Montreal veggie cafe attached to a hostel; previously name L'Utopik. Features a special each day. Menu food items include cheese except maybe 2 items are vegan. Uses mostly organic ingredients. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Organic, Western, Canadian, American, Beer/Wine
552 Ste-Catherine Est
Montreal, Quebec H2L 2E1

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First Review by kennyp353

Musical veggie restaurant

4 Posted on 08 / 20 / 2014

I've been there several times because the place is very pleasant and the food is good and cheap. They have several vegan options, including desserts. Food was always good and fresh, even if some sandwiches were sometimes a bit dry because of the bread and the lack of sauce. The staff is friendly and the place has a good vibe! You must go when there is music groups, it's really fun!

Pros: cheap and good food with vegan options, nice place and music, friendly staff, good vibe
Cons: sometimes dry sandwiches

Quick and cheerful with delightful music

3 Posted on 11 / 30 / 2013

Had a quick meal here to wonderful live jazz music. Hit the spot as we wanted a small meal but something vegetarian. Excellent ginger and lime juice - just the thing in the cold. The chèvre chaud however was just a regular goat cheese salad not a hot cheese crostini combination.

Pros: Live music
Cons: Limited menu, Not child friendly

Local flavour

3 Posted on 07 / 01 / 2012

Without happycow, I would never have found this place (being up the stairs without an obvious sign). It looked a bit like a locals hangout but they were friendly to my non-french speaking tourist self. I went for lunch and had the special with a juice that was reasonably priced for Montreal and it was freshly cooked. The decor was eclectic and arty, with nice local music and wifi access, and I really enjoyed the whole ambience. It isn't fine dining, but the food was tasty. The only disappointment was the lettuce in the salad that needed a wash.

Pros: nice food, reasonable price, ambience

Quirky Spot for Good, Cheap Food

4 Posted on 11 / 14 / 2011

As a Montrealer, post-graduate, art enthusiast and overall thrifty guy L'Escalier holds a place in my heart. This quaint, quirky loft space (formerly a hostel) serves good food at very reasonable prices in an atmosphere that caters to a relaxed crowd.

Blink and you'll miss it along Ste-Catherine street. Located through a narrow door between "Au Pain Dore" and "Pour Emporter" you walk up a flight of stairs (escaliers, in french) and find yourself facing the bar where you can survey that day's menu. All orders are placed at the bar - get your food and then be seated.

The food, based on my numerous visits, has always been tasty. Everything is prepared fresh from delicious light salads to more hearty meals. It's not fine dining but nothing about L'Escalier implies that it would be.

The layout is probably the most intriguing aspect of the place. There are countless little nooks created throughout the space. They have all sorts of board games, conversation pieces, etc. so that you can never be bored. There is also more traditional restaurant seating available too closer to the music stage. That's right, many nights there will be live music to accompany your dining experience making L'Escalier a great spot to discover some out-of-the-ordinary music.

All in all, L'Escalier is a Montreal gem. If you find yourself in the area with a stomach that isn't full, a place to spend time with a few friends, a craving for live music or a spot to browse the web on your laptop head on up the stairs and enjoy.

Pros: Atmosphere, Good, cheap food, More than just a palce for food
Cons: Live music not always a positive

Family friendly for late lunch

4 Posted on 08 / 24 / 2011

We have never been there for evening as we have a toddle and dont think the bar/jamming scene is family friendly at that time. We normally go in weekend afternoon for late lunch (around 2-3pm), it is quiet and friendly enough for our toddle. Waitress/waiter is always friendly, but the food servicing is always slow. i think they just take their time to prepare the food. May be that is the reason that the food is always well done and taste good.

Pros: Food, ambience, price
Cons: service a bit slow, may not family friendly at certain time


appreciable hippie place

4 Posted on 03 / 13 / 2009

let's be clear, this is a hippie place. I still had a good time, food was good, light and tasty, cheap, the beer was nice as well.
The only bad point is all the hippies hanging around playing guitar and try to look as stone as possible.

Pros: cheap, tasty, comfy
Cons: hippies, hippies, hippies


5 Posted on 09 / 25 / 2008

Tried the new veggie burger recently, all vegan, very very good. Highly recommend it. Also had a brownie that was quite nice. Service was fast and friendly enough, free self serve water is key. The energy of the place is among the best in town. Also pretty inexpensive

Pros: Good Food, Good Service, Great Atmosphere

my hangout

5 Posted on 09 / 14 / 2008

whats a best place to be where u can listen to live music, work on your internet computer and eat awesome healthy food at same time...i can live there!

Food's secondary to the venue

3 Posted on 09 / 08 / 2008

This is a gig venue, I went at 10pm on a Friday night, it was too busy to sit anywhere except at the bar. The food's very much secondary to the bar and the concert venue. I had the soup and pizza special of the day - it took about 40 minutes and was neither pleasant nor unpleasant, but it was so cheap it was practically free so it didn't really matter. Beer was cheap and plentiful too. The kitchen's open til 2am every night. You don't have to pay the cover for the band if you sit in the part of the bar where you can't see them. In short, a good option if you're out drinking in Le Village or the Latin Quarter - throw some cheap food in your face over a beer or three and then hit the town.

Pros: extremely cheap
Cons: nothing fancy


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