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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Montreal

Where to go for a night out with your special someone

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Date night and dining out go hand-in-hand — and Montreal has some unbeatable spots to take that special someone. From casual outings to fancier occasions, the picks below all deliver with an intimate ambience and delicious food to make for a memorable night.

Spots like Le Vin Papillon and Cadet are well-suited for a smaller bite and glass of wine after a long workday, while others, such as Damas and Le Mousso are well-established options for pulling out all the stops and indulging. And all of them should lead to happy stomachs (which are bound to make for happy hearts).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Marconi

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45 Avenue Mozart O, Montréal
QC H2S 1C1, Canada
(514) 490-0777
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With a large bar and a wide-open kitchen concept, what was once a local dépanneur has transformed into a neighbourhood favourite. The menu is innovative and expertly prepared and presented in mismatching dinnerware for some extra charm. Expect to share about five to six plates per couple and do yourself a favour by exploring the impressive cocktail list.

2. Damas

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1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K4, Canada
(514) 439-5435
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This plush, dimly lit Outremont favourite is the perfect date spot — not just for the ambience, but also for the food, with offerings from labneh and baba ghannouj to char-grilled meats. Forgo the hassle of having to choose dishes and opt for the tasting menu to get a comprehensive introduction to Syrian cuisine.

3. Impasto

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48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada
(514) 508-6508
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Exquisitely crafted pastas, house-cured charcuterie, and a solid wine list coalesce for an invariably satisfying date night at Impasto, the Little Italy spot that started it all for co-owners Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione. Marble tabletops, warm wood surfaces, an open kitchen, and large windows help to set the mood just right.

4. Alma

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1231 Av. Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada
(514) 543-1363
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This charming Outremont spot brings coastal Catalonia straight to Montreal — with all the romance that entails. Dishes laden with anchovies, cured meats, and seafoods, plus an equally transportive wine list, await. Neighbouring wine bar Tinc Set, from the same owners, fits the bill for a slightly more casual date night.

5. Le Virunga

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851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2H9, Canada
(514) 504-8642
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Snug quarters, intricate decor, and low lighting colours make this Plateau pan-African spot an obvious pick for date night. Expect local ingredients given the sub-Saharan treatment, on-point service, and stunning cocktails and South African wines.

6. Le Vin Papillon

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2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada
(514) 439-6494
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Avoid the craziness that is Joe Beef and opt for a quieter, more intimate experience at Le Vin Papillon. The food is just as good with simple plates that often hone in on a central meat or vegetable, plus the wine service is impeccable, making for some easy, seamless dining.

7. L'Express

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3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada
(514) 845-5333
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Whether the emphasis is on date night, people watching, or taking a mini vacation to a Parisian brasserie without leaving Montreal, a visit to L’Express covers many bases. Though the restaurant is routinely bustling at peak dinner time, it’s open all day long, so there’s no excuse not to drop by and tuck into a shared plate of beef tartare and frites.

8. Candide

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551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal
QC H3J 2L6, Canada
(514) 447-2717
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It’s easy to focus on the person sitting across the table when the service is as finessed as it is at Candide. After all, nothing sets the mood quite like some pretty plates, made up of ultra-local, ultra-seasonal Quebec produce, along with a swish wine selection to match.

9. Nora Gray

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1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H3C 1H2, Canada
(514) 419-6672
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With a space that manages to feel simultaneously homey and classy, Nora Gray optimizes romantic dining. Fancy enough for a planned-in-advance special occasion, yet not too formal for a spontaneous post-work pick, cozy up at the bar or settle into a booth for an evening of unforgettable Italian food and wine. 

10. Cadet

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1431 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S8, Canada
(514) 903-1631
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Bouillon Bilk’s little sister is perfectly situated in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, making it a convenient stop for a bite, before or after another activity. Small plates, a well-stocked bar, and thoughtful cocktail list, round out the experience.

11. Le Mousso

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1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1P8, Canada
(438) 384-7410
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Three- to four-hour-long tasting menus are not for the faint of heart, but for the couple that loves refined and creative food, Le Mousso should be top of mind. It’s a great destination to celebrate a relationship milestone — and chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard is the ideal steward.

