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“Great Spanish Restaurant in the Heart of Montreal”

Casa Galicia Restaurant
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Ranked #1,067 of 6,004 Restaurants in Montreal
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Reviewed April 5, 2010

My sister and I shared dinner at Casa Galicia on a Saturday evening. We've had a craving for Spanish paella for sometime now and decided to satisfy that urge during our weekend in Montreal. We did quite a bit of research prior and found that while there were quite a few tapas bars in the city, the selection was limited when it came to restaurants serving full Spanish meals. Casa Galicia received positive reviews and now we can know why.

The restaurant is located in Rue St. Denis which is offers a refreshing alternative to the jock / frat bar scene of Cresent Street. So after you finish dinner at Casa Galicia, there are many other places nearby where you can continue the evening for drinks, to take in live music, etc.

Once you get inside, the restaurant is not very big though they were able to fit quite a few tables in there. It's decor is kitschy Spanish, a little bit dated but has a nice cozy feel to it.

The food itself was good. We were very satisfied with the portion sizes and left with very full bellies. The food was delicious. We grew up eating Spanish food and have even traveled to Spain - the food here definitely did not disappoint. We ordered a 1-person portion of the seafood paella and coupled it with an order of their tapas for 2 which came out to be just the right amount of food. For dessert we had their flan and Galicia cake which were both delicious.

Service was okay - not the most impeccable service out there - but not bad either. No one was rude and they were quite accommodating of a same day reservation time change.

It was a surprise treat for us to arrive there and find out that they have Flamenco dancers and Spanish singers on Saturday nights. The performers were excellent and helped to make out evening at Casa Galicia more enjoyable and memorable.

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Reviewed January 22, 2009

After living in Spain for a number of years I was excited to try this restaurant with my boyfriend - who was visiting Montreal for the first time. I always raved about the great restaurants in Montreal, where many of my family and friends still live. We tried the restaurant on New Years Eve. The first bite of paella was a mussel - I had to spit it out because it was off. The lobster was like chewing on a tire, and I didn't bother with the suspect-looking clams. But, our attitudes were still positive. Two hours later, without wine or even one waiter asking how we were doing, still staring at our empty plates, we stooped to wave somebody down to ask for more wine. Still, nobody came. We decided to skip the complementary dessert, coffee, and champagne that was included in the meal package - and asked for the bill. We, usually great tippers since restaurant ownership is in the family, decided to only tip 10% for the terrible food and service. We sat, and sat, and sat. Finally we went to the till for the bill (literally having sat for over 2.5 hours with zero drink and zero service - half-eaten paella plates still on our table). We did not receive a single apology, however, they did have the nerve to add on a 20% gratuity to our bill - without telling us. Out of principle, we disputed this, only to be told that it was not their fault the service was bad - there were tables blocking ours, so they could not get to us. AND - to let it go, not to ruin their New Years. After persisting further, the manager took off the gratuity while swearing at me in Spanish (and yes, I do understand Spanish). $250 dollars later (for a plate of sub-par paella and a glass of table wine) we found ourselves bringing in 2009, sober and laughing at the absurdity of the evening. Memorable for sure! Later, friends and family from Montreal said they didn't want to ruin it for us, but that it was not known as a good place. My boyfriend still doesn't believe me that Montreal has some of the best cuisine of the country.

4  Thank batface
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Reviewed July 10, 2008

i have been very surprise, i was missing spain and went there, the food is excellent, really the best paella i have eaten for long, the place is good too, it reminds me Madrid, many things from there such as the Plaza del toros images...the custumers where very nice and soooo spanish ( so good, esxcatly what i needed), the sangria was...deliciously spanish !!! and the show was very good... too short for me,because i wanted to be in this atmosphere longer but very good...this restaurant is a good piece of Madrid...i will go back there as soon as i can ...

2  Thank clemence_edon
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Reviewed May 22, 2008

An old favorite of Montrealers and one of the best and well-established Spanish restaurants.

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Reviewed November 30, 2007


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