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The Best Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Montreal

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Despite being in the depths of winter, Montrealers routinely flock to restaurants for Valentine’s Day, and most hot spots are reserved well in advance.

But it turns out there are still plenty of good bets available for the evening itself, and this map presents some of those places, across a range of cuisines. At the time of publication on Monday (February 11), every restaurant on this map had tables for two available at semi-reasonable times for Valentine’s Day — some slightly on the early or late side, but some of them still have plum 7:30 p.m. availabilities too.

Some places here are also doing set menus or table d’hôtes (and some of those are running during the week, too): check the descriptions for details. But reserve fast — Eater takes no responsibility for restaurants on this map getting booked out.

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Le St-Urbain

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One of the best tables in town on any day, chef Lindsay McLaren isn’t doing a special menu, working her regular magic with fine local fare.

Santa Barbara

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This vegetarian-leaning but meat-friendly Petite-Patrie spot has spots on February 14, with a fresh winter menu featuring five-spice duck, baked risotto, and a damn good kale salad.

Fieldstone

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Super creative chef Chanthy Yen will be putting together a seven course menu for $85, and spaces are still available at good times if you phone for a reservation. Wine pairings will be an option too, and the same menu will run through Saturday night.

Caribou Gourmand

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This oh-so-Québécois Mile End dining spot is doing five courses for two people at $99, with caramelized Magdalen Islands scallops, honey-glazed duck, and a fun trout tartare featuring gin (!).

Lawrence

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Marc Cohen’s meaty, uber-local, and British-tinged food at Lawrence is a long-time hit in Montreal’s dining scene (and had a tidy refresh last year) — get in quick while there’s still space for V-Day.

Ibéricos

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No special menu at this Plateau Spanish restaurant for February 14, just plenty of tapas like jamon ibérico, cod fritters, grilled octopus, and fried eggplant.

Radicelle

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Rabbit ballotine, shrimp carpaccio, and poached pears are just three of the dishes you’ll get at this fresh St-Laurent newcomer, serving five courses for $85 per person on Valentine’s Day.

Les Fillettes

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With excellent natural wine selections and modernized French cuisine, this cozy Outremont restaurant will do five courses for $55 per person on February 14, and still has a few spots.

Ichigo Ichie

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Skip the French traditionalism and go for izakaya-style bites like tuna tataki or octopus balls and some warm sake at this hopping Plateau favourite.

Joséphine

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This bright seafood restaurant on St-Denis is diong a special menu with pan-fried scallops, a full fish with white miso butter, and octopus with a black garlic romesco sauce. You’ll pay $120 for two people.

Brasserie Bernard

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This hearty Outremont staple sticks to its regular menu of veal ravioli, duck confit, mussels, and tartares, for a not-too-fancy, not-too-casual Valentine’s dinner.

Fiorellino

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No fuss pizza and pasta classics reign at the chic second location of this mid-range Italian eatery — the slightly more casual downtown location (on de la Gauchetière) also has spaces available.

Chez Leveque

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It’s wall to wall classicism at this Outremont staple, with escargot, bouillabaisse, boudin, and Lyon-style quenelles, and space is available on V-Day.

Café Cherrier

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A table d’hôte menu at this French bistro will run $30 to $40, featuring veal, seafood ravioli, and more — a solid and very classic option.

Kazamaza

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A more casual option, this Lebanese spot in the Mile End will fill you up with mezzes, lamb, and more on February 14.

New-ish Sri Lankan resto Nama will feed two people for $99 with fish biryani, slow-cooked mutton with papaya salad, cauliflower curry, and more. The same menu runs through February 17 if you want to skip the February 14 fuss.

Labo Culinaire/Foodlab

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Chef Adrien Renaud does some of the city’s most intriguing (and perhaps underrated) cuisine at the SAT’s in-house resto — V-Day brings a five-course menu with oysters, confit Arctic char, and roasted venison for $60 (plus $40 for wine pairings).

Emiliano's

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Carlos Flores’ Old Montreal Mexican restaurant goes well beyond just tacos, offering a wider and deeper range of authentic plates. No special Valentine’s menu, and spaces are available on the 14th.

Sup on hummus, couscous, and meaty, saucy tagines at this upscale downtown Moroccan restaurant, with prime February 14 slots still open.

The Valentine’s tasting menu from Constant Mentzas’ Old Montreal Greek restaurant runs over the weekend too — but there’s space on the 14th for his modern takes on Greek food, with plenty of seafood.

This Japanese-Peruvian spot is new to St-Henri, and serving a four course table d’hôte for $40 each, February 14 through 16, possibly with the likes of lomo saltado, calamari, and hearty stuffed potatoes.

Le St-Urbain

One of the best tables in town on any day, chef Lindsay McLaren isn’t doing a special menu, working her regular magic with fine local fare.

Santa Barbara

This vegetarian-leaning but meat-friendly Petite-Patrie spot has spots on February 14, with a fresh winter menu featuring five-spice duck, baked risotto, and a damn good kale salad.

Fieldstone

Super creative chef Chanthy Yen will be putting together a seven course menu for $85, and spaces are still available at good times if you phone for a reservation. Wine pairings will be an option too, and the same menu will run through Saturday night.

Caribou Gourmand

This oh-so-Québécois Mile End dining spot is doing five courses for two people at $99, with caramelized Magdalen Islands scallops, honey-glazed duck, and a fun trout tartare featuring gin (!).

Lawrence

Marc Cohen’s meaty, uber-local, and British-tinged food at Lawrence is a long-time hit in Montreal’s dining scene (and had a tidy refresh last year) — get in quick while there’s still space for V-Day.

Ibéricos

No special menu at this Plateau Spanish restaurant for February 14, just plenty of tapas like jamon ibérico, cod fritters, grilled octopus, and fried eggplant.

Radicelle

Rabbit ballotine, shrimp carpaccio, and poached pears are just three of the dishes you’ll get at this fresh St-Laurent newcomer, serving five courses for $85 per person on Valentine’s Day.

Les Fillettes

With excellent natural wine selections and modernized French cuisine, this cozy Outremont restaurant will do five courses for $55 per person on February 14, and still has a few spots.

Ichigo Ichie