Les 3 Brasseurs

Les 3 BrasseursLes 3 Brasseurs
Les 3 BrasseursLes 3 Brasseurs
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1658 Rue St-Denis
Montréal, Quebec

(514) 845-1660 | map

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Reviewed by Shanex from France

3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
I was hanging out in the Quartier latin of Montreal fairly often when visiting and this bring some good memories. It's basically located in one of the most exciting part of the city. Good québécoise food and a good selection of beers. The service was quite alright.
Apr 21, 2016
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Reviewed by jjboesen from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
The Three Brewers is a chain with several location throughout Canada (Ontario and Quebec). This particular location is on the bustling St-Denis street in the middle of the Latin Quarter. It is an attractive venue with several levels amid a British pub atmosphere: lengthy bar and plenty of places to dine. That said, the beer is rather unremarkable; not bad, just not great. It is fresh and drinkable, but when you are a few steps from Le St-Bock, you can definitely get better beer. The service was excellent and bilingual (as are most in the city). She was friendly and professional and really liked her job. The food menu was the usual with the exception of a Quebecois dish poutine, which is French fries drowned in cheese curds and gravy. Here, one can gorge on pulled pork poutine. Sacre bleu. In any case, it made for a great lunch as I waited for the opening of Mondiale de la Bier, the event that brought me to this incredible city again.
Jun 16, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by e_beaulieu from Canada (QC)

Sep 08, 2015
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

2.99/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3
This is a chain of very similar if not identical bars/restaurants and so you need to expect that going into it. They have a pretty standard selection of beers on tap. They are boring to mediocre. Not bad bad, but nothing to do with other stuff you could get in town. The one saving grace is the look of the place with is slick and brewery themed. Apart from that think Applebee's with better beer, or any of a number of other places with worse food and worse beer.

If you like going here, by all means, but if you are visiting and looking to try lots of diverse, interesting beers then you should skip this one. The Saint-Denis location at least is within walking distance of a lot of good brewpubs, so there is that.
Jul 22, 2015
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2 | food: 4
+ Great modern look
+ Good food
- Basic service
- Poor selection
- Average quality

I think this is the first original 3 brasseurs in the province that was exported from France around 12 years ago and the best looking one with a terrace on the top of the building. Now it's more a restaurant chain with 4 locations in Montreal. So if you don't know which one to go I recommend this one.
May 19, 2015
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
Of all of the 3 Brasseurs locations that I visited, this one in the Quartier Latin was my favorite. It was a little less touristy, and a bit more relaxed. The interior decor reminded me a bit of a Pizzeria Uno with a bit of a faux retro-industrial and lots of wood. The service was very good (which is certainly not to be found at the busy Rue Sainte-Catherine Oest location), and I felt that the food was better than I found at any of the other locations (I can only chalk that up to their not being as busy). The beers were good (but of course that's true for all of their stores), and I enjoyed the house bier, a spicy Belgian-style ginger beer. It's worth a visit if you've got time, but keep in mind that you're not far from Le Saint Bock, Le Cheval Blanc, and L'Amere a Boire.
Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 3 by Dewso from Canada (QC)

Sep 06, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by AnHeroicHippo from Canada (QC)

Aug 07, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by edugasmtl from Canada (QC)

Jul 30, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

Jul 25, 2014
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Reviewed by LeffeHanded from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3
OK brewpub, not terrific. It's a few doors down from Saint Bock on St. Denis Street, a couple minutes walk north from St. Catherine street. My buddy and I opened the place for lunch on a Saturday. The food was OK, menus were available in French and English. The beer selection was bleak, though I did enjoy the blonde (beer) I sampled. Only 4 or 5 beers on tap, nothing earthshaking, all styles you'd expec to see in your average brewpub. The service was great though, we sat at the bar, and our bartender offered to take our picture with the brewing equipment.

Much appreciated Hugo!!
Aug 16, 2010
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Reviewed by wildrnss from Maine

2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2
I stopped in this brewpub on a beer and bakery tour of Montreal. I guess I thought this was more of a micro place, so I was surprised to see all the locations listed on the menu. Should have done better research on this place I guess, but it was on my walk back to my hotel so it was worth a try.

