What I love most about Montreal is the variety of dining options it offers. Most say that New York is the food capital of North America but I would argue that Montreal is very close, if not better! This city has over the years has become well known for its diverse and vibrant food scene and there is no shortage of romantic restaurants in Montreal. Here are a list of five that I love:
Le Vin Papillon
This natural wine bar and restaurant is an excellent option for a romantic dinner. The menu is small but ever-changing and focuses on simple yet delicious plates, with a highlight on fresh local seasonal ingredients.
The atmosphere is casual and intimate, making it a popular spot for both casual dining or a romantic date night.
If you’re those looking for a unique and memorable dining experience in Montreal, this place is it!
Nora Gray has a great ambiance, delicious food, paired with a wonderful wine selection. This restaurant is perfect for pairs looking to have a romantic date night, and sip cocktails as they choose which plates to share.
The restaurant is known for its use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The menu features a variety of small plates, pasta dishes, and entrees, as well as a selection of wines and cocktails.
The atmosphere is intimate and elegant, with a minimalist design and a mix of modern and rustic elements. They also have a terrasse you can enjoy during the summer.
You will find this enchanting restaurant in a converted basement of a church, where they serve some of the most delicious food I have had in Montreal.
This restaurant has everything to charm you. If you’re the type of person who has a hard time making a choice, don’t worry, their tasting menu and the selection of their wine pairings will make life easier for you. The menu does change from time to time so you can always go back for more delicious food.
If you’re looking to impress your significant other at one of the romantic restaurants in Montreal, make sure to heard over to Candide. Also check out the wonderful terrasse in the summer.
This charming restaurant is known for its excellent service, amazing food and cozy atmosphere, making it perfect for a romantic dinner.
The menu is not too big, which I really like, because that means the restaurant pays attention to the items that they do have on the menu. They have a unique take on Japanese/French/Italian fusion. I do however recommend starting with one of the oyster variations that they offer!
This is one of the most romantic restaurants in Montreal that you definitely want to experience.
I have saved my own personal favorite for last.
The plates here are innovative, unexpected, filled with flavour and presented perfectly. The service is also excellent, which adds to the experience. They offer a tasting menu with wine pairing that changes seasonally. Dining at this restaurant will be a date night you will remember for a long time.
Although pricier than the rest of the restaurants on this list, I would say Île Flottante is a dining experience everyone should have at least once in their life.
This is just a small list of restaurants I highly recommend you try if you are looking for a romantic date dinner or if you are celebrating a special occasion. You will not be disappointed.
For more dining options, check out best restaurants in Old Port, Montreal and best restaurants to take your out-of-town friends to.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or have any other recommendations.