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Where to Dine Solo in Montreal on Valentine's Day

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Some Montreal restaurants play well for couples on February 14. But solo diners? Not so much. When Valentine's Day wallops us with glitter, chocolates, Hallmark cards and insipid cinnamon candy next Friday, singles may want to give the likes of Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Toqué!, Europea and Ferreira Café a wide berth.

At other restaurants, however, you can blend. And nosh well. And drink. And forget your implacable, relentless loneliness.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dinette Triple Crown

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6704 rue Clark, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 3E9, Canada
(514) 272-2617
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Nicole Turcotte has a way with retro cocktails and Colin Perry delivers proper Kentucky-style meat and threes. Triple Crown is a neighbourhood spot, first and foremost, so relax: all the bridge and tunnel nuzzlers are a couple blocks over in Little Italy.

2. Maison Publique

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4720 rue Marquette, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 3Y6, Canada
(514) 507-0555
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You know that Eater Chef of the Year Derek Dammann and co. have chops. And look at that bar. Sidle up, order a cider or Laurentide, or avail yourself of the superb wine list, and start with a few small plates. Or whatever, just get a Herculean steak.

3. The Sparrow

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5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1A5, Canada
(514) 690-3964
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The hipster gastropub vibe at Sparrow serves as a kind of antidote to obnoxious pda. And besides, the cocktail list is sufficiently formidable.

4. Pizzeria Magpie

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16 rue Maguire, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1B8, Canada
(514) 507-2900
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Magpie may serve the best Margherita in Montreal, so there is that. And the scene is totally unpretentious too, with a few barstools for solo diners, a small wine list, good beers and drinks and a chill, family vibe.

5. Leméac

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1045 ave. Laurier Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H2V 2L1, Canada
(514) 270-0999
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Leméac is romantic, sure, but Richard Bastien's restaurant is not too erudite to close the door on loners. That long bar accommodates ten.

6. L'Express

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3927 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 2M4, Canada
(514) 845-5333
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A quintessential bistro welcomes solo diners with open arms. L'Express is that place in Montreal.

7. Brasserie T!

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1425 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2J4, Canada
(514) 282-0808
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Yes, a lot of couples congregate at Brasserie T! for your average Friday dinner service - that pre-orchestra crowd and all. But - big but - there is a bar and a superb burger and frites.

8. Dominion Square Tavern

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1243 rue Metcalfe, Montreal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada
(514) 564-5056
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Excellent cocktails, pub grub and a come-as-you-are atmosphere makes this Downtown spot a go-to for singles - or otherwise.

9. Kazu

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1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montreal, Quebec
H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 937-2333
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Kazu borders on uncomfortably busy, with long lines inevitable on a Friday - except perhaps if you happen to be alone and ask to sit at the bar. Which is the best way to enjoy this no-nonsense Japanese pub, by the way.

10. Maïs

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5435 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1S5, Canada
(514) 507-7740
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A crack bar staff, led by the singular Lon Benattar, doles out masterful cocktails and chefs William Cody, Gil MacNutt et al have a way with legit Mexican-ish stoner food. Reserve a spot at the bar before a gaggle of Ubisoft programmers get to them first.

11. Liverpool House

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2501 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3J 1N5, Canada
(514) 313-6049
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The bar at Liverpool House is part salon, part cultural nerve centre, part party. The likes of hipster-in-res Christopher Morgan mans the scene and, of course, food and wine both tops. Settle in.

12. Grumman 78

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630 rue de Courcelle, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 3C7, Canada
(514) 290-5125
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Grumman 78 is convivial but not at the expense of a solo diner's self-indulgent privacy. Sit at the bar, enjoy the wine list, the artful plates and the dessert cart.

1. Dinette Triple Crown

6704 rue Clark, Montreal, Quebec, H2S 3E9, Canada
Nicole Turcotte has a way with retro cocktails and Colin Perry delivers proper Kentucky-style meat and threes. Triple Crown is a neighbourhood spot, first and foremost, so relax: all the bridge and tunnel nuzzlers are a couple blocks over in Little Italy.
6704 rue Clark, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 3E9, Canada

2. Maison Publique

4720 rue Marquette, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 3Y6, Canada
You know that Eater Chef of the Year Derek Dammann and co. have chops. And look at that bar. Sidle up, order a cider or Laurentide, or avail yourself of the superb wine list, and start with a few small plates. Or whatever, just get a Herculean steak.
4720 rue Marquette, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 3Y6, Canada

3. The Sparrow

5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1A5, Canada
The hipster gastropub vibe at Sparrow serves as a kind of antidote to obnoxious pda. And besides, the cocktail list is sufficiently formidable.
5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1A5, Canada

4. Pizzeria Magpie

16 rue Maguire, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1B8, Canada
Magpie may serve the best Margherita in Montreal, so there is that. And the scene is totally unpretentious too, with a few barstools for solo diners, a small wine list, good beers and drinks and a chill, family vibe.
16 rue Maguire, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1B8, Canada

5. Leméac

1045 ave. Laurier Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H2V 2L1, Canada
Leméac is romantic, sure, but Richard Bastien's restaurant is not too erudite to close the door on loners. That long bar accommodates ten.
1045 ave. Laurier Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H2V 2L1, Canada

6. L'Express

3927 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 2M4, Canada
A quintessential bistro welcomes solo diners with open arms. L'Express is that place in Montreal.
3927 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 2M4, Canada

7. Brasserie T!

1425 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2J4, Canada
Yes, a lot of couples congregate at Brasserie T! for your average Friday dinner service - that pre-orchestra crowd and all. But - big but - there is a bar and a superb burger and frites.
1425 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2J4, Canada

8. Dominion Square Tavern

1243 rue Metcalfe, Montreal, QC H3B 2V5, Canada
Excellent cocktails, pub grub and a come-as-you-are atmosphere makes this Downtown spot a go-to for singles - or otherwise.
1243 rue Metcalfe, Montreal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada

9. Kazu

1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1M1, Canada
Kazu borders on uncomfortably busy, with long lines inevitable on a Friday - except perhaps if you happen to be alone and ask to sit at the bar. Which is the best way to enjoy this no-nonsense Japanese pub, by the way.
1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montreal, Quebec
H3H 1M1, Canada

10. Maïs

5435 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1S5, Canada
A crack bar staff, led by the singular Lon Benattar, doles out masterful cocktails and chefs William Cody, Gil MacNutt et al have a way with legit Mexican-ish stoner food. Reserve a spot at the bar before a gaggle of Ubisoft programmers get to them first.
5435 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1S5, Canada

11. Liverpool House

2501 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3J 1N5, Canada
The bar at Liverpool House is part salon, part cultural nerve centre, part party. The likes of hipster-in-res Christopher Morgan mans the scene and, of course, food and wine both tops. Settle in.
2501 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3J 1N5, Canada

12. Grumman 78

630 rue de Courcelle, Montreal, Quebec, H4C 3C7, Canada
Grumman 78 is convivial but not at the expense of a solo diner's self-indulgent privacy. Sit at the bar, enjoy the wine list, the artful plates and the dessert cart.
630 rue de Courcelle, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 3C7, Canada

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