Tucked away on the quiet end of Main Street, Cafe Monmartre is a long, narrow hideaway that harkens back to the days when neighbourhood radicals philosophized over glasses of red wine while nodding along to jazz standards performed by whiskey-soaked divas. Live music Tuesday through Saturday, spoken word and music Sunday evenings and actors improv Monday nights.
I've been to France anumber of times and this restaurant twice. While it's decor, venue etc. may not be French, its attitude and menu is: and that's a good thing. The menu is simple but the items my guest and I have chosen on both occaisions have been consistently good. Crepes are the house specialty (and were excellent), but also enjoyed the roasted vegetables, brie appy, Pernod and the house Merlot. They also make a decent coffee and desserts. Entertainment is pretty good. The space is a bit narrow and fills up fast on the weekends; so get there early, say before 8:00 p.m. A little piece of Paris on Main Street. A great standby for casual French.
The space at Cafe Montmartre appears narrow and tight for new visitors but once you get to sit down, your perception will slowly change. The mood in the room is predominantly red and black, with some French framed posters and ads lining the walls . The wooden chairs, tables, and banquettes are very modest and worn - reflecting the vibes of Main Street's antique/furniture merchants that operate on the same block. From the decor alone, I did not get the sense of Champs-Elysees cafe authenticity - but that did not matter. More importantly, it seemed like a place where poets, artists, and musicians would come to hang out and have coffee and crepes ... and perhaps a glass of their wine while relaxing with friends. If anything, that quality captured the essence of a Parisian cafe.
Mind you, their menu is small and unconvoluted - in fact, if there is anything savoury in there, it is mostly Chicken , and I suppose you can't go wrong with Chicken. Good crepes though...and nice baked brie.
If I had to make one complaint, I would recommend that patrons avoid sitting near the open kitchen. Things can get a little hot there. Ah, C'est la vie.
Tried this place for dessert.....most were just crepes.
The waitress wasn't nice at all, and she just told us we can sit wherever we wanted in a rude way.
There was some live music going on, but the singer sang for like 10 seconds and got off and the employees were just talking to themselves. The music was too loud and the place was just too damn dark! I mean, the decor is beautiful, but what's the use if you can't see it? Sheesh.
Got the chocolate banana crepe. It was pretty good, but too drenched in chocolate sauce to actually savor the crepe.
Wouldn't really want to come back. I rather go to Sweet Revenge nearby or another crepe place.
The restaurant is cute, the owner and waiter I had the last two times I was there were amazing! very attentive and genuine.
I would like to say however, that the open mic on Sundays is the worst I have seen in the city. There are 2 hosts that are in control of the evening and order of talent that gets to perform. The night is a mixture of spoken word and music. It appears as though there are talented musicians that attempt to play there (ones that i have seen perform at other venues around the city) but if they get a chance to play it is quite a bit later in the evening. This leaves a lot of people disapointed with their visit to the restaurant and quite likely drives business away. The host basically puts up his friends first and not to insult anyone, the majority of talent I saw was less than mediocre , and hard to sit through. The nine people I was with agree. The male host does not have any professionalism, and should not be running an open mic. I believe that the restaurant does not pay him to coordinate the open mics which is probably why they have settled with him. I would like to recommend to the owner to find someone else to volunteer their time. The restaurant is quite small and with the current way the open mic is organized there is a very small chance of turnover. Since the menu is very reasonable in price, I don't imagine them making very much, and if they were to have someone put up stronger talent and in the order they arrive, I am positive it would result in happier customers( which will then be enjoying themselves and buying more rather than waiting to get out of there) and more seetings throughout the night. I was thoroughly disapointed with the attitude of the male host and will never return on a sunday evening again. I would definitley come back on a live music night, since the performer I saw recently was wonderful and entertaining.
It's disapointing that sush a wonderful venue has such an awful oen mic night. The potential is so high, but unfortunately with the current host it won't have a chance.
I will be telling all musicians and artist I know to stay away from the open mic on sundays and hope they revamp it sometime soon.
The crepes here are really yummy, and not overly-sweet. I the chocolate-pecan one. The melted chocolate tastes fresh--almost healthy--once you have had a sangria or two. Also, there is great live musical entertainment, and I don't think there is any cover charge there for that.
Stumbled upon this place with a group of friends. Long, narrow space, with funky painted walls, bikes hanging from the ceiling, and a perfect stage in the front window. Small menu, but good choices. The spinach/cheese crepes (comes with salad) were excellent, chicken pizza was just okay but nothing special. We plan on coming back for the music and ambience.
I have been here twice. Once was a poetry reading and another time they had live music. I ordered crepes - savory ones - both times. They were OK... not memorable at all. In fact, I can hardly remember what they were like even as I write this. The staff made us feel a tad uncomfortable but they weren't rude... just not friendly
either. I would come back but it's not my first choice.
A girlfriend and I were into the cafe on Friday and enjoyed our Brie appetizer and pizza - yummy.! We found the prices reasonable and enjoyed the atmosphere very much... The music by Judy Lea was amazing! Just the right blend of genres with some great originals mixed in. The only thing it would have been nice to know was that it was cash only... maybe a note in the door? Thanks for the experience!
After scanning the menu I realized chicken would be the protein of choice , actually, not by choice but rather the only choice. I ordered the Montmartre chicken salad and my friend ordered the chicken and veg with bachamel sauce. Our meals arrived in under 10 minutes. I have never in my whole life experienced chicken as dry, tasteless, and chewy as I had just experienced. It was clear that it had been re-heated in the microwave/pan and served. The owner refuted my claim that the chicken was dry and told me that there is nothing wrong with the chicken , the chicken is moist and tender. I realize mistakes happen and it wasn't a big deal but to be told the chicken you ate was moist when in fact it was quite the opposite tells me the owner has poor people skills and is not concerned in satisfying his clients. All I ask is not to be called a liar. BEST OF LUCK.