It’s that time of year, Valentine’s Day, and if you haven’t booked your dinner reservations yet, you need to work on your time management skills. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Montreal is full of ideal restaurants perfect for a romantic meal for two. Here are a few of our favourite choices around town that will surely please both you and your spouse on Valentine’s Day.
Located in the heart of downtown, Monarque is setting the bar high for restauranteurs in the area. Winning a three and a half out of four-star rating from Montreal Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman, this spot will surely impress. Part brasserie and salle à manger, the incredibly spacious restaurant caters to both atmospheres. Dinner at the brasserie is perfect for those who want an elevated bar menu swapping a five dollar bowl of nuts for Bone marrow and Burgundy snails with red wine jus, mirepoix and persillade. Over on the salle à manger side, you can indulge in butter poached lobster, Guinea fowl ballottine or dry aged P.E.I Cote de boeuf. Located just an 8-minute drive from St. Dominique condos, Monarque will surely be the perfect spot for you and your beaux to cozy up.
Come for the robot that works at the bar, stay for the food. This downtown restaurant is what happens when gastronomy meets technology. Offering an experience that will delight all five senses, Le XVI XVI, pronounced Le 16 16, is preparing guests a special 5-course dinner on February 14th, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Learn more about the dinner here.
Vegan institution Aux Vivres has set up shop in Westmount with a more refined version of their Plateau location. With the prices the same at both restaurants, it’s an absolute steal for date nights, especially the most important one of the year! Pair their iconic bowls, sharing plates, and indulgent desserts with the latest natural wines Canada and beyond has to offer. Just minutes away from the Beaumont Condos in Monkland, this spot will be a hit on date night all year round!
Many restaurants in Montreal will throw the word “sustainable” around as a buzzword, but Manitoba puts them all to shame. It’s a restaurant that gives pause and is careful about the produce and meats they are working with, and are sure to delight and surprise guests with ingredients like seal and deer meat. Bringing authentic and traditional Canadian meals to the table using only items that are locally sourced is commendable. It’s virtually impossible to have a dinner here that isn’t noteworthy, so put your trust in the blind tasting menu that starts at $55 – it won’t disappoint!
Nora Grey owners opened up this woodfire pizza and natural wine spot just one year ago and has already made its way to many best restaurant lists in both Montreal and Canada. While the dishes and natural wine list are elevated, its vibe and waitstaff are down to earth. It’s chic, modern design dreamed up by designer Kyle Adams Goforth sets the tone for your evening; playful, decadent and sophisticated. Don’t be surprised if you see familiar faces of the restaurant scene here!
Before the owners opened the famous Old Montreal restaurant Pastel, there was Le Fantôme in Griffintown. A short drive away from the gorgeous NOCA condos in Griffintown, this restaurant will surely impress. Open since 2015; its shabby-chic intimate dining experience is unparalleled in Montreal. Like the restaurant, you’ll be consistently showered in praise if you book your Valentine’s Day reservation here. Their straightforward menu is anything but egotistical, it’s curated to perfection. Try their hand-rolled pasta or degustation plate.
Helpful Tip: If you’re still stuck without reservations on Valentine’s Day, download the DINR app for last minute reservations at the most iconic restaurants in Montreal. But be warned – if you don’t show up, you pay a $20 fee!
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