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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hélicoptère

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4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada
(514) 543-4255
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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.

2. Rose Ross

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3017 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1Y 1X7, Canada
(514) 379-1900
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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.

3. Lundis au Soleil

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801 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1W6, Canada
(514) 419-0606
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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.

4. Stella Pizzeria

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1327 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H4, Canada
(514) 903-9448
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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.

5. Chez Victoire

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1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Z1, Canada
(514) 521-6789
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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.

6. Pastaga

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6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C3, Canada
(438) 381-6389
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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.

7. Le Diplomate

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129 Rue Beaubien O, Montréal
QC H2V 1C3, Canada
(514) 303-9727
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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.

8. Lawrence/Larrys

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9 Fairmount Ave E, Montreal
QC H2T 1C7, Canada
(514) 503-1070
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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.

9. Nouveau Palais

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281 Rue Bernard O, Montréal
QC H2V 1T5, Canada
(514) 273-1180
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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).

10. Jun I

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156 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada
(514) 276-5864
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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.

11. Poincaré Chinatown

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1071 Boul St-Laurent 2e étage, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada
(438) 393-6682
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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.

12. Mauvais Garçons

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1830 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3J 1R5, Canada
(514) 931-1777
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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.

1. Hélicoptère

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1K4, Canada

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.

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada

2. Rose Ross

3017 Rue Masson, Montréal, QC H1Y 1X7, Canada

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.

3017 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1Y 1X7, Canada

3. Lundis au Soleil

801 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1W6, Canada

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.

801 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1W6, Canada

4. Stella Pizzeria

1327 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H4, Canada

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.

1327 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H4, Canada

5. Chez Victoire

1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Z1, Canada

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.

1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Z1, Canada

6. Pastaga

6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C3, Canada

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.

6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C3, Canada

7. Le Diplomate

129 Rue Beaubien O, Montréal, QC H2V 1C3, Canada

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.

129 Rue Beaubien O, Montréal
QC H2V 1C3, Canada

8. Lawrence/Larrys

9 Fairmount Ave E, Montreal, QC H2T 1C7, Canada

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.

9 Fairmount Ave E, Montreal
QC H2T 1C7, Canada

9. Nouveau Palais

281 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2V 1T5, Canada

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).

281 Rue Bernard O, Montréal
QC H2V 1T5, Canada

10. Jun I

156 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N7, Canada

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.

156 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada

11. Poincaré Chinatown

1071 Boul St-Laurent 2e étage, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

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.

1071 Boul St-Laurent 2e étage, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

12. Mauvais Garçons

1830 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3J 1R5, Canada

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.

1830 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3J 1R5, Canada

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