With Halloween in the rearview mirror, it’s officially the holiday season and nothing sets the tone quite like dinner by the fire. From elegant, upscale options to more casual choices, there is a spot for all occasions to get cozy. Given regulations around wood burning fireplaces, most of these spots are concentrated in Old Montreal and Downtown.Read More
8 Restaurants and Bars in Montreal With Cozy Fireplaces
A crackling fire adds to the atmosphere
It’s hard to miss the gas fireplace at Daniel Bouloud’s Golden Square Mile location inside the Ritz Carlton. As the centerpiece of the decor, it enhances the sophisticated atmosphere, while adding an intimate feel. Whether enjoying breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, it’s always a luxurious experience.
Nestled inside downtown’s Le Mount Stephen boutique hotel (a former circa-1880s Victorian mansion), this all-day option offers an eclectic menu of traditional English cooking with nods to local Quebecois cuisine. The original wood walls and mouldings paired with leather banquettes and ornate chandeliers set an opulent scene, and while the fireplace is just for looks (it’s no longer actually functional), it still helps to set the mood.
Located in the heart of the Old Port in a nineteenth-century building, this traditional steakhouse has been serving classics like filet mignon, rib steak, NY cut strip sirloin, and surf n’ turf (plus other staples like Caesarsalad, crab cakes, and salmon tartare) for over 35 years. Boasting not one, but several fireplaces, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the warm environment.
Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel
Centuries-old stone walls, dim lighting, and fireplaces set the intimate vibe at this Old Port mainstay offering a locally sourced menu that changes with the seasons. Steeped in history, yet still trendy, it’s always memorable.
This Old Montreal mainstay has been charming diners since 1969 with its romantic courtyard, its stone walls, original 200 year old beamed ceilings, and cozy fireplaces. The menu is traditional steakhouse, featuring oysters and other seafood to start followed by grilled fish plates, and of course several options for steak including rib steak, sirloin, and filet mignon. Go for a personal dinner, or a large group event —they accommodate it all.
Set in an 1897 Victorian mansion, this Downtown option has been delighting Montrealers with its French cuisine for over four decades. The whole space has a warm environment, but for the most intimate experience, book the private room; that’s where the fireplace is.
Everything is modern and sleek — from the decor to the plating of the food —at this BYOB option in Hochelaga Maisonneuve, where the menu is traditional French speckled with Quebecois flair (think a poutine with pulled pork and mustard cream). The floor-to-ceiling windows keep it bright, while the fireplace adds some warmth and ambience.
Dark wood floors, stone walls, wood-beamed ceilings, leather banquettes, and a candle-filled fireplace establish the tone at this Old Montreal hangout. The menu features French cuisine, creative cocktails, and a deep international wine list, plus some decadent options for dessert. Important to note: due to its zoning as a bar, you must be 18+ to check it out.