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12 Montreal Restaurants With Great Deals on Wine To Go

For those who want to skip the SAQ lines

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According to Article 28 of the Act Respecting Liquor Permits, it’s permitted for restaurants to sell wine (or beer, for that matter) for take-out or delivery with meals. While there are some caveats (spirits can’t be sold), restaurants are still using the opportunity to attract customers.

Restaurants have found some ways to work within those rules too — although wine prices must be the same as in a restaurant’s dining room, with all dining rooms closed, they can simply lower all their prices, meaning that a bottle that previously went for $50 at a restaurant is likely to be quite a bit cheaper if you’re getting it to-go. Some have taken a different route, keeping the wine prices high but offering deep discounts on food, instead.

Of course, buying wines from the SAQ is generally a more economic option compared to restaurants, given that restaurants often charge a mark-up around three times a wine’s retail price of the wine. But local restaurants have something the SAQ doesn’t: wine lists loaded with private imports (meaning bottles that aren’t available at the SAQ), meaning it’s an opportunity to buy exceptional bottles, especially for natural wine lovers.

Without further ado, here are a few places to splash on a dinner with wine.

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Hélicoptère

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Hochelaga’s Hélicoptere has wines at extremely good prices for takeout or delivery with a $5 fee. The food menu includes sandwiches, salads, tartare, some meal-for-two options, and brunch. There’s also hummus, bolognese, salami, and bread to-go.

Rose Ross

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Reliable Rosemont neighbourhood spot Rose Ross is offering 25 percent off wine with takeout food orders from Monday to Friday — with options like lasagne and a hearty lamb meal for two, expect fanciful version of homey favourites.

Lundis au Soleil

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Jarry newcomer Lundis au Soleil had the misfortune to open right as a pandemic was declared — nonetheless, it’s offering “crisis pricing” on its wine, cider and beer list. Natural wines including bubbles and orange macerations, plus dry cider and a Belgian lambic are all available to go with its Spanish-tinged takeout menu.

Stella Pizzeria

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Great Plateau pizzeria Stella has lowered its wine prices (to about a two-times markup) for takeout and delivery. Oh, and the Drappier champagne on its list? That’s out of stock at the SAQ, by the way. There’s charcuterie, gnocchi, meatballs, salads, a kids menu and even a gluten-free option for its much-loved Neapolitan-style pizza.

Chez Victoire

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This Plateau French restaurant is offering bottles of wine for 30 percent off when you buy a meal for takeout or delivery. They’re doing hot meals and sous vide — everything from hummus to foie gras torchon, sous vide steaks, and a whole chicken at $22 with fries or potatoes and a red wine sauce. That magnum of the Champ Divin Crémant de Jura (at $98 for 1.5 litres of wine) will be perfect for a celebration when this is all over.

Pastaga

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At Martin Juneau’s Pastaga, all plates are $1 if you buy a bottle of wine from the natural wine list. The mark-up is already fairly reasonable, and all bottles over $65 draw a 25% discount.

Le Diplomate

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Le Diplomate is offering 20 percent off bottles from its natural wine list (peruse it online), or 25 percent off if you buy six or more. It’s takeout only and the wine must be pre-ordered along with food. The food menu is pretty solid, too: Don’t skip the peanuts, green curry and celeriac plate at $4.

Lawrence/Larrys

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Lawrence and Larrys lowered their prices (by about 25 percent) on wines from their shortened lists for takeout or delivery. The menu is on the website and on the restaurants’ Instagram stories, and features an ample selection of favourites from both establishments.

Nouveau Palais

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Nouveau Palais is offering a one-cent (yes, $0.01) large man ‘n’ cheese with the purchase of a bottle of wine for takeout. It also has a meal deal for two that includes a bottle of wine or beer around the $55 mark (this option changes daily so check the restaurant’s Facebook page).

Easily one of the city’s best sushi restaurants, Jun I is offering 25 percent off wine and sake when you order takeout or delivery from its special menu. The delivery fee is $15.

