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Montreal’s 12 Best Restaurants For Romance

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by Tim Forster
Updated January 24, 2022

Montreal is flush with romantic restaurants for all tastes. One of the Montreal dining scene’s most endearing traits is the fact that smaller restaurants with limited capacities rule the roost. These spots can feel particularly intimate, especially if you’re dining out in the winter when it’s below freezing and there’s a howling blizzard outside.

Naturally, the city’s colonial past means that you can opt for a classic romantic dinner date at one of the city’s many French restaurants, which run the gamut from cozy brasseries to haute cuisine destinations. But there are also excellent places to sample everything from Syrian to Cajun cuisine in seductive settings with your significant other. Here are a dozen of the best bets.

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4.7
4.7 (4362)
CAN$51 and over
Syrian
Mile End
About the restaurant

As one of Montreal’s most exemplary fine dining destinations, Damas is renowned for its pitch-perfect Syrian dishes. Start with a cocktail that brings in classic Levantine touches such as rose water or pomegranate while diving into shareable mezzes, like perfectly smooth hummus or bright and tangy fattoush cut with crispy pita. The menu has an array of succulent grill dishes and soul-warming braised options; try some from both categories if you can. Otherwise, for a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with the tasting menu, allowing you to sample a little of everything.


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RoniM
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food, friendly service. Loved it! Hope to go back soon...
A photo of La Chronique restaurant
4.8
4.8 (720)
CAN$51 and over
French
Mile End
About the restaurant

La Chronique is arguably the pinnacle of Montreal’s extensive French dining scene, and among the best options in town altogether. Chef-owners Marc De Canck and Olivier de Montigny have typically avoided the media spotlight, focusing their attention on their craft. You and your companion can tuck into the degustation menu, which changes frequently but typically applies French techniques to fine seafood, meats, and produce from Quebec and Canada. A lengthy wine list prioritizes classic French options, with bottles for any palate and price point — just ask sommelier Jonathan Sitaras.


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AlainN
Dined on Feb 22, 2024
Never been disappointed. Excellent restaurant…food, service, wine list!
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4.7
4.7 (3544)
CAN$51 and over
French / Canadian
Old Montreal
About the restaurant

Toqué is considered a pioneer in Quebec’s fine dining scene, thanks to chef-owner Normand Laprise’s skills in shining a spotlight on the most perfect products that the province has to offer. Though it opened its doors in 1993, it’s still one of the most sensual dining experiences in Montreal: standards such as foie gras get the local treatment with redcurrant and sea buckthorn gels, and tender meats shine alongside mushrooms and root vegetables that showcase Quebec’s fields and forests. Do it right and get the seven-course tasting menu (with an optional, but extremely on-point wine pairing) — although a la carte ordering is possible.


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ElsaK
Dined 3 days ago
This was an impeccable experience from start to finish! The pre dessert was probably the best dessert I have ever had. My husband and I did the tasting menu and we could not recommend it more!
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4.8
4.8 (1440)
CAN$51 and over
French
Old Montreal
About the restaurant

In terms of both decor and food, Old Montreal staple Le Club Chasse et Pêche is like taking a trip to a classy cabin in the woods, without even leaving the city. Fittingly, the restaurant’s name, which translates to “the hunting and fishing club”, means diners can expect the freshest and finest products from Quebec’s forests, rivers, and seas. The dishes are refined and let a few key ingredients shine, be it whelks, scallops, Arctic char or duck. A bold wine list features funky natural wines, as well as full-bodied traditionals.


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JordiRonanvip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing experience! Was by far best place we ate at during our stay in Quebec City and Montreal Highly recommend!
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4.7
4.7 (1145)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Sushi
Westmount
About the restaurant

Montreal isn’t generally regarded as a stellar sushi city, but chef Antonio Park’s eponymous restaurant, a date night darling, is one big exception. Park (who was also the first Canadian chef to receive a license to import Kobe beef) uses supremely fresh, top-notch ingredients, such as bluefin and albacore tuna, to craft simple yet exquisite platters of maki, nigiri, and more. He also draws on his Korean and South American heritage to bring in a few twists, like the beef sushi, served with kimchi and chimichurri sauce.


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DougLvip
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Fantastic food and drinks. Highly recommend. Service was outstanding
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4.6
4.6 (2398)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
British
Downtown
About the restaurant

Impress your date with fine British fare, such as a juicy beef Wellington and whiskey pudding, at restaurant Bar George, boutique hotel Le Mount Stephen’s in-house restaurant. There are also a few nods to this side of the pond, with some elegant seafood dishes like baked black cod. The restaurant is located in a heritage building that was formerly an exclusive social club, so there’s plenty of atmosphere. Brunch, lunch, and a particularly creative cocktail menu are also offered.


