chewy, very fishy tasting and not fresh since many did not open during the cooking process. The broth - the little that existed - had no flavour other than overly salty.

VERDICT:::
very pricey, food quality sub par, service left much to be desired. I am surprised we did not get sick. I would not go back if you paid me.
Written June 11, 2013
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Theresa G
Boston, MA15 contributions
Couples
After walking around Old Montreal on Memorial Day, my boyfriend and I decided to stop for dinner. We had heard that Montreal had great restaurants, but we should have done our homework before choosing one to patronize.

We stopped at a sidewalk restaurant on at 410 Place Jacques-Cartier. The name on the receipt was "Le Caveau," but we can't find a web site. Since Peter and I were in such good moods, we really didn't spot some of the obvious warning signs: First, there was only one table occupied, while all the other restaurants were packed. Second, when I asked to use the ladies room, upon arrival, I was told it was upstairs. The stairs were covered with dust and debris, and the upstairs was abandoned! The tables were old and covered with dusty red table cloths. It seriously looked like no one had been up there since the '70s!! It was very dank and creepy.

After a little while a younger couple came arrived. They were seated next to us. They were neglected.

My mussels were rubbery, but I told Jimmy, our colorful and talkative Maitre d', that they tasted fine. Jimmy was a friendly guy, so I didn't want to hurt his feelings. Besides, I'm just not one to complain in public. Peter's steak was grissley (sp?). Peter is easy going, too. We just smiled and figured we'd never come back. We gave the young waiter (can't recall his name; sounded like Raston) a nice tip. We kind of felt sorry for them.

One last thing, we can't find this restaurant on the Internet anywhere! Very strange. It is like it was a mafia hide out or something. My receipt says that the place is called "Restaurant Le Caveau", 410, Place Jacques-Cartier (right next to the Artists street), but we are wondering if they (Jimmy, the young waiter, and some mysterious cook in the basement) just squatted in the old location of the old Le St-Amabile restaurant that closed several years ago. I called the Chamber of Commerce, but the Chamber of Commerce in Montreal doesn't keep records of scam businesses like we do in the States. I can only say, BUYER BEWARE!!

I hope this wasn't a scam to rob our identities or anything. I'm telling you, it was creepy.
Written May 31, 2013
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