I tried the sampler and the beers (blanche, blonde, ambre, and brun) were all decent but nothing really worth jumping up and down about.

The bar staff was fairly attentive, and it is worth noting the menu is all in french. I'm glad that there was a beer sampler to try at least.
Nov 14, 2009
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Reviewed by CHADMC3 from Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5
Visited this place with a bunch of friends one afternoon. They had nice beer specials, but no great beers. Basically about four selections on draft from Les 3 Brasseurs. All average, I tried the blanche which was decent. The menu is big and has some creative stuff on it. I enjoyed the open faced seafood sandwich. The atmosphere was again just average, like visiting any chain restaurant in a large city. The service was completely lacking and borderline unpleasant. Not sure if our server was just trying to be funny or if his true personality actually mirrored how he acted, but he was certainly the low point of the visit. Unfortunately, I cannot say I would return here.
May 08, 2009
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Reviewed by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3
When I was last in Montréal, I was going to dinner with my new roomates from my hostel and we came across this place. We hoped inside that Friday night and saw a busy place. There are four floors to the place, and we were sent to the top one. There were a few customers on our floor, which came with its own bar and Canadiens hockey on TV. Our menus were written only in French, but I understood some French, however my group needed help from our waitress (who was very helpful) translating the menu. We came just in time for happy hour beers, but we could only choose between their pale lager or amber ale (other styles were available too, but not at happy hour prices). But in exchange, we had our beers poured in big mugs. I ordered Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza as my entree, and was satisfied by it (though it become a bit boring).

Interestingly, this franchise of brewpubs is based in France. Other locations exists in Martinique, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Réunion, so you don't need to seek out Montréal for this place. Not that it's anything glamorous in the first place, but solid.
Sep 22, 2007
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Reviewed by BBM from New York

2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4
Despite the score I didn't mind this place too much. The atmosphere is a little misleading, because it was the day the Senators made the Cup finals, so the place was buzzing. Of course, we were seated upstairs in a corner. The place is very big and very warehouse-like.

The service was bad. The entire menu was in French, and none of us knew any. The waitress was obviously annoyed at that, and was very rude overall. She opened up the bill at the table to see what kind of tip we left! If that's not tacky I don't know what it.

There's only 4 beers to choose from, but in my opinion they were all pretty solid. The food was also above average. Overall it was crappy service, but even though the place is a chain, it's not that bad for a quick drink and a bite.
May 31, 2007
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Reviewed by murphysbleachers from Illinois

2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2
I happened upon this place without knowing it was part of a European chain. It was crowded on a Saturday afternoon when I was there. Only four different beers on tap (blonde, blanche, ambree, and something else that I didn't try), none of which were inspiring. A big bland chain restaurant with nothing really interesting about it. Boring beer and a cookie cutter atmosphere. Imagine a Rock Bottom brewery, but with fewer beers of a more mediocre quality. It seems like it belongs in the suburbs rather than in Montreal. I usually try to find something I like about most places, but this place was just average and forgettable. Some of the food looked reasonably good, but I had already had lunch, so I didn't try it.
Sep 02, 2006
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Reviewed by drotski from Maine

2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4
I ate at this place on my last night in Montreal, only because it was the closest brewpub to my hotel, and I wanted to go to at least one brewpub on my trip. They didn't seem to like the English language much. The menu has minimal translation, and the server obviously didn't care for the language much. The rest of Montreal seemed to be more appreciative of the language, but it was neat to be in a french speaking atmosphere. I don't know what the beer I ordered was called, but I asked for the darkest beer they had. It wasn't the greatest. Had a smokey flavor, but tasted like a porter homebrew kit. I ordered a burger, which was great. Not a bad place, but next time I go there I'll try someplace else.
Aug 14, 2006
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Reviewed by rrwiltse from Colorado