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MontrealMeManque
Dined 7 days ago
Had a dinner there. Food was great, and service was prompt. The cocktails selection isimpressive and well-balanced; however, they are still a little on the sweet side. If you ask for less *liqueur*, be sure to pronounce it right to avoid, embarassingly, less alcohol overall (liquor), and a less dry cocktail overall.
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4.6
4.6 (16)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
African
Plateau Mont-Royal
About the restaurant

Whisk your date away on a tour of sub-Saharan Africa by way of Le Virunga’s transportive plates. The meats and seafood on executive chef Maria-José de Frias’s menu are sourced from some of Quebec’s finest producers and shine in dishes such as a goat stew with Nigerian-style yam fufu; there’s also Arctic char from Gaspésie with starchy cassava and a green curry jus — hearty dishes that pair well with Virunga’s entirely South African wine list. It’s all served up with impeccably warm service, led by Frias’s daughter, Zoya.


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RhemaGH
Dined on Mar 10, 2020
I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The service was amazing and the food is just divine. This culinary adventure through the cuisine of pan-sub-Saharan Africa is worth it. Not only is the food delectable, the drinks are bursts of flavour that pair really well with the dishes.
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4.7
4.7 (1581)
CAN$51 and over
Regional American (Contemporary Southern)
West Island
About the restaurant

A little further afield in the West Island city of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Bistro Nolah is worth the 20 to 30 minute drive from Montreal proper. It’s one of the the only restaurants in the city to be fully committed to Cajun cuisine, making it a unique option for date night, boosted by the restaurant’s particularly attentive service. Louisiana classics including gumbo, jambalaya, fried oysters, and catfish fill out the menu. Don’t skip the cocktails: Nolah pays homage to New Orleans, a city that knows how to mix some serious drinks.


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BenK
Dined 1 day ago
Incredible brunch. Food was fresh and super tasty. Service was exemplary as usual. Already planning a return visit to try out other menu items.
A photo of Chez Leveque restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1492)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
French
Outremont
About the restaurant

Elegant but unfussy, Chez Lévêque has dished up French brasserie fare to Montrealers for decades. The team has fine-tuned classics such as lobster bisque, terrines, tartares, moules-frites, sweetbreads and a classic steak; save room for a crème brûlée or crêpes suzette. There’s also a great option for couples on a budget: after 9pm every day (except during holiday peaks), Chez Lévêque has a $29 table d’hôte menu with choices between a few menu favorites.


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IRWINRvip
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Service impeccable - from the moment you walk in the door until you depart. Our waitress was terrific - servers bringing and clearing out plates before empty dishes became a nuisance.Someome always insuring our water, or our wine glasses were filled. The house provided rillete (de porc) and gherkins with bread was an excellent beginning. Imagine even tablecloths were standard fair. We started with a lobster guacamole salad - which was superb. My wife had the rognons, she said was excellent, and I had the Bouillabaisse, which was delightful. Although in the next visit, I think the foie de veau will be my main. All in all a delightful meal and evening.
A photo of Le Muscadin restaurant
4.9
4.9 (319)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Old Montreal
About the restaurant

Since 1987, this grand old dame has served classic antipasti, pastas, and veal dishes in a historic Old Montreal building. Couples will be bowled over by nonna-inspired favorites such as meatballs, minestrone, carbonara, and seafood linguini. But save room for tender secondi like veal scallopini with a cream sauce. It’s a family-run affair, with warm hospitality to match.


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AmyD
Dined 5 days ago
Pure magic! The martinis (Violette - can’t get this gin in the US) were a great start. But the food - o mio dio!! And the service - Josie remembered us from last summer. Her father was delightful, as were our servers, Jimmy and Daniel. We will be back. ❤️
A photo of Casa Galicia restaurant
4.3
4.3 (49)
CAN$30 and under
Spanish
Quartier des Spectacles
About the restaurant

Treat yourself to tapas and shellfish at this welcoming Spanish spot on Saint-Denis Street. As the name suggests, a few Galician specialties (particularly octopus) feature on the menu, but with options such as paella and gazpacho, it also draws inspiration from all over the Iberian Peninsula. A lengthy wine list shows off full-bodied Spanish and Portuguese options to go with it all. If you head there on a Friday or Saturday night, you can also treat your date to an in-house flamenco performance.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent ambiance, decor, music, food & service. It was a great experience. The grilled octopus one of the best We had a great cava to go with everything. The tapas in the appetizer section the Garlic shrimps WOW the paella Galicia was amazing ,I recommend this restaurant with excellent unique decoration and taste to everyone looking for a Medditerranean experience in Montreal
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