Poincaré Chinatown

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This environmentally-minded newcomer already has a quite low mark-up on an immense and affordable wine list ranging from orange wines to pet nats. The deal here is that the whole list is available with something from the menu, and Chef Jeremiah Bullied’s restaurant-canned goods make for the perfect home picnic ($10 beef and dark chocolate ragout, anyone?). Add some toilet paper and some of the excellent beer selection to your order while you’re at it.

Mauvais Garçons

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Comforting Griffintown spot Mauvais Garçons is offering 15 percent off your total takeout order rather than discounting the wine. Now, you can get a quality bottle of Sicilian orange wine to go with your tuna tartare or cauliflower tacos.

Hélicoptère

Hochelaga’s Hélicoptere has wines at extremely good prices for takeout or delivery with a $5 fee. The food menu includes sandwiches, salads, tartare, some meal-for-two options, and brunch. There’s also hummus, bolognese, salami, and bread to-go.

Rose Ross

Reliable Rosemont neighbourhood spot Rose Ross is offering 25 percent off wine with takeout food orders from Monday to Friday — with options like lasagne and a hearty lamb meal for two, expect fanciful version of homey favourites.

Lundis au Soleil

Jarry newcomer Lundis au Soleil had the misfortune to open right as a pandemic was declared — nonetheless, it’s offering “crisis pricing” on its wine, cider and beer list. Natural wines including bubbles and orange macerations, plus dry cider and a Belgian lambic are all available to go with its Spanish-tinged takeout menu.

Stella Pizzeria

Great Plateau pizzeria Stella has lowered its wine prices (to about a two-times markup) for takeout and delivery. Oh, and the Drappier champagne on its list? That’s out of stock at the SAQ, by the way. There’s charcuterie, gnocchi, meatballs, salads, a kids menu and even a gluten-free option for its much-loved Neapolitan-style pizza.

Chez Victoire

This Plateau French restaurant is offering bottles of wine for 30 percent off when you buy a meal for takeout or delivery. They’re doing hot meals and sous vide — everything from hummus to foie gras torchon, sous vide steaks, and a whole chicken at $22 with fries or potatoes and a red wine sauce. That magnum of the Champ Divin Crémant de Jura (at $98 for 1.5 litres of wine) will be perfect for a celebration when this is all over.

Pastaga

At Martin Juneau’s Pastaga, all plates are $1 if you buy a bottle of wine from the natural wine list. The mark-up is already fairly reasonable, and all bottles over $65 draw a 25% discount.

Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate is offering 20 percent off bottles from its natural wine list (peruse it online), or 25 percent off if you buy six or more. It’s takeout only and the wine must be pre-ordered along with food. The food menu is pretty solid, too: Don’t skip the peanuts, green curry and celeriac plate at $4.

Lawrence/Larrys

Lawrence and Larrys lowered their prices (by about 25 percent) on wines from their shortened lists for takeout or delivery. The menu is on the website and on the restaurants’ Instagram stories, and features an ample selection of favourites from both establishments.

Nouveau Palais

Nouveau Palais is offering a one-cent (yes, $0.01) large man ‘n’ cheese with the purchase of a bottle of wine for takeout. It also has a meal deal for two that includes a bottle of wine or beer around the $55 mark (this option changes daily so check the restaurant’s Facebook page).

Jun I

Easily one of the city’s best sushi restaurants, Jun I is offering 25 percent off wine and sake when you order takeout or delivery from its special menu. The delivery fee is $15.

Poincaré Chinatown

This environmentally-minded newcomer already has a quite low mark-up on an immense and affordable wine list ranging from orange wines to pet nats. The deal here is that the whole list is available with something from the menu, and Chef Jeremiah Bullied’s restaurant-canned goods make for the perfect home picnic ($10 beef and dark chocolate ragout, anyone?). Add some toilet paper and some of the excellent beer selection to your order while you’re at it.

Mauvais Garçons

Comforting Griffintown spot Mauvais Garçons is offering 15 percent off your total takeout order rather than discounting the wine. Now, you can get a quality bottle of Sicilian orange wine to go with your tuna tartare or cauliflower tacos.

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