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12 Romantic Restaurants for a Date in Montreal

Be it for Valentine’s Day or just a night out, here’s where to enjoy a meal out with that special someone

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Date night is often synonymous with dining out, and these are some of the optimal spots in town to take that special someone. From casual outings to fancier occasions, they all have the right combination of romantic ambience and delicious (and memorable) 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. Moccione

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380 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G9, Canada
(514) 270-4441
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The Eater Restaurant of the Year for 2019, Moccione earned quick accolades from critics and peers alike, who were quick to praise the homey, laid-back atmosphere at this Italian restaurant. With very limited seating in a simple yet charming space, and a strong focus on fresh ingredients (the pastas are all handmade daily) the food is an obvious highlight, and the vibe is just right. Tip: look to make a reservation well in advance.

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2. vinvinvin

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1290 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1P9, Canada

Fashioned by the wonderful Ménard Dworkind architectural and design firm (think Vesta, Ryu, Miss Wong, Le Blossom, and Bar Royal, to name a few), this natural wine bar celebrates local, organic food and drink in a beautiful space that attracts a youthful crowd every day of the week. Come thirsty and prepare to indulge in delicately prepared shared plates from a chef who cut her teeth at the also-excellent Candide.

3. Marconi

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45 Avenue Mozart O, Montréal
QC H2S 1C1, Canada
(514) 490-0777
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With minimal table seating, 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.

4. 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 food, with offerings from labneh and baba ghannouj to char-grilled meats that have won critical acclaim. Forgo the hassle of having to choose dishes and opt for the tasting menu to get a comprehensive introduction to Syrian cuisine.

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5. 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 with its eminently classic French fare. Late night dining is an option too, so even though the restaurant is routinely bustling at peak dinner time, there’s no excuse not to drop by and tuck into a shared plate of beef tartare and frites.

6. Le Mousso/Le Petit 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 tasting menus are not for the faint of heart, but for couples that love refined and creative food, Le Mousso is an ideal special-occasion destination. Chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard has also expanded to open Le Petit Mousso right next door, which offers an à la carte menu for times when a more casual meal is in order.

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7. 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 and its small plates is perfectly situated in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, making it a convenient stop for a bite, before or after a show or a night out on the town. A well-stocked bar and thoughtful cocktail list is an added bonus.

8. Le Bremner

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361 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 1H2, Canada
(514) 544-0446
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With only a small, red light hanging above the basement entryway, even finding this place from chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles can be part of the romantic adventure. Le Bremner stands out for its cellar-like décor, seasonal cuisine, extensive wine list, and impeccable service. And with a large, covered terrasse in the backyard, this spot caters to everyone. Be sure to save room for a shared plate of pancakes for dessert. 

9. Balsam Inn

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1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada
(514) 507-9207
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A sister restaurant to the timeless Dominion Square Tavern just next door, Balsam Inn opened a few years ago to serve classic Italian fare in a 1940s setting — think mid-century modern furniture, classic cocktails like a Negroni or a Manhattan, and funky overhead lighting that really sets the mood. Suggestion: Share a few appetizers before digging into the main course.

10. Nora Gray

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1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H3C 1H2, Canada
(514) 419-6672
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As 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. 

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11. 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 sexy wines to match. The charming terrasse dishes up an excellent atmosphere in summer, too.

12. 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 and wine is just as good with simple plates that often hone in on a central meat or vegetable, plus the “we know what you want better than you do” service makes for easy, seamless dining. Note that reservations aren’t accepted, so choose a dining time judiciously to avoid waiting.

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1. Moccione

380 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1G9, Canada
Katie Sehl/Eater Montreal

The Eater Restaurant of the Year for 2019, Moccione earned quick accolades from critics and peers alike, who were quick to praise the homey, laid-back atmosphere at this Italian restaurant. With very limited seating in a simple yet charming space, and a strong focus on fresh ingredients (the pastas are all handmade daily) the food is an obvious highlight, and the vibe is just right. Tip: look to make a reservation well in advance.

380 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G9, Canada

2. vinvinvin

1290 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1P9, Canada

Fashioned by the wonderful Ménard Dworkind architectural and design firm (think Vesta, Ryu, Miss Wong, Le Blossom, and Bar Royal, to name a few), this natural wine bar celebrates local, organic food and drink in a beautiful space that attracts a youthful crowd every day of the week. Come thirsty and prepare to indulge in delicately prepared shared plates from a chef who cut her teeth at the also-excellent Candide.

1290 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1P9, Canada

3. Marconi

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

With minimal table seating, 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

4. Damas

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4, Canada
Damas/Official

This plush, dimly lit Outremont favourite is the perfect date spot — not just for the ambience, but also for food, with offerings from labneh and baba ghannouj to char-grilled meats that have won critical acclaim. 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

5. 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 with its eminently classic French fare. Late night dining is an option too, so even though the restaurant is routinely bustling at peak dinner time, 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

6. Le Mousso/Le Petit Mousso

1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1P8, Canada
Le Mousso/Official

Three- to four-hour tasting menus are not for the faint of heart, but for couples that love refined and creative food, Le Mousso is an ideal special-occasion destination. Chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard has also expanded to open Le Petit Mousso right next door, which offers an à la carte menu for times when a more casual meal is in order.

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

7. Cadet

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

Bouillon Bilk’s little sister and its small plates is perfectly situated in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, making it a convenient stop for a bite, before or after a show or a night out on the town. A well-stocked bar and thoughtful cocktail list is an added bonus.

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

8. Le Bremner

361 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2, Canada

With only a small, red light hanging above the basement entryway, even finding this place from chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles can be part of the romantic adventure. Le Bremner stands out for its cellar-like décor, seasonal cuisine, extensive wine list, and impeccable service. And with a large, covered terrasse in the backyard, this spot caters to everyone. Be sure to save room for a shared plate of pancakes for dessert. 

361 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 1H2, Canada

9. Balsam Inn

1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC H3B 2V5, Canada

A sister restaurant to the timeless Dominion Square Tavern just next door, Balsam Inn opened a few years ago to serve classic Italian fare in a 1940s setting — think mid-century modern furniture, classic cocktails like a Negroni or a Manhattan, and funky overhead lighting that really sets the mood. Suggestion: Share a few appetizers before digging into the main course.

1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada

10. Nora Gray

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

As 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

11. 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 sexy wines to match. The charming terrasse dishes up an excellent atmosphere in summer, too.

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

12. 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 and wine is just as good with simple plates that often hone in on a central meat or vegetable, plus the “we know what you want better than you do” service makes for easy, seamless dining. Note that reservations aren’t accepted, so choose a dining time judiciously to avoid waiting.

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

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