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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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4.8
4.8 (4324)
CAN$51 and over
Syrian
Mile End

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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.


Top review
JulieM
Dined 1 day ago
An evening at Damas is an experience to *live* - 200% worthwhile!
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4.7
4.7 (719)
CAN$51 and over
French
Mile End

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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 7 days ago
Never been disappointed. Excellent restaurant…food, service, wine list!
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4.8
4.8 (3512)
CAN$51 and over
French / Canadian
Old Montreal

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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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Myohmyla
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
AMAZING. No exaggeration here- the service was great, and the food was spectacular. Very well executed and presented. This restaurant really is everything they say they are. I highly recommend to make this a priority experience while visiting Montreal; especially for times of celebration.
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4.8
4.8 (1427)
CAN$51 and over
French
Old Montreal

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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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Lilo
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
Dinner excellence. Service and food impeccable. Highly recommend
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4.7
4.7 (1137)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Sushi
Westmount

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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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AnthonyP
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
Great spot with very good food and wonderful , friendly service.
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4.6
4.6 (2362)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
British
Downtown

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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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FloreaD
Dined 2 days ago
IS VERY HARD TO CHANGE PERFECTION IN ELEGANCE ...
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4.6
4.6 (16)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
African
Plateau Mont-Royal

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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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4.8
4.8 (1569)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Southern
West Island

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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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NicholasGorenc
Dined today
Excellent experience all around. Would definitely recommend!!
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4.6
4.6 (1481)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
French
Outremont

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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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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Loved everything about this restaurant! The food was incredible, the service impeccable, the ambiance relaxing. That’s why this restaurant has been around for more than 52 years!!
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5.0
5 (306)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Old Montreal

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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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Drrosevip
Dined 1 day ago
My best friend and I meet in Montreal for a girl’s getaway— our time is not complete without a dinner at this lovely restaurant. From the moment you walk in you’re greeted with warmth and made to feel like you’re the most important guest. The food is outstanding— incredibly authentic Italian cuisine—and the service is impeccable. They have an impressive wine list along with knowledge regarding the different selections. We love coming here and it’s a true delight to dine in this lovely restaurant.
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4.3
4.3 (48)
CAN$30 and under
Spanish
Quartier des Spectacles

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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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THOMASA
Dined on Jul 18, 2023
Wonderful food and service was friendly. We'll definitely be back the next time we're in Montreal!
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