12. Barroco

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312 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada
(514) 544-5800
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Old Montreal may have a reputation for being the over-priced, once-tourist-heavy part of town, but its cobble stones and street lamps have romance built into them. At Barroco, that vibe gets carried in, with stone walls, dim lights, and a swoon-worthy menu interlacing French and Spanish flavours.

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1. Marconi

45 Avenue Mozart O, Montréal, QC H2S 1C1, Canada

With a large bar and a wide-open kitchen concept, what was once a local dépanneur has transformed into a neighbourhood favourite. The menu is innovative and expertly prepared and presented in mismatching dinnerware for some extra charm. Expect to share about five to six plates per couple and do yourself a favour by exploring the impressive cocktail list.

45 Avenue Mozart O, Montréal
QC H2S 1C1, Canada

2. Damas

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4, Canada

This plush, dimly lit Outremont favourite is the perfect date spot — not just for the ambience, but also for the food, with offerings from labneh and baba ghannouj to char-grilled meats. Forgo the hassle of having to choose dishes and opt for the tasting menu to get a comprehensive introduction to Syrian cuisine.

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K4, Canada

3. Impasto

48 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1J6, Canada

Exquisitely crafted pastas, house-cured charcuterie, and a solid wine list coalesce for an invariably satisfying date night at Impasto, the Little Italy spot that started it all for co-owners Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione. Marble tabletops, warm wood surfaces, an open kitchen, and large windows help to set the mood just right.

48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada

4. Alma

1231 Av. Lajoie, Outremont, QC H2V 1P2, Canada

This charming Outremont spot brings coastal Catalonia straight to Montreal — with all the romance that entails. Dishes laden with anchovies, cured meats, and seafoods, plus an equally transportive wine list, await. Neighbouring wine bar Tinc Set, from the same owners, fits the bill for a slightly more casual date night.

1231 Av. Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada

5. Le Virunga

851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2H9, Canada

Snug quarters, intricate decor, and low lighting colours make this Plateau pan-African spot an obvious pick for date night. Expect local ingredients given the sub-Saharan treatment, on-point service, and stunning cocktails and South African wines.

851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2H9, Canada

6. Le Vin Papillon

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N4, Canada

Avoid the craziness that is Joe Beef and opt for a quieter, more intimate experience at Le Vin Papillon. The food is just as good with simple plates that often hone in on a central meat or vegetable, plus the wine service is impeccable, making for some easy, seamless dining.

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada

7. L'Express

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada

Whether the emphasis is on date night, people watching, or taking a mini vacation to a Parisian brasserie without leaving Montreal, a visit to L’Express covers many bases. Though the restaurant is routinely bustling at peak dinner time, it’s open all day long, so there’s no excuse not to drop by and tuck into a shared plate of beef tartare and frites.

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada

8. Candide

551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal, QC H3J 2L6, Canada

It’s easy to focus on the person sitting across the table when the service is as finessed as it is at Candide. After all, nothing sets the mood quite like some pretty plates, made up of ultra-local, ultra-seasonal Quebec produce, along with a swish wine selection to match.

551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal
QC H3J 2L6, Canada

9. Nora Gray

1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H3C 1H2, Canada

With a space that manages to feel simultaneously homey and classy, Nora Gray optimizes romantic dining. Fancy enough for a planned-in-advance special occasion, yet not too formal for a spontaneous post-work pick, cozy up at the bar or settle into a booth for an evening of unforgettable Italian food and wine. 

1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H3C 1H2, Canada

10. Cadet

1431 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S8, Canada

Bouillon Bilk’s little sister is perfectly situated in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, making it a convenient stop for a bite, before or after another activity. Small plates, a well-stocked bar, and thoughtful cocktail list, round out the experience.

1431 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S8, Canada

11. Le Mousso

1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1P8, Canada

Three- to four-hour-long tasting menus are not for the faint of heart, but for the couple that loves refined and creative food, Le Mousso should be top of mind. It’s a great destination to celebrate a relationship milestone — and chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard is the ideal steward.

1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1P8, Canada

12. Barroco

312 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

Old Montreal may have a reputation for being the over-priced, once-tourist-heavy part of town, but its cobble stones and street lamps have romance built into them. At Barroco, that vibe gets carried in, with stone walls, dim lights, and a swoon-worthy menu interlacing French and Spanish flavours.

312 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

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