Vieux-Port Steakhouse: Perfection comes with age

The building is impressive: five floors, brick and stone walls, plenty of windows. A distinguishing feature of this establishment is that it extends along two streets from its location on the corner of Saint-Paul, where the street is pedestrian only, and Saint-Gabriel.

Inside the Vieux-Port Steakhouse, a spacious restaurant occupying the first three floors of this historical building dating back to 1835, is just as striking. Despite its 183 years, it looks as beautiful as ever, its period construction materials some of its most stunning architectural features. The decor is sumptuous, and the atmosphere, comfortable and inviting.

Diners are greeted by original grey stone walls, rich wood accents, hardwood floors, imposing columns and long tables in the dining room, which all contribute to creating an atmosphere of warm elegance. Large bay windows add to the restaurant’s charm and, in the daytime, flood the room with natural light. In the evenings, light fixtures provide subdued lighting. But the jewels in the crown of the Vieux-Port have to be the four large fireplaces that have pride of place in different sections of the restaurant.

From its name, it’s not hard to guess the house speciality: steak, which is butchered on the premises. Two of the restaurant’s signature dishes are heart of filet mignon with brown butter asparagus or sautéed mushrooms, and fresh lobster from their tank.

The wine list, while not exceptional, offers an interesting selection of 75 labels from different countries, some of which are offered by the glass.

Monday to Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch)

Sunday to Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dinner)
Friday and Saturday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (dinner)

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch)

39 Saint-Paul Street East