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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.

Dinette Triple Crown

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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.

Maison Publique

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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.

The Sparrow

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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.

Pizzeria Magpie

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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.

Leméac

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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.

L'Express

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A quintessential bistro welcomes solo diners with open arms. L'Express is that place in Montreal.

Brasserie T!

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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.

Dominion Square Tavern

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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.
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.
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.

Liverpool House

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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.

Grumman 78

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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.

Dinette Triple Crown

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.

Maison Publique

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.

The Sparrow

The hipster gastropub vibe at Sparrow serves as a kind of antidote to obnoxious pda. And besides, the cocktail list is sufficiently formidable.

Pizzeria Magpie

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.

Leméac

Leméac is romantic, sure, but Richard Bastien's restaurant is not too erudite to close the door on loners. That long bar accommodates ten.

L'Express

A quintessential bistro welcomes solo diners with open arms. L'Express is that place in Montreal.

Brasserie T!

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.

Dominion Square Tavern

Excellent cocktails, pub grub and a come-as-you-are atmosphere makes this Downtown spot a go-to for singles - or otherwise.

Kazu

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.

Maïs

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.

Liverpool House

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.

Grumman 78

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.

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