1.86/5  rDev -39%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5
Went to the Vieux-Montreal location, I believe on Rue St. Paul. Reminded me alot of a big US brewpub, very large, super high ceilings, lots of space. We were there about 9-10pm on a weeknight just for a beer before we returned to our hotel. The atmosphere wasn't anything special, not welcoming but not alienating either, it felt very familiar due to its similarity to many a US brewpub. The service was inattentive and difficult to get, slow slow slow. The beer selection was sad, a bruin, blonde, blanche and ambree. Tried the blanche and blonde--bland but inoffensive. We did not try any food. Even though this location was a block from our hotel, we never returned, the convenience of location didn't matter as the beers were unremarkable and it was worth our time to go elsewhere for better. I would only try this place if you REALLY needed a beer and there was nowhere else to go.
Jul 27, 2006
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Reviewed by bkett01 from Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
Happened upon this place while walking around the city. Great atmosphere when I stopped by as the Canadiens playoff game was on. Nice layout with a large bar placed right in the middle of the main dining area. The brewtanks are visible as you walk in the door (to be honest that's what drew me in). Only four house brews were available, and my waiter didn't know what an IPA was, so I can't say I was impressed by the beer selection/service. I believe there was a brown, amber, white, and a red on tap. I got the sampler, and the beers were average, but the best part about this place is definitely the layout/atmosphere.
Some people I was with ordered a couple of appetizers while we were there. Seemed about average. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit here (considering some other places in the area... ahem... DDC), but it provided a good start to the evening.
May 11, 2006
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Reviewed by Prufrock from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5
Visited March-06.

Nice atmosphere, if somewhat sterile and calculated. Feels pretty American in character; high ceilings, windows to the brewing equipment, noisy.

Beers were decent if unspectacular/unadventurous. They had amber, blonde, blanche, some kind of special amber...standard line-up for a Canadian brewpub. I had a sampler of 5; nothing stood out, and they seemed similar in character; creamy in texture, slightly empty in flavor.

Food wasn't great; tried the poutine and a croque-monsieur, which were both just OK. I have great memories of the place due to a few visits to their Tahiti location during my honeymoon, but it didn't live up to the memories.
Mar 13, 2006
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Reviewed by DrJay from Texas

2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
We decided to check this place out on our way to L'Amere a Boire, just up the road. The seating area was quite comfortable and open, with a large bar on one side and large windows that opened onto the street on the other side. The extra air circulation was great in the summer. At the front, beside the entrance, was the brewhouse. We were fortunate enough to get to watch some brewing (mostly just cleaning up spent grains after lautering). Service was prompt and friendly, even as the tables filled up. Happy hour ran from 5-7pm and they had samplers available. They had four selections available during our visit. The Brune was the only one we all thought was passable. All the beer had a house flavour, sweet with low attenuation, and they were all fairly astringent. Our one visit will probably be enough, unless we're in the area and the other local brewpubs are full.
Sep 21, 2005
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Reviewed by waughbrew from Massachusetts

2.05/5  rDev -32.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 4
Right on St. Denis near UQAM, probably where they get most of their business from. Based upon my limited experience, I would say that anyone with any sense walks a few more blocks up the street to L'Amere a Boire.

Attractive signs and windows - one side of the place is glass garage doors that I assume would be opened during summer. There are two floors with seating, the tables seem crowded together closely on both floors. When I visited they had a blonde, a brune, and a wheat. ZZZzzzz. What the hell kind of selection is that? I had the blonde. Rough, sulfury, and detached carbonation. Tried the brune. Decent chocolaty beer with a bland finish. Didn't bother with the wheat.

Had a couple appetizers that tasted pretty good. One was like bruschetta with tomatoes and cheese and came with a salad. The other was a bagel with smoked salmon and a salad. We stayed away from the full meals because they were a bit pricey. 12$ for a burger, nah.

I hate when I have more than one server, and here we had two that alternated. Which one of you is my waitperson?! Arrrg.

Even though this place wasn't awful, I really would not go back. There are so many good choices close to here that it really does not make sense to go to a half-ass brewpub like this.
Apr 22, 2005
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Reviewed by Goldorak from Canada (QC)

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Open windowed resto-bar on ultra-trendy St-Denis Street, two blocks from the Berri-UQAM subway station. It's right next to a huge movie theater complex, so I stopped by for a quick Beer and lunch before the show started.

