Moishes

Jewish | Steak
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Bring a full wallet and a large appetite if you are dining at Moishe’s, which is Montreal’s high-end steak house. Opened in 1938 and now located upstairs on an inconspicuous block in the old Jewish neighborhood, it is not strictly Jewish. You can start your meal with shrimp cocktail or have a main course of grilled shrimp; but the more typical appetizers are herring in cream sauce and chopped liver; and many folks side their main course with latkes (potato pancakes) or karnatzlech (little sausages common at local delis).

Steaks, cooked on a charcoal grill that dates back to the 1930s, are the menu’s featured attraction. There are many cuts available, including rib steak, sirloin, filet mignon, and T-bone, not to mention sweetbreads and a mixed grill. The one we like best is the bone-in filet mignon. A huge pillow of meat laden with juice, it provides almost no resistance to a knife and offers fuller flavor than most boneless filets. We also like “Moishe’s famous Monte Carlo potato,” which is the house version of twice-baked.

Dining at Moishe’s is a plush experience. Spirits are high at the white-clothed tables in the bright dining room as couples, families, and business comrades partake of a meal that everybody knows is the best that money can buy.

What to Eat
Moishes, Bone-In Filet Mignon
Bone-In Filet Mignon
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Moishe's bone-in filet mignon comes resting on its bone. It is a huge, ridiculously juicy hunk of delicious meat.
Moishes, Chopped Liver
Chopped Liver
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'This tastes like a grandmother made it,' declared one of our tablemates about the homey chopped liver accompanied by luscious squiggles of schmaltz-fried onion.
Moishes, Bread Basket
Bread Basket
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Like so many top-ranked steak houses, Moishe's starts you out with a very interesting bread basket.
Moishes, Monte Carlo Potato
Monte Carlo Potato
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The Monte Carlo potato is Moishe's version of a twice-baked potato.
Moishes, Poutine
Poutine
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Poutine plus, topped with slices of charcoal-cooked filet mignon.
Moishes, Grilled Shrimp
Grilled Shrimp
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A trio of grilled shrimp with baby spinach makes a dandy hors d'oeuvre.
Moishes, Moishe’s Chicken
Moishe’s Chicken
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Proprietor Lenny Lighter told me that he eats Moishe's special chicken nearly every day. Moist, tender, and full-flavored, it is the great sleeper on a menu better known for steaks.
Moishes, Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw
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Brilliant cole slaw: crunchy, sweet-and-sour
Moishes, Tart Tatin
Tart Tatin
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Moishe's tart tatin just may be the ultimate apple pie a la mode
Moishes, Pickles
Pickles
Crunchy dill pickles are set on the table to nosh while you peruse the menu.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday5pm - 10pm
Monday5:30pm - 10pm
Tuesday5:30pm - 10pm
Wednesday5:30pm - 11pm
Thursday5:30pm - 12am
Friday5:30pm - 12am
Saturday5pm - 12am
Information
Price
$$$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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