The first thing you notice on the way in is the kettle and fermentor right next to the door. They were actually using it so the whole place smelled like grain, even with all the garage door windows opened. Nice long bar with typical wood/brass everywhere. A nice terrasse on the roof, and a few more tables outside on the sidewalk.

4 Beers were on tap, I had the Brune (brown) served in a mug, a friend had the Blanche. The first time I went there I thought the blanche tasted a bit infected, but they seemed to have corrected the problem this time. However, both Beers were a little too weak for my taste. This pub is part of a french chain, and I heard the brewer has little or no leeway in tweak around with the recipies. I did hear that he sometimes makes special batches, but none were available this time around.

The Croque-monsieur I had was allright, but nothing amazing. Prices were reasonable, the pint and food costing me ~13$ Canadian. Service was fast (we did warn the waitress that we were in a hurry to catch a movie) and friendly. She asked us if we had any questions about the Beer, I didn't ask anything too technical though.

If you're in the neighbourhood, walk the 3-4 blocks up to Amère a Boire instead, and leave this place for the neophytes.
Aug 29, 2004
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Reviewed by 3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Well, the interesting thing about that pub is it is situated in the beating beat of Saint-Denis' street. And on a warm summer day, when the doors are all open it is very nice to have a beer there. The beer, well all of the beer I got where all served in a big monsterous buck! The blonde ale was very good, a nice fruity flavour and a strong taste of what an ale is. Also, you can have a degustation platter where they bring you all their selections of beer, this is quite interesting.

Only downside, on my last two visits, I had LOT of problems with the waitress, even one pushed me down the stairs so you can imagine I did not appreciated it, same happened with many of my friend who get bad services with them. Also, the knowledge in term of beer is lacking compared to their other competitors. But for a quick beer while you on Saint-Denis its great!
Jul 23, 2004
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Reviewed by gueuzegeek from New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4
Upon first walk in, this is a pretty decent looking place. The bar taps come out of some really funky copper piping, which made a great first impression. The little copper tank in the front was a nice touch. I am not all that convinced their primary focus was craft beer, however, I did not get to try their seasonal as they had just run out so the pickin's were slim. The beer was quite average, maybe good for someone who is not a super beer geek. It was not bad, just not the best stuff.

I sat at the bar and ordered food, so the service was okay, but still not stellar, except that they were very friendly, just not all that fast. I got one of their Famms, which is like a pizza, now THAT was good!! If you do go, get one of those. It was an ultra crispy thin crust with plenty of toppings.

All in all, to get a local beer and a Famm is fine, just average in general though overall.
Jun 10, 2004
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Reviewed by PatandDavid from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
This was our first stop during our recent weekend to Montreal. We practically ran right into this place on St Denis. We kept thinking: How could we have missed this place on all our earlier jaunts, but it turns out it only opened in June or July of '01.

Anyway, everything was bright and shiny, we walked in and sat at the bar. Our bartender was very friendly, introduced himself and asked us our names. He also explained the few beer specials they had, ie. get a pint of the amber for the cost of the half-pint. I like beer specials! David chose the red, I took the amber. Two solid beers, personally I like the red style that you find in Montreal. Our next beers were the 'hoegaarden style' (might have been the blanche) for David, and the blonde for me. I had been chatting with the fellow next to me, who had been drinking the blonde...he told me he drinks it because it's light. Well, the blonde was pretty light, watery in fact. David's blanche was ok. This place actually served food! but we decided we wanted to have a few more brews, so left to go check out La Cheval Blanc, thinking we could come back a bit later to get something to eat and try a few more styles.

Let's just say that after having a sip of the brews at La Cheval Blanc we looked at each other and said: I guess we don't have to go back to Le 3 Brasseurs.

Conclusion? Nice bar, some decent beers, maybe if you want to sit and have a session going. No overwhelming extraordinary tastes.
Jan 18, 2003
Les 3 Brasseurs in Montréal, QC, Canada
Brewery rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 18 ratings